IT’S okay not to feel okay – that’s the message from Emily Taylor who is launching a podcast on mental health this week.
Over 14 episodes Emily will be exploring the topic with a selection of people who have been to the brink and pulled themselves round.
“I’m trying to destigmatise the whole taboo thing of mental health,” said Emily, from Hunt End.
“It’s nothing to feel ashamed of and talking about it, especially in men, can help so much.”
The mum of two admits her own family have been touched by mental health issues which have spurred her to launch the podcast in a bid to help others.
“It can be brought on by so many things, depression, loss, life changing events, anything that life throws at them and affects their coping mechanism,” she adds.
“In the interviews we explore the issues they faced and how they overcame them.
“And it’s probably more pertinent that ever now with the impact of coronavirus, the lockdown, being furloughed, or perhaps losing their jobs, people are feeling vulnerable right now.
“Coronavirus is impacting on everyone, and some are coping and some are struggling, and I’m hoping the podcast may be able to help by listening to other people sharing their what they’ve gone through and how they overcame them.”
The ‘Don’t Look Down’ podcast with Emily Taylor launches on Friday, May 1 and is available on Podbeam, Spotify and iTunes and she’ll be posting links on social media sites.
The series has been entirely funded by Emily and there will also be an archive so listeners can go back over previous episodes.