NOTHING, I'M FINE!
Talking about mental health in a light-hearted but meaningful way, the creators of “Nothing, I’m Fine!’ podcast speaks to us about creativity, Jameela Jamil and the power of self-love.
How did you decide to start a podcast?
Loren and I had discussed and even joked about podcasting as we had all the equipment in house from my partner’s job. The joke was about starting a podcast about inexperienced girls playing video games, but as we spoke about our anxiety issues daily, it naturally became the idea to do the mental health podcast.
What is the significance of the name 'Nothing, I'm fine' ?
The significance of 'Nothing I'm Fine!’ is that that is one many phrases a person could say when they’re not feeling great, due to poor mental health. However, you feel that you can't bring yourself to speak about it in response to someone saying 'Are you ok?' or 'What's up with you?.
I found that people who don't suffer from poor mental health have also found our podcast helpful in helping them understand their loved ones who are suffering or even spotting the signs.
What advice would you give to young people today?
Being honest and opening about how you feel! Don't be afraid to seek help from those around you and just know that you are not alone in this! There is a massive community which is still growing and we're all in it together.
What more can be done for young people to help them through mental health in places such as universities and schools?
More funding for therapy and professional help that is easily accessible, compulsory lessons on self-car and implementing mindfulness and wellbeing!
What podcast of yours do you think is the most insightful and helpful and which you are most proud of?
The first one was very hard and even though we had never done this before I'm proud of this one for us taking the leap and speaking up about our poor mental health. My personal favourite episode was 'Sleep' - episode 6 because I enjoyed doing the research!
Favourite quote/saying about self-love?
‘You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection.’ - Buddha
How can self-love be further promoted for young people in the age of social media?
Educating young people to understand that self love comes from accepting you for you.
Social media has lot of negativity out there but there are lot of people out there who are very positive, unfollow the bad and spread the good - I feel amazing for it.
Follow really amazing advocates on social media (i.e Jameela Jamil) started @iweigh and she promotes body positivity and loving every inch, stretch mark, scar and anything that makes you, you.
Even a loving relationship, a past experience that you may have over a come or still battling to being a dog owner. More people like Jameela need to come out of the woodwork and support young minds. Movements like this should be implicated more and widely promoted.
Can any further steps be taken to further open the discussion of mental health?
YES!! No doubt, we need more support at schools and workplaces. More awareness in the eye of the media in a positive way. Spreading positive stories is really important with mental health. Personal experiences, especially reflections on tough times, can help people feel relief and those reading it feel less alone. I believe that the power of storytelling can change people's perspective and even some people's lives.