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

12/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:04:39

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

11/30/2018
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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...

Duration:01:12:44

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

11/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:42:00

#28 Kitty's Story: A Change of Perspective

11/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:30

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

10/31/2018
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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...

Duration:00:57:23

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

10/16/2018
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“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...

Duration:01:09:08

#25 On Anxiety and Wild Swimming with Joe Minihane

10/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:11

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

10/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:39:17

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

9/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:34:05

#22 Charles Eisenstein Discussing Mental Health and Society

9/9/2018
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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 - marcus@theministryofchange.org - and check...

Duration:00:44:58

#21 Reclaiming Cornwall From Depression (an audio adventure)

8/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:15:53

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

7/15/2018
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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...

Duration:00:39:57

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

7/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:27

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

6/25/2018
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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...

Duration:00:32:38

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

6/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:32:53

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

6/3/2018
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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 inquisitive...

Duration:00:38:56

#15 Sian's Story: Alcohol Addiction and beyond

5/21/2018
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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 the...

Duration:00:22:27

#14 Monique's Story: Growing Up with a Bipolar Parent

5/17/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:15

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

5/15/2018
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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, but...

Duration:00:38:26

#12 Simon's Story: Acute Anxiety Following a Car Crash

5/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:20:24