Mental Health

A personal development podcast with 3 main aims: 1- to share stories of people who have lived experience of mental health. 2- to share tips and tecnhniques to help with mindset and mental health improvement. 3- to highlight amazing people doind fantastic work in the field of mental health or personal development.


This was a tough one to create! Essentially because those who run their own businesses and those who don't think about things in VERY different ways.


This seems to be another one of those things where opinions are divided and the question I am asking on this episode is "what level of help should a business owner expect from their friends?"


I got a lot of mixed responses on this one, which were all from business owners and not friends of business owners and if you are one such friend I would love to hear your side of the story. Drop me an email to with your thoughts!

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After losing her mum shortly before her 60th birthday Rachael Chadwick decided to honour her mum in an amazingly unique way, by writing 60 postcards - one for each year of her mums life - and leaving them for people to find.


What came next was beyond any idea or expectation and continues to this day as an evergrowing project of honouring those we have lost and telling their stories.


In this episode Rachael delves into how the project developed from her 60 postcards to what it is today and shares some of the amazing stories of people she has encountered along the way.

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OK so I leaned into a meme for the title of this episode and I think I just died a little inside! This episode is all about our obsession with new things, like magpies with shiny objects.

It's something I've been thinkng about for a long time because as a content creator there is a certain amount of expectation around constantly making something "NEW".

But the problem is new doesn't always equal better. And often we can miss the better that is right there in search of the new.

This comes as I have recently made the move to go to two older social media channels: YouTube and Twitch. YouTube specifically for the reason that thingss on there aren't popular because they are new, they're popular because they're valuable. And the value of those videos (just like the value of these podcast episodes) can hold and even increase over time.

I'd love for you to come join me on both of those platforms and you can do so with Youtube here and Twitch at

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Let's face it, life doesn't always go to plan does it? And to be fair this year seems to have been dolling out lemons more than any other in this millenium. But the lemons often come before the lemonade and that's what we're talking about on this episode.

I am joined by Jamie Brockhurt and Raeesa Mumith, who have helped compile the stories of 17 wonderful people who found the lemonade from their lemons. Each of these inspirational stories has a little something for everyone, whether it is learning to love the skin you are in, or remembering that there's always space to play!

If you are seeing this before the end of July then there is a giveaway for 5 copies of the book over on my YouTube channel. Details at the start of the episode on how to get involved!

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Rebecca Jones is a public speaker on a way to help us to think differently. She is the creator of the concept of Stretchy Thinking, where instead of trying the same old processes until they stick you stretch "around" the problem and as a result expand your results.

In this episode we talk about female entrepreneurs, how the reasons for getting into business maybe different between males and females, how businesses have changed over time and what the role of luck is in success. (And what the role "look" is in success, keep an ear out for that part!)

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A month ago we brought you part one of this interview where Michael made the impromptu suggestion that we create a little bit of delayed gratification. So we did and we split the episode into two parts.

In part 2 we talk about the things that hold people back from living a life that is as brilliant as they want it to be.

Michael is a world renowned coach, author, public speaker and educator on all things "being brilliant". His books are fantastic and extremely accessible and his speaking style is down to earth and to the point.

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It's men's health week, which I inadvertantly read as "men's mental health week" when I saw it... check your filters Dave! But that lead me to the question why do we even need a men's health week?

Well, the simple answer is that men (on average, not ALL men) are more likely to ignore illness, both physical and mental (except for man flu... by god will we tell you about that!) and try to push it to the side.

This is something that is generationally drilled into us and in 2020 is it still the right approach? In this episode I discuss that and more. WOuld love to know your thoughts on what it means to "be a man" in 2020!

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Burnout is no fun and it's probably something that most of us have experienced. Especially those who are always putting everyone else first.

During the recent events I have been doing what I can to try and help as many people as possible... left one person out of that though didn't I?

And I imagine a lot of you have been in that situation too? All the extra pressures of home-schooling and still trying to show up for your self too? It's exhausting!

So this podcast and this week's episode of The Meantal Health Family Hour are my only contribution to the world of mental health this week and you know what? That's enough!

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Claudia Van-Nimwegen has been through A LOT! So much it almost lead to them not living to tell the tale.

From being assigned female sex at birth and growing up not feeling like they belonged in that gender, to a mental health system that continuously let them down.

Claudia's story is equally fascinating and harrowing and a sign that there is still a long way to go in inclusivity.

But their story did not end with those labels and Claudia is someone who is continuing to not only discover what they are capable of, but help others to discover that too.

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Do you know "why" you are doing the things you do? What is the overall aim of your interactions and are the actions you take indicative of that?

I've seen a LOT of online fighting recently and it often seems that the people in these Twitter arguments don't really know what they are trying to achieve outside of having the last Tweet in the fight.

It makes me think of how when an interaction shifts from a discussion to an argument the purpose moves, it may start out as "understand the other side better" then it may move to "make them change their mind" before eventually degrading simply to "win". And once it's at win, our actions will shift to match this new goal.

Think about this principal and ask yourself the following two questions regularly:

1- what am I trying to achieve?

2- does what I am doing reflect that?

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