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Wellbeing to the forefront as James’s show is back

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

One of the big concerns over the last few months has been the effect of what lockdown is doing to our mental health and wellbeing.

It’s a subject that we’re always discussing on Phoenix FM on various shows – and our own dedicated weekly show to mental health matters, The Happiness Algorithm with James Roast.

James had been podcasting since March but the show has now returned to its regular weekly slot of Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm.

Recent guests have included children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips, mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE and TV presenter Matt Johnson.

James is a Clinical Psychotherapist who has worked in emotional and mental health for over a decade. He operates an outpatients clinic at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford and we’ve been delighted to get the hospital operator Ramsay Health on board as one of Phoenix FM’s main community partners too.

You can hear James’s show live on 98FM and all shows are podcasted at

– Xanthe Bearman’s GR80s show (pronounced “gr-eighties” in case you wondered!) features a chat with Clark Datchler, singer with 80s band Johnny Hates Jazz. The band are best known for their 1988 album Turn Back The Clock, which reached no 1 in the album charts, but have a new album out very soon. Xanthe is on air every Thursday at 1pm.

– We’ve had a whole load of celebrity guests over the last few weeks including chats with Tony Hadley, Matt Goss, Stuart Pearce, Paul Hardcastle, Rat Scabies, Alexander O’Neal and David Gower! All of our interviews can be found again on our website.

A big thank you to all of the companies and organisations which help to support Phoenix FM all year round

Business Club Members: The Beeches | Blue Serif | Brandler Galleries | Foretell Digital | Hallmark Care Homes | Kinetic Podiatry | Newboulds Solicitors | RCH Brentwood Care Centre | Saint Francis Hospice | Utilize

Other sponsors: Abacus Shutters | Ashwells | Bennetts Funerals | Foxtel | Healthwatch Essex | Landons Solicitors | Liberty Hygiene | Pinney Talfourd | Ramsay Health Springfield Hospital | RP2 Media | Shepherd Neame

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