Episode 20: Overcoming Depression & Fighting for Life

Nearly 800,000 men worldwide commit suicide every year. Countless more suffer in the silent pain of depression. Leon Ruri knows this journey well. This week, he shares with us his story, a peak inside the mind and behind the smile of a depressed man, and how an ancient war dance ritual is awakening the spirit of life in men all over the world.

Topics Covered:

  • Life experience and our decision-making ability are the differences between a boy and a man
  • Forever Boys: effective and ineffective tendencies of men from Australia
  • The importance of a light heart and a good sense of humor in life
  • Using humor as a measure for situations and a medicine for healing
  • Choosing life over darkness
  • Leon’s story of rock bottom
  • Inside the mind of a depressed man
  • The inability to engage with challenge and stress in life has created suicide as an alternative
  • Hiding behind a smile
  • Why it’s so important to have support from others and accountability when bringing yourself out of depression
  • Creating a vision and being consistent
  • Haka Demonstration at ANZAC Day (April 2017)
  • Haka for Life – giving a voice to the silent
  • Internalizing emotions (anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, etc.) creates hopelessness and despair
  • Advocating for full-expression of men – using the Haka
  • The power and influence of a fully-expressed man

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