This week, I sit down with Jaclyn Brown of Mental Health and Us, a podcast offering practical self-care and wellness tips to help other mental health sufferers and their loved ones cope.

Her podcast takes inspiration from her 20+ year battle with depression and anxiety, and her survival of an abusive childhood, to shine a positive light on a dark subject matter.

Topics up for discussion this week include:

  • how her podcast came from her journey with anxiety and depression
  • why she wanted to encourage more people to talk about their mental health
  • why she finds writing easier than podcasting if doing it herself
  • why being a solo podcaster made it really hard for her to get started
  • why she chooses anxiety as her niche, and how depression plays into that 
  • how mental illness changes as your life changes
  • how her social anxiety has benefited from the pandemic lockdown
  • what are some of the challenges she’s found as a mother to a child with anxiety issues during a pandemic 
  • how she came to write Young Adult books
  • how her abusive childhood helped shape the characters in her early books 
  • what she’s doing different for her kids versus what she experienced as a kid
  • why she feels it’s so important to acknowledge displays of emotion
  • why she wants her podcast to be a casual and lighter approach to mental health
  • why her mother is her hero 

Join me for a chat about finding light in the darker tunnels that life can take you down.

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