31 episodes

Intimate conversations about mental health during unprecedented times. From household names to nurses on the frontline. Because even when you’re isolating - you are not alone.

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    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

Intimate conversations about mental health during unprecedented times. From household names to nurses on the frontline. Because even when you’re isolating - you are not alone.

    Jane Gordon

    Jane Gordon

    Jane Gordon is a celebrated journalist and author, and she's also... Bryony's mum. 

    She talks to Bryony about surviving lockdown on her own, why life drawing keeps her feeling young and the importance of making time to call your loved ones. And in proof that all parents are as embarrassing as each other, she manages to fit in a fair bit of that too.




    Jane Gordon - The day I realised I was living a lie - and wasn't immune to the ageing process: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/day-realised-living-lie-wasnt-immune-ageing-process/

    ‘How Not To Get Old: One Woman's Quest to Take Control of the Ageing Process’ by Jane Gordon is out now (Trapeze, £16.99 in hardback; also available in audio and ebook)

    Follow Jane on Instagram: @janegordon5100




    Watch Bryony in Conspiracy theories, panic buying and scapegoats: what coronavirus tells us about human behaviour here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8KJlsVihI4&feature=emb_logo 

    Check out the Telegraph's You Are Not Alone page for stories of support, optimism and social connectivity during the pandemic: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/you-are-not-alone/ 

    We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email NHS@telegraph.co.uk from your NHS email address. 

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    • 27 min
    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Getting to the end of some days in lockdown can feel like an Olympic effort, even for gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. She tells Bryony why the lockdown could help more people realise that even the smallest forms of exercise still count, why it's okay to live in lycra, and how even she struggles to get out of bed sometimes. 




    Jessica's fitness app, @wearejennis, also posts short workouts on their Instagram page. 

    Watch Bryony in Conspiracy theories, panic buying and scapegoats: what coronavirus tells us about human behaviour here. 

    Check out the Telegraph's You Are Not Alone page for stories of support, optimism and social connectivity during the pandemic.

    We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email NHS@telegraph.co.uk from your NHS email address. 

    For everyone else, get 7 days' free here.

    • 31 min
    Donna Lancaster

    Donna Lancaster

    Therapist Donna Lancaster helps people come to terms with loss. She tells Bryony why it's okay to be mourning your old way of life and why she's running grief workshops to help people cope. Donna shares some of those tips with us, but says there's one battle she's yet to conquer - not eating a packet of Rolos in one sitting.




    For information about Donna's grief events, follow @thebridgeretreat on Instagram.

    If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch the documentary about the Bridge Retreat that Donna mentions by searching for 'Love(d)'.




    Check out the Telegraph's You Are Not Alone page for stories of support, optimism and social connectivity during the pandemic.




    We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email NHS@telegraph.co.uk from your NHS email address. 

    For everyone else, get 7 days' free here.

    • 34 min
    Daisy May Cooper

    Daisy May Cooper

    Actress Daisy May Cooper is taking the time to reflect on a busy year. After the third series of her hit show, This Country recently came to an end, she found herself facing the loss of a close friend. She tells Bryony why lockdown has brought her some much needed time to grieve.

    Plus, Daisy opens up about how growing up in poverty pushed her towards success, and why she'll be celebrating when nurseries reopen. 




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    Check out the Telegraph's You Are Not Alone page for stories of support, optimism and social connectivity during the pandemic: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/you-are-not-alone/

    We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email NHS@telegraph.co.uk from your NHS email address. 

    For everyone else, get 30 days' free: www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld

    • 33 min
    Nadiya Hussain

    Nadiya Hussain

    Bake-off star, Nadiya Hussain is learning that it's okay not to be okay. But social isolation isn't always easy for those who suffer with anxiety, and Nadiya tells Bryony Gordon why she's struggling in lockdown. She opens up about the "hamster wheel" in her head, why she wishes she could live in the present and what she's most looking forward to at the end of it all.

    Read more about Nadiya's relationship with anxiety: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/10/nadiya-hussain-battle-anxiety-coronavirus-crisis/ 

    Get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld

    • 24 min
    Katy and Natalie

    Katy and Natalie

    Infection prevention nurse Natalie Mounter and mental health nurse Katy Lowe know what it's like to face a pandemic. 

    In the first episode of this brand new mini-series of Mad World, they tell Bryony Gordon how working in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak taught them the importance of team support, avoiding burnout and why they feel the burden of being 'superheroes'.

    Read more from Bryony: https://bit.ly/2X6zXwj

    Get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld

    • 33 min

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