In this episode of Julius Baer’s True Connections podcast, Calum Brewster speaks with Paul McGregor - mental health speaker, author, and Founder of Everymind at Work – about his experiences with mental health and the insight he has on how we can improve the mental health of ourselves and those around us during the current Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
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Mental health has been a hot topic for a number of years both in our personal and increasingly in our business lives. The current Covid19 pandemic has only served to magnify the possibility of stress and anxiety so it is more important than ever that we are aware of the challenges and the solutions on offer to help us manage our mental wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of our family, friends and colleagues.
Like many of us, Paul’s early experiences with mental illness was fairly indirect and wasn’t really something that affected him personally. That was until his father had, as Paul describes it, a breakdown before tragically taking his own life. This was the devastating catalyst that started Paul’s journey to help educate and improve the mental health of others.
In the podcast, Calum and Paul agree that we as a society are making headway in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and the importance of maintaining good mental health more generally. It’s our ability to normalise the conversation that Paul has been focused on so that those suffering with mental health issues have the opportunity to seek help when they need it. This is particularly important during times like these where we are physically cut off from our friends and family.
In addition, Paul provides some useful tips for managing through this crisis and talks about the need for further education to help take the discussion forward and protect vulnerable people from suffering from poor mental health.
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