59: Believe People When They Talk Trauma (+ Patreon Supporter Questions)

59: Believe People When They Talk Trauma (+ Patreon Supporter Questions)

This episode has three parts:

1) I give a preview reading of my next blog post titled “If someone opens up about their trauma - believe them!”

2) I answer three Patreon supporter questions

3) Updates on the progress of How To Get Your Sh!t Together, as well as some other housekeeping.

Enjoy!

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58: The Problem With #NotAllMen (w/Matt Antonello)

58: The Problem With #NotAllMen (w/Matt Antonello)

After posting a picture on social talking about the risk factors for suicide, I was DM’d by multiple men.

They told me that due to the new PC culture, they felt victimised and unworthy of support - particularly relating to mental health, and that this was contributing to their suicidal feelings.

This podcast is my response for them.

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57: How To Avoid Being Triggered By Social Media

57: How To Avoid Being Triggered By Social Media

Social media is a double edged sword. It is an amazing tool to catch up, connect and dispel feelings of loneliness, however it comes at a cost.

It exposes you to the unfiltered thoughts of others. On occasion, this will be triggering. Worse still, you never know when this will occur.

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56: Don't Let Chronic Illness Stop You From Following Your Dreams (Interview With Kelly Paris)

56: Don't Let Chronic Illness Stop You From Following Your Dreams (Interview With Kelly Paris)

If you suffer from a chronic illness, but don’t want to let that stop you from following your dreams, this episode is for you.

Kelly Paris joins me on the podcast to discuss how she manages her chronic illness (fibromyalgia +) yet still manages to follow her dreams.

We discuss the importance of finding a good therapist, focusing on your ‘why’, taking rest days when needed, learning to rely on yourself, as well as looking for the ‘yes’ rather than focusing on the ‘no’ …

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55: The Five Mental Health Musts!

55: The Five Mental Health Musts!

The following five things have done wonders for my mental health - they have become daily musts. In this episode I discuss why they have made such a massive difference in my life, and why you should try them for yourself.

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54: How To Manage Mental Illness In Relationships (and 3 more questions from Patreon supporters)

54: How To Manage Mental Illness In Relationships (and 3 more questions from Patreon supporters)

As a small thank you to my Patreon supporters, I answer their questions as a Podcast, Blog, or Video.

Today I am answering 4 questions here:
- How do you manage relationships when one person has a mental illness?
- I struggle to talk when I am depressed. How can I express myself better?
- What can I do if my illness cannot be treated?
- How can I find work with acquired brain injury, and how do I deal with societies focus on perfectionism?

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53: 'The Priest' - Upgrade - Part 2

53: 'The Priest' - Upgrade - Part 2

In this episode I share part 2 of my second book ‘Upgrade’.

A flock of Naturals struggle to survive in an increasingly Integrated world …

”The Priest winced as he got down on to his knees and began to pray. The years of prostration had taken its toll on his old joints, yet he never complained. He recounted the stories, lit the candles and performed the rituals, as was dictated by his tradition.”

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52: Why Mental Illness Is So Stigmatised, and What You Can Do About It

52: Why Mental Illness Is So Stigmatised, and What You Can Do About It

Despite the fact that 1 in 5 people are currently suffering from a mental illness (1 in 2 over the lifespan), mental illness is highly stigmatised.

In this episode I delve deep into the possible causes and solutions to this stigma. I also talk about dealing with the possibility of ‘attention seekers’ or ‘fakers’ as well as how to best ensure that your family and friends know you will be there for them should they need your support.

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51: 'A Day In The Life' (Chapter 2 of Under The Influence)

51: 'A Day In The Life' (Chapter 2 of Under The Influence)

In this episode I share chapter two of my first book 'Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood'

“I always knew that my dad was an addict, but it took me a while to truly understand the difference between my dad and my friends’ dads. However, as I moved from primary school into high school, the differences became more and more apparent ...”

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50: Shihan Cameron Quinn - On Mental Toughness and Martial Arts

50: Shihan Cameron Quinn - On Mental Toughness and Martial Arts

Shihan Cameron Quinn has been training Kyokushin Karate for 47 years. He has worked with elite athletes, sporting teams and professional martial artists. He is a best selling author, and does speaking engagements and training seminars around the world …

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49: Ava's Journey - Battling Neuroblastoma (interview)

49: Ava's Journey - Battling Neuroblastoma (interview)

Ava is a two year old girl who is receiving treatment for Stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma. This is a very aggressive form of cancer, with a survival rate of 40%. If Ava's chemotherapy treatments are successful, she faces a 75% chance of relapse with in 6 months - unless she receives a trial vaccine…

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47: The Different Mental Illness Identities

47: The Different Mental Illness Identities

Balancing mental illness with your identity can be quite hard - how much of yourself should you share?

The impact of stigma, judgement and the chance for a fall back into a mental health crisis all impact how you respond when someone asks if you are okay …

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46: Managing Life As An Introvert

46: Managing Life As An Introvert

I’m an introvert. That means I prefer quieter social gatherings and work places, and fewer but deeper connections.

In this episode I talk about how I ensure that I remain social and guard my mental state, as well as offer advice to people to find their ideal job doing something they love, rather than forcing themselves to work doing something they despise …

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45: Upgrade - Part 1

45: Upgrade - Part 1

In this episode I share part 1 of my second book ‘Upgrade’.

"Enter a dystopic future where integration with technology may cost us our humanity. A bleak prediction of a world where consumerism and technological advancement has been taken to the extreme."

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44: Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

44: Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

It is vital to first notice the warning signs of a mental illness coming on and then take action to best guard your mental state.

In this episode share the ups and downs of this week - talking about how I manage my mental state, both in the short and long term.

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42: The Importance Of Seeking Help

42: The Importance Of Seeking Help

In this episode, I talk about my experiences with mental illness, recovery, psychologists, medication and overcoming the embarrassment of seeking help. 
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If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, self harm or suicidal thoughts, please seek help - there are support services and treatments options that work, as well as people that care. You just need to take that first step …

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41: Overcoming Addiction

41: Overcoming Addiction

It is a real challenge to overcome addiction - it involves far more than simply ‘not using’. In this episode, I elaborate on that challenge as well as provide some advice for those who want to quit (or make any positive change in their life)

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