Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 17, 7 February 2020

By Jeremy Godwin.

Hello and welcome to another issue of Mental Health Talk! Let’s get into this week’s newsletter with a round-up of practical advice for improving and maintaining your mental health and wellbeing – this week I’m sharing articles about kindness, tips for tackling anxiety and depression, bringing more compassion into your self-care through Ubuntu, and more. So, let’s talk!

This week’s Episode of Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

This week’s episode/post of Let’s Talk About Mental Health is Let’s Talk About… Hope. It’s all about what hope is, why it’s so important for good mental health and wellbeing, and what to do if you’re struggling to find or maintain hope. Read here or listen below:

Also available on all major platforms (Apple, Google, Spotify, CastBox, Stitcher etc.) – get links here.

If you enjoy the podcast, please share it with anyone you know who may find it useful and engaging. Also, if you could take a moment to click on the ‘follow’ button (like the one in the player above) that would be much appreciated, because the more followers my podcast gets the easier it is to help other new listeners find it (search engines are only interested in stuff that other people are interested in!). Thanks! 🙂

Coaching services now available…

Before I get started today: I’ve talked a fair bit lately about the importance of talking to someone, and if you are interested I offer coaching services via video conference anywhere in the world – if you’re interested, have a look at for more information and rates.

Articles of the Week…

Could the science of kindness make the world a better place? (ABC News, 3 February 2020): Can kindness make the world better? The short answer is YES! I talk about kindness in every single episode of Let’s Talk About Mental Health and it turns out that scientists are mapping how kindness might present an evolutionary advantage to humanity. Read it here.

Mental health: Expert tips on tackling anxiety and depression (BBC News, 2 January 2020): This is a straightforward article that’s a kind of introduction to the subject of anxiety and depression, and offers a few good basic reminders about things that contribute to mental health and wellbeing. Read it here.

‘I’ve come so far’: the scheme helping people with mental health issues into work (The Guardian, 3 February 2020): Mental illness is not the end of the world (even if it may feel it sometimes) and there is no reason why you can’t live a long, satisfying and successful life (even if some people just don’t seem to get that fact and think that those of us with mental health conditions are incapable of day-to-day functioning…). This is an inspiring read about a program helping people with mental health issues to find and maintain jobs, something close to my heart because this is what I used to do as a job before I started Let’s Talk About Mental Health (along with helping people with physical disabilities to find work). Read it here.

How the Concept of “Ubuntu” Can Teach You 3 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself (Thrive Global, 7 January 2020): ‘Ubuntu’ is a mass noun from South Africa that means compassion and humanity, and this article offers three simple but effective ways to incorporate Ubuntu into your life for the sake of your mental health and wellbeing. Read it here.

Sir Elton John encourages mental health talk during concert in community impacted by bushfires (ABC News, 1 February 2020): I make a point of reminding anyone who will listen that when it comes to mental health, the more we talk about it the easier it gets. Music legend Elton John recently echoed that message in a concert here in Australia, and in his brilliant autobiography ‘Me’ he talks in excruciating detail about his struggles with mental health/addiction. So don’t just take it from me – listen to Sir Elton! Read it here.

TED Talk of the Week…

10 ways to have a better conversation (Celeste Headlee, TEDxCreativeCoast, March 2016): I think we all know that the key to a quality conversation is a healthy dose of listening, but that’s something that seems to be in short supply quite often in a world where we are more and more divided as a result of our opinions and beliefs. Celeste draws on her interviewing experience to offer simple ways that you can improve the quality of your conversations, by approaching each interaction with the assumption that it presents an opportunity for you to learn (which it does). Powerful stuff. Running time: just under 12 minutes. Watch it here or in the player below.

Favourite Instagram Post of the Week…

Quote of the Week…

To finish up here’s a quote I absolutely love this week – take a few moments to consider what it means to you in the context of your mental health and wellbeing:

To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”

Rosa Parks

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s podcast topic will be Let’s Talk About… Burnout. I’ll be talking about what burnout is, how to identify if you’re burnt-out or at risk of burning out, and what to do to address it.

Podcast and transcript/article available Monday morning (Australian time) – find it and all past episodes here (where you can also subscribe to have it land in your inbox each week). Podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and others (see my Podcast page for links) as well as an audio-only version on YouTube. And if you like it, please leave a review and tell your friends/family/etc!

Random cat photo/Meme of the week…

Why a random cat picture/meme each week? Because why not?! Have a happy Friday and a brilliant weekend (and sorry if you’re a dog person)!

Until Next Time…

Thanks for reading! If you liked this newsletter and you haven’t already subscribed to Let’s Talk About Mental Health, please do so at the bottom of any page on the website.

If you have any ideas for what you’d like to see/hear/read more of on Let’s Talk About Mental Health or in this Mental Health Talk newsletter, you can get in touch with me via social media using the links below.

Have a brilliant week, take care of yourself and remember: be kind to others, you never know what their struggles are and what you put out comes back to you!

JG 🙂

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