10 episodes

The Black Dog, White Swan podcast features special guests discussing the concept of high functioning mental illness. Using a relaxed conversational format, we help educate listeners about the truth of living with an invisible mental illness and the struggles this can bring. Through insightful discussions and candid dialogue, we inspire and enlighten our audience through the power of shared experience. We believe that normalising these conversations is an important step in not just raising awareness, but taking action. ​We want less people to feel trapped in their own minds, alone and misunderstood. We want more people to understand that just because someone seems confident, extrovert, happy, successful and can function well on a day to day basis, this does not make their internal struggles any less valid. We need everyone to learn that mental illness can affect anyone and that our ability to cope on the surface doesn't invalidate the impact of the battles fought within.

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    • Mental Health
    • 5.0, 32 Ratings

The Black Dog, White Swan podcast features special guests discussing the concept of high functioning mental illness. Using a relaxed conversational format, we help educate listeners about the truth of living with an invisible mental illness and the struggles this can bring. Through insightful discussions and candid dialogue, we inspire and enlighten our audience through the power of shared experience. We believe that normalising these conversations is an important step in not just raising awareness, but taking action. ​We want less people to feel trapped in their own minds, alone and misunderstood. We want more people to understand that just because someone seems confident, extrovert, happy, successful and can function well on a day to day basis, this does not make their internal struggles any less valid. We need everyone to learn that mental illness can affect anyone and that our ability to cope on the surface doesn't invalidate the impact of the battles fought within.

    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 10 - Abbie & Sadie's raw chat

    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 10 - Abbie & Sadie's raw chat

    This is the last episode in the first series of Black Dog White Swan. This episode was completely impromptu and was recorded after we'd been in the studio recording an interview with a guest. Both of us were feeling emotional and slightly rattled that day, so we thought that  - rather than only ever discussing mental health when we're feeling ok and taking things from a 'theoretical' standpoint - it would be hugely important to capture how we were feeling by being completely vulnerable and discussing how we coped with those feelings right there, in situ! 

    • 21 min
    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 9 - Men's Mental Health with Dr. Hilary Jones

    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 9 - Men's Mental Health with Dr. Hilary Jones

    In this episode we discuss men's mental health with Dr. Hilary Jones with particular reference to the 'Heads up Heads together' campaign, which saw the charity join forces with the Football Association, with the aim of encouraging men to talk and change the conversation around mental health.

    • 29 min
    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 8 - Clinical Depression with Scott Shillum

    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 8 - Clinical Depression with Scott Shillum

    In this episode we talk to Scott Shillum - Managing Director of Vismedia and Co-founder of The Photography Movement - about living with clinical depression, suicide, coping mechanisms and cathartic creative pursuits. 

    • 49 min
    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 7 - Stress in the Workplace with Paul Devoy

    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 7 - Stress in the Workplace with Paul Devoy

    In this episode we talk to Paul Devoy, the CEO of Investors in People, about stress in the workplace. Our conversation explores the dynamic between an individuals' mental health and their workplace, discussing what needs to be done to create more supportive work environments where people feel supported, valued and able to bring their true self to work. 

    • 30 min
    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 6 - Depression with Joe Creak

    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 6 - Depression with Joe Creak

    In this episode we chat to podcaster, writer and mental health ambassador Joe Creak. The conversation is a very raw and honest exploration of key issues relating to depression, anxiety and the true nature of self care.  

    • 49 min
    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 5 - Depression and S.A.D - Chris Kirkland

    Black Dog White Swan - Ep 5 - Depression and S.A.D - Chris Kirkland

    This episode of the podcast discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with ex Liverpool and England footballer, Chris Kirkland. We explore what SAD is exactly and hear how Chris dealt with it. He speaks candidly about his low energy, low mood and suicidal thoughts, then discusses the steps he took to improve things for his mental health and overall wellbeing. 

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

LJ78132 ,

Inspiring, enlightening and so refreshing!

This is such an important subject to address and every episode brings to light different issues and perspectives to consider. The hosts beautifully tackle the raw emotions attached to this subject matter in a way that is empathic, sensitive and most importantly, REAL. It is so refreshing to hear people talk frankly and openly about what they’re actually going through and every guest is so passionate about the topic. It really made me feel comforted and less alone with the struggles I face, particularly at the moment when life is tough. Highly recommended

MarkaJuan ,

At last, acknowledgement! Thank you

For me, this is such an accessible channel concerning a taboo subject. But the presenters, Abbie and Sadie, somehow manage to find the sweet spot. They combine intriguing insights (into mental health-related issues) with topics and people of genuine interest. It isn't your everyday expose regarding mental health, though, which is why I've found it so beneficial. Instead, it shines a light on "high functioning" individuals – those of us who seemingly achieve – yet are still struggling inside, behind closed doors. I know it can be hard to acknowledge those internal struggles, and I think it can be more daunting to brand those struggles; to give them an actual name, and address them! But it helps to know we're not alone, especially when listening to some of the people that Black Dog White Swan has managed to interview. All the guests have been great so far!

Mindful Reflections ,

Just Brilliant

This is amazing. Just straightforward discussion in an open, honest manner. Abbie and Sadie are a perfect combination. And the name is fantastic. I wish you all the best...I hope it is a great success.

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