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Episode #14: Why do we think about physical and mental health differently?
The Green Room by Deloitte podcast
When we think about physical health, we think of green smoothies and six packs. When we think about mental health, we think imagine heads in hands, people in distress.
We all have mental health, in the same way we all have physical health. So why do we only talk about it when something goes wrong?
Why don’t we look after our mental health until we have to? And why are we more likely to make time to go to the gym than we are to take time out for our mental wellbeing?
Is it time we stopped talking about mental and physical health and just talked about ‘health’ instead?
This week we’re joined by Steve Larke, consulting partner and mental health ambassador, and Geoff McDonald, mental health campaigner.
Tune in to find out:
- Why Geoff believes talking about mental health saved his life
- How Steve prioritises wellbeing at work
- Why Ethan would like to be Prime Minister for a day
- How mental and physical health are interlinked
Every story that we tell is like sending a lifeboat out into the ocean. All those people that are struggling and suffering in silence. Do you know what they do? They cling on to the lifeboat and they realise that they might just be normal and not alone. – Geoff McDonald
Find out more
If you’re interested in any of the topics we talked about during this episode, you might find the below links useful.
- If you enjoyed this episode, you might want to listen to episode #5, in which Sharon Thorne, our Global Chair and Poppy Jaman, the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance discuss imposter syndrome.
- This video will make you think: what if we talked about physical health the way we talk about mental health?
- An interesting blog by Amy Morin on Inc.: The way we talk about mental health is broken. Here’s how to fix it.
- Some useful blogs and posts on the City Mental Health Alliance website from Poppy Jaman, a Green Room alumni
- A memoir by novelist Matt Haig about his personal experience after a breakdown and how he manages his mental health.
- If you’re into apps, check out free meditations on Headspace and Calm. There are also some excellent podcasts on the topic of mental health and wellbeing - Happy Place – Fearne Cotton; Bryony Gordon’s Mad World; BBC 4: All in the Mind and Happier: Gretchen Rubin.