Robbie Williams Talks Mental Health

Love him or loathe him Robbie Williams has recently appeared on the Wellness that Works podcast talking about mental health, particularly men’s mental health. It is an incredibly honest and moving account of his own mental health with proper advice for fellow sufferers.

For the record, I am a big fan of Robbie Williams, but I feel this is a must-watch for anyone with mental illness.

Read on for my thoughts about the podcast, a link to the video and links to other helpful mental health organisations.

Talking about mental health is becoming more common but men are still less likely to be open about how they are feeling. Do men see it as a weakness rather than an illness, or do they feel it’s not acceptable to talk about feelings?  It is so important to reduce the stigma of men’s mental health as the suicide rate for men is much higher than women.

 

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Screenshot of Robbie Williams from the Wellness That Works podcast/video

 

Watch the video below to hear Robbie Williams talking about his own depression, anxiety and addictions and how he manages his mental health.  He is very inciteful and open, and this podcast video shows that mental health can affect absolutely anyone.  I think it’s great that celebrities are talking about their own mental health as it opens conversations amongst others.

The interviewer, Candice Braithewaite, is fabulous and talks about her own history and coping methods with depression too.

They talk about their own experiences with mental health and how therapy, food and exercise can help. They also touch on the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people and those who are good for you.

This is a thoroughly endearing and open interview, and I really do feel this is a worthwhile watch for anyone who may be struggling with their own mental health. Talk is good.

Watch “Robbie Williams Talks Mental Health” filmed during the Wellness That Works podcast.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the video podcast.

Do you think celebrities talking about mental health helps raise awareness?

Are men more likely to seek help if they hear more men talk about mental health?

What more can be done to help people, but men especially, with mental health issues?

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Here are some links for professional and charitable mental health organisations.

NHS – inc free therapy
The Samaritans
MIND
Mental Health Foundation
CALM

 

4 thoughts on “Robbie Williams Talks Mental Health

  1. Interesting questions, Jo! I definitely think men tend to suffer more in silence and that can exacerbate things. I think the worst thing about issues of mental health is the stigma attached to them. I either hid my own or swore I was “healed” for years out of fear of appearing weak, but it just doesn’t work like that. I think the whole concept of “mental health” should be scrapped. They are medical conditions. To put them in a category all their own suggests people can simply think their way out of it.. The truth is it’s caused by chemical changes in the body that need to be healed. Even vitamin deficiencies can cause “mental illness” and many researchers are coming around to the opinion that several are neurological disorders, such as schizophrenia and DID. Even when caused by trauma, both chemical changes and the psychological effects need to be addressed and frankly I don’t think anyone escapes trauma in this world. It’s not weakness. It’s not a personality flaw. It’s a medical condition. I think the more we can spread that message by whatever means, the better! Xx

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  2. I agree with everything they mention and feel like exercise is a big one. In ways I do think men tend to be hush-hush about mental health, but it seems to be viewed as a weakness from men and women. My husband was raised that way–to stay quiet about sickness in general because talking about it was considered negative. It’s not something I agree with. I tell my kids the opposite because if they’re feeling scared or depressed, I want them to know they can confide in me. Thank you for sharing this!

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