So this Thursday is World Mental Health Awareness Day.
Which tends to mean that all of us working in the mental health space, actually test our own mental health as we are asked to do a lot of talks.
I’ve said yes to 8 screenings in 5 days.
So for this week I’ll be showing and talking about the film as well as #talkclub.
The first one is at BBH. My old ad agency in London.
It’s a fantastic place I called home for 3 years between 2005-08.
As I walked down Kingly Street Iovely memories come flooding in. Drinking in the Blue Post, spilling out on to the street in the summer.
Seeing Victor at security. Then getting in the lift. And out into the main building.
Even though the layout has changed it feels like home. The way a building smells, how it sounds, how it feels. Makes me happy.
I also remembered that Steve actually came here. And I can’t repeat what he said. But it made me laugh out loud.
One of my biggest worries of the screening is – “is it good enough?” My time at BBH was all about that. The pursuit of excellence. I piled so much pressure on myself when I was here. Good and bad pressure. So seeing old faces who might think, “oh that’s a bit shoddy” or my worst nightmare that it drops out of sync. Well those are my anxieties as I write this.
I’ve always felt my time here shaped a big part of me. It was 1 of the 3 most influential periods of my career. It gave me confidence to try stuff, to go for it, and later when I went to Australia, the foundation I learnt here made me bold.
But I feel like that kid again. 11 years on. I still feel like that bloke in a shared house who didn’t know what he was doing.
We had maybe 80 in the room.
That filled with clapping as it finished and I felt very humbled.
Lots of lovely comments – and conversation after – and hopefully we have helped people.
Thank you for having me. Today was a good day.