A weekly podcast full of simple ideas for better mental health

What is Let’s Talk About Mental Health?

Let’s Talk About Mental Health is a weekly podcast full of simple ideas for better mental health, grounded in quality research — because looking after your wellbeing takes work, but it doesn’t have to be tough. Australian author Jeremy Godwin presents weekly episodes with easy and proven ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing every day. Each episode covers one specific topic (like over-thinking, stress, purpose, etc.) and gives you tools to put into practice immediately..

At its core, Let’s Talk About Mental Health is about sharing 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). In the words of Arianna Huffington (September 2020):

“While not all of us live with a mental health condition, we all have mental health needs.”

Arianna Huffington

Let’s Talk About Mental Health features a weekly podcast episode, available in both audio and written transcript versions, which is focused on one specific topic to help you improve and maintain your mental health and wellbeing. New episodes are released every week. Since launching in October 2019, Let’s Talk About Mental Health now has many thousands of weekly downloads from listeners in over 80 countries worldwide and it continues to grow.

Who is Jeremy Godwin and why did he create Let’s Talk About Mental Health?

It’s me! I’m Jeremy Godwin, I’m an Australian writer and speaker who is passionate about mental health and wellbeing. With a BA in sociology and psychology, combined with my own experiences of dealing with severe depression and anxiety for more than seven years following a breakdown in 2011 (plus I still live with mild anxiety today), each week I explore one aspect of mental health and provide practical advice so you can take control.

I do this because there were many kind people who helped and supported me during my own darkest hours, especially in the first two or three years of my mental illness when it was severe and I was suicidal, and I want to pay that forward. Plus, I love writing and speaking (I’m one of those few people who really enjoys public speaking…!) so give me a microphone and an audience, and that’s me happy! I left my management job in the corporate sector back in 2012 due to my illness and eventually decided to re-skill in mental health (which is why I completed a degree in sociology and psychology in 2017), and so now I focus on doing what I can to help others going through the kind of crap I went through.

I’m very open in my podcast about my success with overcoming depression and my ongoing struggles with anxiety, and I combine my formal knowledge with personal experience to talk about different ways to manage your mental health (ideally with support from a professional). You can find out more about my work as a writer at www.jeremygodwin.com.au.

Why do 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). In 2020, mental health has become even more important than ever to address due to the health, psychological and economic impacts of COVID-19 (source: Mental Health and COVID-19, published by WHO Europe 2020, 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. Even more important than just talking about improving and maintaining our mental health is being proactive about looking after it — which is where Let’s Talk About Mental Health comes in.

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 — as I said above, 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 (combined with research from quality sources) 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 is available for download every week on multiple podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Castbox, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Stitcher. Additionally, an audio-only version is available on YouTube each week. Visit the Podcast page to find the link to your preferred platform.

Transcripts: Each episode’s full transcript is also published weekly at the same time as the audio podcast version — find all past transcripts here. You can also subscribe below to have it land in your inbox each Monday.

Release Schedule: New episodes are released weekly (aside from a short break at the end of the year during the festive period). Release times vary based on your location: episodes are released on Monday morning in Australia & New Zealand, Sunday evening in the UK, Ireland & Europe, and Sunday afternoon in the US & Canada. You can follow/subscribe for free on your preferred podcast service to be notified of new episodes, or subscribe for free by entering your email address above to have new episodes and podcast updates land in your inbox every week.

Social Media: Find Let’s Talk About Mental Health on Instagram and Facebook as @ltamentalhealth, as well as Pinterest — use the embedded links here or at the bottom of this page to visit specific social media pages.

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.

Can I be interviewed on the podcast?

In short: no. Sorry! Let’s Talk About Mental Health is not an interview program — each episode is a 20-30 minute talk about a specific topic related to mental health with practical advice that listeners can apply to their own lives, written by myself and based on my own work. I completely appreciate how enthusiastic many people are about wanting to contribute and make a difference in the mental health space however interviews don’t fit in with the specific structure of my show and there are already plenty of other shows that utilise interviews. However if you are interested in discussing ways that we might be able to work together for the benefit of listeners working through mental health challenges then I am very happy to discuss options — contact me by email at info@jeremygodwin.com.au to discuss.

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!) — therefore I am not licensed to treat you, and it would be irresponsible of me to try to do so.

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 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 and self-care toolbox.

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.

Let’s Talk 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 does 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.