#18 The Neanderthal Bard: Borderline Personality Disorder and the Spoken Word

In this episode spoken word artist Stefan Gambrell, a.k.a The Neanderthal Bard, shares his experiences of his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, over stretched and under funded mental health services and the power of the spoken word, interspersed with some of his amazing poems.

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#13 Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DiD)

Today this space will be handed over to someone to tell their story of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DiD). It wasn’t something that I had come across before, so it felt like a privilege to be invited to listen. For a little bit of background, DiD is also sometimes known as multiple personality disorder, and it is characterised by at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states. Because of the sensitive nature of some of their experience they asked to be anonymous at this point 

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#8 Henrietta Jadin: Finding Your Own Rhythm in Life

In my chat with Hen we talked about the concept of slowing down and of slo-working. We talked about the importance of finding your own rhythm in life, we talked about our mutual interest in living in vans, and living in vans in car parks, and the pros and cons that go with it. We talked about minimal living, and we also talked about breaking through barriers of fear and the power of community.

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#7 Rik Turner: How To Go Slow And Avoid Burnout

Rik and I chatted about slowing down and how to avoid burning out at work. It’s a topic that keeps coming up as I talk to people about their mental health. If you’ve listened to podcast #2 you’ll remember my chat with James from Sanctus on a similar topic. It’s just so prevalent. The pressure to work hard and fast is so prevalent in our culture, that people feel like they have no other option that to work long hours, and constantly strive for growth at speed.

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#6 Laurence McCahill: How to Build a Happy Business (Happy Startup School)

In this episode I went along to meet Laurence McCahill, who along with his lifelong friend Carlos Saba, founded the Happy Startup School in Brighton. Their mission is to help people to connect with their true passions and hopefully avoid a lot of the problems I just mentioned. They do this through events such as their annual Summer Camp in the UK, Alptitude, and event in which they take entrepreneurs to the alps, Ashram, their retreat to India, which Laurence touches upon in our conversation, and many other smaller events and workshops throughout the year.

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#5 Dave Perrins: The Importance of Sharing the Difficult Bits

At the beginning of the podcast, we mention how we are not going to just talk about our projects - and then proceed to talk about our respective projects - but weaved around that we cover topics like:

  • -how to ask yourself difficult questions,

  • -being honest about your comfort zone,

  • -what is happiness?

  • -Loneliness

  • - the useful side of experiencing pain.

  • -The importance of sharing experiences

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#3 OTR Bristol: Helping Young People to Talk about Mental Health

For young people especially talking about what they are experiencing on the inside, social pressures, misconceptions and lack of understanding can make it seem nearly impossible.

Organisations such as Off the Record do great work in normalising the discussion around mental health, and helping young people to make sense of the world and really thrive.

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