Growth Mindset Podcast

110: Fixing your Mental Health - Ross Jackson-Hicks - Co Founder Man Down Cornwall

May 21st, 2020

Ross Jackson-Hicks

Ross Jackson-Hicks has battled anxiety since being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child.

Ross, who runs Rudi's hair salon, came up with an idea where men would be able to talk in a safe space. There is a toxic masculinity stigma where men are supposed to be viewed as macho men - and as a result Man Down was formed.

Man down is a support group for men based in cornwall with mental health concerns. A very relaxed, very informal and non judgmental space where men can come along and not feel vulnerable taking about how they have been feeling recently.


My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.



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Mental Health Awareness Week

Today we talk about mental illness as one of the main causes for preventable deaths in England and there is no better time to speak about all things mental health, than now.

How often do we take the time to reflect on whether we are giving ourselves what we need to flourish and live well? It can be so easy for us to take our mental health for granted and seem like a big of a task to do so, but in reality it’s not.

Mental health awareness is great, but action is essential. Raising awareness of mental health problems should be the start of the process of tackling them, not the end. Whether we are living with a mental illness or not, being mentally healthy and living well is important to every single one of us.


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Top Tips

Love yourself

Loving oneself is the starting point of the growth of the person who feels the courage to take responsibility for their own existence. Viktor Frankl

Love yourself enough to know what helps you grow and to love yourself means to accept yourself as you are at the same time you come to terms with those aspects of yourself that you cannot change.

Prevent self-sabotage by setting loving boundaries. As your self-love expands, so will your ability to identify what is and isn’t good for you. You’ll gain the clarity you need to understand what you will and will not accept in your life.

Self-love is about connecting to your innermost needs, celebrating the freedom of being you, and honoring who you truly are while dropping your destructive patterns.

Be mentally tough

Increased mental toughness is the key to performing at your peak. Being mentally tough helps you manage your thoughts, regulate your emotions, and behave productively.

Mental toughness gives you power to work hard and always move forward because you know how to deal with difficult situations and overcome them.

We all possess mental strength, just to different degrees. If we train ourselves to be more mentally tough we will be able to reach our goals and become successful.

Exercise empathy

People who are empathic are active listeners. If you want to see into the hearts of others, your first task is to hear their stories. Empathy is important because it helps us understand how others are feeling so we can respond appropriately to the situation.

See things from their perspective, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, empathy is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling as it compels us to take action to relieve another person's suffering.


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