WPWeekly Episode 198 – Tackling Mental Health With Cory Miller

In this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I are joined by Cory Miller, founder of iThemes. Miller discusses his entrepreneurship journey and shares in detail, how he maintains his mental health.

We learn that people battling mental health are not alone and that it’s ok to ask for help. Miller explains how seeing a counselor four times a year helps him maintain his mental health. We also discuss coping mechanisms that might work for those not interested in seeing a counselor.

For more background on this episode, I highly encourage you to watch his presentation at WordCamp Denver 2015, on mental health. Also, check out his slides on slideshare that are filled with motivational messages.

I apologize for the audio quality in this episode. Miller was in New Mexico on a spotty WiFi connection that seemed to get worse as the show went on. You can download a transcript of the episode here.

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Save and Import Image from URL replaces the built-in ‘Import from URL’ media upload tab. It allows users to download an image from a remote URL and upload it to the WordPress media gallery.

Meerkat lets you embed your Meerkat stream on your site so your followers, friends, and fans can watch your stream anywhere.

Simple Job Board is an easy and lightweight plugin that adds a job board to your website.

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7 responses to “WPWeekly Episode 198 – Tackling Mental Health With Cory Miller”

  1. Gotta give Cory Miller a big tick for courage.

    He’s also published a post recently about his own jealousy which i think was very brave.

  2. This was a really brave episode and so thankful to Cory for opening up. I think we can start to include mental health in conversations about WordPress much more often in 2015, ever.

  3. Mental health is such a huge issue and nobody is willing to talk about it. I just started a subsite on one of my domains as a personal blog to talk about it. it’s sad that as a professional in a really conservative industry (my day job) I have to write everything in a way where I can’t be identified. I love that there is slowly becoming more about this. Perhaps an open discussion about mental health is the greatest legacy that Robin Williams could have left us. Props to Cory for putting himself out there.

  4. Thank you all for the kudos, props … and more importantly for helping share the message of maintaining good mental health.

    People are hurting. If my voice helps another person, it’s worth it. I hope others will join me.

  5. Great podcast, and I sympathize with Cory’s WiFi difficulties. I have them whenever I’m in NM, too. And yet, I keep going…because blue skies and mountains are very good for mental health!!! Vitamin D!!!!
    This ep has given me serious impetus to consider giving a presentation at WordCamp about how WP and the community actually have helped my mental health, and helped me to help others with theirs. Seriously: warts and all, the WPsphere has been very healing for me.

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