Release Date: 15 October 2021
Welcome back to the Business Events Wellness podcast, our nation’s first mental health podcast for the business events industry. This podcast is brought to you by Business Events Sarawak in conjunction with World Mental Health Awareness Month. My name is Kimberley Tan and I will be your podcast host for this series.
Thank you for tuning into this episode today titled “How Identity Affects Mental Health” and we hope this podcast will bring some light to our fellow industry players.
Have you ever wondered how your identity and labels affect your mental health?
When asked to define the word “identity,” many think of roles we play or the positions we achieve, but it’s much more than that. It is the sum of gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, and more. How we choose to identify ourselves can affect more than our driver’s licenses, social media accounts, or social circles — it can impact our mental health, our relationships, and how we relate to the world.
In today’s world, we are also affected by labels – labels that dictate* how we act, what we should wear, places we go and how we spend our time. Labels come with expectations, most of which are not healthy. We became so caught up in the roles, titles and whole identity to meet the expections of others.
“Maybe you’ve always been happy, but the world, social media and external comparisons convinced you that you can’t possibly be,” Steven Bartlett