The year is 2015. It is round 6 and I am about to take the field. I can’t remember the game plan, I don’t even really care who I’m playing all I know is that if I take a step on that field I’ll get a nice little bonus in my bank account. The next eighty minutes is a blur, I have a mare of a game and I find myself sitting in the locker room afterwards wondering what happened.
What I didn’t know then is that this would be the most important lesson I would learn in my career and would ultimately send me on a journey of self discovery and into the minds of athletes around the world.
Welcome to Open My Brain, a website dedicated to breaking down the stigma surrounding Mental Well-Being (MWB).
Mental health is a social issue that needs addressing. This is difficult as it is a subject that is easier to ignore than accept. The stigma surrounding MWB leaves a sour taste in our mouth. Why? Because mental well-being is commonly associated with things such as depression, anxiety and suicide. This is reinforced by psychiatrists who through no fault of their own are looking at why people are unhappy and depressed. What if we looked at people who are happy? Into a field known as positive psychology. What if?
The answer for me is in understanding. That is why I am here. I want to create a platform for people to comfortably explore MWB, not behind the closed doors of a shrinks office. MWB receives a fraction of the respect it deserves. Leading companies and sports teams alike are investing heavily into this field. It is the final frontier of performance based industry. Why? Its growth potential is intangible and infinite. To tap into and invest in this area can provide us with strategies to exceed in the modern environment of pressure, deadlines and hardships. Through a series of Vodcasts and interviews I will be jumping into the minds of elite sportspeople, CEO’s and your everyday Joe to share experiences, change perceptions and understand how individual mindsets deal with life’s pressures.