023 – Mastering Your Mental Health with Matt Runnalls

A beautiful and touching episode with the wonderful Matt Runnalls, the bright mind behind Mindfull Aus. Matt is a world wide mental health advocate and motivational speaker, who is paving the way for drastic change in the health of many lives. This is a powerful and important episode and one that comes along with a *suicide* trigger warning, so please listen with awareness friends. We discuss the reality of losing countless friends to suicide, living with suicidal ideation and bipolar disorder, experiencing homelessness, the importance of holding space and resisting the recoil of mental illness, educating our support network on how to support us through mental illness, finding the lessons in our mistakes, creating a curriculum for schools that teaches emotional awareness and much much more. This is a power packed episode friends, thank you Matt for sharing so beautifully! Happy listening.

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast!

In today’s episode I am joined by the wonderful Matt Runnalls.

Matt is a world wide mental health advocate and motivational speaker making strides in the mental sector of Australia and the bright mind behind Mindfull Aus, his charity that is paving the way in mental health promotion.

This episode will have you laughing and crying along with Matt as he tells the journey of his life; to where he is today as a leader in his field.

This episode comes along with a *suicide* trigger warning, so please exercise with dear caution friends.

In this episode Matt and I discuss:

  • The pain of losing countless friends and role models to suicide
  • What you can do with a limiting belief that you’re a burden on the world
  • The importance of holding space and resisting the recoil in the presence of mental illness
  • Going from living homeless on the streets, to the founder of a charity
  • How a single act of kindness can save lives
  • Finding the lessons in our mistakes
  • Educating your support network on how to support you through mental illness
  • The things we can achieve when being strong is our only option
  • Rewriting the dialogue of a mental illness diagnosis > a switch in perspective
  • Changing the negative connotations in mental health
  • Creating a curriculum for schools, that teaches emotional awareness to the youth of Australia
  • Founding Mindfull Aus and paving the way in mental health promotion
  • Don’t bathe in your crap, turn it into greatness
  • The Corona Virus Prison mindset
  • What Matt is doing for self care in this current climate

What an incredible episode. Listening back to this a few times, I honestly couldn’t believe the amount of wonderful information that is packed into this episode, to perhaps help us work towards mastering our mental health.

Working on our mental health is an ongoing journey. It is something we need to work towards every single day. The more work we put into it and into ourselves, the better equip we become at managing our own mental health. And this is what Matt continues to do every single day.

Matt provides yet again another beautiful example of the value of never giving up. Even when you feel like things may never get better, or that there is no reason to go on; Matt is an example that there will always be brighter days ahead.

From living with bipolar disorder, being homeless, losing 8 mates to suicide and to now being the founder of Mindfull Aus and also a world wide mental health advocate… he proves the value in finding the strength to go on.

There are so many amazing take aways from Matt’s episode and I would like to thank you all for sharing your time with us today. If you would like to share this message further, take a screen grab and share this to your story to help Matt spread his message to as many ears as possible.

If you would like to connect with Matt on instragram you can find him on his personal account here or at the Mindfull Aus page here

Matt offers a new program Best Me, aimed towards supporting the mental health of men. If you would like to be a part of it you can follow the link here

To take action and donate to Mindfull Aus, please click here

Thank you again for joining us today and for sharing your time. You cannot simply grasp how much it means to me.

Happy listening friends

Steph xx

020 – Resilience, Strength and Finding Wellness with Sarah McCarthy

A powerful episode, with the incredible Sarah McCarthy. Sarah is a Fitness and Wellness professional who is making a massive impact in the local community. This episode is something special, Sarah and I broach the hard, yet honest realties of life. We discuss Sarah’s early childhood in commission housing, her Dad’s attempted suicide, losing her father to terminal cancer, battling anorexia and disordered eating, living a purposeful life, breaking stigmas, movement as medicine and much more! This episode is a MUST listen and definitely not one to miss!

Hey guys welcome back for another week, with yet another incredible guest!

Today we are joined by the wonderful Sarah McCarthy, a fitness and wellness professional who is breaking down stigmas and making a big impact in the Geelong community!

Sarah’s story is one of resilience and I am so honoured to share it with you today.

Guys, this is one powerful episode that broaches some really hard, yet important topics.

Topics that yes we may find hard BUT… are so relatable in today’s world and I believe that Sarah sharing them here with us today is such an important thing in helping to raise awareness and helping to enrich the lives of others!!!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Her early childhood in commission housing
  • Her Dad’s attempt with suicide
  • Losing her father to terminal cancer
  • Getting into the fitness and wellness industry
  • Battling anorexia and disordered eating
  • Overcoming these hardships and battles
  • The importance of a support network
  • Strength training, rest and healthy eating
  • Volunteering and living a purposeful life
  • Movement as medicine
  • Breaking down the Mental Health Stigma
  • Men’s and Female only Projects
  • Becoming a Lululemon ambassador
  • Leading by example

This episode is filled with so much light and so much value. There are so many things in this episode that I founds so inspiring and so empowering and I really hope you do too!

The work Sarah has been doing surrounding Men’s mental health is so admirable and is such a testament to the person that she is!

It’s very exciting that Sarah will be running a Women’s only event on the weekend of International Womens Day! It will be held on the 6th of March at 5.30pm! Whilst I cannot share too many details I can share that it will be being held at one of the newest and most gorgeous new yoga spaces in Geelong and that there will be a very special guest speaker gracing everyone with their presence! It will be a night not to miss!

We have to say a massive thank you to Sarah today for being such an incredible guest and for being as honest and transparent as they come, a quality we know and very much love from our guests on the Plant Based Body Podcast!

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Be sure to keep an eye on her instagram for more details surrounding the Women’s only event, Yeah The Girls!

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s episode with the amazing Sarah McCarthy!

If you feel that her story and message need to be heard by more people, then share this episode to your story on Instagram and help spread her incredible journey of resilience, strength and finding wellness.

I look forward to seeing you again in my next episode!

For now,
Happy listening

Love Steph xx

016 – Owning Your Story with Purpose with Mel Yu

Today I am joined by Mel Yu, the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo, MCO events and an avid keynote speaker for Suicide Prevention. This episode is a powerhouse of information and inspiration. Get ready to cry, laugh and learn from this incredible woman. We discuss life after losing your love to suicide, the importance of going ‘within’, self work and self love, building and growing business, owning your story and much, much more!

Hello my dear friends, welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Today’s episode is extremely special; I am joined by the incredible women that is, Mel Yu.

Mel has an incredible story. I feel extremely honoured to have been trusted with holding space for Mel as she takes us through her journey.

And what a journey it has been!

Mel has experienced her fair share of hardship. After experiencing family troubles early in life and dealing with racism and bullying in school, in 2014 Mel then lost her partner Gus, to suicide.

It was that heartbreaking and earth shattering kind of love. And the loss of this was something that rocked Mel to her core. What could have been an easy path for Mel to fall into a spiral of depression as well, over the years she has found new strength and has been able to take her lowest point and turn it into power; as an advocate for suicide prevention.

Mel has become an advocate for mental health and is an avid key note speaker. Mel is also the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo and MCO Events, two incredible businesses that are taking Melbourne and Australia by storm.

This amazing lady has so much knowledge and wisdom to share and this episode is a power house of inspiration. I left this conversation buzzing, and I know you will too.

In this episode Mel and I discuss:

  • Mel’s journey
  • Shifting your perspective
  • Suicide and life after
  • Letting blame and shame go
  • Living your life ‘in flow’
  • Hitting rock bottom and finding the strength to rise back up
  • Fostering self awareness
  • Reaching out for help and finding the right person to talk to
  • The power of going ‘within’
  • Building a mental health network
  • The power of vulnerability
  • Owning your story with purpose
  • Becoming A self-made business woman
  • Investing in yourself
  • Leading with kindess
  • Conscious content consumption
  • Positive affirmations for self love
  • Finding gratitude

“The worst thing you can leave behind, is a story untold”.

I am so humbled to share this powerful episode with you all and cannot thank Mel enough for her time and for sharing so openly.

You can find Mel on instagram here

If you or someone you know is struggling, Lifeline is an incredible resource for help and someone to talk to. Be kind to others always, you never know what is really going on underneath.

Happy listening,

Love Steph x