Daniel Howell speaks on psychological well being

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — November is Males’s Well being Consciousness Month, which spotlights a spread of males’s well being points, together with one that’s most probably to be uncared for: psychological well being.

Comic Daniel Howell, recognized for his YouTube channel that has amassed greater than six million subscribers, has develop into a powerhouse for psychological well being advocacy.

In 2021, Howell showcased this by penning “You Will Get By This Night time”, a nonfiction bestseller written in collaboration with medical psychologist Dr. Heather Bolton. The e-book serves as a sensible information, keying in on ways in which readers can take management of their psychological well being, even on days when all hope appears misplaced.

Now, Howell is taking to levels throughout the globe for his solo comedy tour, “We’re All Doomed!”, utilizing humor to deal with the worldly points that humanity faces — and soul-searching to seek out the braveness to persevere despite them.

“Once I first began doing comedy, it was relatable, observational stuff, after which in the future, I began to essentially wrestle to even write and carry out as a result of I used to be coping with some fairly extreme melancholy on the time,” Howell mirrored.

“I figured I simply wanted to open up about it, and so I, for the primary time, spoke about my struggles with psychological well being — and what folks advised me was, not solely was it so refreshing and vital for folks to listen to themselves represented in another person’s story…What I used to be saying was coming from a realer and a rawer place.”

Howell mentioned seeing folks resonate together with his struggles impressed him to proceed advocating for individuals who could also be struggling in silence. This led him to craft his comedy stage present in a manner that additionally included severe components.

“To me, that was this inexperienced mild. Folks speak concerning the relationship between comedy and tragedy. Typically you cry so exhausting you giggle, typically you giggle so exhausting you cry. I really feel like this stuff are fairly associated, and I believe the extra weak you’re being on stage, the funnier what you’re speaking about is.”

Howell finds energy in sharing his psychological well being struggles with others, and he encourages folks to open up concerning the adversities they face.

“Once you preserve issues inside, they bubble up. You wish to suppose that you would be able to sit on all of your issues…However this stuff, they simply rise below the floor till in the future it pops, and that’s not wholesome. The extra that you’re open and trustworthy about it, it simply feels instantly so liberating, and you’ll simply get on along with your life.”

As for individuals who are struggling, Howell presents the resounding message of hope.

“You may’t surrender, irrespective of how exhausting it will get — and it looks like it may be very exhausting…I believe we now have no selection however to by some means be hopeful.”

He mentioned that if he might share one message, it could be that persons are not alone in what they’re battling.

“Lots of people really feel prefer it’s a nasty sort of vulnerability to inform folks the way you’re feeling if you’re feeling unhealthy, however I believe it’s the exact opposite. I believe that it truly reveals an unbelievable quantity of braveness and bravado,” he mentioned.

“It reveals plenty of energy to have the ability to open up and admit that you simply really feel unhealthy and that you simply may need assistance, and that’s simply step one towards your life being higher, so everybody ought to go for it — even when it’s cracking some inappropriate jokes.”

Extra info, together with ticket availability, for the “We’re All Doomed!” comedy tour may be discovered here.

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