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63. From Trapped to Thriving

Today’s episode is an interview with photographer and filmmaker Rick Bebbington, owner of Finale Studios, a photography and film business that helps businesses elevate their brand and products using strong, emotive video and photography content.

Rick speaks openly about his experiences with mental health, particularly around the process of grief after the loss of his parents, acceptance and coping mechanisms. He also talks about the process of seeking out help throughout his life due to fluctuating mental health.

Also discussed:

(1:02) Intro

(03:56) Rick’s mental health experiences, including experiencing the loss of his father, the experience of grief within a family, the troubles of acceptance with grief

(10:47) Later on in Rick’s mental health experience, not enjoying specific aspects of education, further experiences of grief due to the loss of his mother, how grief affects us

(19:06) Coping mechanisms for grief, the concept of control

(26:45) How grief changes as time passes, mental health coping mechanisms such as alcohol and food, living up to expectations and feeling trapped

(34:33) Mounting pressure, symptom manifestation/warning signs of mental health coming to the surface, the process of seeking out counselling/therapy, what was learned during therapy

(42:11) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), personal responsibility and self-management, how things have changed over the past few years

(48:34) How Rick has experienced mental health struggles on and off in the years since CBT, job changes and changes in priorities in terms of career, feeling trapped and self-reflecting

(1:01:56) The process of self-reflection, journaling, noticing patterns of behaviour and keeping accountability, wellbeing as an everyday thing, expectations when it comes to personal development

(1:13:40) Pursuing what you want even if the reasoning doesn’t seem logical, exploring creativity

(1:19:49) Rick’s message to anyone resonating with his experiences

(1:24:16) Closing comments

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