Feel free to watch the latest episode on the Being Human Podcast below or scroll down to read a little bit about my story and work.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
I think it helps if I think of this as "Our Story", as you may be able to see yourself in some of the following words.
Listen, I know the Blackness of Future. I know it all too well. The feeling of hopelessness and convincing myself I will never feel joy ever again. I know the sense of doom and complete consumption of a panic attack. I know what it's like to feel completely lost and stuck in life. I dealt with depression and anxiety for a long time, and still have those moments. We all do.
Life is contrast though, and we must wear the world lightly my friends. It took time for me to understand those emotions and I'm still learning. It takes time to know what to do with them and how to tend to them. By working on myself with the selfless help from others, there is another side to all of this.
I promise you there is another side.
I now know the hopefulness of future, the beauty and awe of simplicity, the preciousness of impermanence and the washing away of worry in a state of true awareness.
Our story is a story of hope and of never giving up. Ever.
In 2018 my mission started to help others with their emotional wellbeing while also continuing to understand my own. My YouTube Channel grew, my podcast started and I began speaking at schools and corporations. This mission isn't about pathology or symptoms. It's recognizing the human condition and getting in touch with our true, authentic self. If you decide to read further, my most meaningful adventure began in 2020.
Fun Facts & Thoughts: I bungee jumped in Switzerland. Backpacked through eastern Europe. I have three brothers, one sister and two awesome parents. Did my first stand up set in 2021. I meditate everyday. I spend as much time off screens as possible. I love camping, swimming and cliff jumping. I've been playing guitar and drums since 2008. Music is the obsession and unquenchable thirst in my life. The sky is free.
5 Albums I Love:
- Heavy Horses - Jethro Tull
- Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
- Water Music: George Frideric Handel
- ...And Justice for All - Metallica
- The Lost Tapes - Nas
Movies/TV Shows I Love:
- LOTR - Fellowship obviously
- There Will be Blood
- 12 Angry Men
My Journey Through the Dark
Mental Illness to Well-Being
Depression & Anxiety
2008: I found myself in an emotional tangle and experiencing severe depression and anxiety.
I was given a diagnosis of "Major Depressive Disorder" and "Social Anxiety Disorder"
There was an unfortunate lack of compassion and attention from those in psychiatric practice.
Fully coming to terms with a diagnosis was very difficult, yet it provided me with a solid foundation to pursue answers and viable treatments.
I learned to live with depression and anxiety while finding meaning and purpose helping others along the way.
For over a decade I continue questioning, searching and putting the pieces together.
Expression & Support
Biochemical - Support from Naturopathic Doctors, Neuroscientists and Nutritionists. Complete diet change and understanding of food sensitivities with autonomic balancing
Physical - Osteopathy and Acupuncture, releasing emotional tension
Psychological - Focusing sessions with a professional, getting in touch with and recovering suppressed and repressed emotion. Making sense of past experiences, connecting mind & body.
Spiritual - Guidance from teachers and priests. An ongoing process to be with the unknown and hold the need to know at a distance. Seeing myself as a "Painter Passing Through in History" - thanks Gordon Lightfoot :)
Connection & Authenticity
In touch with my true, authentic self. Strengthened intuitive sense and connected mind & body.
Cultivating a felt sense of compassion for myself while finding humour in the darkness.
Feel a connectedness with the environment and developed a sense of trust and understanding with my emotions.
Belonging with friends, regular meditation practice, exercise and healthy eating are all part of daily living.
Oh btw, I still get anxious and sometimes life is just too much. I'm still as imperfect as I ever was, but I'm more me than ever before. Only human :)
What I really mean is our work. Nothing exists in isolation and the true meaning of this work comes from being of service to and working with others.
Through Keynote Speaking, Coaching and Podcasting, I'm here to share the true reality of Being Human. This means living in pure awe, wonder and gratitude as we follow and bathe in the golden sun. This also means living in the raging storms as do our best to navigate and find our way or just hold on tight. As I have a history of depression and anxiety, I learned how to navigate these rough waters fairly well over the past 14 years and I find true happiness and fulfillment in sharing this with you.
Whether it's by humour, mindfulness, music, or profanity, all of these goodies are used to lift people up in those difficult moments and guide them to realize two simple truths: You're human. You're awesome.
Now, with all that being said, here are some ego inflating stats that I'm both proud of and cringe at sharing:
Speaking: Reached over 200,000 people speaking at over 100+ conferences, schools and events since 2018.
Coaching & Courses: Over 150+ people have taken the Conquer Anxiety Course and I've been personally coaching people 1-1 since 2018. helping them recover and discover their true, authentic selves.
YouTube & My Podcast: 30 million reached around the world supporting those struggling with depression and anxiety. My main channel (Scott Ste Marie) with over 300,000 subscribers and music channel (Expression Music) with 100,000 subscribers. Yay clicks!
"My mental health issues are essentially obsolete because of Scott. Ever since he has given me the tools to overcome anxiety and depression I feel like a weight has been lifted."
Corinne T. - New Jersey, USA
"...relaxation techniques, mindfulness, CBT and diet. Scott taught me how to calm my body and mind down which helped tremendously in the healing process.
David F. - Budapest, Hungary
"Scott is the most sweetest and understanding person I have ever met. The course is really helping me write my feelings more and makes me feel like family :)
Islam A. - Michigan, USA
Why I Do It
Sometimes I feel I don't really have a choice. I love helping and working with people. We're all so amazingly unique yet simultaneously share so much of the same needs and aspirations. After all of these years, I am still in awe of the strength and perseverance of the human spirit. Seriously, really look at your friend, sibling, parent or the next person you interact with. Really look without judgement or making up a story just yet. If it's someone you know, see them as if it's for the very first time. See them as they are right here, right now. There ya go. That's my "why"
In addition to my closeness to the human experience, I am both empathetic and compassionate to those who deal with depression and anxiety. I know the feeling of being in that place but also know how difficult it is to climb out.
My work involves sharing my personal story of recovery and healing while also holding the ladder for those on the climb to the sunshine. I hope to talk to you soon or speak to your audience.