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#17 Esther's Story: Addiction, Recovery and Yoga

This week Esther shares her story of alcohol addiction, recovery and how yoga helped her stop looking externally for answers and to start looking inside to find more peace. I think Esther’s story seemed quite familiar. It felt quite close to home for me, and I think it will do for many people. A lot of people find life very hard and start looking externally to change that. That can all too easily come in the form of alcohol, drugs and other substances, as they are a way of escaping, a way...


#16 Scott's Story: Depression and the Journey of Self Discovery

Today it’s Scott who will be sharing his story. It’s a story about depression and the journey of self discovery that has opened up for him. I met Scott a couple of years ago when we were both living in Brighton. I guess the first time we sat together and had a conversation about mental health I was surprised to hear that Scott had struggled with depression for a number of years. He is the sort of person that you notice when he walks into the room. He is tall, he has a playful and...


Sian's Story: Alcohol Addiction and beyond

In this episode I hand the mic over to Sian to tell her story of moving from being a functioning alcoholic with a young child to being sober, and the journey of discovery and understanding things about herself this has led her on. Alcohol can often be problematic, especially when it is being used to mask other difficult experiences that are going on underneath. Thanks so much to Sian for sharing her story. I know that it can be really difficult to share these experiences (that’s one of...


MH Stories: Growing Up with a Bipolar Parent

For this episode, Monique shares her experience of growing up in Canada with her mum, who has Bipolar II, and the highs and lows that came with that for her and her family. How we relate to the world and experience our own mental health can be challenging. It can be a difficult thing to navigate and find the support you need. Something that can be easy to overlook is the stories of the friends and loved ones who are out there trying their best to offer the support that is needed, often in...


Mental Health Stories: Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DiD)

Hello and welcome to another episode in the Mental Health Stories section of the podcast. This week I was watching a video on Youtube by a guy called Michael Stone and one of the lines that really stuck with me was when he said “I think the most radical thing you can do in a culture is to tell the stories that are not being told". And that’s what I see this space as, a space to tell the stories that are not necessarily being told. Stories that break away from the mainstream narrative,...


Mental Health Stories: Acute Anxiety Following a Car Crash

Hi there. I’ve decided to start a series of Metal Health stories to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2018. My podcasts are usually in a more conversational style, but I wanted this space to be slightly different. They are spaces where people have the chance to tell their story and for us to listen. These stories will come from from different perspectives - some will be about a particular diagnosis, some will be about a specific event, some more general, some about a direct...


#11 Confronting our Fear of Death and Grieving for our Planet with Simon Medhurst

Hello! Welcome to the Ministry of Change podcast. The conversation I’m going to play you today I recorded on a not so warm day at the end of March this year when I went down to Thanet to meet Simon Medhurst at his home in Ramsgate. Simon got in contact with me after Lily and Pete, from We The Uncivilized shared my project of their social media channels. Simon had seen their wonderful documentary, where they travel the UK in their van looking for positive stories about the future of our...


#10 Qigong and Mental Health with Max St.John

Max has been practicing Qigong for a number of years. I didn’t really know much about it before my visit. I knew it had its roots in Daoism, and it was about connecting with the natural flow of nature, through movement - but apart from that I was pretty clueless. I spent 4 days in Bude staying with Max and his lovely family. Over those few days we spent a couple of hours a day practicing Qigong, and the rest of the time walking, talking, eating and building lego with Max’s two boys. I’ve...


#9 Finding Strength in Grief with Toby Moore

In this episode, Toby Moore shares with me a very personal story of his dad’s death and the effects of it. I’ve known Toby for a while now. He is a very charismatic member of the Brighton community, organising Tedx Brighton, and one of the founders of the content creation company Yappa. I think it is very easy to see people as a product of their achievements, and ignore the very human things that go on behind the scenes. I find Toby to be one of the most honest, altruistic people I know...


#8 Finding Your Own Rhythm in Life with Henrietta Jadin

I recorded this conversation with Henrietta Jadin, on the final day of a Slo-Working retreat in Portugal. I’ve known Hen for about a year or so through a community we are both part of called the Happy Startup School (you can check out podcast episode #6 to hear my chat with Laurence from the HSS). Hen was the mastermind behind this sloworking retreat, and her and her partner Rik (episode 7) worked together to pull it off. In my chat with Hen we talked about the concept of slowing down and...


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

The startup world can be a real minefield when it comes to creating a work life balance. Being an entrepreneur can be quite a lonely experience, and there can be a lot of pressure for people who are starting their own businesses - a feat which requires you to go out on a limb and put your vulnerabilities out there. Stories of mental health being neglected in the startup world are rife. Of people wearing their lack of sleep and long hours at work as a badge of honour. Of people putting...


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

For this episode I went for a chat with my friend Dave Perrins at his house in Brighton. I first met Dave a couple of years ago, at an event run by our mutual friend, Adam. Over the past few years we’ve had many a chat over cups of tea about mental wellbeing, productivity and getting stuff done, and also about the importance of sharing the lows and the struggles and not just the high points. Dave is the brains behind, Share Your Story, a popular event in Brighton which as the name suggests...


#4 Permaculture: Reconnecting With What Being Human is All About (with Shift Bristol)

As part of my mental health trip around the UK I’m keen on getting off the beaten track, and exploring projects that may not immediately shout, “Mental Health!”, at you, but are in some way looking into the way we live our lives or have structured society. Permaculture is something that has been on my radar for a few years now, but I haven’t really had the chance to explore fully. I first came across permaculture through my work with systems change and was intrigued by how the principles...


#3 "Helping Young People Talk About Mental Health" with Off The Record Bristol

Discussing our mental health can be hard at the best of times. We are in a world that is increasingly hard to navigate. 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. In this episode I met...


#2 Mental Health In The Work Place with Sanctus founder James Routledge

A few weeks ago I travelled to London to meet James Routledge, the founder of Sanctus, an organisation who focus on improving mental health in the workplace. There mission is to change the brand of mental health and bring awareness around it into the mainstream. In the interview, James discusses his journey and talks about the lessons he has learned in business and the art of slowing down and focusing on what is important. Check out their website: for lots of blogs and articles...


Anxiety Interlude: It's Okay to Cry in Screwfix

This is a monologue I wrote about an anxiety attack I had in the UK DIY shop Screwfix. This isn’t a very polished piece — it’s really a stream of consciousness I just wrote without much thought for editing and making it logical and beautiful. Maybe that is quite apt, as what goes on inside my head often isn’t logical or beautiful (at least in the generally perceived interpretations of these concepts!) This is a link to the original blog post:...


#1 A Space for Men to Talk and Celebrating Mental Health with Kate Mabbett and Ella Marshall

I recently took the Ministry of Change down to Bristol to Freedom of Mind, a festival designed to celebrate mental health, conceived two years ago by Ella Marshall when she was just 16 years old. One of the most captivating events I attended was 'Creating a Space for Men to Talk' organised by men's mental health organisation Man Up Man Down. In this podcast I sat down with the co-founder of Man Up Man Down, Kate Mabbett and then with Ella Marshall, to talk about mental health.