More In Common Podcast

What’d We Learn /// The Stigma Around Mental Illness /// E020

June 22, 2018

In this brief follow up we talk about what we learned in "The Stigma Around Mental Illness" with Brescia. If you didnt get a chance to listen quite yet go back and check it out, it's Episode020.     Transcript: Keith: All right welcome back or welcome to more in common this is our social experiment here we find and create unity we're doing it by exposing people their stories their mindsets and the reasons for them.  It's our social experiment to find common ground and make this world a better place.  We try to do it by exposing so-called difficult topics such as race politics religion mental health and evaluating people's stories their thoughts and the reasons for having them Rodney: And we challenge our ability to evolve how we see and think of each other ultimately exposing that we have more in common than that which divides useven while rooted in differing points of view. I'm Rodney... Keith: and I'm Keith Rodney: We're more common so hey thank you for being here a couple of quick announcements you can catch us catch us and all of our content on our website moreincommonpod.com it's a mouthful moreincommonpod.com from there you can get to everything that we're doing our episodes our blogs our socials and our apparel we have shirts if you want to support us. Pick up a shirt, has a great message, they feel good. and with that we'll jump into today's follow-up episode of Brescia where we talked about her challenges with mental illness and mental health and just how awesome she is as a human being in general. Keith, what did you what are you taking away from our conversation with Brescia what are you been thinking about? Keith: Well I think one it's one of those things especially being a dad and you think about all of the possibilities of the life that that our daughters will experience and so, on the on the downside it's like man you know I want to do everything I can but I know I can't control everything. So really trying to find by parenting rhythm around that mentality and in just how awesome Brescia is and navigating that in her experience and her life.  You know she's what early 20s and she's certainly gone through a lot, more than I have right. I think the other thing that I've taken away from that conversation especially having listened to it a couple of times is… your interaction in that dialogue. I studied psychology, right. I've been diagnosed with a depression. I've you know, navigated this ecosystem in one fashion or another for a long time. So talking about mental illness is actually pretty normal for me if you will. But knowing it's not for you and having you know engaged so well in that conversation but I noticed it right and how you how you worked and navigated through it as someone who doesn't talk about it all that often.  So I thought that was it was a bit of a I don't want to call I mean I guess I'll call it a lightbulb moment of the difficulty of these conversations for most people not just myself right.  Like can you kind of take advantage of your own world that you live in so you know it's helping me frame the importance of having that conversation.  Because I would otherwise say yeah, of course, it's important we should do it right but it's not the easiest thing for everybody to navigate right. Rodney: Yeah like super uncomfortable for me I mean I don't, I don't like you said I haven't been diagnosed I don't I didn't study it I don't get it. From a very academic or I think logical standpoint like I understand the things that Brescia was telling us.  And in that mean that opened a lot of a lot of doors and a lot of things for me.  Like just to try and glimpse it more,