Welcome to the home of the Mind-Matters Podcast. I have some fantastic interviews lined up and constantly on the look out for more people willing to share their stories that fit the objective of the series, which is to explore how people have survived negative life events and come back stronger each time without knowing how. We then delve into what they did, how they’ve changed and any proactive steps they’ve taken to continue to deliberately develop their psychological resiliancy proactively.
If you are interested in sharing your story then please get in touch.
This frst interview is with Stephen Finlayson who was in the British Army and then RAF Regiment and operated as a sniper in Afghanistan. We talk about his life and careers and his new move into helping kids deal with stress, anxiety and depression at school as well as his desire to do more for veterans. He showed amazing compassion for a complete stranger in his home town of Carlisle a couple of years ago who turned out to be a homeless veteran.
You can see the video of his story on my website by following the link below: simonmaryan.com/2018/03/05/icarus-online/ scroll down the page and you’ll find the video titled ‘The Good Samaritan’.
In this second epsiode I talk to Tamsin Astor PhD who talks about dealing with her youngest son being diagnosed at the age of just 2 with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system.
She talks about the struggle to get her concerns heard and recognised by the doctors, hearing the diagnisis and dealing with the whole treatment process and being strong for her son, her family and herself.
She talks later about her divorce and how now, ten years on her son is clear and healthy and how they are planning a ten year celebration of him being clear.
It’s a highly emotive story, hugely inspirational and I hope you get as much from it as I have.
You can find out more about Tamsin by going to her website www.tamsinastor.com
This episode is a conversation with Mark Monaghan, a former Royal Navy Submariner. Mark talks candidly about his experience of leaving the Royal Navy and his struggles with the transition. He talks about how in reflection, his mental health issues began before he left the Navy and it was not identified so no treatment was given.
Mark is passionate about helping veterans deal with their mental health issues and with the transition into civilian life and manages a page on facebook called help for Veterans.
This conversation gives some wonderful insights into what it’s like to leave the military and how it can affect a persons mental health through confusion over identity, purpose and direction and having to adapt to a completely different mindset and approach to work and life.
Mind-Matters Podcast Series #4: Judith Hammond
This episode is a conversation with Judith Hammond who I first met in 2013 as we were on the same NLP Trainers course. Judith tals about being abused by her mother physically, mentally, verbally and psychologically/emotionally.
Judith explains how this conditioned her through her life and how she coped with this and work place bullying, abusive relationships and always managing to find the reserves to be there for her own kids despite all this.
It’s a deep and emotional conversation full of amazing insight into her life and how she has dealt with traumatic experiences. I have no doubt that like me, you will gain so much from it.