EP34 : Depression, burnout, and self sabotage - my mental health battle with Adam Rubins.

EP34 : Depression, burnout, and self sabotage - my mental health battle with Adam Rubins.

This is the first of a 3 part mini-series on mental health, with my guest Adam Rubins.

At the age of 12yrs Adam Rubins was set upon and beaten up in his local synagogue. 

How is it that a chance event in someone's childhood can set up a chain reaction that ultimately leads to a lifetime of battling depression?

Despite this childhood trauma, Adam Rubins has operated at a high level of performance and success in the high octane, high-stress world of entertainment and communications. 

Adam's career has spanned working as the marketing director of the Walt Disney Company and  CEO of a successful marketing agency Way to Blue.

Now committed to the cause of promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, Adam's story is a brutally honest and revealing insight into the challenges faced by many people today in their working lives.

Adam talks about the particular pressures of expectation that contributed to his depression and burnout.

His advice to people who are struggling with mental health issues


And his call on businesses to challenge the notion that shareholder value and employee wellbeing are at odds.

Having spent much of my career in advertising and suffered from depression, this is a subject dear to my heart.

This episode is supported by the Alliance of Independent Agencies, which are partnering with Turning The Tables on the mini-series.

The Alliance is an organization that takes the mental health and wellbeing of people in communications agencies seriously. Their Wellbeing Action Group promotes the importance of creating safe environments and building people's resilience. 

They even have an annual Festival of Happiness as well as promoting training for Mental First Aid Champions. How good is that!

This is the kind of support and agenda that every industry and community needs.

I would particularly like to thank Graham Kemp, Clive Mishon, and everyone at the Alliance for supporting this mini-series.


You can contact Adam on LinkedIn

References Mickel Therapy

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Episode Credits

Editor and sound engineer: Tim White email: [email protected]

Host: Simon Ratcliffe


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River Meditation - Audioautix

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Scott Buckley - Life is

AB5 Piano strings - Tim White



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