In this episode, we’re joined by Hannah Young for our series Reach for Wellness. Hannah created Hexis 21, which provides high-quality training for young people and professionals. The tools provided are designed to develop the core competencies of critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration. We’ll be discussing the language we use around mental health. Are mental health and mental wellbeing the same, or different?
Hannah starts off by sharing how she became interested in the way we think about who we are, and how we think about ourselves (also known as metacognition). Being curious about ourselves and the world around us helps us develop in a meaningful way. Hannah also tells us her educational background as well as her affiliations with other organizations.
Ryan and Hannah talk about what it means to find your place in the world. Hannah gives advice for young people who feel stuck right now, which is especially relevant for those who feel like they need to know exactly where they are supposed to be in the world.
Opening up to someone is a huge step to take at any age, but it can be especially tough for young people. Hannah emphasizes approaching them with non-judgement and safety. If you use language that reflects that, you’re more likely to show that you provide a welcoming environment for those young people during their difficulties.
Hannah and Ryan address the question of the day regarding the difference between mental health and mental wellbeing. Language changes over time, as does meaning. The connotations that are attached can change depending on your unique perspective and even your age. It’s important to not only talk about it but be aware of the language you yourself use around it.
Hexis 21: https://www.hexis21.com/
Hannah’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footofthehill/