Mental Health Talk newsletter – Issue 1, 11 October 2019

By Jeremy Godwin

Hello and a very big thank you to everyone who has listened to and/or read the first podcast/blog for Let’s Talk About Mental Health! Now, because I firmly believe that the more we talk about it the easier it gets, I’m also going to be publishing a weekly newsletter every Friday morning (Australian time) full of general stuff about mental health and wellbeing. I’ll keep it short, sharp and straightforward – just a few things to entertain and hopefully make you think as you prepare for your weekend. Enjoy (and remember that the next Let’s Talk About Mental Health podcast/blog will be released Monday morning, so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already!) 🙂 Have a brilliant day and weekend! JG

This week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

The very first episode/post of Let’s Talk About Mental Health was released this week (hooray!), titled Let’s Talk About… Resetting. It’s all about resetting: in other words, taking control of your happiness and challenging yourself to do something if some area of your life is making you miserable. You can read the blog here or find a direct link to listen on your preferred podcast platform (including YouTube) here.

In Mental Health News This Week…

Macquarie University offers anonymous online learning program designed to teach men how to manage depression and anxiety (SBS News, 6 October 2019): Research indicates that men have a lower likelihood of seeking help for depression and anxiety issues than women. Macquarie University’s eCentreClinic is offering the ‘Wellbeing Course’ as a means of teaching men how to manage the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Read it here.

Mental illness costing the Australian economy $60 billion each year (ABC News, 4 October 2019): In news that will hopefully serve to generate a greater focus on mental health and wellbeing across the country, recent research suggests that mental illness costs the Australian economy $60bn per annum and that it continues to affect 1 in 5 Australians each year. Read it here.

Can we talk about…

My favourite pop culture things this week

Exploring mental health and wellbeing isn’t just about reading textbooks and listening to boring talks (yawn) – it’s about being self-aware and looking for the lesson in everything. Which sounds to me like the perfect excuse to talk about pop culture things that I’ve been enjoying this week and which are sorta-kinda related to mental health and wellbeing in some way (and even if they’re not, I’ll find a way to make the link!). This week I’ve been loving three fantastic TV shows:

  • The Good Place, Season 4 (TV series, Netflix) – Who knew that a sitcom about the afterlife could provide so many meaningful lessons about morality, growth and what it means to be human? It’s a bittersweet reality that this is the final season but it’s wonderful to see a show being willing to end it while it’s still on a high note.
  • Big Mouth, Season 3 (TV series, Netflix) – Sure, it’s crass and crude and basic but this animated series offers a cringeworthy reminder of just how horrendous puberty was. If you ever find yourself wistfully remembering your younger years, put this on for a couple of hours and then be thankful that you don’t have to go that crap ever again!
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Season 1 (TV series, Stan in Australia & various platforms elsewhere) – I am obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race, because it’s both entertaining and inspiring to see talented people sharing their art with the world. In fact, it’s responsible for giving me the kick I needed to follow my own passions into writing and speaking! Now that there’s a UK version of my favourite TV show, I am beside myself with joy – the first episode featured gag-worthy looks (ummm, contestants dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II? Yes please!) combined with so much camp British humour that it made Benny Hill look like a vicar by comparison. All that AND both Alan Carr and Graham Norton as rotating judges? Count me in! Fun fact: For anyone watching and wondering why there are no major prizes, it’s because the show is on the BBC and as a public broadcaster they don’t allow sponsorship or competitions for money, which is why winners of the Great British Bake-off only win an engraved cake stand! The more you know!

3 Articles About Wellbeing I Loved This Week …

  • This 10-question quiz by Psychologies magazine (UK) about judgement is pretty simple but gave me some spot-on insights into why I can sometimes lapse into judging others and, more importantly, what I can do to be less judgemental (something I am actively working on for my own self-development) – find it here
  • A first-person account of living with anxiety by The Drum’s Rebecca Brown, which was interesting to me in that it highlights both the similarities and the differences we all experience in dealing with anxiety (no real surprise, as everyone’s experience is different) – find it here
  • Less of an article and more of a resource, Think Mental Health (WA) have a great page on their website titled Ways to Look After Your Mental Health and Wellbeing which is full of practical advice – find it here

2 Instagram Posts That Made My Week…

I’m a highly visual person so I love Instagram. I understand the criticisms of it but, like any tool, how social media affects you is completely dependant on how you use it. I choose to follow accounts that inspire me and/or make me laugh and I don’t compare my life to others, and I have no hesitation in hitting ‘unfollow’ if an account is heading to the dark side in terms of content or overall message. My morning wake-up ritual involves a strong cup of coffee (or four) and a wander through Instagram to wake up my creative juices before I start work, so I decided to share a little of that process here by including two posts each week that made me think, laugh or feel some kind of way. Enjoy!

As someone who works from home on creative content, some days it can be a challenge to find my creative spark which is when it can become far too easy to get distracted. This post by @ApartmentTherapy and the article it links to gives a quick set of ideas for daily routines that can increase creativity as well as productivity and health, along with a daily routine for a cleaner home. Practical and simple – my two favourite types of advice.

This post on @i_weigh, an account set up by the brilliant Jameela Jamil (Tahani in The Good Place) which “promotes radical inclusivity”, touched a nerve when I saw it. ‘Cancel Culture’ is dangerous – yes, we need to address people who are doing horrible things, but we also need to differentiate between people making simple mistakes vs deliberate evil/malicious intent. As the comment on this post said, “cancel culture is a form of bullying… (but) cancelling cancel culture doesn’t mean that one should not be held accountable for their behaviour.” Read the post comment if you have a spare minute and reflect – it goes to the core of something I’m very passionate about: less judgement and more listening. And good on Jameela Jamil for using her platform to shake shit up!

1 Quote to Reflect On…

You probably know by now that I love a good quote to reflect on (just please don’t stick it up as a wall decal! Lol!), so to finish up here’s one I love this week:

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”

Rumi

Next Week on Let’s Talk About Mental Health…

Next week’s topic will be Let’s Talk About… Mistakes – I’ll be talking about how changing your mindset about mistakes can improve your overall mental health and wellbeing and how to cope when you inevitably make a mistake! Podcast and blog available Monday morning (Australian time). Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and others (see my Podcast page) as well as an audio-only version on YouTube (Note: Apple Podcasts coming soon).

Until Next Time…

Thanks for reading! If you liked this newsletter and you haven’t already subscribed to Let’s Talk About Mental Health, please do so at the bottom of the page (or on any page of the website). Take care of yourself and remember: life is short, so make the most of it!

LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH.
BECAUSE THE MORE WE TALK ABOUT IT, THE EASIER IT GETS.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health © 2019 Jeremy Godwin

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