A WEEKLY podcast AND YOUTUBE SHOW FULL OF SIMPLE IDEAS FOR BETTER mental health and wellbeing
Let’s Talk About Mental Health is a weekly podcast about making the most of your mental health and wellbeing, written and presented by Australian writer and speaker Jeremy Godwin. In addition, every Wednesday on YouTube you can watch Better Mental Health which takes the conversation even further with practical advice for better mental health.
Each weekly episode explores one specific topic related to being proactive and managing your mental health every day. Why? Because the more we talk about it, the easier it gets.
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 episode transcript. Better Mental Health is a weekly show on YouTube and IGTV that explores different content to the podcast, presented in a straightforward and easy-to-apply manner. Plus, you can find additional Let’s Talk About Mental Health content on social media (Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook).
Why do we need to talk about mental health?
Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing is absolutely essential for everyone, and it’s no different than taking care of 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’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.
Let’s Talk About Mental Health is all about having straightforward conversations based on quality information combined with personal experience. It 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?
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 and now has listeners in over 150 countries; go to the Podcast page to find the link to your preferred podcast service.
YouTube/IGTV: Each Wednesday I release a new Better Mental Health video (averaging about 10 minutes) exploring different content to the podcast but still focused on simple and practical advice for better mental health. Go to the YouTube page for more.
Social Media: Let’s Talk About Mental Health is 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 sites.
Newsletter: Every Thursday I issue a short round-up of inspiring and interesting content relevant to better mental health, which is exclusively available for mailing list subscribers. Join the list here:
Who is behind Let’s Talk About Mental Health?
Me! I’m Jeremy Godwin, an Australian writer/speaker/coach/counsellor with first-hand experience of the challenges faced by those experiencing mental health issues. After experiencing a complete breakdown in late 2011/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 each 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 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 in 2017 and am currently studying to achieve formal recognition in counselling, and now I talk and write about mental health and wellbeing full-time.
You can find out more about me and my work 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. Note that I cannot provide one-on-one guidance, advice or counselling unless I am working with you as a coaching client. See the Resources tab for a list of resources in most English-speaking countries.
Can you give me individual advice about treating my condition?
In short, no. Sorry! I do work with clients one on one (see here) however I only provide personalised advice to clients who have entered into an arrangement with me. 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, 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.
For individual treatment, 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. Alternatively, you can review my Coaching page and if you would like to work with me 1:1 then get in touch and we can discuss.
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.
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