Ep. 123 It Ain’t Weak to Speak: A Conversation on Mental Health + Breaking the Stigma - with Sam Webb of LIVIN.org

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Today’s episode is an important conversation. 1 in 7 young people experience a mental illness in any given year, and far too many suffer in silence due to the stigma that surrounds mental health and lack of understanding. Sam Webb, Co-Founder of LIVIN.org, is on a mission to change this.  

 

 

Sam is championing a space where people feel comfortable talking about any mental health issues, and any emotions that feel so overwhelming you can’t cope with them on your own. He is a bright light that has experienced a lot of darkness. Since his best friends suicide, Sam has made it his mission to promote the mantra “It Ain’t Weak to Speak” to save others who might be suffering silently.

 

Sam reminds us that that our presence, our listening and caring ear, our encouragement to find help, can change someone’s life.

 

If you or anyone you know are having thoughts of suicide, there is always someone available to listen:

 

We talk about…

 

  • The tragic origin story of LIVIN

  • Making the conversation around mental health cool

  • Asking for help

  • The lack of understanding around mental illness

  • Sam’s own mental health journey

  • The relationship between masculinity and silence

  • Substance abuse and mental health

  • The sleep deprivation epidemic

  • Sam’s self-care routine

  • Experiencing compassion fatigue

  • Why listening is THE most important thing when someone is seeking support

  • Giving people the tools to seek and help + identify warning signs

  • Feeling alone being part of the mental health challenge

  • Working with parents + helping them listen

  • Finding the unique mental health “workout” that works best for you

 

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