Heartfelt Minds

Caron Kirkham, Jake Morrison, Ranna Patel and Sarah Long

Expect authenticity, real stories, connection and passion - talking all things mental health, wellbeing and life. read less
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Episodes

A new year with hope, not setting expectations | Jake Morrison
31-12-2023
A new year with hope, not setting expectations | Jake Morrison
In this episode, Jake reflects on his experiences in 2023 and discusses his transition to self-employment. He shares his ADHD diagnosis and eye surgery journey, highlighting the importance of taking time for personal health. Jake also discusses his approach to the new year, focusing on stability and medium to long-term goals. He concludes by sharing his upcoming projects, including workplace mediation and mental health first aid training. Takeaways Transitioning to self-employment can provide flexibility and allow for better productivity based on individual preferences.Seeking a diagnosis and treatment for mental health conditions can lead to improved well-being and increased productivity.Taking time for personal health and self-care is essential for overall well-being and success.Approaching the new year without resolutions can alleviate pressure and allow for a more realistic and sustainable approach to personal growth. Join mental health advocate and charity leader Jake Morrison for raw, honest conversations about living with mental health challenges and making a difference. Drawing from his own experiences with conditions like ADHD and Borderline Personality Disorder, Jake shares personal stories and actionable insights for nurturing psychologically safe, supportive environments where everyone can thrive. With over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience, including award-winning work at a Citizens Advice, Jake has a proven track record of innovating solutions, connecting authentically, and driving positive change. Now a passionate mental health trainer and consultant, Jake explores topics like workplace belonging, stigma, mindfulness, resilience, and more. His aim is to empower individuals and organisations to foster compassion and human-centred policies. Expect open discussions from the heart, highlighting practical takeaways alongside Jake's personal mental health journey. By sharing his vulnerabilities and triumphs, he hopes to inspire others to seek help, find their voice, and live life to the fullest.
Money, Mental Health and the Christmas Season
23-12-2023
Money, Mental Health and the Christmas Season
Money worries and mental health often go hand-in-hand, but breaking the vicious cycle is possible. In this candid episode, our hosts share their own experiences managing finances during periods of poor mental health. You'll hear honest accounts of how debt, impulsive spending, and financial insecurity impacted their mood and recovery. The group explores important issues like social pressures around holiday spending, the stigma of seeking support, and how better education and planning could help prevent money woes. Join us for an enlightening look at the money-mood connection. Discover how to empower ourselves and others to improve financial literacy, seek early support, and prioritise wellbeing over wealth. Takeaways: Poor mental health and financial problems often go hand-in-hand, creating a vicious cycle that exacerbates both issues.Seeking support early when struggling with finances can prevent small money problems from ballooning into crises. Don't let stigma stop you getting help.Better education on financial literacy and planning could help many avoid money woes that worsen mental health. Prioritising wellbeing over wealth is crucial. Support resources: Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/Shout - https://giveusashout.org/Hub of Hope - https://hubofhope.co.uk/Citizens Advice - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/Money and Mental Health charity - https://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org/StepChange debt charity - https://www.stepchange.org/ Thank you for visiting our new podcast. We're new, trying it out - and keen to share our stories and passion for advocating for mental health support. We're looking for your feedback on whether this is interesting to you, if you want to hear more, what we can do to improve etc! Please feel free to email Caron at ⁠⁠caronkirkham@gmail.com⁠⁠, Jake at ⁠⁠info@jakemorrison.co.uk⁠⁠, Ranna at ⁠⁠ranna_patel@hotmail.com ⁠⁠ or Sarah at ⁠⁠⁠sarahlongmhfauk@gmail.com⁠⁠ Rodney Skopes by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/217409
With Empathy and Validation: Handling Health Issues at Work
17-12-2023
With Empathy and Validation: Handling Health Issues at Work
This episode of Heartfelt Minds focuses on how people can support each other at work. The conversation highlights the pressure managers feel to fix everything and the importance of truly listening and understanding the experiences of others. The impact of managers on employees’ mental health is discussed, emphasising the need for supportive work environments. Examples of poor practice in dealing with health issues are shared, highlighting the importance of empathy and validation. The conversation also explores the need for better approaches to mental health and the use of wellness action plans. Takeaways: Managers should focus on listening and understanding rather than trying to fix everything.Supportive work environments are crucial for employees’ mental health.Empathy and validation are essential in dealing with health issues.Wellness action plans can be powerful tools for supporting mental health at work. Support resources: Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/Shout - https://giveusashout.org/Hub of Hope - https://hubofhope.co.uk/ Thank you for visiting our new podcast. We're new, we're trying it out - and we're keen to share our stories and passion on advocating for mental health support. We're looking for your feedback on if this is interesting to you, if you want to hear more, what we can do to improve etc! Please feel free to email Caron at ⁠caronkirkham@gmail.com⁠, Jake at ⁠info@jakemorrison.co.uk⁠, Ranna at ⁠ranna_patel@hotmail.com ⁠ or Sarah at ⁠⁠sarahlongmhfauk@gmail.com⁠ Rodney Skopes by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/217409
Winter Blues & Festive Joys
30-11-2023
Winter Blues & Festive Joys
Join our personable panel of mental health advocates as they dive deep into combating loneliness and nurturing community this winter. With humour and compassion, they share lived experiences of grief, anxiety, neurodivergence and more to model how building connections can help us through hardship. Learn simple habits to lift your mood, like batch cooking, wellbeing walks and voluntary work. Discover their motivations, how they find meaning and the wisdom they draw from unusual sources - like hibernating wildlife! Most of all, hear first-hand how caring for each other helps us all thrive, no matter the season. From reclaiming festive traditions to overcoming social anxiety, the group shares ideas big and small so we can all foster togetherness amid the long nights. Their candid conversations model how to voice struggles openly, judgement-free. Laughter abounds as they swap lighthearted tips from embracing squirrel thinking to channelling inner bears! Their warmth jumpstarts your own inspiration for spreading more kindness this solstice. Thank you for visiting our new podcast. We're new, we're trying it out - and we're keen to share our stories and passion on advocating for mental health support. We're looking for your feedback on if this is interesting to you, if you want to hear more, what we can do to improve etc! Please feel free to email Caron at caronkirkham@gmail.com, Jake at info@jakemorrison.co.uk, Ranna at ranna_patel@hotmail.com or Sarah at ⁠sarahlongmhfauk@gmail.com Rodney Skopes by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/217409
Lonely in a Crowd: Why I Never Felt Like I Fit In | Sarah Long
26-11-2023
Lonely in a Crowd: Why I Never Felt Like I Fit In | Sarah Long
Thank you for visiting our podcast. Please bear in mind that we're new, we're trying it out - and we're keen to share our stories and passion on advocating for mental health support. This is one of our solo podcasts, and we also will be getting together weekly as a group. We're looking for your feedback on if this is interesting to you, if you want to hear more, what we can do to improve etc! Please feel free to email Sarah at sarahlongmhfauk@gmail.com In this solo episode, host Sarah Long courageously shares her personal journey with loneliness and her life-long quest for meaningful connection. She offers insight into feeling different as a child, struggling to find her people as a teen, and realizing she craves nourishing relationships. Sarah contemplates the complex factors impacting human bonds today. With remarkable honesty, she discusses self-compassion, living in the present and learning to treasure both solitude and togetherness. About Sarah Long: Sarah Long has been delivering Mental Health training since 2013 in a variety of settings. She is an Independent Instructor Member of MHFA England and also an associate instructor for the MHFA England Workplace Team. Sarah backs up her training with lived experience of anxiety, depression and mood disorders over 35 years, allowing her to bring a human face to the topics. Her 16 years managing teams and HR policy in the UK Government's Department of Health also lent crucial insight into supporting employees with mental health needs. Sarah has a PG Cert in Interpersonal & Counselling Skills and continually pursues learning about mental health and wellbeing.
Loneliness, Solitude and Connection | Caron Kirkham
22-11-2023
Loneliness, Solitude and Connection | Caron Kirkham
Thank you for visiting our podcast. Please bear in mind that we're new, we're trying it out - and we're keen to share our stories and passion on advocating for mental health support. This is one of our solo podcasts, and we also will be getting together weekly as a group. We're looking for your feedback on if this is interesting to you, if you want to hear more, what we can do to improve etc! Please feel free to email Caron at caronkirkham@gmail.com In this episode Caron references a happiness group at Action For Happiness - https://actionforhappiness.org/groups/whitley-bay Embark on the next chapter of our Loneliness Dialogues as Caron Kirkham takes center stage, building on the insights shared by Jake in our previous episode. Caron's solo exploration delves into the intricate web of emotions stirred by loneliness, inspired by Jake's profound reflections. Join Caron as she recounts her early encounters with solitude and the societal conditioning that shaped her perceptions. From the challenges of being a woman in a world that often expects a certain relationship structure to the complexities of adjusting to an empty nest, Caron shares her deeply personal experiences. Discover how Caron found solace in volunteering, formed new connections through Action for Happiness groups, and embarked on a transformative journey of self-discovery. Her narrative unravels the layers of loneliness, offering a raw and authentic portrayal of resilience, growth, and the importance of self-kindness. Caron's story adds another layer to the conversation. Like, subscribe, and join the discussion in the comments as we continue to unravel the complexities of loneliness in this ongoing podcast series. Stay tuned for more dialogue, where real people share their unique journeys, fostering connection and understanding in a world that often grapples with the silent struggles of solitude.
Longing to belong | Jake Morrison
22-11-2023
Longing to belong | Jake Morrison
Thank you for visiting our podcast. Please bear in mind that we're new, we're trying it out - and we're keen to share our stories and passion on advocating for mental health support. This is one of our solo podcasts, and we also will be getting together weekly as a group. We're looking for your feedback on if this is interesting to you, if you want to hear more, what we can do to improve etc! Please feel free to email Jake at info@jakemorrison.co.uk In this raw solo episode, mental health advocate Jake Morrison unravels his profoundly personal life-long struggle with loneliness. He contemplates feeling like an outsider since childhood, the emotional anguish of fragmented friendships, and his longing for reciprocal relationships. Jake asks the hard questions about whether neurodivergence or sexuality impacts connection, finding meaning when you don't fit in, and if he’ll end up lonely in old age. With courage and compassion, he shares how even perceived slights can trigger agonising isolation yet clings to hope that kindness and inclusive communities can forge bonds where there were none. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction and Podcast Overview 00:33 Discussing Social Isolation and Loneliness 01:12 Personal Experiences with Loneliness 02:58 The Impact of Loneliness on Health 03:59 Personal Struggles with Loneliness 08:54 Creating Connections: White Christmas Liverpool 14:45 The Importance of Quality Relationships 21:26 The Role of Kindness in Combating Loneliness 23:00 The Impact of Social Media on Loneliness 25:07 Finding Joy and Purpose to Combat Loneliness 28:09 Conclusion and Final Thoughts