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#34 Lucy Purdy: Positive News and How To Change The World

Hello - and welcome to the first episode of 2019! Today's episode features a conversation I had with Lucy Purdy, the editor of Positive News Magazine at the end of last year. Positive News uses the approach of Constructive Journalism to highlight the issues that need tackling in the world and also offer solutions, or highlight people that are working on solutions. It is about agency rather than fear mongering. Shameless plug alert: I was also featured in the latest edition of Positive News...


2019 Update: What's Next For Ministry of Change?

Hi everyone! Welcome to 2019. I hope it is going well so far. I thought I'd start the year off with a little update interlude, before I launch into the full podcasts over the coming weeks, to fill you in on where I and Ministry of Change are now (both physically and in terms of direction) and what some of the plans and ideas are for the coming year. I'd love to hear your ideas of people I could speak to or places I could visit. I'll be back in a few days with episode number 34 of the...


#33 A Year On The Road: Ministry of Change 2018 Review

We are now coming to the end of the first complete year of Ministry of Change, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to reflect back over 2018 and see the evolution of the project and my own growth. I recruited my friend, Adam Bates, someone who I know has listened to almost all of the episodes, to turn the tables and interview me. I hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions about the journey so far, or have any ideas for things you'd like me to explore over 2019 then send me...


#32 Kai Brouwer: What Happens When Adults Forget to Play

I recorded this conversation over the summer with Kai Brouwer who runs Funbase in Amsterdam. Funbase is a co-working 'treehouse' that doubles up as a play centre for adults. There is a big ball pit, retro and contemporary video games, board games... all the necessary tools for a community of adults to reconnect to their playful inner child. Kai talks to me about his experiences with depression and what happens when we forget to play as adults. Here is a copy of the TRANSCRIPT And here is...


#31 Chrissy Kelly: No One Is Broken

Chrissy Kelly is a wonderful person and she does lots of amazing work around the psychology of thinking with children in the care system and teenagers, to empower them to access their wisdom and use their own agency. Read the TRANSCRIPT Check out her website: Fabulous Thinking Follow her on: Twitter: @chrissy_kelly Instagram: @fab_thinking To support Ministry of Change and for bonus content check out:


(Interlude) Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

Apologies to Queen if this infringes copyright - I'm hoping it will fly under the radar. When I first started this podcast, I used to do little interludes like this one, but I got all swept up in making it more professional - but I remembered recently how much I enjoyed making these little bonus extras, so here is one I made a few weeks ago after going to watch Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema. Thanks to everyone who is supporting my Patreon and enabling me to create these spaces to talk...


#30 Bipolar Barbie: Mental Illness, Social Media & Your Authentic Self

In this episode I chatted with Bipolar Barbie - a mental health advocate and social media influencer from Australia, who blogs and vlogs about her experiences living with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I first got to know Bipolar Barbie through her presence on Instagram, and she uses her visibility on social media to share her story to help and inspire thousands of people around the world. I learned a...


#29 My Story: Depression, Anxiety & Learning that I am Enough

People often ask me if I'm going to share my own story on the podcast - well here it is. Last week I had the opportunity to speak at an event in Brighton run by Dave Perrins (featured in Ep.5 of the podcast) called Share Your Story. The theme of the evening was 'Strength from Weakness: Journeys in Mental Health and Vulnerability' and I was invited to speak alongside two people, Rachel, who shared her journey with eating disorders, and Phil, who talked about navigating depression. Despite...


#28 Kitty's Story: A Change of Perspective

I recorded this conversation with Kitty a few months ago on the Isle of Wight. Kitty's story is fascinating. After spending 31 years working as a mental health nurse for the NHS, after clinically dying due to medical negligence she found herself on the other side of the mental health services, giving her a unique perspective of both sides - the role of the mental health professional and that of the service user. Kitty's story revolves around depression, anxiety, PTSD and the road to...


#27 Dara Blumenthal: What Does it Really Mean to Be Human in the 21st Century?

I recently had the opportunity to go to New York City. While I was there I met up and recorded this conversation with Dara Blumenthal. Dara has spent most of her life contemplating the question of what it really means to be human in the 21st Century. It's a fascinating question and one that is also close to my heart. Dara is a facilitator and coach, but more than that, she is someone with a deep love for people and the planet. We talk about how to self-author your life, the power of...


#26 Kitchen Table Chat: On Anxiety with Steph, Charlie, Dave and Marcus

“Anxiety is trying to tell you something I think. I think that's why it's so different for everyone. It's not this one size fits all ‘this is an illness’. It's about what's behind it.” Earlier in the year I was sitting at my friend Steph’s house in Bristol, having a cup of tea and a chat with here around the kitchen table. The conversation naturally flowed into talking about anxiety, something that is a part of both of our lives. I realised then that this was the kind of conversation I...


#25 On Anxiety and Wild Swimming with Joe Minihane

I’m always interested in hearing ways that people have found to help them explore their experiences with things like anxiety and depression, so I was really excited when I was introduced to Joe Minihane. Joe is the author of the book, Floating: A Life Regained, which documents his journey wild swimming around the UK and the effect that had on his anxiety and his ability to navigate his feelings. Having done a bit of wild swimming myself over the last few months, it was good to be able to...


#24 Mark's Story: A Powerful Story of Addiction, Recovery and Transformation

A few months ago I was on the Isle of Wight and I was fortunate enough to meet Mark Langford. Mark has a powerful story about his struggles with addiction and his mental wellbeing. A word of warning, Mark is very open and honest, and his story contains some difficult parts regarding drug taking and suicide ideation/ attempts, so please bare this in mind if this is something that could be a trigger to you. I’m so grateful to Mark for sharing his story, and I hope he can inspire you as much...


#23 Transforming the Way We Live and Learn with Nadežda & Justus

How could exploring alternative ways of living and learning help us to transform society into something that could help more people thrive? In the last episode of this podcast Charles Eisenstein said “Mental illness is built into society as we know it, and therefore to heal mental illness or to foster mental health is fundamentally a social, political, economic problem. It’s not just how do we treat people better”. On my explorations into ‘mental health’ I often find myself back exploring...


#22 Charles Eisenstein Discussing Mental Health and Society

In this podcast I chat to Charles Eisenstein about mental health, wholeness and the deeper social, political and economic problems that lay behind the high levels of depression and anxiety in our culture today If you could take a moment to rate and review this podcast on iTunes that would help these stories reach more people, and I’d appreciate that so much! If you feel that you would like to contribute to a future episode please get in contact - - and check...


#21 Reclaiming Cornwall From Depression (an audio adventure)

This episode is a bit of an experiment - earlier in the year I filmed a mini 'documentary' about a journey I made to reclaim Cornwall, UK from the dark and stormy memories of depression that I had associated with it on a former trip while depressed a year or so earlier. I decided it worked quite well as an audio story as well, so this is what I've uploaded here. I hope it works for you in this format, but you can also follow the link below to watch the original! Here is the link to the...


#20 Kim Brown's Story: Wolf Medicine and Connecting with Nature

This is another conversation I recorded on my visit to the Isle of Wight last month. It was lovely to meet Kim Brown and spend a bit of time with her. Kim has done loads of amazing work in the sphere of mental health over the years, a lot of which involves taking people out into nature to reconnect with themselves and the environment. She set up a centre for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) on the island, and runs an organisation called Nature Therapy, as well as running a programme called...


#19 Bethan Christopher's Story: Grow Your Own Gorgeousness

In this episode I travelled down to the Isle of Wight in my van to chat with Bethan Christopher. Bethan is a really lovely person and it was great to spend a few days wih her exploring the island. A few years ago she wrote a book called ‘Grow Your Own Gorgeousness’, with the mission of tackling body image issues and empowering girls to be and to love themselves. Bethan has since developed this into the ‘Grow Your Own Gorgeousness Programme’ which she delivers directly to schools. She is also...


#18 The Neanderthal Bard's Story: 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. This is a good one! Check out The Neanderthal Bard on Twitter to find out more about his story and where you can see him perform If you could take a moment to rate and review this podcast on iTunes that...


#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...