Dark Coffee Podcast
67. The Nuance of Mental Health

67. The Nuance of Mental Health

September 2, 2020

Today’s episode is with Vikas Shah MBE, a serial-entrepreneur and philanthropist, having started his first technology business at age 14 and currently CEO of Swiscot Group.

Talking around his own experiences with mental health, how the discussion around mental health isn’t nuanced enough for such a complicated topic and the differences in the approach to public health issues versus access to mental health treatment.

Also discussed:

(02:03) Introduction to Vikas

(3:17) Vikas’ experience with speaking about his mental health, how it linked to entrepreneurship, his TedX talk and the impact it has had on people, how mental health can become a defining part of your journey

(9:57) ‘The victim narrative’, and how it isn’t productive and how it can be self-perpetuating, how the discussions have changed and evolved, speakers versus advocates/activists, being critical in our approach to mental health

(18:17) The importance of story-telling in combination with vital information, how public health topics such as cancer are approached in a very linear way in terms of accessing treatment and help in comparison to the complications of mental health, being seen as a social issue rather than a health one

(23:35) The language around mental health and how it can be too aggressive or disempowering, suicide ideation and the challenges around it, demystifying suicide and the long-lasting impact of failed suicide attempts

(32:31) How suicide ideation can seem like self-care in a way, the outdated perception of mental health issues only occurring after a huge event in all cases, how we might not have the language to speak of mental health which can contribute to the taboo

(39:12) The absence of nuance around mental health discussions, how we build resilience through mental health issues

(43:01) Vikas’s thoughts after his suicide attempt and the changes he felt he needed to make afterwards, early intervention versus treatment and demystifying medication

(48:10) Therapy and therapists and how it varies person to person, how the approach to mental health isn’t clear enough in terms of what we can and can’t do and ask, approaching topics from a health perspective rather than avoiding the topic

(58:55) How we’re bad at admitting when we’re wrong and how we struggle to say things in an appropriate manner with sensitive topics with nuance, the narrative needing changing and how we need a better approach to such a complicated issue

(01:07:33) Tick-boxing and a one size fits all approach, tokenism in mental health, how the last thing you want to do is speak to someone but it’s one of the only options you have, the lack of support into mental health services

(1:12:50) Closing comments - how we can become better at managing our mental health and how we can take action

 

Vikas’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vikasshahlinkedin/

Vikas’s Website: https://vikas.work/

 

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing

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Dark Coffee starts brave and bullshit-free conversations around mental health, wellbeing and business.

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

 

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity and compassion.

 

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice across social media:

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing                            

 

Dark Coffee provide mental health training for SME’s and professionals. To find out more, take a look at our website or get in touch: www.darkcoffee.co.uk

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Podcast presented and edited by Alice Lyons.

Music Credit: ‘Infinite Landscape’ by Corinne.

 

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Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

 

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

 

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

 

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66. Revolutionising Leadership

66. Revolutionising Leadership

August 12, 2020

This week’s episode is with Anthony Vaughan (who prefers AJ), an out of the box, radical hybrid who is obsessed with all things entrepreneurship and employee experience.

A current 3x Founder, Startup Advisor, Executive and proud son, Anthony’s rise in the world of HR/Entrepreneurship is not typical. His focus and dedication to putting employees first drives him to help forever change the world of work, though!

AJ is currently working on a brand that will hopefully forever change the world of work, “The E1B2 Collective”, a collective of brands and practitioners designed to make substantial employee experience within the world of startups and small brands.

In this episode, the topic of leadership is discussed extensively, including how it is changing and adapting to suit less-traditional forms of working, Anthony’s background in entrepreneurship, and knowing your values.

Also discussed:

[1:28] Introduction to the episode

[2:33] Anthony’s background as an entrepreneur, thought leader, trail blazer. Starting a company at 19, how it affected him mentally, second business at 23 and the burnout that followed, upcoming projects

[7:30] HR, Anthony as a revolutionary leader that comes along to shake things up for the greater good. Not trying to be disruptive but trying to do something important, the concept of employee engagement (not for the tradition reason for having a positive effect on business)

[8:55] Al – studies have shown that when you prioritise wellbeing, results follow.

[10:03] We’re taught ‘business first, people second’ but when we prioritise wellbeing the rest follows, how people are taught the traditional methods and struggle to think outside of that and may sometimes put on a front

[13:06] Bringing more of yourself to work rather than having a separation, what’s unique about all of us is our set of skills, abilities and insights that we bring to the party

[14:00] Mentorship, how Anthony started business while Working two jobs, dropping out of university after being a footballer, suffering losses and the stressors of high-intensity work and trying to prove things to himself

[19:32] The struggle of figuring out leadership and only having a mentor, the effect of ego on leadership,  how leadership training is missing in HR generally because it’s focused on processes rather than people and not “How would I want my daughter/son/family to be treated?” and working back from there

[22:45] How the new style of HR needs to incorporate psychology, neuroscience and organisational psychology

[25:06] The rise of social media in Anthony’s early career and how this influenced burnout, how changing trends can influence business changes that might be unnecessary (“Staying in your lane”)

[33:14] Anthony’s experience with burnout and how it affected his ADD, discovering what burnout was, being a business owner and the pressures of outside influences, the idea of what an entrepreneur ‘should’ do and how that can negatively affect work

[40:00] The self-awareness that can come from experiencing burnout, educating people on alternatives to ‘hustle culture’

[50:25] Unpredictability of entrepreneurship and building a sustainable business, knowing what is important for you and your ideal lifestyle, what your values are

[59:17] Closing comments, Anthony’s podcasts and the differences between them, living paycheck to paycheck and how to think differently about job searching in terms of being a graduate, the value of networking

 

 

Anthony’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-vaughan-8ba8a8172

Twitter: https://twitter.com/E1B210

E1B2 podcast https://anchor.fm/anthony-vaughan7

Monday Anticipation podcast: https://anchor.fm/MondayAnticipation/episodes/Welcome-To-Monday-Anticipation-ecu6ic

 

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If you’d like to stay up-to-date on Dark Coffee’s events and workshops, sign up to our newsletter on www.darkcoffee.co.uk or connect with Alice on social media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing

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Dark Coffee starts brave and bullshit-free conversations around mental health, wellbeing and business.

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

 

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity and compassion.

 

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice across social media:

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing                            

 

Dark Coffee provide mental health training for SME’s and professionals. To find out more, take a look at our website or get in touch: www.darkcoffee.co.uk

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Podcast presented and edited by Alice Lyons.

Music Credit: ‘Infinite Landscape’ by Corinne.

 

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Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

 

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

 

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

 

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65. Success, disruption and doing your own thing

65. Success, disruption and doing your own thing

July 19, 2020

Former Apprentice candidate and disruptive marketer Lewis Ellis about has learnt to forge his own way in the world through ignoring naysayers, embracing his quirks and building his self-confidence. He talks us through his career to date - from struggling financially alongside studying a Masters degree, through riding the publicity wave of The Apprentice, up to his recent redundancy (at the time of recording.) Lewis has now set up his own marketing agency Hussel Marketing alongside his travel startup ‘Hiddn Travel.’

 

Today we discuss:

 

- The pros and cons of being open, honest and transparent on social media

- How people resonate with the journey of entrepreneurship, not just the final destination

- Defining your own version of success and aligning it with your personality and values, not just tangible, objective measures

- How to bring your opinions, thoughts and beliefs to the work that you do

- Helping other people on the journey to success

- How not to be a dick in business(!)

- The emotional challenges that come with comparing yourself to others and feeling separated from your peers in terms of money, life stages and aspirations.

- How to recognise and cultivate your own style of working, whether it’s fast-paced and chaotic or slow and steady

- Embracing being different, disrupting the status quo and doing your own thing – and how these things will help build your self confidence

 

Get in touch with Lewis:

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewis-ellis/

Twitter: ImLewisEllis

TikTok: @lewis_ellis_

Hiddn travel website: hiddntravel.com

Hussel Marketing website: hussel.co.uk

 

 

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing

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Dark Coffee starts brave and bullshit-free conversations around mental health, wellbeing and business.

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

 

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity and compassion.

 

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice across social media:

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing                            

 

Dark Coffee provide mental health training for SME’s and professionals. To find out more, take a look at our website or get in touch: www.darkcoffee.co.uk

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Podcast presented and edited by Alice Lyons.

Music Credit: ‘Infinite Landscape’ by Corinne.

 

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Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

 

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

 

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

 

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64: Top 5 Fears from Lockdown

64: Top 5 Fears from Lockdown

June 21, 2020

In today’s solo episode, Alice reflects back on the conversations she’s had with people during lockdown surrounding their fears; about Covid, their lives and the future. All sounds a bit meta and scary, but we found it reassuring to know that whatever we’re feeling (and however ‘well’ we think we coped with lockdown) we’re not on our own. We made it – maybe kicking and screaming – but we bloody made it.

 

She'll discuss:

 

(4:57) The fear of uncertainty – how it lends itself to anxiety, even among people who wouldn’t typically consider themselves to have mental health challenges.

 

(8:50) Everyone struggling through this together – how it can be a comfort but also a curse

 

(11:15) Fear of the society as a whole – the impact of Covid as well as the realisation that things were not all that rosy before we went into lockdown, especially in the context of systemic racism conversations following the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

(14:21) Alice’s current mental health struggles – self doubt and imposter syndrome around small business ownership. Existential crisis around the company as well as comparison with others.

 

(24:44) Fear of making the wrong decisions – how we should be allowed to feel regret

 

(29:09) How mental health challenges will continue post lockdown (brief discussion of suicide rates)

 

(30:58) Managing your mental health as a business owner – how to ride the wave

 

(31:38) The importance of learning self-management and self-care around mental health

 

(34:24) Why it’s important to feel our feelings and process them in real-time

 

(39:46) Why we should rethink work in order to be more fulfilled in our lives

 

(41:04) The fear of wasting time – regrets around how we’ve spent quarantine and how we can rethink this.  

 

(44:40) Closing points – message of support going into the ‘new normal’ and practical advice on how to maintain a sense of control and agency in this uncertain time. Reassurance that this is a moment in time that we can all learn from, grow from and derive a sense of meaning from.

 

(51:00) Dark Coffee news: public workshops in July around journaling and visioning for professional success and personal development.

 

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on Dark Coffee’s events and workshops, sign up to our newsletter on www.darkcoffee.co.uk or connect with Alice on social media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing

 

 

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Dark Coffee starts brave and bullshit-free conversations around mental health, wellbeing and business.

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

 

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity and compassion.

 

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice across social media:

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Instagram: @dark.coffee.wellbeing                            

 

Dark Coffee provide mental health training for SME’s and professionals. To find out more, take a look at our website or get in touch: www.darkcoffee.co.uk

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Podcast presented and edited by Alice Lyons.

Music Credit: ‘Infinite Landscape’ by Corinne.

 

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Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

 

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

 

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

63. From Trapped to Thriving

63. From Trapped to Thriving

June 6, 2020

Today’s episode is an interview with photographer and filmmaker Rick Bebbington, owner of Finale Studios, a photography and film business that helps businesses elevate their brand and products using strong, emotive video and photography content.

Rick speaks openly about his experiences with mental health, particularly around the process of grief after the loss of his parents, acceptance and coping mechanisms. He also talks about the process of seeking out help throughout his life due to fluctuating mental health.

Also discussed:

(1:02) Intro

(03:56) Rick’s mental health experiences, including experiencing the loss of his father, the experience of grief within a family, the troubles of acceptance with grief

(10:47) Later on in Rick’s mental health experience, not enjoying specific aspects of education, further experiences of grief due to the loss of his mother, how grief affects us

(19:06) Coping mechanisms for grief, the concept of control

(26:45) How grief changes as time passes, mental health coping mechanisms such as alcohol and food, living up to expectations and feeling trapped

(34:33) Mounting pressure, symptom manifestation/warning signs of mental health coming to the surface, the process of seeking out counselling/therapy, what was learned during therapy

(42:11) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), personal responsibility and self-management, how things have changed over the past few years

(48:34) How Rick has experienced mental health struggles on and off in the years since CBT, job changes and changes in priorities in terms of career, feeling trapped and self-reflecting

(1:01:56) The process of self-reflection, journaling, noticing patterns of behaviour and keeping accountability, wellbeing as an everyday thing, expectations when it comes to personal development

(1:13:40) Pursuing what you want even if the reasoning doesn’t seem logical, exploring creativity

(1:19:49) Rick’s message to anyone resonating with his experiences

(1:24:16) Closing comments

 

Rick’s LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/rick-bebbington-video

Rick’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rickbebbington/?hl=en

Rick’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rickbebbington

Rick’s Website: https://www.rickbebbington.com/

 

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.  

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice on Linked In.

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

62. Working Through Negative Self-Talk

62. Working Through Negative Self-Talk

June 1, 2020

Jenna Malone is a HTML Email Developer and the founder of ‘Underpaid Clothing’, a streetwear clothing brand grounded on standing up against corporate greed. A mental health advocate, Jenna speaks openly about how negative self-talk affected her throughout employment up until beginning her business, as well as toxic work environments and how she has found a purpose.

Also discussed:

(1:15) Introduction

(2:37) Jenna’s fear around starting her own podcast, her relationship with negativity and struggles taking actions, the barriers stopping us from doing things we want to

(8:22) Online communities, sharing our experiences in business and mental health, authenticity, taking up hobbies

(16:09) Where the idea for ‘Underpaid Clothing’ came from, toxic work environments, changes due to being laid off, suicide ideation

(24:25) How burnout from html development moved Jenna towards her dream job in the form of ‘Underpaid Clothing’, being hired after months of unemployment and negotiating pay

(29:11) The idea that creatives rarely get paid what they are worth, the transition to producing more content and being more involved in a ‘side-hustle’, the panic caused by the pandemic

(36:37) ‘Giving up’ versus being adaptable, fulfilment through creation not just for the sake of engagement, the creative process

(45:22) Jenna’s background with mental health, finding purpose

(53:03) Apps that Jenna finds useful for wellbeing, journaling and self-help books

(57:34) Closing comments

 

 

 

Jenna’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenna_jams/

Underpaid Clothing’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/underpaidclothing/

Jenna’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennacreates

 

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.  

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice on Linked In.

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

61. Team Talk: Mental Health Awareness in Lockdown

61. Team Talk: Mental Health Awareness in Lockdown

May 25, 2020

How is our mental health in the midst of a pandemic?

This week’s episode is with the Dark Coffee team, Alice Lyons, Lucy Williams and Grace Hall, about Mental Health Awareness Week. They talk about the type of content they’ve seen around MHAW, how conversations around mental health are changing and how we can facilitate more openness around mental health.

Stay tuned until the end of the episode for an exciting Dark Coffee project you can all get involved in!

Also discussed:

(1:00) Introduction to the episode

(3:19) Thoughts on this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week

(10:59) Drawing positives through reflection and finding perspectives with your mental health, the pros and cons of sharing experiences with mental health

(18:12) The concept of ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ as a way to bring a team together in a capacity that isn’t just work-related, how teams may be closer due to lockdown, how important good relationships are in a team

(22:29) The disparity in mental health discussions in corporate environments versus smaller teams/hospitality teams, how lockdown has changed this due to people having to show more of themselves ‘at home’

(27:32) How everyone feels about lockdown, self-awareness

(39:23) Missing in-person working

(46:38) *Final comments*: #covidin3 challenge description

 

 

Dark Coffee Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dark.coffee.wellbeing/

Dark Coffee LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dark-coffee/

Dark Coffee Website: https://www.darkcoffee.co.uk

Alice’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicelyons/

Lucy’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-williams-ab7a48181/

Grace’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grace-r-hall/

 

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.  

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice on Linked In.

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

60. Authenticity & Self-Expression

60. Authenticity & Self-Expression

May 22, 2020

This week’s episode is a recording from a Facebook Live between Alice Lyons and Dani Hakim, CoFounder of Safe Space, a societal impact agency committed to helping companies and individuals pursue better mental health. Dani has 15 years of experience in the marketing industry, which is experience she uses creatively within the business.

The mission of Safe Space is to make mental health support accessible by providing initiatives, programmes and resources by network-trained professionals in a safe and nurturing environment to help people learn how to prioritise their mental wellbeing.

Dani and Alice discuss the concept of authenticity in business, the relationships that can occur because of it and the difficulties people have with bringing themselves to work.

Also discussed:

(1:01) Alice’s introduction to the episode

(6:15) Introduction

(9:21) Authenticity and empathy and how this factors into your relationship with customers/clients, brand authenticity through sharing stories and personal experiences

(14:45) How hearing other people’s stories helps us resonate more than superficial forms of connection and the importance of being authentic genuinely rather than for marketing purposes

(16:50) The difficulties of applying steps towards bettering mental health, the connection between self-expression and authenticity, live videos and comfort zones, ways to start ‘bringing yourself’ to what you’re doing

(23:00) How specific comments people give can affect how we try to approach things in the future, giving yourself permission to be yourself which can also help others to do the same, social media and the boundaries it can create due to excessive editing and photo manipulation

(28:41) Difficulties that arise due to maintaining authenticity in down moments, presenting your authentic self rather than your ‘best self’ to others and how this ties into the shame around mental health

(31:49) Quality connections and how they increase when we’re being honest with ourselves, similarities are acknowledged, resonating with content

(37:50) Being authentic at home and at work rather than separating the two, what businesses can do to help facilitate authenticity, the importance of leadership

(37:30) Sharing things first to facilitate others to share their own experiences, building trust

(43:45) Tips for bringing authenticity to conversation/communication

(50:27) Do you think there has to be a distinction between you/your business and how much humour can you bring?

(55:24) Closing comments

 

Dani’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danihakim/

Safe Space LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/safe-space-dxb/

Safe Space website: https://www.safespacedxb.com/

 

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.  

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice on Linked In.

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

59. Bipolar and Loud

59. Bipolar and Loud

May 15, 2020

Are things actually changing?

Today’s podcast episode is with Phil Schofield (not that one), CEO of Ripple, a SharePoint software company. Phil describes himself as ‘bipolar and loud’, openly speaking about, and being an advocate for, mental health.

Phil describes how his work/life balance has shifted, the day-to-day of his mental health and how he views it as systems driven and being better because of, rather than in spite of, his mental health.

Also discussed:

(1:12) Introductions

(7:00) Moving away from the misconceptions of mental health and focus on specific disorders

(10:00) Phil’s mental health day-to-day (specifically in lockdown/working from home), the stresses of usually mundane things and trying to adapt, having kids at home and how hours have changed

(15:23) The difference in working hours in a team and how to communicate these differences, expectations of the new working situation

(22:50) Managing work/life balance, basic mental health upkeep, the difference levels of experience with isolation

(29:59) The difficulties of physical distance, how mental health can be classed as ‘work’

(35:53) Phil’s routine and how he manages his mental health, how our mental health can affect those around us

(43:28) Online dates/video calls, re-socialising and the societal impact of coronavirus

(51:55) Seeing mental health as systems driven and the issues that may arise

(1:00:03) Being better because of, rather than in spite of, mental health

(1:03:10) Attempting to hire apprentices and the hiring process, how indecision is affecting people, being proactive about mental health

(1:10:01) How work is changing and if it will stick upon lockdown being lifted, adopting an integrated lifestyle

(1:18:50) Finding positives, changes that may be made around the NHS, making conscious decisions

(1:26:27) How things like food purchases will be looked at differently from now on

(1:32:29) Prioritising different things and the way we approach things, workplace culture, good habits coming from change and whether it will be long lasting, metaphors for mental health

(1:47:17) Reframing situations

(1:49:36) Closing comments

 

Phil's LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ripplephil

 

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.  

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice on Linked In.

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

 

58. How to Start Podcasting

58. How to Start Podcasting

May 12, 2020

How do you start your own podcast?

In today’s episode, host Alice Lyons gives advice on how to start your own podcast. Whether you’re intimidated by the technicalities or think that you might be unable to record yourself properly, there are a few ways you can begin taking steps towards starting your own podcast.

Also discussed:

(1:42) Introduction to the episode

(2:59) Why do a podcast?

(7:54) How podcasting is a new medium and people use different formats and editing

(10:40) Not starting because you don’t know what to do

(11:36) An organic approach, leaving silence in

(15:31) Bringing emotionality to conversations and giving people space to tell their experiences

(18:51) Empathetic conversations in podcasting

(20:31) Be clear about what your message is, what do you want to get out in the world?

(22:15) What to do if you’re worried about the amount of content involved, forms of communication and how to overcome the forms of communication you might not feel as comfortable with

(27:54) Not getting intimidated by comparison

(32:05) Progress of podcasting

(34:36) How content consumption is changing due to lockdown and the fear of content creation

(39:27) The issues of paying for content that is readily available online

(45:05) Closing comments

 

 

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.  

 

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice on Linked In.

 

Your reviews will help Dark Coffee reach more people. If you like what you've heard, please consider leaving a review to help spread the conversation further.

 

Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations - UK

 

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text - 116123.  Call - 08457 909090  Email -  jo@samaritans.org. Website - www.samaritans.org

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website - Mind.org.uk

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

 

 

 

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