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Finding Your Way Back: Harnessing Your Mental Strength to Combat Suicidal Thoughts | E27

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

I am thrilled to share that our recent episode of 3 Coaches 1 Topic – Pull Up a Sandbag was the most powerful one yet, as we focused on men's well-being and the critical issue of combatting suicidal thoughts. I had the privilege of being joined by two inspiring coaches, Paul Smith, Managing Director of Coaching Minds, and Andy "Shep" Shepherd, ex-forces Medic, who shared their expert insights and strategies for finding your way back to well-being.

During the episode, we emphasized the crucial need to break down societal barriers that prevent men from seeking help and prioritizing their mental health. We also provided practical tips for building resilience and connecting with others, including the transformative power of physical exercise and the importance of finding a supportive community.

It was a deeply moving and thought-provoking conversation, and I am proud to have been a part of it. I encourage everyone to watch the episode and share it with anyone who may benefit from its valuable insights and guidance. Let's continue to prioritize mental health and support men in their mental health journeys.

You can find a list of resources and men's support groups (Australia, UAE, UK, USA) and Armed Forces

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Host: Donna Burfield

Donna is a licensed and accredited coach and the founder of Joy and Purpose Coaching, Parents Standing Tall Community and CSC International Community. With 26 years of teaching experience and being a single mother to her daughter and twin sons, Donna is passionate about supporting working parents to prioritize their family's well-being, strengthen their parenting skills, and set boundaries using easy and effective tools. Donna also supports a coaching community to collaborate, inspire, and develop professionally. She connects coaches with experts to build ethical and professional coaching businesses, including legal, business licenses, insurance, and website building.


Paul Smith is the Managing Director of Coaching Minds which offers an online Learning Platform and is an Accredited Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). He has over 5 years of experience in contract management and a Master’s Degree in Law. After his father was diagnosed with schizophrenia during his childhood and after overcoming his own depression, Paul became a passionate Mental Health Advocate, training people and organisations on Mental Health Awareness.

Andy "Shep" Shepherd is an experienced Breakthrough and Life coach with a background in the military, commercial, and well-being fields. He has worked in challenging environments across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for 25 years, focusing on mental health, welfare, safety, security, and the environment. Shep, is a Trauma Risk Management Practitioner and Manager and trained through the Robert Simic Coaching Institute. He also served as a Medic in the Royal Army Medical Corps for 14 years in various locations worldwide.

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