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Of Mountains and Minds is a podcast sharing stories from those who have been through a life-changing endurance event, transition or challenge. It shines a light on exeriences that might inspire or help others planning a change or just dealing with the highs and lows of being human. In our British culture, sometimes we struggle to talk openly about the things that matter and connect us to others. This is an experiment to test the appetite for more conversations about everything from finding motivation and the realities of big adventures to mental health, unconventional career changes, parenthood, grief and loss.

Of Mountains and Minds is a podcast sharing stories from those who have been through a life-changing endurance event, transition or challenge. It shines a light on exeriences that might inspire or help others planning a change or just dealing with the highs and lows of being human. In our British culture, sometimes we struggle to talk openly about the things that matter and connect us to others. This is an experiment to test the appetite for more conversations about everything from finding motivation and the realities of big adventures to mental health, unconventional career changes, parenthood, grief and loss.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Of Mountains and Minds is a podcast sharing stories from those who have been through a life-changing endurance event, transition or challenge. It shines a light on exeriences that might inspire or help others planning a change or just dealing with the highs and lows of being human. In our British culture, sometimes we struggle to talk openly about the things that matter and connect us to others. This is an experiment to test the appetite for more conversations about everything from finding motivation and the realities of big adventures to mental health, unconventional career changes, parenthood, grief and loss.

Language:

English

Contact:

07735602066


Episodes

A conversation with Jennie Agg

8/22/2020
In this special bonus episode you can meet Jennie Agg. A talented writer, journalist and blogger, Jennie works primarily in women’s health, expertly informed by her own personal experiences. She has been through a torrent of loss in the past five years. Since enduring a miscarriage four years ago, just days before her 12-week scan, she has suffered three more devastating pregnancy losses. She had repeated reassurances that nothing was wrong and struggled to understand the why of it all....

Duration:01:30:00

A conversation with Jo Love

7/10/2020
Meet Jo Love this week, for the final episode in series seven. Jo is determined to shine more light on the all too common yet devastating challenge of post-natal depression, and advocates for more support for mothers going through it, as well as other still-stigmatised mental health conditions. Jo is an award-winning mental health campaigner, writer and speaker, standing up for the whole spectrum of mental illness that so many women struggle with through the major phases of life, especially...

Duration:00:52:04

A conversation with Kevin Woods

7/3/2020
Kevin Woods is no stranger to the hills and mountains. He’s fresh back from covering all 282 Munros in just 97 days, straight through the Scottish winter and as the Covid crisis spread like wildfire across the world. This was his fourth round of Munros, and he’s not yet 30. (If you’re not from these parts, Munros are mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet high, some situated in deeply remote terrain). Kevin is a winter mountain leader and a true man of the mountains. He’s also a talented...

Duration:01:06:57

A conversation with Angela Samata

6/26/2020
Angela Samata became a widow at 32, after her partner Mark died by suicide. There were no warning signs that he was depressed or suicidal. After talking to him on the phone, Angela arrived home just 15 minutes later, opening the door to find he had taken his life. They were 15 minutes that turned Angela’s life upside down, and the life of their two young kids, transforming them into a family that had gone through one of the most seismic, extraordinary experiences. Having been the one to find...

Duration:01:08:18

A conversation with Freddie Bennett

6/19/2020
Welcome to a conversation with truthteller, adventure seeker, ultra runner, Ironman athlete and Dad Freddie Bennett. We got together for this chat in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. A time when Freddie was home teaching his kids, working and supporting his wife (a doctor). So thank you Freddie and family for giving up 90 minutes. This is a conversation about what can take root in the mind as a result of stress as a child and the legacy it can leave inside as an adult. Freddie was born...

Duration:01:26:22

A conversation with Dave Chawner

6/12/2020
Let me introduce you to Dave Chawner. Dave is a legend in my eyes after our conversation. He’s a best selling author (Weight Expectations: One Man’s Recovery from Anorexia), award winning comic and mental health campaigner, who manages to bring upbeat vibes and humour into conversations about serious life challenges. We got together (remotely) deep in the COVID-19 lockdown to talk grief, mental wellbeing, eating disorders, recovery and writing. Dave shared a little about the life experiences...

Duration:01:32:18

A conversation with John Drake

6/5/2020
In this week’s episode we are talking grief, trauma, terrifying experiences in the Sri Lankan jungle, PTSD, life in conflict zones and the unusual experience of lockdown on a small island. Meet my friend John Drake. We went to school together on the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland; hung out as unsure teens. John is a wonder; one of the most intelligent people I know, and also kind, empathetic and self-deprecating, with a wicked sense of humour. Since we left school, John has lived...

Duration:01:16:48

A conversation with Rachel Kelly

5/29/2020
In this episode you get to meet Rachel Kelly. Rachel has a boat load of experience in depression and finding her way out through multiple strategies, from good nutrition and "mood food" to writing, poetry and breathing practice. She is a bestselling author of four books, a public speaker and a mental health campaigner, working with charities such as Rethink Mental Illness and SANE. Rachel has developed a vast knowledge of the science of depression and mental illness, from the role of our...

Duration:01:04:31

A conversation with Chris Bombardier

5/22/2020
Welcome to a conversation with the incredible Chris Bombardier. Chris was born with a severe form of haemophilia, one of a variety of bleeding disorders affecting people around the world. Growing up in the back garden of the mountains, in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado, Chris did not let his condition hold him back from his passions. From a young age he played baseball and threw himself into skiing, ski mountaineering, rock climbing and mountaineering. Yet being born in a developed...

Duration:01:03:06

A conversation with Rebecca Rusch

5/15/2020
Meet Rebecca Rusch. Someone who has used her own life experiences to drive positive change in the world. Rebecca lives in a beautiful mountain town in Idaho. The outdoor world is her church. A multiple world champion and master of many sports, from mountain biking to white-water rafting, adventure racing and climbing, Rebecca was crowned the Queen of Pain by Adventure Sports magazine and was also in Outside Magazine's top 20 female athletes. Put simply, she’s a pro at suffering. Yet Rebecca...

Duration:01:12:10

A conversation with Natalie Aitken

5/9/2020
Welcome to the seventh series! My first guest is Natalie Aitken. Natalie is a medic from here in Scotland who is currently exploring how to share her story more and speak up for the health issues that need more spotlight. In 2019, in her 30s, she lost her husband John to bile duct cancer, a rare and often incurable cancer. Our conversation reflected on many of Natalie's experiences through her husband's cancer, as well as the lasting impact of three rounds of IVF and her professional...

Duration:01:28:04

A conversation with Olly Stephenson

4/10/2020
We may think we have control of our health. We can keep our bodies aerobically fit, eat a rainbow of nutrition every day, stay connected socially, meditate. But perhaps being in total control of our health is an illusion. I’m not suggesting we should live in a constant state of health anxiety, but maybe we should also think about the illusion of control in our lives. Maybe it will even help us live in the moment. Today we meet Olly Stephenson; a runner, adventure-seeker, climber, Dad and...

Duration:01:33:21

A conversation with Graham Connelly

4/3/2020
In this episode you'll meet Graham Connelly. Those in the Scottish running community might know Graham, he runs fast and is deep in the fold of Team Pyllon (led by previous podcast guest Paul Giblin). Graham is an engineer, a pro at fixing machines. But at 35, he suffered a breakdown and the wheels flew off his machine. He’d taken on big things at work and willingly sacrificed relationships and relaxation. He couldn’t sit still. He expected great things of himself and others in his life,...

Duration:01:18:08

Bonus episode: Covid-19 and Duncan McArthur

3/27/2020
This week I'm launching a special bonus episode with my significant other person Duncan McArthur, talking about anxiety, depression, career change and of course Covid-19. I’m also giving a bunch of shout out’s to a range of incredible independent businesses in need of your online love. There are many purveyors of delicious foodie products and other goodies that will brighten up your isolation station. This is coming at you from home, recorded on the little Zoom H1, so excuse the lack of...

Duration:01:23:42

A conversation with Bethany Yeiser

3/20/2020
This week, you’ll meet the amazing advocate Bethany Yeiser. Writer, speaker and activist in the movement to demystify schizophrenia. Bethany grew up an academic child in a middle-class household, a scholarship winner and a top violinist who loved learning, travelling and music. Yet she still developed the condition; a medical reality that was hidden from her consciousness. It led to years of homelessness, institutionalisation and prison. Bethany was told she was permanently and totally...

Duration:00:59:28

A conversation with Tracy Watt

3/13/2020
As a bereaved parent, your grief travels with you. Tracy Watt knows this unique loss well. 29 years ago she lost her son, Lewis, just hours after being told he had life-limiting disabilities and would not survive the birth. Yet he did, and she had 19 hours with him. Tracy shares her story, from pregnancy to the labour and leaving hospital without her son. She talks about the unique nature of the grief for losing a baby at birth; the acceptance process; what to say and not to say to families...

Duration:01:11:59

A conversation with James Finn

3/6/2020
When you grow up in a world where gay is a synonym for bad, and men who show a feminine attribute are mocked, it’s easy to unwittingly internalise these feelings. Meet James Finn. He’s a novelist, columnist and LGBT activist living in the US and making change through his writing, mentoring and activism. James grew up the son of a preacher in a conservative community in the US. By the age of 10 or 11 he knew he was different. His local church had just embarked on an anti-gay campaign and one...

Duration:01:15:10

A conversation with Henry Fraser

2/28/2020
Meet Henry Fraser, an incredible young man with a powerful first-hand experience of weathering the extreme challenges life can throw our way. At the age of 17 Henry, with his fitness, friends and future ahead of him, went for a swim one day in Portugal, on a post-exam celebration holiday with his school friends. Diving into shallow waters, he severed his spinal chord and was paralysed permanently from the shoulders down. Six months in hospital, with much of this time spent ventilated and...

Duration:01:02:16

A conversation with Jayne Nisbet

2/21/2020
Jayne Nisbet is a pro athlete and fellow Scot who placed tenth in the Commonwealth Games 2014 in high jump. Jayne is a passionate voice for recovery from eating disorders, having struggled for years with anorexia and bulimia as a direct result of the pressures and judgement that professional sport can bring. She has since spoken out in national media about her journey through this, and her associated experiences with depression and anxiety. Addressing her demons and seeking external help to...

Duration:01:32:30

A conversation with Paul Shepherd

2/14/2020
Meet Paul Shepherd everyone. A guy who has been through the darkest times with depression, alcohol and drugs but lived through it, a guy who is facing his demons and telling his story. After feeling three years ago like there was no other option in his life other than to end it, Paul has come a long way. He’d been struggling with a lifestyle in which he was constantly exhausted with night shifts and medicating with alcohol and drugs, and one January night in 2017 he waded into the freezing...

Duration:01:13:02