Mental health can be a difficult subject to talk about and for some of us, it can be hard to know where to begin. However, I wanted to ensure that we did something on Drive to get the conversation started. I enlisted the help of some of my friends, guests, regular listeners and fellow presenters by asking them to share something they would recommend that we try this week to improve our mental health. What followed was an overwhelming surge of kindness, wise words, great tips and some really wonderful messages of support from some truly inspiring and lovely people.
The messages were shared throughout the week on Phoenix FM Drive but with the help of our work experience student, Tom Morgan, we have collated all of the clips from all of the Drivetime Dream Team into a 2 hour show that I couldn’t be more proud of.
Hopefully, this show is ideal listening for anyone curious about mental health, all those struggling or for anyone who could use a little support. Below I have listed links to some websites and phone numbers that may be of use if you feel you or somebody you know might need them. I also encourage you to connect with the artists and people featured in this show – all of them are friends of Phoenix FM and were invited to take part because they regularly motivate, support and inspire me!
Introducing The Drivetime Dream Team…
Frank Turner – my chat with Frank about his anxiety inspired single “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”
Ocean Flaws – Alex’s fundraiser for MIND
Kelly O’Donoghue – Kelly’s Mental Health campaign “Our Stories In Our Words”
Stacey Jackson – my chat with Stacey last summer
Sophie Griffiths – my chat with Sophie about her anxiety inspired single Machine
Vix20 – my chat with Gary about Orla The Octopus
BYFYN – my chat with BYFYN about her lockdown inspired single Everything’s Not Lost
Gold Baby – my chat with Siân about Gold Baby’s EP Rabbits
Scott McWatt – Scott’s acoustic session on Phoenix FM and my chat with Scott about his upcoming album
Roisin O’Hagan – my chat with Roisin about her latest single Sunset Valley
Charlotte Carpenter – my chat with Charlotte at Latitude
Lauren Hoyle – my chat with Lauren about her EP Fun
Jaz Beeson – my chat with Jaz about her latest single Coffee Machine Sounds
NSPCC – my chat with Sarah about NSPCC’s childhood day
Chelmsford Business Partnerships – my chat with Ian and Emma about health and wellbeing in the workplace
Burke & Yates – my chat with Paul, Leanne & Ian about their musical collaborations
Gabriel – my chat with Sally & Albert about their album Asmodeus
Trevor Twohig – my chat with Trevor about his self help book Don’t Look back Hungover
Andrew Alton-Read – my chat with Andrew about short film The Long Walk and his experiences of mental health
Ted Groves – my chat with Ted about his latest single Daydreams
The Metal Byrds – my chat with Suzanne & Rye from The Metal Byrds
My thanks to everyone who was able to make time to contribute to this show and also to all those who were not able to share a message but gave their support off air.
Thanks also to my fellow Phoenix FM Presenters, Mike Porter, Spencer Carter, Bob Simpson, Ian Cash, George Hanlon, Patrick Sherring, Rob Harvey and to Tom Morgan for his help putting this show together.
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