Tristan Phipps: Made In Chelsea Star encourages men to talk about mental health

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Made in Chelsea star Tristan Phipps aims to open the conversation on men’s mental health within his new podcast series Brews with the Boys. The 12-month long podcast will focus on mental health such as anxiety as well as exploring strategies to help wellbeing, including the benefits of exercise.

Ahead of the series, Tristan spoke to on the importance of discussing mental health, specifically during isolation.

When asked why it is important to start the conversation on mental health, Tristan said: “There are two reasons for me, firstly I have been through it, and so I can speak from experience and secondly over the past few years I have developed a sort of platform and a little bit of a following, and I feel I almost have a responsibility to talk about it.

“I think it would be selfish not to actually If you can share your experience with other people I think that’s the good side of social media.

“So for me, it has been really nice to cultivate and encourage young people and my peers to talk about it.

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“I have been wanting to do something like this for a while, but only in the last year or so, I felt comfortable enough to go forward and talk about it.”

Talking about his own mental health during lockdown Tristan said: “Have I struggled like I have historically absolutely not, no because of how I dealt with that last time you know I have built-in certain strategies into my life that really allow me to keep a positive mindset and keep motivated.

“A couple of days have been tough, but all in all, I feel very comfortable about where I am with my mental health which is why I would like to talk about it.

“I wouldn’t want to be one of those people who speaks out online who hasn’t really got it under control or hasn’t really come to terms with it, as I don’t think that’s fair so I wouldn’t want to put it out there unless I was comfortable.”

Although the reality star says he takes time away from social media when he is having a “rough days”.

Tristan went on to say: “It’s funny I am on a reality TV show, and I am online, but I don’t really like giving my whole life away.

“The reality of it is the nature of what I do is very personal but every now and again if I had a rough day for an example I would probably switch off socials, and I would have to give that time to myself whether that be exercise or connecting with the friends closest to me.

“I would just disconnect from the wider world and focus on myself.”

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Tristan went on to say how lockdown can be a time of reflection for many.

He added: “I think for me personally as I had this big isolation period if you like last year so I took myself away I went back to South Africa, I am half South African as my special place is the bush over there.

“I took myself away for three months.

“I had had a hectic year in London, and I was very busy kind of non-stop, and I thought what I kind of actually need to spend some time in the place I love.

“So I kind of did my isolation then and so coming into this [isolation] it was a bit like I’m raring to go now I have so many projects on the go that I really want to focus on so disappointing that it all comes to a stop but also I understand [the need to reflect] because I had that moment.

“I understand the importance of everybody having that time to reset.

“It’s kind of a blessing and a curse, but I am really happy that people have had this opportunity, but obviously, you have to find the silver linings to this whole COVID crisis, but I think if people look for it, they can defiantly find a lot of positives out of it.”

Tristan continues to highlight the importance of men speaking up about mental health.

He said: “I think there is a big stigma with men my age and in my peer group historically very kind of closed off about their emotions and feelings so for me I wanted to encourage people because what you may be feeling now is going to be amplified because we are disconnected physically from people.

“I grew up in quite a traditional family, went to boarding school, played rugby. I lived in South Africa a very testosterone-fuelled environment, so for me, I always encountered people that though that the ultimate man or the masculine man was was a bloke that shut everything off.

“I am lucky enough to have had a sensitive father who used to open up to me, and I realised that there is nothing more masculine or manly than being in touch with your emotions.

“I think yeah more blokes need to talk about it, and there is a paradigm shift I feel happening obviously with socials and more people coming forwards it is really encouraging to see that this whole stiff upper lip manly man thing is slowly changing I just want to encourage people to speed that up almost because you know suicide is the biggest killer of males under thirty and that’s ridiculous.”

Tristan said after his podcast finishes, he aims to continue the conversation on mental health.

The reality star said: “I think it’s a part of my life which I have now opened the box upon and it’s not going to be something you just close overnight.”

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