I’m excited to share my conversation with Mark Freeman. Mark is an author (Book: “You are Not a Rock”), mental health coach, workshop facilitator and someone that I follow closely as his frequent tweets and public commentary on mental health and wellbeing are helpful for me as I live in recovery from addiction and live with bipolar disorder.
In addition to talking about stigma, mental health care and treatment for anxiety, Mark discusses his own struggles with addiction, anxiety and OCD. We were able to relate quite a bit about our past struggles and paths to recovery. We also dig into how the mental health care system is designed to foster increasing stigma. In the same way, you don’t have to have a diagnosis to get a gym membership, you shouldn’t have to have a diagnosis to get help with mental health. The solution to this broken way of thinking is an entirely new mental health care system, which we talk about in this episode.
Mark currently lives in Toronto and focuses his professional efforts on change management workshops for Fortune 50 companies, peer support for people suffering from anxiety disorders, and creating books and videos to fill the gaps in our healthcare system.
More about Mark: Website, Book, Brain School
You can connect with Mark directly via twitter @thepathtochange
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