Welcome to The Mind Mate! An online forum for open and honest communication within the mental health realm.
My name is Tom Ahern, I'm a Crossfit coach, hopeful professional athlete, prospective published author of 'Yes I'm fine, just tired' - half a memoir, half a self-help I'm very excited about it, podcaster on @adventurefit radio and now, founder of @themindmate :).
Who is Tom Ahern?
A little bit about me and who I once was.
I was a phases person. I struggled to stick to things. My mind often wandered and, up until early 2017, I was never fully engaged. Now, however, with a tonne of anxiety, OCD, depression and de-realisation under my belt, I finally know who I am and the direction I want to head. Took me a while but I got there!
Facilitating conversations about mental health is my passion. Open and honest communication saved me from the chronic depths of depression and, whilst I feel these experiences presented a very necessary learning curve for me, I understand my viewpoint is few and far between.
I had, for much of my life, been anxious. I was ignorant of it however, having only seen the world through my own lens. In 2014 my life took a turn for the worst when external circumstances changed and my foundations were suddenly faced with volatility.
Three years later and I am a completely different person. I am a man and a very weird man at that! I am a podcaster as mentioned, a traveller and lover of vigorous physical exercise but most importantly, I feel I am someone who understands the intricacies behind my own mental health and I am very grateful of that as it is such a whacky world.
Generally speaking, mental health is a fragile concept and I am so excited and humbled to be furthering my studies to learn more about it. Every person's experience is completely unique and their own however, I feel it's time we reconciled that notion rather than move away from it.
The irony of the anxiety emotion, a trait common to every man, woman and child is that it isolates us. It's time for a change.
At The Mind Mate, you will find true accounts of past and current sufferers’ experiences as well as their own, drawn upon coping mechanisms and anxiety reduction strategies.
The Mind Mate’s aim is to change the global perspective of anxiety and mental health through the promotion of authentic mental health discourse. Talking about one’s issues should be as easy as talking about what’s on the menu for dinner or which sporting team you barrack for!
The Mind Mate can be found on social media platforms including Instagram @themindmate, YouTube and Facebook under the same name.
Let's make this an openly discussed topic!