There are some people that you meet in life who you will remember forever. John Baumann is one of those people. I had the opportunity to meet John via our mutual client, The West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association. John is full of love and wisdom. He’s done an excellent job of meeting the challenge of living with Parkinson’s Disease head on and inspires others to do the same.
Here’s how John Baumann is Transforming Stigma™:
How do you take care of yourself?
I employ the “daily action steps” concept discussed in my book Decide Success. My DAS Plan includes conducting some research every day, only putting healthy things into my body, exercising every day beyond my comfort zone, doing something positive and staying engaged. I strive to do each of these things every single day whether it takes one hour or five hours. My wife and care partner is very influential in this endevour. She makes me a better person and I hope I do her.
How do you keep the subject of mental health in everyday conversation and in your community?
I seek out audiences to talk about health in general which almost invariably and necessarily includes the subject of mental health. Everyone experiences life-changing events/ challenges/ adversities that have a great chance of resulting in some form of depression. There is no shame in getting help. We need to change our way of thinking about mental illness and that is a large part of my message. I also bring it up in support groups and conversations amongst friends.
How do you find teachable moments to help others who are struggling with mental health challenges?
As I discuss in my book, Decide Success, raise levels of awareness by suggesting that people “continually question what is” and “see beyond what is apparent.” It is so important that people uncover their purpose. I say uncover and not create because it is there, it just needs to be uncovered. When you find your purpose, you will likely find your joy.