Stop Hiding and Start Living: How to Say F-it to Fear and Develop Mental Fitness

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Dr Bill Howatt takes the guest seat in this week’s episode as Dave and Greg learn more about the release of his new book, Stop Hiding and Start Living: How to Say F-it to Fear and Develop Mental Fitness. This book which is a different style for our prolific author guest and sometimes co-host takes a look at Dr Bill’s personal life as a backdrop to talking about how to develop mental fitness to deal with life stressors. 




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Episode Breakdown

First 10 Minutes
Greg and Dave hear about the premise of Dr Bill Howatt’s new book, Stop Hiding and Start Living: How to Say F-it to Fear and Develop Mental Fitness. Bill explains the F-it model that he has built into the structure of his book. 

10 Minutes – 20 Minutes
Dave talks about his observation of Dr Bill’s perseverance and determination in achieving what he sets out to do. Dr Bill explains some of the factors that he thinks has built his reaction to certain situations in life. Dr Bill talks about his motivation for writing the book and the current impact that COVID-19 is having on the population. He makes a point about how we need to 

20 Minutes – 30 Minutes
Dave talks to Dr Bill about being in a position of being a role model primarily related to his work in talking about his ADHD. The group talks about how Dr Bill’s story could be used in other formats like a film, which he calls out how any future work needs to focus on the Why. We are having better conversations and talking about mental health stigma, ADHD, etc. but that we don’t know what to do next with that information. Dave shares his one time with having a panic attack and how it took having that one experience to understand it, but how he realizes how many things he won’t know in that way because he can’t experience them.  

30 Minutes – 40 Minutes  
Dr Bill uses the example of COVID-19 and the two sides of those who are wearing masks vs those that aren’t and how this dynamic will create shifts in our corporate priorities. 

Dr Bill Howatt

Dr Bill Howatt

Founder and President of HowattHR author of Stop Hiding and Start Living: How to say F-IT to Fear and Develop Mental Fitness

Dr. Howatt, a behavioural scientist, is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and HR consulting. As a highly-respected columnist for the Globe and Mail, author, clinician, consultant and speaker.

Dr. Howatt is the creator of Pathway to Coping, Certified Management Essentials and Mental Fitness Practice for the University of New Brunswick. He is also co-leading a three year action study with WSPS out of Ontario and the Conference Board of Canada on how to create a psychological safe workplace.

He is Chair of CSA Standard 21008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace. Dr. Howatt is a member of the International Research Advisory Council (IRAC) at Pacific Coast University of Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS).

Dr. Howatt has filled the roles as Chief of Research Workforce Productivity for the Conference Board of Canada and Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations.

He has published numerous over 40 books and 400 articles, such as The Coping Crisis, Pathway to Coping, the Wiley Series on addictions, The Human Services Counseling Toolbox, and The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail 9 to 5 and Leadership Lab columns and The Chronicle Herald.

Bill Howatt, is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC.

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