Competitive, adventurous, life of the party, a rock.
All things friends might have said about Reid before, through the course of a year, he experienced a series of setbacks: a close friend died, he was laid off and he broke his arm while snowboarding. Those setbacks put him in a depression that robbed him of his interest in family, friends and getting up into the mountains. Armed with a diagnosis, Reid tackled depression like any injury: repair, rehab and build the muscle that reduces the risk of further injury. Now, as a result of directing the video “Shadows : A Conversation About Men’s Mental Health”, Reid has become a mental health advocate. He encourages men to share their experience of struggling with mental health.
In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Reid and I discuss why men aren’t good at talking about their feelings. We make the case that mental and physical health are the same. Reid shares the support he got for mental health at the tech company he works for, and gives a template for the experience everyone should have managing mental health at work.
- “Shadows : A Conversation About Men’s Mental Health” (video)
- “TED Talk : We all need to practice emotional first aid” (video)
- Lost Connections by Johann Hari (book)
- CMHA Suicide Prevention Training (education)
- Canadian Mental Health Association (organization)
- Third Space Coffee Kelowna (organization)
- Third Space Mind (counseling services organization)
- Reid’s social (Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube)
Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience with mental illness. They are not trained medical professionals. If you are considering making a change to your treatment plan, please contact a medical professional.
Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
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