16 episodes

How can we create a world where everyone is coping? Introducing Just About Coping, a new podcast looking at the future of mental health and wellbeing. Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Simon Blake OBE will be joined by a series of fantastic guests to try and answer this very question. Featuring guests such as Ruby Wax OBE, Dr Ranj Singh, Jonny Benjamin, and many more, join us on our journey as we imagine what a mentally healthy world might look. RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/652624.rss

Just About Coping MHFA England

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

How can we create a world where everyone is coping? Introducing Just About Coping, a new podcast looking at the future of mental health and wellbeing. Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Simon Blake OBE will be joined by a series of fantastic guests to try and answer this very question. Featuring guests such as Ruby Wax OBE, Dr Ranj Singh, Jonny Benjamin, and many more, join us on our journey as we imagine what a mentally healthy world might look. RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/652624.rss

    Ep 14: Linda Aiello

    Ep 14: Linda Aiello

    This series we're looking look at a new campaign by MHFA England; My Whole Self. To create mentally healthy workplaces, people need to feel safe to be their ‘whole self’ at work. So how can we create workforces, wherever that may be, where everyone has the freedom to do this? To find out, Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more...

    Our final guest of the series is Linda Aiello, Executive Vice President, Employee Success Business Partner at Salesforce. Tech giant Salesforce has regularly appeared in international best places to work lists, and Linda has been at the heart of ensuring customer and employee satisfaction. She joined Simon over a video call to discuss:
    The importance of trust and authenticity in the workplace, particularly in the current climate, to create psychological safetyWhy Salesforce have encouraged a remote working culture for years and the best ways to do itThe power of data and the ability to use it to improve workplace wellbeing, diversity and inclusionZoom calls, the new normal, and managing your mental health during lockdownWe also learned a new Hawaiian word, 'Ohana' and the fact that Linda has lived in seven countries in her lifetime! We hope you've enjoyed this series and look forward to bringing you another one some time soon.

    As always, we'd love to know what you think. If you could take a moment to rate and review wherever you get your podcasts we would very much appreciate your feedback. You can do this on most platforms including:
    Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneInDon't forget to get involved on social media using #JACPodcast and check out all the My Whole Self fun on our website.

    More on Linda: europe.businesschief.com/leadership/2848/
    'Supporting employees' mental health': peoplemanagement.co.uk/voices/comment/supporting-employees-mental-health

    More on Simon: twitter.com/Simonablake
    Simon Blake OBE is the Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. His mission is to improve the mental health of the nation and help build an inclusive and  society where attitudes and behaviours around mental health are normalised. Simon received an OBE in 2011, is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, and enjoys running, equestrian eventing, and walks with his dog.

    More on #JACPodcast:
    MHFA England: mhfaengland.org
    Email: media@mhfaengland.org

    More on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/

    • 47 min
    Ep 13: Karl Robinson

    Ep 13: Karl Robinson

    This series we're looking look at a new campaign by MHFA England; My Whole Self. To create mentally healthy workplaces, people need to feel safe to be their ‘whole self’ at work. So how can we create workforces, wherever that may be, where everyone has the freedom to do this? To find out, Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more...

    Our special guest this week is Manager of Oxford United F.C. Karl Robinson. In 2010, Karl became the youngest manager in the Football League aged just 29. After ten years in the business and a growing reputation for developing talented young footballers, Karl has a vision for football to drive and support the mental health agenda across the country. In their fascinating conversation Simon and Karl discussed: 
    The pioneering approach Karl and Oxford United have taken to mental health and wellbeing including mental health first aidA message Karl received from a fan which he will remember for the rest of his lifeWhy being his authentic self rather than 'playing the role' of a manager has made Karl better at this jobThe key difference between 'banter' and abuse, and how Karl manages his own mental healthAnd much more. We really hope you enjoy this episode. Karl's passion to make a difference is clear to see and we wish him and the club all the best for their promotion push should the season get finished.
    As always, we'd love to know what you think. If you could take a moment to rate and review wherever you get your podcasts we would very much appreciate your feedback. You can do this on most platforms including:
    Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneInDon't forget to get involved on social media using #JACPodcast and check out all the My Whole Self fun on our website.

    More on Karl and Oxford United: telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/09/25/exclusive-karl-robinson-interview-toppling-man-utd-oxfords-ambition/
    'Oxford United’s unique psychotherapy project with Gary Bloom is winning hearts and minds':  oxfordmail.co.uk/sport/18098433
    Sky Sports - 'How Oxford United took a lead on mental health': skysports.com/football/news/11675/11960047

    More on Simon: twitter.com/Simonablake
    Simon Blake OBE is the Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. His mission is to improve the mental health of the nation and help build an inclusive and  society where attitudes and behaviours around mental health are normalised. Simon received an OBE in 2011, is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, and enjoys running, equestrian eventing, and walks with his dog.

    More on #JACPodcast:
    MHFA England: mhfaengland.org
    Email: media@mhfaengland.org

    More on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/

    • 49 min
    Ep 12: Mike Cherry

    Ep 12: Mike Cherry

    Simon Blake OBE returns for a second series of Just About Coping.

    This series we're looking look at a new campaign by MHFA England; My Whole Self. To create mentally healthy workplaces, people need to feel safe to be their ‘whole self’ at work. So how can we create workforces, wherever that may be, where everyone has the freedom to do this? To find out, Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more...

    This week's guest is Mike Cherry OBE, who is Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB is a membership organisation which supports, connects and campaigns for the rights of small businesses, their owners, and the self-employed.  

    Mike is fiercely passionate about protecting SMEs and the self-employed, a community which many of our Instructor Members will be part of. Speaking in February, Simon and Mike chatted about: 
    The crucial role small businesses and the self-employed play in our economy The impact that being a small business owner can have on our mental health and wellbeing, both positive and negativeMike’s own experience of mental ill health and the effects on small businesses within his family The FSB have since also published a number of materials to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of ways, which we thoroughly recommend you check out if you are part of an SME or self-employed.
    As always, we'd love to know what you think. If you could take a moment to rate and review wherever you get your podcasts we would very much appreciate your feedback. You can do this on most platforms including:
    Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneInDon't forget to get involved on social media using #JACPodcast and check out all the My Whole Self fun on our website.

    More on Mike and the FSB: fsb.org.uk/campaign/it-s-okay-to-talk-about-mental-health
    Coronavirus advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed: fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19
    FSB Care: fsb.org.uk/join-us/membership/fsb-care

    More on Simon: twitter.com/Simonablake
    Simon Blake OBE is the Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. His mission is to improve the mental health of the nation and help build an inclusive and  society where attitudes and behaviours around mental health are normalised. Simon received an OBE in 2011, is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, and enjoys running, equestrian eventing, and walks with his dog.

    More on #JACPodcast:
    MHFA England: mhfaengland.org
    Email: media@mhfaengland.org

    More on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/

    • 31 min
    Ep 11: Adah Parris

    Ep 11: Adah Parris

    Simon Blake OBE returns for a second series of Just About Coping.

    This series we're looking look at a new campaign by MHFA England; My Whole Self. To create mentally healthy workplaces, people need to feel safe to be their ‘whole self’ at work. So how can we create workforces, wherever that may be, where everyone has the freedom to do this? To find out, Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more...

    This week's guest is workplace culture strategist Adah Parris. Adah describes herself as a futurist, storyteller and artist. Having worked with the likes of Google, the EU Council and the BFI to transform their workplace culture, she was a perfect guest to explore the themes of bringing your whole self to work. Simon and Adah chatted about;
    Being human and the idea of 'human blockchains'Shifting personas depending on the context you are inApplying the ten principles of Burning Man to everyday lifeBurnouts - how to see them coming and stop yourself running out of steamAnd much, much more!

    As always, we'd love to know what you think. If you could take a moment to rate and review wherever you get your podcasts we would very much appreciate your feedback. You can do this on most platforms including:
    Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneInDon't forget to get involved on social media using #JACPodcast and check out all the My Whole Self fun on our website.

    More on Adah: adahparris.com/the-four-freedoms
    The ten principles of Burning Man: burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles

    More on Simon: twitter.com/Simonablake
    Simon Blake OBE is the Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. His mission is to improve the mental health of the nation and help build an inclusive and  society where attitudes and behaviours around mental health are normalised. Simon received an OBE in 2011, is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, and enjoys running, equestrian eventing, and walks with his dog.

    More on #JACPodcast:
    MHFA England: mhfaengland.org
    Email: media@mhfaengland.org

    More on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/

    • 45 min
    Ep 10: Nat Kilsby

    Ep 10: Nat Kilsby

    Simon Blake OBE returns for a second series of Just About Coping.

    This series we're looking look at a new campaign by MHFA England; My Whole Self. To create mentally healthy workplaces, people need to feel safe to be their ‘whole self’ at work. So how can we create workforces, wherever that may be, where everyone has the freedom to do this? To find out, Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more...

    Today we hear from Nat Kilsby, a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs with years of experience in financial engineering and technology. Nat is also gender-fluid, meaning sometimes they present male and sometimes they present female. After hearing Nat's moving story at our My Whole Self event at the House of Lords back in February, we had to get them on the podcast to hear more.

    Simon and Nat chatted about;
    Complex gender identity and the relationship with wellbeingFeelings, and learning that they are not good or bad, they just areTreating life as an experiment and how Nat helps empower people at work by embracing fluidity The importance of pronouns and why Nat uses they, them and theirsNat embodies the essence of bringing your whole self to work and it was fascinating to hear how intrinsically their identity, performance at work, and happiness were linked.

    As always, we'd love to know what you think. If you could take a moment to rate and review wherever you get your podcasts we would very much appreciate your feedback. You can do this on most platforms including:
    Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneInDon't forget to get involved on social media using #JACPodcast and check out all the My Whole Self fun on our website.

    More on Nat: goldmansachs.com/careers/blog/posts/letter-to-my-younger-self-nat-kilsby

    More on Simon: twitter.com/Simonablake
    Simon Blake OBE is the Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. His mission is to improve the mental health of the nation and help build an inclusive and  society where attitudes and behaviours around mental health are normalised. Simon received an OBE in 2011, is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, and enjoys running, equestrian eventing, and walks with his dog.

    More on #JACPodcast:
    MHFA England: mhfaengland.org
    Email: media@mhfaengland.org

    More on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/

    • 36 min
    Ep 9: Dara Nasr

    Ep 9: Dara Nasr

    Simon Blake OBE returns for a second series of Just About Coping.

    This series we're looking look at a new campaign by MHFA England; My Whole Self. To create mentally healthy workplaces, people need to feel safe to be their ‘whole self’ at work. So how can we create workforces, wherever that may be, where everyone has the freedom to do this? To find out, Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more...

    Our first guest is Dara Nasr. Dara is the Managing Director of Twitter UK, where he has been since 2012. With approximately 200 staff, Twitter UK is the only office outside of the US with multiple disciplines including Engineering, Sales, Partnerships, Comms & Marketing. Before that he was at Google, Eurosport, and Flextech TV.
    Social media was a theme throughout the first series, so Dara was the perfect person to chat with to kick off the second series. Among many things, Simon and Dara spoke about:
    Why happy workplaces make the best workplaces and the family feel at TwitterHow to navigate through difficult times as a team and the power of authentic leadershipWhether it's best to have a 'work' social media profile, or notThe importance of respecting diversity, differing opinions and boundariesPranking your children and Dara's dog Dave who is by all accounts a 'good lad'We hope you enjoy the news series and can celebrate My Whole Self Day (18 March) with us!

    As always, we'd love to know what you think. If you could take a moment to rate and review wherever you get your podcasts we would very much appreciate your feedback. You can do this on most platforms including:
    Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneInDon't forget to get involved on social media using #JACPodcast and check out all the My Whole Self fun on our website.

    More on Dara: twitter.com/daranasr
    Dara's work with the Media Trust: mediatrust.org/about-us/impact-stories/what-happened-when-dara-met-andre/

    More on Simon: twitter.com/Simonablake
    Simon Blake OBE is the Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. His mission is to improve the mental health of the nation and help build an inclusive and  society where attitudes and behaviours around mental health are normalised. Simon received an OBE in 2011, is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, and enjoys running, equestrian eventing, and walks with his dog.

    More on #JACPodcast:
    MHFA England: mhfaengland.org
    Email: media@mhfaengland.org

    More on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

h r-b ,

Love this

Thoroughly enjoyed the talks on MH. I work in the UK Armed Forces and outside people assume that our MH issues are PTSD related but we go through the whole range MH issues too! Listening to episode 3 (Dr R) talk about doctors not being able to talk about MH really struck a cord with the military stereotypes. Great series overall; give it a listen.

emkay_online ,

I am hooked!

I thought that I would just listen to one of these podcasts, as I have so many things that I want to listen to. I have now somehow ended up listening to all of the first series and hope that there will be more in future. A very accessible way to learn about different perspectives on and experiences of mental health. Thank you to Simon and his guests for sharing.

Nframe ,

Inspiring

Really thought-provoking and inspiring. Lots of things resonated with me including the discussions around ‘kindset’ and not allowing anyone to dim your light.

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