Sarah Fader hosts the podcast “This is What Anxiety Feels Like” Recently, Sarah invited me to talk with her about mental health and my own related experiences. I’ve transcribed some of the highlights of our discussion and shared them with you, below:
On being open to sharing one’s own mental health struggles:
“So it wasn’t always that way with the openness [about mental health and depression] – it’s something that happened over time, and it took several years . . . . I just had the therapeutic need to write about it and I wrote a piece about it called ‘Intro to Alone‘ . . . my first reaction was there is absolutely no way that I’m publishing this – what if someone at work found out or people I knew – and my compromise was to publish it anonymously . . . and that was how I first got involved in mental health. Over time, I’ve spoken about it a lot and written about it a lot, and now I write in my very own name.”
On understanding depression and other mental health issues:
On how traditional masculine culture can make dealing with mental health issues harder:
On strength through authenticity:
Listen to the full audio of the interview on the podcast: GMP Suicide Chat – With Michael Kasdan
Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a 501(c)(3) mental health non-profit organization that the Good Men Project has partnered with on mental health initiatives. She lives with panic disorder. www.sarahfader.com. “This is What Anxiety Feels Like” is her podcast.