A weekly podcast about mental health and wellbeing
Let’s Talk About Mental Health is a weekly podcast about improving your mental health and wellbeing, presented by Australian author and speaker Jeremy Godwin.
Each weekly episode explores one specific topic related to building and maintaining good mental health, and provides practical things you can do to manage your own mental health.
Why we need to talk about mental health
Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing is absolutely essential for everyone – everybody has a mind, and taking care of it is no different to taking care of your body to look after your physical health (and definitely no less important!).
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives” (source: Mental Disorders Affect One in Four, published by WHO 2001, available here). In fact, mental illness and substance use disorders are “the leading cause of disability worldwide” (source: 10 Facts on Mental Health, published by WHO 2018, available here).
Talking about mental health and wellbeing is important for several reasons:
- It provides a greater awareness of why it’s so important to proactively manage our mental wellbeing every single day, similar to the way in which healthy diet and exercise supports physical health
- It helps to break through the many stigmas surrounding mental illness
- It highlights that mental illness is no different to physical illness – people get sick through no fault of their own, and it’s not a sign of weakness to admit you need help
Mental health and wellbeing is a topic that affects each and every one of us, and it’s a conversation that we all need to have.
What is Let’s Talk About Mental Health?
At its core, Let’s Talk About Mental Health is all about sharing a series of conversations that are focused on different ways to manage your mental health and wellbeing, both proactively (i.e. To prevent the likelihood of mental illness occurring) and reactively (i.e. Addressing mental health issues which may have already arisen).
Let’s Talk About Mental Health features a weekly podcast, along with a weekly article/transcript, focused on one specific topic to help you improve and maintain your mental health and wellbeing. New episodes are released every Monday morning (Australian time).
Each Friday you can read the latest issue of the Mental Health Talk newsletter, which is a free weekly round-up of articles and resources about mental health and wellbeing. Plus, you’ll be able to find additional Let’s Talk About Mental Health content on social media (Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook).
What’s different about Let’s Talk About Mental Health?
Like any topic, there’s a lot of information/different opinions/general noise out there about mental health – some of it good, some of it average, and some of it highly questionable. And some of it written by people who have no idea what it’s like to go through mental illness. I know first-hand what it’s like to experience mental illness – I had a breakdown in late 2011 followed by several years of crippling depression and anxiety, so I bring my personal experience plus my professional expertise together when creating content for Let’s Talk About Mental Health.
Let’s Talk About Mental Health is all about having open and honest conversations that are based on quality information combined with personal experience. Every episode is underpinned by research in order to share information which is easy to understand, so that you can make an informed decision about how you choose to manage your own mental health and wellbeing on a day-to-day basis.
Where can I access Let’s Talk About Mental Health programs/blog posts/etc?
Podcast: A weekly audio version of the program will be available for download every Monday morning (Australian time) on multiple podcast platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Anchor. Additionally, an audio-only version is available on YouTube each week. The podcast launched on October 7, 2019; go to the Podcast page to find the link to your preferred platform.
Article: Each episode is also published as a weekly article each Monday morning – find articles here. You can also subscribe below to have it land in your inbox each Monday.
Mental Health Talk newsletter: Every Friday morning (Australian time) I send out the weekly Mental Health Talk newsletter, which is a round-up of articles and resources about good mental health and wellbeing. Sign up below to have it sent to your inbox each Friday.
Social Media: Let’s Talk About Mental Health is on Instagram and Facebook as @ltamhofficial, as well as Pinterest – use the embedded links here or at the bottom of this page to visit specific social media pages.
Who is behind Let’s Talk About Mental Health?
Me! I’m Jeremy Godwin, an Australian author and speaker with first-hand experience of the challenges faced by people experiencing mental health issues. After experiencing a complete breakdown in late 2011 which extended into early 2012, I was left unable to work and had to leave my career in the corporate sector. At the time it seemed like the end of the world, and it very nearly was: I was severely depressed and anxious, suicidal, struggling to get through every day and, to top it all off, in nearly $100,000 of debt.
What followed over the next few years was a journey through self-discovery. Along the way I discovered a passion for talking (and writing) about mental health and wellbeing, and I decided to follow my heart by starting a completely new chapter in my career. I returned to tertiary study as a mature-age student so that I could better understand what happened to me and to develop the skills I needed to be able to help others, and began to work as a coach (I’m loathe to say ‘life coach’ because it’s become such a cliché, but that’s what I did). I completed an undergraduate degree in psychology/sociology, and now I talk and write about mental health and wellbeing full-time. I’m also about to start a post-grad degree in positive psychology because I really enjoy learning as much as I can about what makes us thrive and how we can improve our lives.
I’m a lifelong writer for pleasure, and over the past few years I’ve been developing my skills as an author and have released several books focused on mental health and wellbeing; my recent published works include Depression? F*** Depression! and No-Nonsense Advice For Living. I am currently working on a new book about mental health and wellbeing for release in 2020. I also provide one-on-one coaching services as well as keynote speaking focused on mental health and wellbeing.
You can find out more about me, my work and my coaching services/public speaking at www.jeremygodwin.com.au.
Can I submit a question or topic idea to be talked about on the program/blog?
Absolutely! Please submit your questions/topic ideas via social media (links at bottom of page). Note that I cannot provide one-on-one guidance, advice or counselling unless you are a coaching services client. See the Resources tab for a list of resources in most English-speaking countries, or visit the Coaching page for details of my services.
Can you give me individual advice about treating my condition?
In short, no. Sorry! Let’s Talk About Mental Health is intended to provide general information and education about mental health and wellbeing; it is not intended as a substitute for professional treatment and its author does not provide treatment or individual guidance, advice or counselling.
As much I would love to be able to help each and every person who asks for help with their mental illness, I am not a qualified medical professional (I would need another couple of years of study on top of what I’ve already done to do that!) and therefore I cannot effectively treat you. What I can do, however, is share practical advice (based on my personal experiences with depression and anxiety), combined with the knowledge I have gained from my recent/current professional studies in the field which will help you to manage your mental health and wellbeing on a day-to-day basis – think of Let’s Talk About Mental Health as one more tool in your wellbeing toolbox.
I do, however, provide coaching services (by video conference) which focus on helping you to take practical steps to improve your mental health and wellbeing with action-oriented guidance and support. I have a personal policy to always refer any potential client with serious trauma to a licensed mental health professional, as I believe that is the most appropriate support in more extreme situations. My services are best suited to those who are working through stabilising their mental health and wellbeing, or who are continuing to work through the long journey of recovery and want guidance and support without having to continue to see a therapist. Your understanding of my policy is appreciated.
For individual treatment of serious mental health issues, please see a health professional in your area. If you are experiencing mental health issues then you really need to see a professional to make sure that you’re getting a proper diagnosis and proper treatment.
And seriously, if you’re worried about your mental health then go and see someone ASAP because these things can escalate very quickly – I went from stressed to suicidal in the space of just two weeks, so I know what I’m talking about. Your mental health is too important to WebMD this stuff, people! Go to the Resources tab for a list of resources in most English-speaking countries.
Thanks for stopping by and let’s keep talking about mental health – because the more we talk about it, the easier it gets.
Please note: This site is intended to provide general information and education about mental health and wellbeing; it is not intended as a substitute for professional treatment and its author(s) do not provide treatment or individual advice. For individual treatment, please see a health professional in your area or contact one of the many professional services available online/by phone listed under Resources.
LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH © 2020 JEREMY GODWIN
LAST UPDATED 4 FEBRUARY, 2020