Mental Health with Ray Martin
In this interview, mental health with ray martin, Ray Martin talks to Sam Moir at the Unleash the Beast Toowoomba Symposium, about mental health issues.
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Mental Health with Ray Martin:
Sam Moir 0:05
I’m here with Ray Martin at the unleash the based mental health symposium here in Toowoomba.
Ray Martin 0:12
unleash the beast; isn’t that a great title
Sam Moir 0:15
I’m really so happy you’ve been able to bring your books, your message, being able to have the conversation around mental health here in Toowoomba, what compelled you to join unleash the base.
Ray Martin 0:26
I love the place. I’ve been here probably a dozen times. And and I first came with Aaron Williams, who was one of the great middle of my life. And he was a local,
I just think that we’re now aware that that mental health is a serious, debilitating killer with some people, and we need to approach it sensibly, we need to approach it openly. And we need to stop treating people have mental health problems, though there, they’ve got two heads, you know, we handle people, you’ve got a cancer and we let them go to work, and we and they take their their drugs and they get over cancer and mental health is the same and we should treat it if it’s schizophrenia, or bipolar or whatever, then we can live with those, we can manage those instead of putting them in a dark room and forgetting them. And so I think we need to become smart and what and caring.
Sam Moir 1:17
And I think what I’m really compelled to talk to you about with your books is everyone knows you, right? You’ve been on Australian television, you’ve been you’re not really the one interview.
You’ve been the one interviewing everyone and yet bringing all your stories and understanding to everybody’s minds. really does show that it happens to everyone. Oh, yeah.
Ray Martin 1:40
Oh, no, it does. Absolutely. In fact, you know, over 10,000 plus interviews that I talk about over the years it’s often the the less famous people who inspire me I’m not being cute about that. I mean obviously people like Donald Redmond or Fred hollows inspire me but but other people who just working community or you know Quentin Can I hand the young guy who died at 42 the other day who was had a this brittle bone disease that Mike Willacy made famous he and he was in a wheelchair and sucking on oxygen tank for the last several years of his life. And I got to know very well and talking about a lot and spend time with them and but he didn’t winch he used to get a nice to, you know, have a sore arm or Sony and and think of woe is me. And this bloke was living on borrowed time for 43 years of his life. And yet never Winston, he just he used to say don’t talk about my disability, talk about my ability. And it’s so true. And the same thing is don’t talk about someone’s mental illness, talk about the positive side of life, talk about things they can do around the things that can’t
Sam Moir 2:45
well, and I find that the level of strength that is to just be able to come out and talk about it is something we should be, you know, being supportive and positive about people really earning it to be able to move forward and connect with their families and, and relationships that this is what’s going on. And then, you know, help me is is one of the biggest
Ray Martin 3:07
and we discuss it. And the fact is that it’s it is such a an ever present problem. It’s so widespread, you know, the great people from the Churchill so Winston Churchill and people like that, who had their own disabilities and managed to cover it for a long time, people don’t have, you know, have eating disorders who covered that’s a terribly debilitating problem of hearing voices in your head, and to get on with life. And yet, you know, this is what people have anorexia and sound heaven. And similarly, with schizophrenia, it’s a bit like, bit like refugees, you know, that refugees, that one of the refugees and soon to live in Syria, or live in the, in China, wherever they were they born with their families, or the same as people don’t want mental illness. They don’t want it. They’re not, they’re not wallowing in the grief, they hate it. And so why should we add to the problems by by not caring for them, and by not giving the chance. So what we’re going to do is just accepted as a problem like cancer, you know, like diabetes and get on with life. And, you know, just let them live, and let them enjoy and let them progress and succeed. Which they can do as long as we don’t sort of labor them and label them.
Sam Moir 4:12
So I’ll wrap it up with you, thank you so much. But if you were to one last thing, if you were to see anything change, or what you hope would change around all of that, from all the different people that you met? What What would you like to see going forward
Ray Martin 4:27
quickly, we have to politicians and, and, and public servants and next door neighbors have to accept it as an illness and treat it accordingly. And, and deal with it as an illness known as some aberration and some some problem, it’s an illness that we just have to cope with, and deal and get on with life. But the other thing is that I’d say to them and to anyone else who’s facing it is just have a go. I mean, don’t you know, the only person who can honestly and it’s tough as it is, if you’re, if you’re ill, physically or mental is to go and have a guy but have a guy you’re the only one who can actually change it all the psychologists in the world can maybe easier through the problems that you’re the one who’s going to finally beat it and you’re the one who’s going to get to cope with it and so you know, Here am I sitting here healthy and and and wise but but unconvinced as I got older, that it is about you know, you’ve got to do it now will give you as much help as we can give you and we’ll make sure you get the pills or make sure that you’re not set upon the general there’s no bias or bigotry around what you do. But you’re gonna have to go and do it and you’re going to get up out of that fetal position and and go out and face the day or you’re going to have to do some exercise or you’re going to have to etc. And so it’s as hard as that is sorry, I love you know, he’s gonna have to do it and you’ve got one foot in front of the other and have a go
Sam Moir 5:50
well, thank you. That’s absolutely amazing message for today. I’m so glad we had a chat. Thank you. Right
Ray Martin 5:55
thanks, Sam. My pleasure and a good luck to all the people who are suffering because I do notice that and
let’s get a shoulder
Sam Moir 6:04
Thank you so much.
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