“When you’re young, all you want to do is fit in, but what I would encourage people to do is realise that there’s someone else who feels the same way as you, or is struggling with the same decision that you’re struggling with, and that’s where you can find your community” – Dr Kate Grarock
This week’s episode of TACT is about mental health, wellbeing and resilience.
There’s a lot of pressures in young adulthood to live a fulfilling life when you may be juggling entering the workforce, finding your identity, travelling, studying, home life, meeting or making new friendships, becoming independent, and taking on new responsibilities.
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is an ongoing process of finding the right balance to physical health, a sense of purpose, feeling connected with others, and feeling safe and supported.
The trait of resilience is embodied by Jen’s guest in this episode, Dr Kate Grarock. Kate is an ecologist, hiker, superstar of STEM, mum and YouTube creator.
Perhaps you’ve seen Kate on the SBS reality series Alone Australia, where Kate maintains a joyous respect for her environment and conditions despite being alone and reliant only on herself and her abilities, mental and physical, to survive.