For Men's Health Week, we caught up with Dougie Joseph
- founder of Bondi Skin Co and supporter of mental
health and wellbeing awareness.
WHAT DOES MEN’S HEALTH WEEK
MEAN TO YOU?
Men’s Health Week means a lot to me as I believe it plants a seed for healthy conversation surrounding the mental challenges and struggles faced by many men. I view this conversation as an important catalyst for creating positive change among the lives of those suffering through such hardships.
HOW DO YOU THINK PERCEPTIONS AROUND MENTAL
HEALTH HAVE CHANGED IN THE PAST YEAR?
In the last year, there has been a considerable amount of open dialogue surrounding mental health, which has certainly changed the perception of it by allowing people to understand how common it is. I feel like before this dialogue existed, the perception was that it was a very abnormal and rare phenomenon to experience as a male, and as a result those suffering from it were highly reluctant to talk about what they were going through.
DO YOU THINK THERE IS STILL A STIGMA – IF SO HOW DO YOU
THINK WE START SHIFTING THOSE PERSPECTIVES?
I think there is definitely still a stigma surrounding mental health. We have been conditioned to think a certain way about it for so many years and that doesn’t just change overnight. In saying this, I do believe the progress we have made in the last decade has been overwhelmingly positive.
I think it’s great when we see celebrities share stories of their struggles with mental health. I think more often than not, we see these celebrities (whether they be sportspeople, actors, fashion icons) excelling at the top of the field and our default assumption is to assume that they do this in the absence of any kind of mental hardship. When they are open about their mental health struggles, we are reminded that mental health issues can affect anyone at any time. If we continue to normalise mental health I think we will continue to see a shift in the way we view it, and this will ultimately result in a greater inclination for mental health sufferers to seek help, rather than struggle on their own.
HOW DO YOU PRIORITISE YOURSELF AND
HEALTH (MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) EACH DAY?
I’ve prioritised physical exercise and activity for a long time as I realised quite early on how beneficial it was for my overall wellbeing. I like mixing up my training through boxing, HIIT training and Pilates. Recently I’ve begun to meditate – I wish I had discovered it sooner than I did, because of how beneficial it has been for my mental wellbeing as well. A lot of people I speak to about meditation tell me that they want to try it but find it overwhelming because they don’t know how to do it. There are some great apps on the app store that are fantastic for beginners and really describe meditation in its simplest form. Some of my favourite meditation apps include, ‘Headspace’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Waking Up’.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT BONDI SKIN CO AND HOW IT STARTED?
I started Bondi Skin Co with two of my best mates from school. The purpose was to deliver simple, effective skincare to men, without compromising on quality or ethical practices.
All of our products are Australian-made from natural ingredients, vegan, cruelty-free and sustainably produced. Self-care is one (of many) ways that can contribute to a healthy self-image. We saw Bondi Skin Co as an opportunity to provide men with an easy way to look after and feel good about the skin they are in. One of our core principles at Bondi Skin Co is centred around giving back, which is why we donate a portion of each sale to Drought Angels (farmer relief) and Black Dog Institute (mental health research).
WHAT SABA PIECES DID YOU SELECT AND WHY? HOW DO YOU FEEL IN THEM?
I paired the Marlow Merino Wool Textured Knit with the Clive Cord Pants. Overall, this is a pretty relaxed outfit, with a big emphasis on stylish comfort. I saw this look on the website and was drawn to how well the two colours (oatmeal and copper) meshed together.
I also paired the black Clive Cord Shacket with the Clive Cord Pants, largely because black is my favourite colour and I always feel good wearing it. If you wanted to pull back the outfit a little you could always opt for a plain white SABA T-shirt instead of the jacket. You can never go wrong in a white tee and black pants.