Ben West is one of the most engaged mental health campaigners in the UK, committed to making real change around mental health in our society. In 2018, at just 17 years old, Ben’s world collapsed around him when he tragically and unexpectedly lost his brother to suicide.
The loss of Sam, aged only 15 when he died, propelled Ben to take positive action from this tragedy and concentrate his pain into a drive to campaigning around mental health awareness, suicide prevention and fundamentally changing how we approach mental health, especially in schools and the education system. In this episode of the podcast we chat to Ben about mental health in your twenties and the importance of taking care of yourself.
In this episode we discuss:
- The loss of Ben’s brother Sam in 2018
- How Ben’s relationship and thoughts about mental health have changed over the past 4 Years.
- Suppressing emotions – balloon analogy
- Tips for helping someone who is struggling
- Toxic masculinity – male mental health
- Therapy – car wash analogy
- Schools only wanting to accept responsibility for academic education
- His biggest lesson in his twenties
- The challenges he feels are sometimes holding him back
- Ben’s advice to his 20 year old self