At the start of the new year, we launched our new YouTube Channel, ‘Talking Mental Health’ where I'll be sitting down alongside my Dad, Steven Sylvester, a Chartered Psychologist & Author to discuss the importance of talking about our thoughts, feelings and emotions for our mental health and wellbeing.
In the above video, I address the misconception between mental health and mental illness, in order to highlight that our focus for the series is entirely on our mental health, which according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is defined as:
"... a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
(Links at the bottom of the article for further resources on Mental Health vs Mental Illness)
As the video progresses we refer to a short film by the British Psychological Society (BPS) in which my Dad and I both featured. (Link Below). It highlights the roles of psychologists and the impact the subject has had on society and culture. What’s of particular interest to us, is that the film makes reference to the increase in research and rise in awareness of prevention strategies for poor mental health. This is encouraging as I believe moving forward, the best way to address the rise in prevalence of poor mental health issues, especially amongst young people, is through better prevention strategies, such as education on how to sustain good mental health and wellbeing.
One way to achieve this is through more conversation in the media regarding mental health to increase awareness. It has been great to see more charities, companies and celebrities endorse open discussions about our mental health in recent weeks. For example, at the start of 2020 football fans would have seen the Heads Up campaign in association with the Football Association delaying all Emirates FA Cup third-round games by one minute to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about mental health. In the video (7:27), my Dad and I reflect on how great this is to see, particularly in the context of his work with elite sportsmen and women. Steven outlines his own experiences with dealing with discussions around the mental health of sports professionals and how open conversations and team discussions can go such a long way. (Link below for Steven's article: "It's Good To Talk")
Alongside this video, you'll find two more in which we each individually outline our stories and why we are staring this series. If you haven’t seen "Zak’s Story" in which I provide some background as to why I have such an interest in this topic and how the conversations I've had towards understanding my mental health has aided my journey so far, click below to watch.
You will also be able to find "Steven’s Story", in which he talks about his journey from Professional Cricketer to Chartered Psychologist.
You can watch that here:
We are both really excited to be bringing this series to you and look forward to releasing the next installment to the series this Friday. Be sure to head over to the channel and subscribe so you don’t miss it and get in touch and let us know what your thoughts are on the series.
Thanks for reading!
Links and further resources:
• Steven's Article: "It's Good To Talk"
• Mental Health vs Mental Illness - Understanding the difference by Samaritans:
"Mental Health vs Mental Illness: knowing the difference, and where to get help"
• Huffington Post Mental Health awareness article:
What's The Difference Between Mental Health And Mental Illness?
• Heads Ups Campaign and Recourses for mental health awareness & issues:
"THE SIMPLE STEPS WE CAN ALL TAKE TO LOOK AFTER OUR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING"
• Link to Chartered Psychologists Directory on the British Psychological Society (BPS) website: https://www.bps.org.uk/lists/DIR
• "We are Psychologists" Short film by the BPS, that Zak & Steven featured in.