17 episodes

Transforming the mental health conversation, one heartfelt story at a time.


#heartonmysleeve is a global movement and worldwide community of people around the world who share a common value: to live a life of authenticity. Heart On My Sleeve Podcast is a collection of these compelling, inspirational and insightful mental health stories. You will hear from people who have endured invisible hardship, and live to tell their story of meaning, purpose & resilience. We hope that every episode provides you with something small that allows you to feel understood and less alone, so that you can let go of the shame and make way for a new narrative to emerge.


Mitch Wallis is the founder of Heart On My Sleeve and the host of the show.

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    • Mental Health

Transforming the mental health conversation, one heartfelt story at a time.


#heartonmysleeve is a global movement and worldwide community of people around the world who share a common value: to live a life of authenticity. Heart On My Sleeve Podcast is a collection of these compelling, inspirational and insightful mental health stories. You will hear from people who have endured invisible hardship, and live to tell their story of meaning, purpose & resilience. We hope that every episode provides you with something small that allows you to feel understood and less alone, so that you can let go of the shame and make way for a new narrative to emerge.


Mitch Wallis is the founder of Heart On My Sleeve and the host of the show.

    Aoife O Connell: being made redundant during labour

    Aoife O Connell: being made redundant during labour

    - How can we create more purposeful careers?
    - Techniques to navigate life-altering experiences
    - How can we minimise guilt and shame?
    - Are we really advocating for equal opportunities for women?
    - How to step into and own your voice and experience.
    - Why parents should continuously invest in improving as a parent
    - How connections and conversations can influence our mental health For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Susan Hales: master your mind and you master it all

    Susan Hales: master your mind and you master it all

    - Why connection and supporters are the most important aids to healing
    - How to reframe and restructure your story
    - What are the key parts of processing and connecting with feelings?
    - Tips to lean into growth For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 54 min
    Madii Himbury: the anxiety of figuring out who you are

    Madii Himbury: the anxiety of figuring out who you are

    We talk with Madii Himbury – a young successful Olympic skier who is on a path to discovering who she is outside the world that people see everyday.


    In this episode we talk about:


    - What life is like as an elite athlete
    - How can we manage our mental health so that success isn’t so tied to our identity?
    - Have you experienced how freeing making space with your story can be? 
    - How important it is to be aware of your emotions. We can redefine how we see ourselves.
    - Your body and mind are your refuge.
    - The importance of knowing when to put yourself first and take your foot off the accelerator.
    - We all need people to walk with us on our mental health journey. Having someone listen and show they care has such powerful healing.
    - Accept that you do not always need to be strong.
    - You won’t always get it right. That’s ok.
    - Madii shares the skills she uses to manage her mental health.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 44 min
    Sharon Draper: psychologists have mental health problems too

    Sharon Draper: psychologists have mental health problems too

    "I remember one time as a novice psychologist (I very nervous) a client was telling me a really sad story and I couldn't stop thinking about what I could do to ensure she didn't stop talking, because I was so worried about what to do if there was silence in the conversation..."


    Very rarely do we see mental health professionals change roles from practitioner to patient. Psychologist Sharon Draper shows us that even the people who do the diagnosing or treating have their own demons to deal with. In this episode we explore the humanity behind the traditionally "God-like" archetypes of professional therapists.


    In this episode we talk about:
    - Her experience managing complex OCD issues that have manifested in bizarre behaviours like holding her breath
    - Living with anxiety and thriving in a world where she helps others to do the same
    - How personal mental health issues can challenge her ability to support clients, yet also increase the empathy of her work
    - Why the window of time as a 5 to 7 year old is so sensitive to forming our future mental health
    - The awkward moment where a psychologist starts writing notes during your session
    - Sharon also opens up about trauma that has hit close to home for her and impacted her life and inspired her to become involved with psychology
    - How to change the internal conversation with yourself


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    • 56 min
    Nicole Blackie: defying a slim chance at survival

    Nicole Blackie: defying a slim chance at survival

    One of the greatest stories of anorexia recovery we’ve ever heard. After several admissions & years in psychiatric hospitals, almost a decade of professional help & medication etc that hardly changed a thing, Nicole has recently made a tectonic shift that now see’s her living a healthy, normal and fulfilling life.


    In this episode we discuss:
    - Nicole's harrowing journey with anorexia that almost took her life
    - The 2 main things that contributed to her recovery
    - In-patient hospitalisation experiences
    - Issues relating to current psychology treatment models
    - School bullying and it's impact of self esteem
    - The curious and complex nature of eating disorders


    "No matter if 4 doctors told me exactly the same thing, or the bloods show something’s wrong, or my body is physically not strong enough to walk... my mind was so oblivious to it because it didn’t believe it. The voice is a huge belief, it would tell me I wasn’t out of the woods yet, that I wouldn’t get better. I had very few social connections, so this voice became like my friend. And so no matter what anyone told me, the voice told me they were lying, and so I believed it. Yet deep deep down I knew the truth.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 50 min
    Sarah Daffy: feeling like a stranger to myself

    Sarah Daffy: feeling like a stranger to myself

    "I know my left hand is mine, but i don't feel like it is". That's not the "normal" type of thing you would expect to hear out of the mouth of Sarah Daffy - a smart successful young business woman with the world at her feet - living with one of the least common or talked about mental health issues. Depersonalisation is a natural defence mechanism of the mind, and a symptom of many mental ill health conditions, however it is also a standalone disorder for the rare few who experience it's crippling impairments in it's most intense form. A mix of extreme anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, and depression all resulting in a form of dissociation that feels like you are permanently going insane and living in a world that feels un-real, foggy and robotic. Mitch the founder of HOMS has also been through this, and talks to Sarah about her journey living, accepting and thriving in a real way. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 52 min

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You described me in my moments of no control over the spewing volcano that was my anxiety. Practice love and compassion everyday. Great podcast. Definitely to the top of my list.

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This is such a great podcast. Each episode, I’m listening to people who truly understand what it’s like to be caught up in this challenging frame of mind. Thanks for the education, compassion and respect for mental health that this podcast successfully sets out to achieve 🤘

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