The evidence base behind Talk
Talk for Health is based on three powerful evidence-based principles:
(i) That simply having the skills and opportunities to share inner feelings and experiences with supportive others improves mental health and prevents mental illness (Cooper, 2008, p. 75).
(ii) That effective therapeutic talk does not rely on professionals (Christensen and Jacobson, 1994).
(iii) That it is good for mental wellbeing to give as well as receive support (Riessman, 1990).