Earlier this month, Gus Worland and Dr Tim Sharp aka “Dr Happy” released their podcast series “Be a Man”, brought to you by PodcastOne.
Although I highly recommended you take the 30 minutes to listen to each and every segment, if you do not get the chance, then I plan to scribble my own top 10 takeaways from a handful of the episodes.
Please be aware in most cases I have paraphrased but hoped to capture the sentiment of what was said.
Today’s summary is from the episode “Social Media – with #HeartOnMySleeve founder Mitch Wallis”.
- Social media is part of the millennial DNA, a weapon that can scale an idea rapidly and can provide a safety net
- There are 2 facets of our mental health, one which we can control – the chemical condition and the relationship (stigma) with it - if we accept and face the condition (the part we can control), it could be made 50% easier to deal with
- Mitch saw 9 therapists before he found one he connected with - this is normal
- Try and find that one person that has your back and you can rely on - not everyone will relate or resonate to one style or background of story, but thankfully there are a lot of guys in the world that are telling their stories
- Being stable and functioning should always be the goal
- It is not as simple to tell everyone how we feel all the time - cultivate a good relationship with yourself first
- “Manning up” can mean leaning on other people and letting people help you - if you are the one doing the helping, “land” them first and listen before offering your opinion / advice and end with a hug!
- The 2 biggest questions Mitch gets are: "Where do I go to find a good therapist?" and, "How do I help my mate that needs support?"
- The risks of social media can be trolling, cyberbullying, comparing our lives to others (the reality is it probably only 5% of their life) - it is important to be realistic
- The positive aspects of social media are to hear stories, connect, kept up to date with interests and it should enhance our real-world lives
To listen to the full podcast episode you can access it here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/be-a-man/id1380932528?mt=2
You can also read more about Mitch and his #HeartOnMySleeve movement at www.heartonmysleeve.org