'Talking It Out': Carl Radke Tells Mike & Bryan Why It's Important for Men to Invest in Their Mental Health
On this week’s “Talking It Out,” Carl Radke spoke with co-hosts Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo about the unexpected passing of his brother, who died of a drug overdose last summer.
Carl discovered the devastating news while cameras were rolling for Season 5 of Bravo’s “Summer House,” on which he has starred since its 2017 premiere. Though it was tough to watch the moment play back on the reality series’ March 4 episode, Carl told Mike and Bryan that he is grateful to have connected with viewers who have similarly struggled with their mental health due to the loss of a loved one.
“The amount of people that just respond to me saying, ‘Hey, I’ve had days where I’ve been depressed,’ or, ‘I’ve had days where I’m incredibly anxious,’” he said, reflecting on the touching social media messages he’s received from fans. “I’ve just had a lot of people reach out to me and that kind of support has been amazing.”
Carl went on to say that therapy has been greatly beneficial in his grieving process — and, despite perceived stigmas, the TV personality explained why it’s important for men to invest in their mental health during difficult times.
“Going to the gym, you work out. You work out your arms, your legs, or you’re running. You’re keeping your body in shape. But people don’t work out their minds,” he said. “And when you tell men, ‘Hey, you can sharpen your brain, too,’ that s--t matters more than how your arms look or how your legs look, so that’s where I’ve turned it on,” he said of shifting his own perspective. “Obviously, I go to the gym or I work out, but I’ve invested in mental health, even meditation.”
Carl added, “Those things are actually very cost-effective. Smart people go to therapy, cool people go to therapy, successful people go to therapy.”
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