Christmas can be a difficult time if you’re suffering from low mental health, especially as it marks the end of a grim 2020. Mental Monday will be live to bring you company throughout the festive period and you can see the full schedule below.
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About Mental Monday
I’ve finalised the Christmas Schedule for Mental Monday and can announce it below.
All these videos will be available on YouTube here, and you’ll be able to watch the repeat if you can’t make it live.
It’s such a privilege to have a voice and a platform where I can open up the conversation about mental health. These Christmas episodes are a chance to continue the conversation, and to have a catch-up and check in with our mental health.
Christmas can be a difficult time, especially this year. Maybe there are arguments over what families you ‘bubble up’ with or maybe you don’t see anyone at all.
Whatever your situation I want Mental Monday to be a place where you can drop in, even for 5 minutes and have that interaction, and be part of that conversation. And it also gives me a chance to talk about how I’m feeling, to show the mental health conversation isn’t something to shy away from.
Below I’ve broken down the different Mental Monday episodes that will take place over Christmas and a rough guide to what they’ll be about.
This is an unscripted conversation, so below are my ideas of what I want to talk about but of course, we’ll pick up what’s going on in the world, any mental health news, and developments in my personal life. You get to control the conversation in chat so do get in touch.
If you have any feedback email me [email protected] or tweet me @jakeswrites.
Mental Monday Schedule:
Bonus Monday Episode – 21st – 7 PM
To start the week they’ll be a bonus episode of Mental Monday. Coming up:
- Discussing Christmas Plans, Situations, Things we’re looking forward to and those that aren’t
- Tiers lockdowns and anxiety in an uncertain world
- Feelings, how we’re coping and how we’re dealing with them
- Running through your suggestions so far.
Christmas Eve – 24th – 7PM
- Social Anxiety, what it feels like and how I overcome it
- Speaking (or not speaking) to family and friends etc
- Last thoughts before Christmas covering what’s going on in the world.
Christmas Day 25th – The big 7 PM
- The big day talking about how it’s been, what we’ve done and how we’ve felt
- Emotions and experiences reaching out for support
- Self-care and how little things matter.
Boxing Day (26th) – 7 PM
- Looking towards future plans and another year
- Showing some of the best Christmas mental health content
- Wrap up of any thoughts and points that have come up on previous shows.
And there you have it. This is just my basic outline (so I’ve got something to talk about) but all these discussions are unscripted and we’ll have an open conversation in the moment.
Being able to speak like this about mental health helps me process and get through what’s going on. I’d love for you to drop in and be part of that conversation too and get involved and let me know your thoughts.
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By Jake Symons
Jake Symons is an entrepreneur and passionate mental health advocate determined to share his story to help others. Alongside writing on this blog he hosts Mental Monday: Mental Health Live a biweekly intimate and unscripted conversation about mental health.