A WEEKLY podcast 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, presented by Australian author and speaker Jeremy Godwin.
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.
Why 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 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. 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.
Let’s Talk About Mental Health is all about having quality 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/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 podcast service.
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 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’ve just completed an undergraduate degree in psychology/sociology, and now I talk and write about mental health and wellbeing full-time.
A lifelong writer for pleasure, 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.
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. 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! 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.
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