• What Do I Do?: Mental Health and Me

  • Written by: Kelly Holmes
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  • Summary

  • 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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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Davina McCall

    Jan 25 2019

    By the time TV presenter Davina McCall was 23 years old, she was addicted to heroin. Now she’s been clean for 27 years. In this show, Kelly hears about the pain and shame of addiction and the work that Davina did to rebuild her life.

    Davina is well known for her confidence and positivity but at her lowest point she struggled to even look at herself in the mirror. Kelly and Davina both find exercise essential to their wellbeing, so they meet at their local fitness club after an intensive early morning spin class.

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    28 mins
  • Ep. 2: Alastair Campbell

    Jan 25 2019

    Journalist and former spin-doctor, Alastair Campbell, was Tony Blair’s right hand man. He opens up to Kelly about his experience of an alcohol-induced psychotic episode, and explains how his late brother’s schizophrenia motivated him to speak publicly about the importance of mental health. He invites Kelly into his home to show her how he relaxes - by playing the bagpipes in his bathroom.

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    26 mins
  • Ep. 3: Catherine Bohart

    Jan 25 2019

    Comedian Catherine Bohart was hospitalised for months in her early twenties whilst she underwent a life-saving treatment programme for OCD and Body Dysmorphia. She couldn’t imagine living to age 30.

    As Catherine tells Kelly, there’s much more to OCD than handwashing and germ-phobia. Together, they put on their aprons and get the sprinkles out to decorate some cupcakes. For Catherine, baking is a therapeutic activity and a rare chance to escape from thoughts of perfectionism and anxiety.

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    26 mins

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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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  • 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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  • Annoyed
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-20

excellent podcast

This is a thoughtful and interesting series. they fould gave done longer interviews - it was fascinating.

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  • Adam
  • 10-02-21

Pedestrian and uninvolving

If you already have an interest and are reasonably informed about mental health this won't tell you anything you don't know. It's about involving as a bunch of leaflets in a Doctor's surgery being read aloud. It does not go into any depth, or take any risks. It's overly focussed on celebrities. It doesn't mention anything like faith or spirituality which helps so many people.
Try talking to a Grenfell survivor, for example, about their mental health, and you might get something a bit more raw and real than this by the numbers disappointment.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-21

Listening to this pod cast.

I am listening to this and it is helping me to try and understand what is happening with myself.

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  • Tarryn Temperley
  • 15-07-21

Very relatable

I loved it, I struggle daily with depression and this was so relatable, the stories were told in a kind and upbeat way so as not to make you feel worse. My exact experiences were articulated better than I could do myself, it hit home and made me feel seen.