Mental - The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health

Mental - The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health
Health Category Winner at The People’s Choice Podcast Awards 2019 Mental was created by Bobby Temps to break down mental health stigma and discrimination. Joined by special guests, the podcast is a safe space to hear honest and insightful mental health interviews in the hope listeners will feel more empowered to continue the conversation with others. Each Thursday we delve into a different factor in mental health and how to better manage it. You’ll also better understand different conditions from first-hand experience, with inspiring guests and surprising statistics. Start listening from any episode or topic that interests you. So whether you have experienced mental illness or not, they’ll be something to relate to in each episode. Oh, and remember, you are enough!

140: Body Image & Eating Disorders - What can actually be symptoms are so often held up as aspirational with James Downs
Jul 1 • 46 min
139: Lockdown Interview - Exercise, family and grief with Suki Bassi
Jun 28 • 22 min
138: Self Esteem - As this improved my anxiety reduced and music career flourished with Danny Wright
Jun 24 • 40 min
137: Lockdown Interview - Isolation, addiction and how to cope with Rachel Graham
Jun 21 • 18 min
136: Covid-19 & Mental Health - The new normal, fears and closure with Dr Shainna Ali
Jun 17 • 46 min
135: Lockdown Interview - Self care, mindfulness and new routines with Shanley Lewis
Jun 14 • 16 min
134: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Losing sleep, education, discrimination…
Jun 10 • 60 min
We’re continuing to cover Covid-19 with how it relates to mental health. Join us for some lighthearted discussion alongside practical insight.
133: Lockdown Interview - Grief, isolation & hope for the future with Sophie Sabbage
Jun 7 • 18 min
In this short bonus interview Sophie Sabbage shares her insight for navigating collective and individual grief and loneliness during this time. Plus her hopes for how in moving to a new normal we could address mental health better going forward.
132: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Lockdown lifting, protests and anxiety with Emma Carrington
Jun 3 • 64 min
131: Lockdown Interview - Vulnerable people, criminal justice & food parcels with Neelam Butt
May 31 • 14 min
130: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Schools reopening, political stress & rule breaking with Natasha Devon MBE
May 27 • 58 min
129: Lockdown Interview - Social pressure, eating disorders & the news with James Downs
May 24 • 23 min
128: Hope from the Frontline - Shining a light on the work of incredible keyworkers
May 20 • 57 min
127: Introducing Phone a Friend with musicians George Ezra & Ollie MN
May 17 • 16 min
126: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Lifting lockdown, social media & confusion with Hope Virgo
May 13 • 54 min
125: Lockdown Interview - Relationships, moving in with family & pausing work with Jack Apperley
May 10 • 14 min
124: Covid-19 & Mental Health - A possible end to lockdown, expanded testing, resisting guilt…
May 6 • 52 min
123: Lockdown Interview - Self care, anxiety & affirmations with Taneshia Johnson
May 3 • 15 min
122: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Home working, time with the kids, hope for the future…
Apr 29 • 46 min
121: Lockdown Interview - Staying safe, public support & national pride with The Secret Psychiatrist
Apr 26 • 14 min
120: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Self reflection, face mask ninjas, a very special guest…
Apr 22 • 60 min
119: Lockdown Interview - Reducing stress, insomnia and anxiety through meditation with Marcus Farrey
Apr 19 • 17 min
118: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Family, routine, a more united world…
Apr 15 • 60 min
117: Lockdown Interview - The great tools we already have and preventing mental spiral with Dr Shainna Ali
Apr 12 • 10 min
116: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Love for keyworkers, finances, hair cuts…
Apr 8 • 57 min
115: Lockdown Interview - Digital detox, anxiety and dyeing my hair green at home with Danny Wright
Apr 5 • 7 min
114: Covid-19 & Mental Health - Relationships, Clap for Carers, Pets…
Apr 1 • 59 min
113: Covid-19 & Mental Health (Week 1) Social Distancing, Staying in touch, Working from home…
Mar 25 • 46 min
112: Friendship - They are the family we choose and often the people who support us the most
Mar 18 • 53 min
111: Anxiety - It affected my entire personality so now I speak up for others going through the same
Mar 11 • 56 min
110: Perfectionism - I’ve learned progress is far more achievable
Mar 4 • 47 min
109: Recovery - Once you realise there’s no end point it really takes the pressure off
Feb 26 • 62 min
108: Codependency - I lost myself in caring for everyone else
Feb 19 • 53 min
107: Growing Up - I don’t want anyone else to miss these years of their life
Feb 12 • 41 min
106: Homelessness - I’m confident this national issue can be reversed (Special Episode)
Feb 5 • 61 min
105: Anxiety & Hypnotherapy - The tools that got me through it I now get to pass onto others
Jan 29 • 58 min
104: PTSD - I still struggle to believe that really happened to me
Jan 22 • 55 min
103: Your GP - We have to be ready for anything healthcare related but also in general
Jan 15 • 56 min
102: Sex - This factor on our mental health goes both ways
Jan 8 • 60 min
101: Outlook - What I’ve overcome gives me passion for mental health education
Jan 1 • 58 min
100: Christmas - We wanted to do something to give back and support others
Dec 25, 2019 • 53 min
99: Mental Health Nursing - Life can be challenging on the ward but it’s also an incredible rewarding role
Dec 18, 2019 • 51 min
98: Feeling Different - People would always want to know what was wrong with me
Dec 11, 2019 • 64 min
97: Meditation - It brings you back to yourself and what really matters
Dec 4, 2019 • 48 min
96: Abuse - What happened to you doesn’t define who you are
Nov 27, 2019 • 60 min
95: Shame & Identity - There’s this mentality of good emotions and bad emotions
Nov 20, 2019 • 56 min
94: Relationships & Mental Health (Part 2)
Nov 13, 2019 • 38 min
93: Relationships & Mental Health (Part 1)
Nov 6, 2019 • 54 min
92: Confidence & OCD - Struggling to access support can massively dent your self worth
Oct 30, 2019 • 52 min
91: Overcoming Failure - My setbacks inspired a whole new purpose in life
Oct 23, 2019 • 53 min
90: Sex - This factor on our mental health goes both ways
Oct 16, 2019 • 59 min
89: Self Care - It’s not selfish, it’s vital
Oct 13, 2019 • 43 min
88: Imposter Syndrome - It was a constant feeling of failure and waiting to be found out
Oct 9, 2019 • 52 min
87: Toxic Masculinity - Man up really just means shut up
Oct 6, 2019 • 47 min
86: Depression & Anxiety - It’s taken time but I’ve become great at seeing them coming
Oct 2, 2019 • 58 min
85: Insomnia - It was debilitating when I needed sleep the most
Sep 25, 2019 • 50 min
84: Depression - These things that haunt you also let you see
Sep 18, 2019 • 39 min
83: Mental Health Education - It stands to transform young lives and you can be part of it
Sep 11, 2019 • 54 min
82: Recovery - It’s about progress not perfection
Sep 4, 2019 • 59 min
This week we’re joined by comedian Dave Chawner who shares his insight on the ups and downs of recovery. We also delve into media influences, toxic body standards and how to raise concerns with loved ones.
81: Comedy & Mental Health - Ashley Storrie (part 3)
Aug 28, 2019 • 58 min
We’re joined by the brilliant Ashley Storrie who shares how comedy has been fundamental in her personal growth and get her through some really tough times. This episode was recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the final part of our miniseries…
80: Comedy & Mental Health - Zoe Lyons (part 2)
Aug 21, 2019 • 47 min
We interview Zoe Lyons this week who shares how she’s overcome loneliness and mental illness whilst touring. This episode was recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part two of our miniseries interviewing comedians on comedy and mental health.
79: Comedy & Mental Health - Bonus Episode @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Aug 18, 2019 • 7 min
This episode was recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part one of our miniseries interviewing comedians on comedy and mental health. In it Bobby asks each comedian why they believe conditions like depression and anxiety are more common in the…
78: Comedy & Mental Health - Scott Gibson (part 1)
Aug 15, 2019 • 62 min
This episode was recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part one of our miniseries interviewing comedians on comedy and mental health. First up is Scott Gibson who has themed his show around mental health in the hope it will encourage others to seek…
77: Drugs & Anxiety - Trying to escape the symptoms was also causing them
Aug 11, 2019 • 49 min
76: Resilience - You can rise to your destiny when you’re brought to your knees
Aug 8, 2019 • 46 min
In an incredibly moving episode of the podcast, this weeks guest Sophie Sabbage shares her experience of Bulimia and Terminal Cancer. Through these she found out just how resilient she was capable of being which fundamentally shifted her outlook whilst…
75: Sectioning - Bonus Clip for our last episode
Aug 4, 2019 • 8 min
Please enjoy this bonus clip from our last episode on sectioning with Karen Manton. In it she shares further insight into a life altering decision made shortly before her first experience of being sectioned.
74: Sectioning - The right support and caring staff make all the difference
Jul 31, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode we’re covering what can be both a transformational but also very scary part of some people’s recovery. With returning guest Karen Manton we also discuss what great support looks like.
73: Anxiety & OCD - The mutual symptoms are even more intense and complex
Jul 24, 2019 • 49 min
This week we’re covering a common dual diagnosis with the brilliant George Hodgson. We delve into how these conditions rapidly escalated whilst he struggled to find support. Then how overcoming them lead to the inspirational work he does now.
72: Disability - I was so worried my mental illness would be permanent as well
Jul 17, 2019 • 45 min
This week we’re joined by Chris Coombs to talk all about the complex relationship between disability and mental health. Each can be surrounded by stigma and misunderstanding that can make how you identify with them difficult to figure out.
71: Sexual Assault - The relationships I build now are healthy and thriving
Jul 10, 2019 • 53 min
This week we’re talking all about sexual assault as a factor in mental health with an inspirational author. In the interview our guest shares how she was able to survive and learn from even her darkest experiences.
70: Mindfulness - The calm acceptance of your present experience
Jul 3, 2019 • 40 min
This week we cover all things mindfulness and meditation with Kate Bowles including some of the misconceptions that can hold people back from trying these practices.
69: Empathy - It fuels connection to others and understanding of ourselves
Jun 26, 2019 • 41 min
This episode we’re covering empathy as a factor in mental health with author and fellow podcaster Emma-Sue Prince. She shares how learning this skill helped her better understand mental illness in close family members and better understand her own mental…
68: Body Image - My injury lead to a life of covering up and shame
Jun 19, 2019 • 56 min
In this moving episode Bobby sits down with inspirational burns survivor Sylvia Mac to talk all things body image and how she overcame the shame she felt towards her scars. Equal parts inspiring and emotional you’ll want to get the tissues ready for this…
67: Shame - It leads to a silence that stops people getting help
Jun 12, 2019 • 56 min
We’re covering a factor that for many can be more pivotal in their recovery than even the type or severity of their mental illness. Guest Diane Magnette shares how shame affected her family life and relationships but also how she was able to support those…
66: Happiness - Comparison is the thief of joy
Jun 5, 2019 • 57 min
This week we’re delighted to be joined by brilliant podcaster and mental health professional Richard Nicholls. In the episode we break down what happiness means and some of the common factor holding people back from it.
65: Bonus Hosts Update - Some exciting changes to our format
Jun 2, 2019 • 9 min
64: Sexuality - Our love can’t just be love, it’s still politicised
May 29, 2019 • 69 min
This week we’re joined by Sean Lìonadh to talk all about sexuality and mental health. He shares his personal experience on learning to overcome the shame and stigma that can affect each of these.
63: Relationships - Can make or break your mental health
May 22, 2019 • 61 min
Relationships can have such an impact on our mental health so we’re delighted to be covering this important topic with returning guest Emma Burdett. She shares a very personal account of an abusive relationship she was in and how this contributed to her…
62: Bonus Episode - Voice notes on stigma
May 17, 2019 • 11 min
In this bonus episode for UK Mental Health Awareness Week past guests and fellow podcasters share how stigma has affected them. To learn more about them expand the full description.
61: Family Support - I wouldn’t have made it through without my mother
May 15, 2019 • 49 min
This week we are talking all about family support and a host of other topics in this moving episode. Joined by best selling author John Connell who shares insight on how family supported him through depression.
59: Migration - Constant questioning of my identity still triggers anxiety
May 8, 2019 • 58 min
60: Exercise - One of the best ways to support your mental health
May 8, 2019 • 40 min
For this special bonus episode we’re delighted to welcome back one of our most popular guests so far. Suki Bassi has returned to this time share some incredible insight on exercise as a factor in mental health.
58: OCD - I just kept thinking you’re happy so you’ll lose it
Apr 24, 2019 • 52 min
This week we’re joined by inspiring international guest Natalie Amo via the wonders of Skype. In this moving episode we break down OCD stereotypes as she opens up about overcoming suicidal feelings when her symptoms were at her worst.
57: Burnout - It forced me to reassess the whole pattern of my life
Apr 17, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode we sit down with the brilliant Suki Bassi to share her personal experience of burnout followed by a breakdown. We also delve into factors that lead up to this including work, family expectations and poor self care.
56: Counselling - Maybe you should talk to someone
Apr 10, 2019 • 50 min
This week we delve into the transformative powers of counselling with writer and therapist Lori Gottlieb. She shares insight from both sides of the experience and works to squash misconceptions in her latest book.
55: Sleep - Your mental and physical health depend on it
Apr 3, 2019 • 50 min
This week we’re covering the vital link between sleep and our mental health with delightful guest Lorna O’Connor. In the interview we also touch on domestic violence, Borderline Personality Disorder and relationships as factors in her life so far.
54: Eating disorders - It takes over every part of your health
Mar 27, 2019 • 47 min
This week we had an incredibly moving conversation with the inspirational Tom Rebair. In addition to this week’s theme of eating disorders we also get into feeling isolated at school and the affect cancer treatment has on families.
53: Creative Arts - Really got me through depression and my cancer recovery
Mar 20, 2019 • 43 min
This week we sit down with the delightful Sharon Rose to hear how much creative outlets supported her mental health and cancer recovery. She also shares insight on being a young carer for family members and how this led to a career in nursing.
52: Group Therapy & Relationships - How we connect with others can be the key to mental health recovery
Mar 13, 2019 • 60 min
This week we’re delighted to interview fellow podcaster Mike Douglas. He shares personal insight into not only the original episode theme of group therapy but also on how relationships can influence our mental health journeys. Plus check out my guest slot…
51: Work - How I was treated quickly damaged my mental health
Mar 6, 2019 • 59 min
Following the overwhelming popularity of our recent ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ Miniseries we’re revisiting this topic with a personal and recent experience from Annie. We talk about how the treatment she received impacted her mental health plus the…
50: Psychiatry - The hardest step for my patients can be saying they need help
Feb 27, 2019 • 53 min
49: Special Episode - Entry preview for the British Podcast Awards
Feb 20, 2019 • 16 min
48: Politics & Mental Health - The system is set up for people to fall through the cracks
Feb 13, 2019 • 45 min
47: Postnatal Depression - I’ve never felt so lonely, not in my whole life
Feb 6, 2019 • 43 min
46: Coaching Young People - How we react can often change how we feel
Jan 30, 2019 • 41 min
This week we talk about how coaching can be incredibly powerful in changing how we manage our mental health. Carol Lilley shares how helping young people reduce unhealthy thought patterns or negative beliefs about themselves supports their growth into…
45: Mental Health in the Workplace (Part 2)
Jan 23, 2019 • 52 min
44: Mental Health in the Workplace (Part 1)
Jan 16, 2019 • 44 min
43: Caring for family - A courageous pursuit you don’t have to do alone
Jan 9, 2019 • 44 min
42: New for 2019 - The stigma busting has really just begun
Jan 2, 2019 • 61 min
41: Festive Season - All I want for Christmas is… an end to stigma
Dec 26, 2018 • 50 min
40: Highlights 2018 - Some of the very best snippets from year one
Dec 19, 2018 • 58 min
39: Suicide - I just needed someone to really truly listen
Dec 12, 2018 • 73 min
38: Reducing Stigma - I was tired of feeling I had something to hide
Dec 5, 2018 • 41 min
37: Resilience - You can rise to your destiny when you’re brought to your knees
Nov 28, 2018 • 45 min
36: Vulnerability - It’s a risk to be truly seen and understood
Nov 21, 2018 • 43 min
35: Growing Up - Life doesn’t just get easier, we get stronger
Nov 14, 2018 • 50 min
34: Self Love - I do love myself but my mental illness doesn’t
Nov 7, 2018 • 43 min
33: Depression - You just feel empty and don’t know why
Oct 31, 2018 • 46 min
32: Social Media - Sometimes I just scroll and cry
Oct 24, 2018 • 44 min
31: Speaking up - A powerful way of owning your health and rejecting stigma
Oct 17, 2018 • 45 min
30: Growing up in care - I just wanted to feel safe and loved
Oct 10, 2018 • 55 min
29: Medication - I don’t feel bad about it
Oct 3, 2018 • 43 min
28: Student Mental Health - University (part 2)
Sep 26, 2018 • 79 min
With young people across the UK heading off to University join us for the last of our two part ‘Student Mental Health’ miniseries. This week we’re focusing on university with mental health campaigner and medical student Jenny Pewsey. Both her and Bobby…
27: Student Mental Health - School (part 1)
Sep 19, 2018 • 45 min
With Children across the UK now back at school for a new year join us for the first in our two part ‘Student Mental Health’ miniseries. This week we’re focusing on schools with educator Emma Burdett who through theatre and interactive workshops teaches…
26: Schizophrenia - In this reality the enemy is in your own head
Sep 12, 2018 • 33 min
Join us for this bitesized episode on one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses including first hand insight from writer William Jiang. Hear shocking statistics, learn about just how debilitating this condition can be but also how this week’s guest…
24: Anxiety & Depression - It’s like being scared and tired at the same time
Aug 29, 2018 • 40 min
This week we cover a topic that can make mental illness twice as complicated, having a dual diagnosis. This is something Bobby deals with so knows only to well how the conditions can influence and trigger each other in new and not so exciting ways.
23: Borderline Personality Disorder - You can’t trust your own emotions
Aug 22, 2018 • 40 min
This week we’re joined by friend of the podcast and fierce mental health campaigner Sarah Cardwell. We get into her experiences of mental illness growing up and managing borderline personality disorder now with how these experiences inform her approach to…
22: Stigma - It’s what we’re all here to squash
Aug 15, 2018 • 43 min
For a taste of the very core in what this podcast is all about look no further than this very special episode all about stigma. Press play for a great discussion as we dismantle some of the ridiculous steriotypes that surround mental illness with writer…
21: Postnatal Depression - All I felt was an impending sense of doom
Aug 8, 2018 • 48 min
We were so inspired to learning about how this week’s guest overcame postnatal depression and went on to launch a mental health themed card range with Funky Pigeon that launched in Mental Health Awareness Week this year. Amy Steel’s story is incredibly…
20: Counselling - The power of being heard
Aug 1, 2018 • 43 min
This week we have our first counsellor on the Podcast to share experience from the other side and break down some of the reasons people don’t get the help they need. We also touch on Gráinne’s experience growing up in Ireland during ‘The Troubles’ and how…
19: Fibromyalgia - You can’t see it. But I sure can feel it
Jul 25, 2018 • 41 min
This week’s guest is one of the Mental Family. Podcast assistant Annie Harris joins us to share her experiences of Fibromyalgia and how this has affected her mental health. She’s a shining example of learning to deal with health issues whether mental or…
18: Social Anxiety - You don’t go to the party, but you want to
Jul 18, 2018 • 46 min
We’re joinined this week by the illustrious podcaster, writer and clinical psychologist Dr Ellen Hendriksen to hear her expertise on social anxiety. Press play for heaps of personal insight and professional tips from Ellen.
17: Bipolar - Like a roller coaster, you don’t always see the highs or lows coming
Jul 11, 2018 • 44 min
Here we go! Mental is the brain-child of Bobby Temps, who lives and thrives while managing his own mental health. Every Thursday we delve into a factor or condition that influences the mind and how to better manage it.
16: Shame - You learn to smile and hide how you really feel
Jul 4, 2018 • 53 min
This week we’re stepping into the common experience of hiding mental illness and the shame so many feel around it with two very personal stories. This week you’re getting twice the guests for maximum insight as we work to break down stigma so we can all…
15: Anxiety - The thoughts are irrational but they feel very real
Jun 27, 2018 • 49 min
This week we’re covering one of the most common mental health conditions but sadly that doesn’t save it from misunderstanding or stigma. In this episode which Bobby found one of the most moving yet our guest Sam Hearne delves into how best to support…
14: Self Esteem - Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s Sanity.
Jun 20, 2018 • 49 min
This week Bobby sits down with the delightful Grace Barrett. With a healthy dose of humour she shares the journey of building up her self worth and how that lead to her current work. Grace runs the Self Esteem Team with her friend and general ‘everything’…
13: ADHD - I was told it’s just the hormones
Jun 13, 2018 • 39 min
This week it’s all about ADHD with musician and spoken word artist Emy Parsons including how much of a factor gender can often be in getting diagnosed. Having started showing symptoms from a young age Emy shares how she now thrives whilst managing her…
11: Body Confidence - It’s about how you think not how you look
May 30, 2018 • 42 min
Having been a guest The Body Confidence Podcast with the wonderful Rebekah Buege she’s now part of our show all the way from Minnesota USA. Get comfy and lay into whatever you damn well feel like eating. Then press play to join us a we deconstruct our…
10: Music - It really became the catalyst for my recovery
May 23, 2018 • 53 min
The rapper Fisky drops by to chat with Bobby on all things music as a factor in mental health recovery. He runs events that discuss mental health through spoken word and music to provide the young people the safe space he never had growing up. We also…
9: Anorexia - There’s nothing glamorous about it
May 16, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode Bobby talks to his guest about anorexia and puts into words for the first time on the show how body image influences his mental health. Join us as we try to unpack the complex world of eating disorders and take down some of the unhealthy…
8: OCD - I felt like I’d been given a broken brain
May 9, 2018 • 44 min
Having spent the last week listening exclusively to Lily’s audiobook Bobby tried to suppress his inner fan-girl and not make it weird how much he now knows about her life. Luckily the result is a fascinating insight into the life of someone who has been…
7: Government Policy - It’s more complicated than it seems
May 2, 2018 • 48 min
Lee Dargue from the Liberal Democrats drops by to talk about how government policy and perception is changing around mental health. He also shares his experience of bulling and how that shaped his body image growing up. Oh and for those who like something…
6: Accessing Support - It’s their job, they won’t freak out
Apr 25, 2018 • 50 min
This weeks guest Emma Carrington joins us after a busy day working at charity Rethink Mental Illness to talk about issues around accessing support for mental health. There really is wall to wall insight in this episode and people like Emma and the charity…
5: Sexuality/Gender - Can’t you just pick one already
Apr 11, 2018 • 44 min
This week we delve into mental health in the LGBT community and try to unpack why they are more likely to be affected by it. We get into our own relationship with gender and sexuality including some of the ways that even in 2018 people can be all to…
4: Autism - But you don’t look autistic
Apr 4, 2018 • 39 min
This week explores how Autism Spectrum Disorder influences mental health with special guest Clara Asmussen who travelled all the way from… well she’s Bobby’s flatmate, so just down the hall. For insight into living with dual mental health and Autism…
3: Addiction - It does happen to people you know
Mar 28, 2018 • 57 min
First Interview ! This week we interview the oh so talented rapper Charles Edison about his experience overcoming addiction, spending time in rehab and dip into some of how gender can influence mental health. There is loads of support out there, so do…
2: Depression - No we don’t just need to cheer up
Mar 21, 2018 • 48 min
Diving into the world of depression this week, we get into our own steps towards recovery, how to notice those sneaky symptoms and manage the bad days. You are never alone, check out our website for loads of great resources and reach out to those around…
1: Time to get Mental (Health)
Mar 14, 2018 • 31 min
Join us as we get into our mental journeys, from our first diagnosis to starting the podcast. Lets crush the stigma together, with more open conversations, more honesty and lots of laughter!
Trailer - What to expect from Mental Podcast
Mar 7, 2018 • 1 min
What is this podcast and why is the title so damn long. Join Bobby Temps & Dani Hogan as we try to explain just that in under a minute. We hope to entice you to join our growing army of Mentalists (listeners). Together let’s end the stigma !