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“R U OK?” Self-Care Strategies for 2021

This past year has been really tough on the mental health of millions across the globe. In this episode with R U OK? Board Director, Graeme Cowan, we discuss:

  1. Why he thinks the R U OK? movement has become so popular and important.
  2. What are the three most impactful self-care strategies that he has seen work over the years.
  3. What he does to make sure his resilience bucket stays strong.
  4. And so much more.

To watch this inspiring episode, click the video link below, or if you would prefer to read the full transcript click the blue button under the video.

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About Graeme Cowan:

Graeme Cowan helps leaders and teams to be more caring, resilient, and growth-oriented.

In his earlier career he worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney.

In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated.

He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can increase our resilience, mood, and performance. He is described by the Australian Financial Review as a “workplace resilience expert”.

He is the author of 4 books, including the internationally acclaimed BACK FROM THE BRINK, which has a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and which has become a best seller in China.

He attributes his writing prowess to religiously reading every edition of Rugby League Week when he was in Year 12.

Graeme also helped to start R U OK? in 2009 and is an active Board Director.

His Contact Details:

His Gift To You:

  • Listeners can go to this landing page to download resources that will help them manage their self-care.

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