A panel discussion about men and mental health
20 May 2019, 6-30 - 9.00pm
We started a new conversation about men and mental health, hosting a very special evening together a part of our community in open dialogue.
Hosted at The Hoxton, Shoreditch and lead by our Founder, Michael James Wong, I’m Fine, was an evening similar to our monthly Quiet clubs, but focused on allowing men the space to talk.
The evening was lead by three of our Just Breathe Community Leaders; Benny Gould, Chris Magee and Ben Bidwell who shared their own personal journey’s with wellbeing and then lead our share circles where everyone was welcome to talk. We spoke about family, relationship, work, expectations and our support networks. We opened the space for every man there to be seen and heard.
All too often the men in our lives struggle with something personal, and our aim is to continue to create the safe spaces for these important conversations to be had.
The Panel & Supporters
Michael James Wong
Just Breathe founder, teacher and writer
Michael is a teacher, meditation guide, speaker and the author of ‘Sit Down, Be Quiet’. Recognised around the world as a leading voice in the global wellness movement, he’s on a mission to break down barriers, smash stereotypes and bring the community together for a calmer and quieter conversation about the benefits of a mindful way of living.
Michael has been a keynote speaker at recent London TEDx events, Parliamentary APPG for mindfulness, the NHS and The Royal College of General Practitioners. He has featured regularly in within The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Balance Magazine, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Culture Trip, mindbodygreen, BBC Radio, Sunday Times Style, Timeout, The Telegraph and the Huffington Post.
Life Coach, Writer and Speaker
Ben is a mindset and purpose coach, writer and public speaker who inspires his audience to become their most authentic self and achieve their deepest potential.
Having been on his own journey from a masked "toxic" masculine to an awakened & open soul, his story is deeply authentic & relatable. In July 2017, he launched his blog, @thenakedprofessor, where he beautifully articulates the importance of mental health & personal development by stripping away the masks of masculinity & embracing his unmasked persona in a vulnerable, yet captivating way. The result is his message is hugely empowering & inspiring, in his words, “by embracing your vulnerabilities, no one can hold them against you”.
Ben's heartfelt message has seen him write for The Independent Newspaper & he has eloquently shared his message on Sky News, This Morning, Build London, Talk Radio & Heart. In doing so he is leading a revolution encouraging men to open up and connect more with their emotions whilst still retaining their sense of masculinity.
Together with Matt Johnson, Ben is one half of the #1 podcast show “The Naked Professors” that embraces conversations about mental health in a vulnerable but relatable way.
Global Head of Partnerships at Facebook
Ben Gould is the global lead for Facebook's Business Influencer Program. Ben is focused on managing the Public Profile's for some of the world's most well known CEOs across Facebook and Instagram, giving executives the opportunity to showcase their personal brand to billions of people around the world.
Ben has been on a wellness journey himself, leaving corporate life a few years ago to travel the world and become a certified yoga teacher in Nicaragua and launch his own start-up, Bondi Yoga House in Sydney, Australia. His life purpose is to foster a community of people with greater connection, inspiration and authenticity to live a positive, adventure filled life.
Head of Yoga at Psycle London
Chris is the head of yoga for Psycle London, and an avid wellness enthusiast. He is dedicated to supporting men as they step onto the mat and realise the benefits of the practice.
La Maison Wellness
La Maison Wellness was founded by Camille Vidal, a wellness advocate, yoga teacher, and drinks and cocktail expert. The brand brings together 10 years of experience across the health and wellness community, and the food and beverage industry.
The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch
We are proud to partner with East London's original design hotel, The Hoxton boasts comfortable rooms, all-day dining and private venue hire, right in the heart of Shoreditch.