FKTHESTIGMA CAMPAIGN - INTERVIEWS

FKTHESTIGMA CAMPAIGN - INTERVIEWS

AS PART OF OUR #FKTHESTIGMA CAMPAIGN, EACH WEEK WE WILL BE INTERVIEWING AND TALKING TO SOME INCREDIBLE PEOPLE ABOUT THE TOPIC OF MENTAL HEALTH. 
THE AIM OF THIS IS TO SPREAD AWARENESS, MAKE MENTAL HEALTH CONVERSATION ACCEPTABLE, PALATABLE AND SHOW THAT IT’S REALL IS OKAY TO BE YOU! 
 THIS WEEK WE INTERVIEWED PADDY WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE TO MEET, HE IS ONE OF IT’S OKAY AMAZING AMBASSADORS AND HAS BEEN A ROCK TO THE BRAND SO HERE’S PADDY.

 

Who are you and what does the term mental illness mean to you?

 

My name is Paddy and I am a mental health advocate from south west England, I have suffered all my life with depression and anxiety…. It all stemmed from savage times as a child of seeing the dark side of the world around me. I always believed life was cruel until I changed the way I looked at my life. So mental illness to me is close to my heart and I love helping others see light.

 

Why do you think men ESPECIALLY are so reluctant to speak about their mental health?

I think men find it hard to speak out because the ‘letting down your armour conversation’ doesn’t happen enough, and so if a man is hiding behind the ‘mask of strength’ this puts more pressure as he may not want to experience more vulnerability by showing other people he’s struggling as it may take his pride away of being more than what he’s struggling with. But every man’s demon does not define him. He is an icon and hero for sharing his experiences of his struggles not only to the people but to himself.

 

Do you think today’s society is more accepting of men’s mental health?

Todays society has a lot of psychological pressures through media along with painful experiences… But I know through this massive uprise of people talking about it and normalising it, the vulnerable will hopefully in good time will speak about it more openly as the influence of society should rub off on them we hope 🙏🏽

 

How do you think COVID has affected mental health?

 

Covid times to me is some serious isolation times… staying alone or with the same people in can either make or break you.. because you either become your best friend to be kind to yourself or you begin to be your enemy to then hate yourself. It’s a challenge living with yourself if you do not perceive yourself in a positive way.

 

 

 

What advice would you give to men reading this now who may be struggling with their mental health?

 

 

Where can people find more about what you do?

 

My advice guys is to find that one mate, family member or even a complete stranger that you know will listen to you and talk about the issues along with any possible solutions. This is all about problem solving when it comes to opening up with someone. You never know what great ideas you both might have up your sleeve from opening up about your mental state! Meanwhile, find motivators and coaches online to completely transform you Mentally

 

Finally what comes to mind when you hear our strap line It's Okay 2be you?

 

I love it’s okay 2be you strap line as for when I’m wearing the clothing I am passionate about exposing what it means to be okay with who you are, how you feel and what you go through. It all starts with acceptance which creates peace. A great strap line! 

 

Where can people find you on social media

I can be found on instagram @openupwithpaddy

 

This just leaves us to say thank you so much to Paddy for taking time our to speak to us and share he’s amazing insights into mental health and as we said.. He’s an incredible guy so please give him a follow!

 

More next week! :)

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