Talks about Mental Health and Wellbeing
For anyone who has read my books will know that I am a passionate mental health advocate and have been working in the mental health arena for the last 3 years along some of the best psychological minds in the field.
I have developed 4 varied, inspiring, visual and often humorous talks for this genre, for different audiences. I am more than happy to discuss in specific details for those who are interested.
All my talks have the simple aim of not only to inspire listeners but to encourage them to have what I call the ‘important conversations’ with those who are important to them be it family or work.
Humans, especially men, are notorious at forging ahead until the wheels well and truly fly off the trolley. Why is it that we only start looking after our heart after we’ve had a heart attack? The same can be said for our mental health. Look after it now, for a better future.
Victor Frankel who wrote Man’s Search for Meaning and who spent 5 years in Auschwitz said ‘We have absolutely no control over what happens to us in life but what we have paramount control over is how we respond to those events.’
I truly believe that the majority of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety don’t need to happen. If we can spot the early warning signs, learn the skills on how to communicate effectively, find ways to seek help without fear or consequence and most importantly learn about resilience and how good can come from bad; then we’re half way there.
I’ve been developing and delivering these talks since 2005 and I can honestly say that I’ve never met a person who didn’t get it. As the old cliché goes there is a little something in it for everyone; be you a CEO, a professional sports player, a student or a farmer.
I am passionate about this subject because if you don’t have good mental health you don’t have anything but a whole lot of struggle.
Although this can be a stand alone talk, I tend to tack this onto the end of most of my talks. It brings about understanding on what exactly resilience is and how we build it with many mental & physical well being tips.
The Alphabet of the Human Heart
The A to Zen of Life. Based on the book The Alphabet of the Human Heart by myself and James Kerr, published by Pan MacMillan 2010.
A is for Adventure. B is for Balance. C is for Compassion. D is for Daring and so forth. This uplifting talk is all about how we can get the most out of life while discovering who we are and what our core purpose is.
Quiet the mind
Based on the book Quiet the Mind published by Pan MacMillan 2012.
Over a 24hr period we have up to 70,000 thoughts which works out to be about 2 thoughts for every heartbeat – basically our brains never shut up!
Meditation is one of the greatest ways we can give our over worked grey matter some valuable time out. Meditation can help decrease stress, lower blood pressure, ease pain, improve metabolism. Not only that but it can make us calmer, happier, feel more engaged, more able to get things done and most importantly it helps us be more present.
This is a no nonsense, non cosmic, easy to understand guide which is accompanied with stunning visuals from the book followed by a brief meditation for those who would like to move omwards and upwards.
The Happiness Cake
This is a talk generally for teens on what are the ingredients that go into making happiness. It is the only human emotion we actively seek and for many it’s extremely elusive. It covers aspects from friends and family, diet and exercise, values and living with purpose.
At the end of the talk we decorate a cake and eat it too.