AWARD-WINNIG podcaster and therapeutic coach Alex Holmes sees his book hit the shelves next month looking into the expectations placed on men through the lens of masculinity, how this is impacting their ability to be vulnerable and emotional, and thus stifling their self-expression.
Time To Talk: How Men Think About Love, Belonging and Connection looks at the stifling of self-expression and it’s detrimental impact on mental health.
Holmes, who has been hosting and producing podcasts since Mostly Lit in 2016, debunks commonly held ‘Real Man Myths’ and motivates the reader to move from ignoring to acknowledging – to break down the taboos about men being vulnerable and emotional, and to embrace an honest, open dialogue both within ourselves, and with those we love and trust.
He now hosts Time To Talk, previously known as What Matters with Alex Reads – one of Apple’s top 100 Mental Health podcasts.
Through his own experiences as a young Black British man and conversations on his podcast with mental health expertsand friends, Alex inspires readers to open up and start talking about the things that really matter in life; how we’re really feeling, what makes us tick, our worries, fears and vulnerabilities and how we feel about the big things in life – like love, belonging and connection.
He ssid: “To be a young man – in my case, a young Black man – in today’s world is to persistently hold your breath and hope you can come up for air sometime soon amid all the unspoken pressures of what we are, and aren’t, expected to be by those around us.”
Holmes concludes: “Life is worth living. Life is worth fighting for. It’s time to talk.”
Time To Talk is published April 1, 2021 by Welbeck in paperback original