They say a problem shared is a problem halved.
Many of us feel lighter after â€œunloadingâ€ our concerns onto a loved one, with talking being particularly important among those battling mental-health issues.
â€œTalking is so very important for mental health as it can help us cope with life difficulties,â€ Dr Meg Arroll, psychologist for Healthspan, told Yahoo UK.
â€œSharing our troubles is a healthy, adaptive coping mechanism that can protect against anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation.â€
In any given year, around a quarter of people in the UK experience a mental-health problem, according to Mind.
One in five suffer every year in the US, National Alliance on Mental Illness statistics show.
The NHS recognises the importance of opening up, recommending â€œtalking therapiesâ€ for everything from anxiety and depression to stress and phobias.
Chatting to a friend, relative or GP is a good place to start.
Your doctor may refer you to a local psychological therapy service or self-help group.
Counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy, where you try and manage your problems by changing how you think, have been shown to help.
Some find it easier to open up to a stranger than a loved one.
Therapists give you space to talk, cry, shout or just sit with your own thoughts, in a non-judgemental environment, according to the NHS.
Patients in England can self-refer to psychological therapies here.
The â€œstiff upper lipâ€ mentality may leave some thinking opening up is a sign of â€œweaknessâ€.
The Mental Health Foundation argues, however, it is â€œpart of taking charge of your wellbeingâ€.
Just being listened to can make people feel supported and less alone.
Your honesty may then inspire the listener to do the same.
For those struggling to voice how they feel, the Mental Health Foundation recommends pondering â€œwhat does it feel like inside my head? what does it make me feel like doing?â€.
â€œTalking about difficulties is a skill like any other, hence it will become easier over time – so be as kind and patient with yourself as you can,â€ Dr Arroll said.
How to start a conversation about mental health
Some may open up over a cup of tea, while others might find it easier if the conversation evolves more naturally.
If you suspect someone is struggling, ask them how they are while doing the washing up or out for a stroll.
â€œTry a â€˜walk and talkâ€™ with a friend,â€ Dr Arroll said.
â€œBeing in the open air releases some of the tension and is much less confronting than sitting directly opposite someone.â€
When asked how we are, it is almost second nature to answer â€œIâ€™m fineâ€.
Follow it with â€œno, really, is everything okay?â€, Time to Change recommends.
Let them know it is alright to open up by relaying any concerns you may have or times you have felt down, it adds.
If you know they have been through a tough time lately, like a divorce or job loss, do not be afraid to bring it up.
Rather delving for details, ask â€œhow are things now?â€ or â€œare you back at work?â€.
You could also bring up any changes to their behaviour, like â€œyouâ€™ve seemed a bit quiet recently, is everything alright? Iâ€™m here if you want to talkâ€.
If someone opens up to you, ask questions like â€œhow does that affect you?â€ and â€œwhat does it feel like?â€, Time to Change recommends.
While it can be hard to watch a loved one go through a tough time, resist the urge to offer â€œquick fixesâ€, like a night out.
Try and also treat them the same as you always have and be patient throughout.
If they are not ready to open up, suggest doing fun things together.
You could also send them a text to let them know you care or offer to help with day-to-day tasks.