Mental: Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know about Mental Health [Book Review]

With everything that’s going on people are using words like crazy, insane, it’s nuts.

We’re being told that social isolation is going to create some mental health issues for people

What does this actually mean? This week we’re reviewing a Book that can help us to understand

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re reviewing a book that talks about mental health in a refreshingly clear and candid way that everyday people like you and me need to understand. The book is called Mental: Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know about Mental Health By Dr Steve Ellen and Catherine Deveny

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • Why Mental Health work is fluid in nature
  • Why we have a lot more control over our mental health than we may think
  • The power of talk therapy

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

The Biopsychosocial model of mental health causes

“which suggested that disorders have biological, psychological and social causes. For example depression has biological causes, for example brain chemistry and genetics, suggesting that some people may be predisposed, but it also has psychological causes, such as loss or trauma, furthermore it has social causes… abuse, life events, isolation, social disadvantage”

We can use ‘psychological first aid’ to manage our mental health

“This was a term used to describe the five pillars of good mental health which include good sleep, healthy nutrition, exercise, stress management and relationships. All of our circumstances our different, however I was encouraged because speaking for myself, I’ve got some control over these 5 pillars; which suggests I have some control over my mental health.. according to the book”

Many mental health disorders have a social cause

“However a deeper understanding of the social causes of mental health does suit our purposes and points towards a need for organisations, for institutions to address how existing structures contribute to mental ill health in society”


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Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

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Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

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Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
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  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences