This is Undam The River :: a mental health podcast where Damian Oleksiuk interviews people who've gone through or are going through mental health stuff. I've personally been in the mental hospital, been diagnosed with bipolar, and have been on and off meds for six years. I've also found some incredible coping strategies and ways of going about things that have helped me get stable and movin. Throughout this process, I've met some rad people with incredible stories that I'm excited to bring onto the pod. Hope yah dig!
I talk with Amy Rollo, a great friend, an incredible photographer, and my now ex who was dating me when I first started having panic attacks and went into the mental hospital. We talk about our relationship, my hospital visit, her own mental health stuff including anxiety and insomnia, and more.
What happens when someone explores suicidal thoughts while being recorded, before having a clear idea of what's happening? This is me, Damian Oleksiuk, having suicidal thoughts and recording my way through them. This is not a cry for help, but more meant for a way to talk through, understand, explore, and express a tough state of mind while actually being in it. As always, I'm not a medical professional - I don't know what you should do. This is not meant as a substitute for seeking official medical treatment. For those seeking help, google "crisis hotline" or call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
On today's episode, Damian Oleksiuk and Faruk Ates talk about how different countries treat mental health issues, writing ridiculous things to trick your brain, how Faruk's cat's death lead to his newest venture, and more. Recorded at the Mental Health Hackathon in San Francisco.