top of page

Talking about Mental Health

Tina suffers from anxiety which has got worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. She talks to her friend, Jane, about it on the phone...

Jane: Hi Tina, How are you?

Tina: I’m not well, Jane... I’m terrified of catching the virus and I don’t want to leave my house. I can’t relax at all. My anxiety is making it worse for everyone. I’ve been cleaning and washing my hands constantly and I’ve been showering three times every day too.

Jane: That’s quite worrying, Tina. Of course, good hygiene is extremely important at the minute, but that’s too much I think.

Tina: I know, and I’m aware that I have a problem. İ just can’t control my behaviour.

Jane: I think you need a change. Do you want to go out for a walk?

Tina: Mm... I don’t know if that’s a good idea... I haven’t been out for about two months now.

Jane: You must be joking, Tina! If you’re cautious and wear your mask, stick to the social distancing rules and you’re careful with your hygiene, there’s nothing to worry about.

Tina: I know, but...

Jane: I don’t want to hear any excuses! I’m going to meet you at the beach in half an hour. Get dressed and come quickly!

Tina: OK... I suppose I’ll see you there...

images related to the title of the conversations
Talking about Mental Health


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To let down someone

To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.

She promised that she would be there but she let me down.

To break down

1.  To become very upset.

2.  When something stops working

1.  She broke down when she opened her results.

2.  The lift broke down.

To bring somebody/something down

1.  To make someone lose their powerful position.

2. To make something end.

1.  He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.

2.  The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.

To bottle something up

To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.

After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.

To get something across

To make someone believe or understand something

He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.

bottom of page