When trying to decide on the topic for my podcast this week, I was going through so many things I wanted to share, especially it being Suicide Awareness Month. Mental Health is such a big topic right now. HUGE! Especially with the Virus Pandemic and people dealing with so many things more than usual because of it. It concerns me because I have seen so many people and felt so many emotions from people I know and love as well as those I don’t know. It’s one of the reasons I was determined to start this podcast.
But thinking about mental health and influences I have personally gotten something from, it was so easy to decide who I would talk about. Two women I have (other than my own counselor) learned things from and put into practice in my everyday experiences and learnings. One most recent and the other in the last five years.
Dr. Julie Smith
The most recent being Dr. Julie Smith. I, of course, found her originally on Tik Tok like so many others. But she is also on Instagram, the internet on her website and on YouTube. When I first saw her I was impressed that she kept stating things that I had talked to my counselor about. It was just confirming the things that I had talked to her about and had read up to that point. I was also impressed at how approachable she looked and “down to earth” she seemed to be. Silly I know.
I looked her up on the internet to find out more about her and found that she has a practice in England. Ringwood, Hampshire, England to be exact (and I know I pronounced it incorrectly on the podcast where my English friends are concerned, so my apologies to you my friends!) She has an abundance of background work and diversity with different groups and individuals alike regarding mental health work. Please check her website out.
Dr. Brené Brown
The other person I have come to know a lot about is Brené Brown. Now one thing I had not realized or had let it go right over my head was that she was a doctor by professor! How in the world I missed this as I was learning more about her I do not know, but I did, until I was doing this podcast and saw the Dr. in front of her name! Now I know!! Ha!
When first introduced to her, my counselor recommended I read a book by her titled The Gifts of Imperfection. I purchased it through Audible. It was so good! I also purchased a softbound book titled Rising Strong. The things she shares of her life, how she learned from them and how they put things into perspective. In Rising Strong, there is a quote on the back of the book that states, “Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. This process teaches us the most about who we are.”
Brené has a website full of books, information on her and her ventures, her podcast called Unlocking Us, and so much more. She even has a page that will link you to her Dare To Lead Hub where she helps you learn how to be a leader.
As You See
These two ladies have a lot to give in information regarding mental health and learning tools to work through the ups and downs of some different problems you or someone you know might be needing. I have linked each of their websites for you to have access to above so you can see for yourself what great information they have for you to get into. I will also do the same below.
Thank you for stopping by the podcast site and checking it out! I hope you have a great day and a great week!
Dawn 🙂 xo