Aaaaaand, I’m back. Sorry I was away for so long… that took a lot longer than I expected! I have big news about my new project, Let’s Talk About Mental Health, which is launching October 7th – but first, a quick overview of where I’ve been and why I went quiet for so long…
I took a very long and very unplanned (but very necessary) break from writing – what began in mid 2017 as needing a bit of time to rediscover my passion for writing (following a relapse into depression after the death of a beloved friend) turned into two years of almost zero desire or ability to write anything. Every now and then I would make a half-hearted attempt, but each time I wasn’t happy with what I wrote and didn’t think that it was worth putting out into the world.
Just over a year ago I did three things which are directly related to where I am today: first, I quit drinking (because apparently moderation just isn’t in my wheelhouse). Second, I began doing something every day to proactively improve my mental health and wellbeing (like mindfulness, focused breathing, reading a new book each week, etc). And thirdly, I returned to the business world, working in the employment services provider industry as a means of doing work where I was able to help people in need. Much to my own surprise I wound up back in management again and quickly began getting lots of positive feedback about how good I was at my job. Unfortunately, just because you’re good at something that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good for you. I quickly began to feel utterly miserable in my job and I knew I had made a monumental mistake.
Here’s the thing about mistakes: we can either dwell on them and let them consume us, or we can do something about it and learn the lesson that mistakes can teach us. I chose the latter and resigned (ironically enough, it was a mistake at work that proved to be the catalyst for finally quitting). I decided that it was time to pursue my true passion full-time: talking and writing about mental health and wellbeing.
Which brings me to today and my big news about my new beginning: on Monday October 7, I will be launching a weekly podcast and blog called Let’s Talk About Mental Health. Each week I will be talking about practical and simple things we can all do every single day to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Every week I’ll be talking about a new topic such as resetting, mistakes, priorities, over-thinking, taking chances, self-worth, relationships, work, etc… the good, the bad and the ugly of mental health and wellbeing.
So why should we talk about it? Because the reality is that mental health conditions affect a huge number of people – here in Australia it’s estimated that 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness each year and that 45% of the population will experience a mental disorder sometime in their life (and that number is pretty similar to the rest of the Western world). Mental health and wellbeing isn’t something you should just focus on when there’s a problem – we should be taking care of it daily, just like our physical health, because prevention is better than cure. One way we do that is by talking about it – because the more we talk about it, the easier it gets!
You’ll find new podcast episodes and blog posts every Monday morning (Australian time), along with extra content on the website and on social media. Let’s Talk About Mental Health launches October 7. Find out more and sign up for alerts at letstalkaboutmentalhealth.com.au or follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest @ltamhofficial.
Thank you for your ongoing support (and patience!), and I hope you’ll join me to talk about mental health and wellbeing.
Let’s Talk About Mental Health. Because the more we talk about it, the easier it gets.