One Chef’s Ongoing Mental Health Journey with Greg Baxtrom
Andrew Friedman sits down with Chef Greg to discuss his story
Chef Greg Baxtrom, chef-owner of a quartet of New York City restaurants, recently opened up in a revealing Instagram post about his years-long struggles with alcoholism and bipolar disorder.
**Content warning — this episode discusses suicidal feelings.**
In that post, Chef Greg mentioned that he’d be joining Andrew for a discussion about his ongoing mental health journey. This is that conversation.
Chef Greg sat down with Andrew a few days ago in Brooklyn for a deeply personal dialogue about how his alcoholism revealed itself, how his delayed bipolar diagnosis impacted his efforts to become sober, and the unique challenges of navigating these rough waters as a chef-owner with businesses to maintain and employees to manage.
On a personal note: We’re honored that Chef Greg chose to share his story with us.
Please note: Neither Andrew nor Greg are mental health specialists or medical professionals. This conversation is shared for the sole purpose of being open and honest about mental illness, but their opinions are strictly those of laypeople and based only on their own unique, individual experiences. For professional and/or medical advice/attention, please seek help from an appropriate mental health care specialist and/or medical provider.
If you are in the U.S., here are two resources where you can seek help any day, at any time:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Crisis Text Line (also available in the UK, Ireland, and Canada)
A great many national and regional resources are available, both in the US and around the world. If in the United States, you can seek a referral here. Wherever you are, a quick web search should point you to qualified help in your area and/or language.
Listen to the full episode below.
This episode of Andrew Talks to Chefs, a fully independent podcast hosted by Andrew Friedman, was published with permission.
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