World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness that the mind matters and that it is OK to ask for help. Much of my work is about how we take responsibility for who we are and how we present ourselves in the world.

Disclaimer: I am not a healthy professional. None of what I say should be taken as professional advice. Everything that I use or describe is based on my personal journey.

The most important thing I must say is if you need help, reach out and ASK.

Disclaimer aside, In this show, we explore some of the reasons why mental health is such a problem in modern living. It is the usual suspects: media, economics and money.

I was part of that world for long enough to know that the rules of the game are not about the mental health of the masses. Marketing was always about how bad we can make someone feel about themselves so they might buy relief using the xxx product.

All that said, in the face of the onslaught, there are things that we can do to take care of our mental health, and that is routines and practices that support us.

In this show, we explore my path from what I would consider a low point in my life and look at the tools I used to pull myself out of the hole I was in.

Looking after each other.

A final note: while that day is about raising awareness, it is also about being aware of those around you. If you notice a friend or work colleague is different or quiet. Do check and ask if they are ok; reaching out can change someone’s life for the better.

Talking about this stuff helps get people out of the cycle of the mind; getting them off the tape on repeat can make such a difference.

The link to the UK site is below; I suggest a Google search in your location for more local resources.

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