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Mental health podcast interview with Rooftop writer Tom York

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In a new taboo-tackling podcast interview, the Rooftop’s Tom York shares his personal experiences of managing anxiety and stress at work, and of living with bipolar disorder.

Published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 (15-21 May), Tom’s interview with campaigner and Top 10 ranked UK Mental Health Blogger Mike Douglas, is featured in the latest episode of the Open Journal Podcast.

In the interview, Tom speaks about the impact mental health issues can have on relationships, the importance of finding the right support, the joy he experiences from having a pet dog, and how his husband confronts mental illness with sensitivity and humour – most recently by writing and directing an award-winning stage play that challenges misconceptions about ‘queer love mental health’.

Tom also talks about his passion for The Rooftop – the online home of positive news – providing listeners with an insight into The Rooftop’s new Real Voices feature series and the Rooftop News Podcast.

Tom said: “A huge thanks to Mike Douglas for giving me an opportunity to share my experiences with mental health on the Open Journal,

“I am a long-time fan of the podcast and hope that sharing my story can raise further awareness and contribute to ending the stigmas that still prevent many people who are struggling from asking for help.”

Open Journal Podcast host and producer, Mike Douglas, said: “Thank you so much to Tom for sharing his experiences and insights. It was a privilege to get to sit down and chat with Tom and to hear about the amazing things that are happening in the York household. Happy Mental Health Awareness Week 2023.”

Tom added: “It’s so important for everyone, particularly those of us who work in campaigning, charity or social enterprise sectors to remember that no matter how passionate we may feel about our jobs, the emotional investment we place in our work should never come at the cost of our mental health.”

Listen to Tom’s interview on Spotify and Apple Podcasts at the links below
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  1. This article is an important contribution to ending the stigmas surrounding mental health. The podcast interview with Tom York provides a candid and insightful view of living with bipolar disorder while managing anxiety and stress at work. It is a powerful message and encourages people to seek help.
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