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What Do I Do?: Mental Health and Me

Written by: Kelly Holmes
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Self-Development
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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This deeply personal and supportive series offers listeners an honest and relatable insight into how some the UK’s best-known celebrities have coped with mental health difficulties, ranging from OCD to insomnia, addiction to grief, and depression to anxiety. 

Having experienced her own mental health difficulties, with depression and self-harm, Dame Kelly Holmes sets out to discover how other people cope. She joins each guest in a place that makes them feel good: taking a spin class with presenter Davina McCall, baking with comedian Catherine Bohart, and playing the bagpipes with journalist Alastair Campbell in his bathroom.

Each episode concludes with an expert insight from mental health professionals, Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation and psychotherapist Owen O'Kane, including information about seeking professional help.

Dame Kelly’s other guests include journalist Jon Ronson, author Philip Pullman, comedians Eddie Izzard, Felicity Ward and Rory Bremner, transgender rights activist Munroe Bergdorf and musician Amanda Palmer.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues mentioned in this podcast, please contact the charities below:

Samaritans - 116 123

Mind Infoline - 0300 123 3393

Heads Together- headstogether.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation - mentalhealth.org.uk

Young Minds - Text 'YM' to 85258 for urgent support

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  • J. Sutherland
  • 09-04-19

Just brilliant

I am currently off work with stess and anxiety this has just spoken to me. Im not alone, its ok to feel like this.

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  • Child Deirdre
  • 14-04-19

Down to Earth and for everybody

I'm really enjoying this show. It discusses mental health in a ver honest and down-to-Earth way from the perspective of people who live and thrive with different mental health disorders. You also get a bit of information from a health professional about the scientific side of things and the treatments available. All without being too heavy, triggering or boring. Great show.

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  • Mjdoyle
  • 26-10-19

Well

After a terrifying two years I can truly say it was a pleasure to hear some very well known people open up and explain their fears misconceptions, anxiety and mental health problems.

Hearing how people have felt and coped and Dame Kelly having a proactive natural flow, her choices of where to interview were very interesting.

I felt this book has imparted some knowledge to me, you don’t just learn and I feel a little less alone on that weary travelled road.

Thank you for all being so open and honest.
It deserves all its 5 stars and I’ve already recommended it to some friends.

Brilliant. Absorbing, truthful and heart rendering whilst wonderfully illuminating.

Mike x

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  • Housley82
  • 10-04-19

loved it

Inspirational and honest - a must listen. Really interesting and Kelly is a great interviewer and real and honest person

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  • S.Sugden
  • 04-01-20

Informative and incredibly helpful.

I am so glad Dame Kelly made this series. It covered 10 significant areas of mental health with interesting personal accounts from each interviewee. Dane Kelly ask wonderfully relevant questions and each episode offered perspective, information, advice and understanding. It was also refreshing to hear about adults suffering from different mental health problems as the current focus seems to be so focused on child/youth and male mental health and anyone outside of this periphery no longer receives consideration or support. I found this series easy to listen to, a refreshing approach and really informative. Good job Dame Kelly, another Gold winning effort from a fellow Tonbridge girl!

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  • Dan
  • 31-03-19

Brilliantly helpful

Listening to everyone’s experiences of mental health has allowed me to normalise my experiences when I have been ill, I suffer from chronic pain which, at times can be so Acute I cannot move. CRPS. Exercise can be hard if not impossible but it’s the drive to get through it.
I can’t thank you enough for sharing.

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  • Denise
  • 04-04-19

Excellent

Short, sweet and informative. Kelly is always lovely and grounded so everyone is relaxed whilst addressing serious issues.

I learnt a lot from these, thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-19

Loved this!

This is my first podcast and I loved it. Listened to a few stories more than once.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-19

about almost all mental health issues

loved it and loved how she discuss with an expert at the end . the episodes are short so you will surely finish them all . recommend it .

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  • Donald
  • 28-03-19

Really useful and emotional

Have listened to the first two episodes and think they’re quite thought provoking. Hope the rest are half as good as these!

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