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Zak Williams

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Zak Williams Speaks On Losing His Father To Suicide and How Being Of Service Changed His Life

It Ain't Weak to Speak with Sam Webb

My Guest Today, Zak Williams, son of the late and great Robin Williams, has gone through a lot in the past after the death of his father, who died by suicide in 2004. Zak worked hard to overcome anxiety and depression. He is now a Mental Health Advocate and the Co-Founder and CEO of PYM (Prepare Your Mind), which produces all-natural amino acid-infused mood chews to support life’s ups and downs, and is passionate about helping others deal with their mental health issues.In this episode, Zak shares with me his personal experience dealing with anxiety and depression during his teenage years after losing a friend by suicide, which worsened when his father died of suicide. He explains how he used to suppress the anxiety instead of dealing with it, which came back with a vengeance.Zak reminds us that people are going through a lot, and many of them don’t have the tools and people around to help them overcome the challenges. Also, learning to be of help and service to humanity has a massive healing element.Topics we cover and where to find them:[00:42] Intro[01:54] Zak Williams background information[03:18] About Robbin Williams, Zak’s father[05:30] How mental health unfolded for Zak[08:50] The stigma of mental health in communities[11:45] The causes of mental health struggles[16:44] How Zak dealt with his anxiety as a teenager[19:22] The feeling of losing a father[21:27] Getting through trauma[26:07] The victim’s mindset[28:10] The winner’s mindset[28:39] Advice to people going through hardships[30:32] PYM and mental health advocacy[36:12] The greatest thing that Zak has learned in his lifeLike this show? Please leave us a review here - All comments and reviews help us break the stigma of mental health so that we can save more lives. Post a screenshot of you listening on Instagram & tag @livinorg @samwebb so we can thank you personally.Episode resources:Website: https://youcanpym.com/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zak-williams-384bb84/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youcanpym/Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/pymhealth/?_rdc=1&_rdrJoin us at our FaceBook Group to continue the conversation and to connect with our community to share stories, access mental health tools and strategies, and to learn more about positive mental health because #itaintweaktospeak.Much luv,SamFollow me on Instagram: @samwebb and www.samwebb.com.au See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Jul 2022

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PETROL LLAMA: Stephanie & Ryan interview Zak Williams -- Robin Williams' son.

Petrol Llama

AN ICON, A LEGEND. Today we have the distinct honor of interviewing mental health advocate, Zak Williams. And yes, Stephanie still asks him if he shit his pants too. Listen now and every Monday!

1hr 14mins

6 Jun 2022

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7. Healing From Our Collective Trauma with Zak Williams

The Big Silence

Zak Williams has spent a long time thinking about the ramifications of mental health as a result of traumas experienced within his family. His father, Robin Williams, was tragically lost to Lewy Body Dementia in 2014.Our stories, in that respect, are similar. Today, though, we’re focused more so on, well – today. It’s impossible to avoid acute awareness of the pandemic we all find ourselves (still) in the middle of. But alongside that, there is another, parallel issue, a serious mental health pandemic taking hold. After everything that’s happened over the last few years, we’re finally coming to acknowledge the very real impact that prolonged isolation and fear have put us in as a collective society. We discuss this complex issue before Zak shares actionable first steps to begin the healing process, discusses the downsides of taking any healing method too far (even gaming), and opens up about the visceral experience of grieving in public.Resources:youcanpym.combringchange2mind.orgRead: "The Mood Cure"The Big Silence YouTube ChannelPre-Order: The Big Silence by Karena DawnSign up for The Big Silence newsletter at TheBigSilence.com to stay up to date with our upcoming May book tour!“The Big Silence” theme song written and performed by James Nicholas Kinney.Executive Handyman, Bobby Goldstein.The Big Silence is produced and published by Crate Media.

1hr 6mins

23 Mar 2022

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Prepare your Mind | ZAK WILLIAMS

Shared Ingredients

After Zak Williams lost his father Robin Williams to suicide, his world turned upside down as he battled deep depression. He shares his inspiring journey of finding his way back to being the best version of himself and founding an incredible company, PYM. PYM aka "Prepare Your Mind" is an animo acid stress relief product that prepares your mind to produce the naturally occurring neurotransmitters that help you feel like yourself again. Follow Zak and Check out PYM! IG: https://www.instagram.com/zakpym/?hl=en PYM IG:  https://www.instagram.com/youcanpym/?hl=en PYM: https://youcanpym.com/ Andrew Pelosi: https://www.instagram.com/pelosi/?hl=en Shared Ingredients: https://www.instagram.com/sharedingredients/?hl=en Music and Mix by Fran6: https://www.fran6music.com/music https://music.apple.com/us/album/splash/1152112610


9 Feb 2022

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FAN FAVORITE: Zak Williams - co-Founder/CEO of PYM the original mood chews, Mental Health Activist

EmotionAL Support with Alessandra Torresani

Zak finds it in his heart to share his incredibly open and brave mental health story this week. He shows me how we all have the opportunity to embrace what makes us uniquely ourselves. Grieving in the public eye about his father, Robin William's passing, self medicating and the origin story of my new favorite mood chews, PYM, are just a few of the topics we chat about…and don’t worry, we left room for warm laughs!@zakwilliams @youcanpym Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


4 Jan 2022

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Precision Mental Health | Zak Williams & Dr. Raghu Appasani

Field Tripping

On this episode we are joined by guests Zak Williams, son of the late actor/comedian Robin Williams, and the founder of the MINDS Foundation, psychiatrist Dr. Raghu Appasani. They discussed their service and advocacy for mental health, their own mental health journeys, psychedelics, the importance of nutrition, and more! After Zak’s father’s death in 2014, Zak’s anxiety became extreme, leading to severe depression and alcohol/substance abuse. While he thankfully got sober, it didn’t solve everything. Through extensive research, he discovered the wealth of botanical adaptogens and amino acid complexes to help recalibrate and heal his mind and body, which led to opening PYM (“Prepare Your Mind”) - his company which produces “mood chews” - which he co-founded with his wife. He hired psychiatrist, neuroscientist, mental health advocate, and entrepreneur, Dr. Raghu Appasani as the Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Raghu also founded the MINDS Foundation, a mental health nonprofit committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness through education, training, and providing access to cost-effective, high quality care. This is a very important episode you don’t want to miss! Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at fieldtripping@kastmedia.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show! Follow us!Official Website: fieldtriphealth.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealth/Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealthTwitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealthInstagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealthGuest Instagram: Zak: www.instagram.com/zakpym ... Raghu: www.instagram.com/rappasaniDownload our app: tripapp.co

1hr 25mins

12 Oct 2021

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Zak Williams: Mental Health, Processing Loss, and Finding Happiness

Finding Mastery

This week’s conversation is with Zak Williams, the son of the late Robin Williams and co-founder and CEO of PYM, a mental wellness company rooted in the belief that there is a world where someone can be the best version of themselves simply by establishing easy daily rituals that help support their mind and overall wellbeing. Zak is a US trustee of the international advocacy organization, United for Global Mental Health, a board member of mental health awareness non-profit Bring Change 2 Mind, an advisor to national policy organization Inseparable, and the mental health tech platform Project Healthy Minds. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so it’s an important time to honor those who have been impacted and help others who might be struggling realize there’s alternative options.I’ve personally been affected by suicide and Zak opens up about the impact it had on him in this conversation, too. We discuss his experience growing up with an incredibly successful parent – the conditions that led to Zak’s mental health challenges, and how the same practices he used to right the ship, can be just as applicable in your own life.----Please support our partners!We're able to keep growing and creating content for YOU because of their support. We believe in their mission and would appreciate you supporting them in return!!To take advantage of deals from our partners, head to http://www.findingmastery.net/partners where you'll find all discount links and codes mentioned in the podcast.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 17mins

15 Sep 2021

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181: Practical and Low Cost Solutions for Depression, Grief, Alcoholism, and Suicidality | Zak Williams

The Genius Life

Zak Williams is a mental health advocate and co-founder and CEO of Prepare Your Mind, a company that creates all-natural amino acid mood chews. Zak shares how the death by suicide of his late father, Robin Williams, galvanized his campaign for mental health advocacy and helped him heal in the service of others. Full show notes: https://maxlugavere.com/podcast/181-zak-williams

1hr 12mins

21 Jul 2021

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Episode 121 - Zak Williams, Robin Williams son

Culture Pop Podcast

Mase has always been a champion for mental health awareness and this is a really a timely, heartfelt show. Robin Williams' son Zak joins Culture Pop to talk about his father's battle with mental illness, plus he speaks frankly about his own experience. A great show attacking the stigma that, unfortunately, still exists around this important issue.


23 May 2021

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Ep - 177 Zak Williams

My Wakeup Call with Dr. Mark Goulston

In this episode I speak with Zak Williams, whose wakeup call was the suicide of his dad, Robin Williams, and his needing to find the road back through his grief and chaos of emotions.


17 Mar 2021