Are You Really OK?: Understanding Britain’s Mental Health Emergency

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This was a really great read. I watched Roman and started to become aware of him after I'm a Celebrity. I'm not a big Capital radio fan so wasn't aware of him as such but knew who he was because of his Dad mainly, but it's clear he doesn't really like people to associate him as for who his parents are and actually he turned down an offer to go in I'm a Celeb 3 years previous because he felt he hadn't made himself enough of a character and a place in the world and people would just know him as Martin Kemp's son, which is very admirable. We tend to assume we’re okay—until we’re not. Getting healthy is an ongoing process that requires you to stop, dig deep, and ask yourself the hard questions. The Kate Middleton fit thing was genuinely an accident,” insists Roman. “It was about the terminology for the dress!

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I am a big fan of Stacey Dooley and have watched many of her documentaries on BBC3. I think she has a real talent at creating a comfortable environment for people to talk about themselves. She's a great active listener and isn't afraid to ask important questions.But if enough wrong things happen that exceed someone’s ability to cope, no matter how privileged they are, they will get ill’ One surprise for me was about emotions. Being in tune with our emotions is not something we are born knowing how to do. It is a skill we must learn. Fileta suggests using the tool of expressive writing as a practical way of developing the skill. Fileta covers all aspects of being, mental, emotional, spiritual and physical, because they all work together. She helps us investigate the influence from the past, how we understand our identity and relationships, identifies cognitive distortions, writes on trauma, and much more. I appreciate her strategy of calling us to awareness first, taking inventory, and then intentional living, giving practical ideas and strategies. She includes insightful and thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter. This is a book to work through, not just read. You'll need a journal or notebook as Fileta prescribes lots of writing. Every one of us has been damaged by others, has damaged others, and has damaged ourselves by unwise words and unhealthy actions. As a result, we all have hurts, hang-ups, and bad habits. So where do we go to get help? In her newest book, Are You Really OK?, Debra is your personal counselor and life coach who shares openly about her journey toward health and makes clear next steps for you to take toward personal healing.”

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It was a world away from the body-positive home he had grown up in where, he explains, his dad would walk around naked. This led Roman to lose count of the times a girlfriend had come over and seen his “dad’s arse”. “As a kid, I was constantly apologising for my dad walking round in a towel – or barely a towel,” he laughs. R U OK? is providing guidance on the times people might need to be asked ‘are you OK?’ and how you can make a meaningful moment through having an R U OK? conversation. The author also wants all readers to know -- I want to stop you right here and affirm that no matter who you are or what you've come from, you have a role in giving to others. You have something someone else needs. (p137) I've learned to hold on to the reminder that even when my body may fail me, my God does not. (p198)This is a very good resource. I am fascinated by the way the mind, body, soul, and spirit are interconnected. Debra does a good job displaying that connection, and encouraging health in all areas of your life.

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You will find yourself entertained and educated and you’ll be laughing and crying. It is a real rollercoaster of emotions - which, at the end of the day, is what makes us human. Ideally we want to live in a world where there is no suicide, there is no mental health crises; but that won’t happen, and it’s people like Roman who are using their position to help make things a little easier in the meantime. Fileta writes in a very personal way. She shares many of her own experiences, such as her struggle with depression and the trauma of a miscarriage. Her openness is encouraging, convincing this reader to be better at not hiding behind just saying I'm OK. TW: This article focuses in some depth on the subject of suicide, so please be advised if you think this might be triggering for you.

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Are you really OK? I don’t think there’d be too many people who could answer that question with a resounding yes after living through what the 2020’s have given us so far. Now, more than ever, we need to do whatever we can to look after our mental health. Although I did really enjoy this book, I think where it fell down was the use of Stacey Dooley's asides and her insights into what her interviewees were saying. Most of the time they felt quite pointless and at other points they just felt slightly irritating. I understand that Dooley needed to add her thoughts because otherwise the book would read like a transcript but it just didn't really work for me and sometimes took away from the book. Most of the time she would agree with what the interviewee had said or would note how it is very different from her own experience and she couldn't imagine what they had gone through. Where her insight was helpful was when she reflected on her time on the psych wards and was able to marry up her interviewees experiences with what she had seen on the ward. I think the book would've been vastly improved with this and is a unique perspective only Stacey Dooley could've given. A year later, during the pandemic, Roman’s best friend, Joe Lyons – the producer who’d nurtured his career – took his own life aged 31. In August, on the second anniversary of Joe’s death, Roman got a tattoo on his arm of a dove. He already had a bird tattoo on his leg to match one that Joe had. This programme was a BBC Three production. The youth channel has form for unearthing fresh documentary talent - from Stacey Dooley to Professor Green, from Reggie Yates to Jesy Nelson. On the evidence of this impassioned and affecting film, Kemp has a promising career in factual TV ahead of him too. He was charismatic and funny but a good listener and refreshingly ego-free. In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing. You’ll learn to…

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This book was a combination of self help and autobiography. Overall I liked Roman's gentle, humble, friendly and honest approach. He doesn't sugar coat and he is pretty explicit about his struggles. I only wish he was a little bolder about his opinions - at some points it feels like he is apologising for himself or preempting people saying negative things, which I don't think he needs to do. At times it felt like he was searching for things to say, for example coming up with a fantasy football league and going into the credentials of various players. But his story was reasonably interesting and of course, as an educational tool the book achieved its purpose in warning and teaching about suicide and the importance of mental health. There were quite a few errors in the writing, I'm not sure if this is an editing or a writing issue? Travelling across the UK, Roman meets the Police and NHS taskforce set up in Nottinghamshire - a form of emergency service specifically for mental health crises, a young persons’s suppport group in Belfast where the suicide rate among men is twice that of their counterparts in the UK, and Professor Rory O’Connor from the University of Glasgow, a leading expert in suicide prevention.

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Suicide among young British men was already at crisis level. The pandemic has only escalated the problem. Wanting to find answers at a difficult time, Kemp set out to learn why increasing numbers of young men are taking their own lives and what can be done. It was an hour full of sobering facts and gut-punch stories. Because Stacey’s approach is so down to earth and she’s so relatable, her documentaries and both of her books have a warmth to them, almost as though you’re seeing friends catching up and talking about some of their most difficult experiences. I’ll definitely be rereading this book. The research also found that seven percent of those surveyed felt it’s a conversation you don’t need to have unless someone seems to be in a really bad way, or in crisis. With powerful vulnerability, Debra shares relatable stories from her own life and examples that lead to another layer of wisdom written through love and purpose for the reader. “Healing happens in layers!” Each chapter layers in so many deep insights, truth, practical questions, and self-actionable suggestions to journal through.



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