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 taking a mental health day without the guilt, how one psychologist is using TikTok to help others, the difference between burnout, depression and exhaustion, 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… Opinions. It’s all about how opinions can have a positive or negative impact on your mental health. Read here or listen below:
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Articles of the Week…
Taking a mental health day (and not feeling guilty about it) (ABC Life, 25 February 2020): Sometimes you need a mental health day. I’m self-employed so I’m fortunate enough to (mostly) be able to shuffle my work around to accommodate for those days where I just cannot (with a capital ‘C’), but if you work for someone else then it can be a lot more challenging to take a mental health day without feeling guilty. This article gives great advice on how to take a day out for yourself when you need it and reinforces what I always say: you need to put your mental health first in all things. Read it here.
TikTok and mental health: The psychologist sharing advice (BBC News, 4 March 2020): I love it when people use technology to find new and innovative ways to support others, and this BBC News story about a psychologist using TikTok to “help people to help themselves” is great. Note: this is a brief article with a video story. Read/view it here.
What’s the difference between depression, exhaustion and burnout? (ABC Life, 24 February 2020): A great article with straightforward descriptions of the differences between the three and some general notes around burnout (which I discussed in-depth in Episode 18 of Let’s Talk About Mental Health). Read it here.
Caroline Flack press petition delivered to government (BBC News, 3 March 2020): Recently (Mental Health Talk Issue 19) I did a feature on the role of the media in the tragic death of UK television presenter Caroline Flack. I’m very pleased to share a news report by BBC News which notes that a petition signed by more than 850,000 people has been presented to the UK Government calling for media bullying and harassment to become a criminal offence. If some elements of the media will not act in an ethical and fair manner, then they should be held accountable for their actions. Let’s hope this creates positive change! Read it here.
Vale the great Australian summer — devastated by bushfires, drought and flooding rain (ABC News, 1 March 2020): As someone who chose to study both psychology and sociology, it’s probably no surprise for me to tell you that I’m endlessly fascinated by mental health on an individual level as well as at a group/social level. Many Australians were devastated by the recent bushfires and lost their homes or even their loved ones, however the effect on individuals and communities is far more wide-reaching than just that. I know myself how terrifying it was to wake up and not be able to see past my back yard because the smoke was so thick that it choked the throat and stung the eyes, and I know firsthand the fear you feel when you watch the Fire Alert app and can see fires getting closer and closer (in our case, thankfully the nearest was over half an hour away which was a relief). Entire communities who rely on summer tourism trade have been left financially ruined because the summer visitors never came this year, and now we have to deal with all the emotions and stress resulting from these events. Is this the new norm for us? Who knows. Either way, something shifted this year here in Australia and only time will tell how it changes the course of history. Read it here.
TED Talk of the Week…
Finding Power in Culture (Alec Doomadgee, TEDxSydney, July 2015): We are each a product of our decisions and the decisions of our ancestors – you wouldn’t be where you are today without every person in your bloodline who came before you. Indigenous Australians have the challenge of navigating modern life whilst embracing their proud heritage, and as a non-Indigenous Australian I found this talk by Alec Doomadgee to be both a fascinating glimpse into his experiences with finding this balance as well as a reminder that no matter what our background is, we all have the same hopes and desires. Running time: just under 14 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:
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.“Aesop
Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…
Next week’s podcast topic will be Let’s Talk About… Regrets. I’ll be talking about why we have regrets, how they can impact on our mental health, and how to work through your regrets so you can get past them for the sake of your wellbeing.
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Random cat photo/Meme of the week…
Coaching services available…
Before I sign off today: I’ve talked a fair bit lately about the importance of talking to someone, and if you are looking to work with someone I offer coaching services via video conference anywhere in the world – have a look at www.letstalkaboutmentalhealth.com.au/coaching for more information and rates.
Until Next Time…
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