Hello my beautiful souls. Today I am so happy to share a beautiful conversation that everyone can benefit from listening to. I have a lovely chat with the founders of the My Mental Health Rocks campaign. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, I see the difference this conversation makes every day with others. Co-founders Leanne Macdonald and Julie Brown both work in the area of mental health and wellbeing. They are blazing the trail with this campaign. Their passion is evident and the difference they make in the lives of others is admirable.
In this episode we talk about:
- What the ‘My Mental Health Rocks’ initiative is;
- Raising awareness about mental health takes a village;
- Teaching versus exploring with children and youth; and
- Children are never broken and don’t need to be fixed.
My mental health rocks initiative really drives home the point that it takes a village. When that perspective is embraced amazing things can happen. I think the combination of Kids being Kind magazine and my mental health rocks initiative has the potential to make a huge impact.
Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:
- Teachers already have so many demands placed upon them. Adding the responsibility of emotional learning neither reasonable nor fair. Of course, there is so much emotional learning that already goes on in day to day life at school, but that should be based on what a child already knows.
- There is a difference between teaching versus exploring. Teachers have a set curriculum they have to follow. This initiative focuses on exploration – which is so fun, insightful and life-changing;
- Teachers have an incredible impact and responsibility. As Julie mentioned, everyone can remember a teacher, whether that be because of a negative or a life-changing experience. Teachers are definitely a crucial part of creating the future of our children; and
- This message is one every person needs to hear: you are not broken, life is limitless when it comes to potential and a reminder when you are struggling, whatever you are going through is a temporary experience. Knowing this makes life flow in a much more natural and less stressful way.
Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You.
To listen to the podcast on Podbean:
To listen to the podcast on iTunes:
To find out more about My Mental Health Rocks:
To find out more about Kids Being Kind Magazine:
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”
Working with children is an absolute passion for me. There is magic in each and every child. It’s an honour to be in the presence of children and young people. It’s a gift to have conversations where we get to highlight their wellbeing. In this episode, I chat with Vicky Otter, a former teacher who followed her passion and now works as a wellbeing coach and facilitator. Vicky’s enthusiasm for all she does is evident. Vicky has such a lovely presence.
In this conversation we talk about:
- Running a workshop without a set agenda;
- The power of connection, when you are completely present in the moment, with little attachment to the outcome true connection is powerful.
- All feelings are okay; and
- The benefits of having a ‘come as you are’ conversation.
I’m so happy to have connected with Vicky. She has such a beautiful heart and passion for what she does. It’s nice to exchange ideas and takeaways. This conversation was a beautiful example of the power of connection and the beauty of conversation.
Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:
- There are huge benefits to having a loose agenda for a workshop, doing so creates the opportunity for the participants to explore their own creativity;
- Listen to yourself, that’s where the wisdom is;
- In conversations the speaker often has a purpose in what they are sharing, what we often forget is that the listener will receive the information from their own personal lens – it is through that lens that they will hear the message; and
- The power of connection is immeasurable when you are truly present you give the opportunity for those you work with or are conversing with to feel like they matter. As Vicky said with her pilot project, they came together as strangers and left as friends.
Children are so authentic. Take life with a pinch of sparkle…Best advice ever.
Until next time be well, be inspired, be you.
To listen to this episode on Podbean:
To listen to this episode on iTunes:
To find out more about Vicky: