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MHFA England

Understanding about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is changing.


Join MHFA England’s chief executive, Simon Blake, and his guests as they shine a light on creating healthier workplaces and their impact on our wider communities.

This is the Off the top of your head podcast. A podcast all about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and beyond.

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Episodes

Ep 14: Linda Aiello
Apr 23 2020
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-healthMore on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.orgMore on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/
Ep 13: Karl Robinson
Apr 15 2020
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/18098433Sky Sports - 'How Oxford United took a lead on mental health': skysports.com/football/news/11675/11960047More on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.orgMore on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/
Ep 12: Mike Cherry
Apr 8 2020
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-healthCoronavirus advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed: fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19FSB Care: fsb.org.uk/join-us/membership/fsb-careMore on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.orgMore on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/
Ep 11: Adah Parris
Apr 1 2020
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-freedomsThe ten principles of Burning Man: burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principlesMore on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.orgMore on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/
Ep 10: Nat Kilsby
Mar 25 2020
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-kilsbyMore on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.orgMore on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/
Ep 9: Dara Nasr
Mar 18 2020
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/daranasrDara's work with the Media Trust: mediatrust.org/about-us/impact-stories/what-happened-when-dara-met-andre/More on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.orgMore on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/
Series Two trailer: My Whole Self
Mar 16 2020
Series Two trailer: My Whole Self
Simon Blake OBE returns for a second series of Just About Coping with more discussion of self-care, workplace wellbeing, and the future of mental health.This series will 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. When people can be their whole self, they are empowered to think bigger, bolder, and work more effectively together, whether in person or virtually.So how can we create workplaces where everyone has the freedom to do this? And what's the impact on our mental health when we are able to be authentic? Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more, to try and answer these questions.The new series launches on Wednesday 18 March with Managing Director of Twitter UK, Dara Nasr. Wherever you are working, you can also join us in celebrating My Whole Self Day. Find out more about the campaign here: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-selfHappy listening, and thanks for coping with us!More on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.mhfaengland.org
Ep 8: Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
Dec 10 2019
Ep 8: Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
For the final episode of the series Simon caught up with long-time friend, activist, writer and the 'Queen of Kindness' Phyll Opoku-Gyimah.Phyll, who you may know as Lady Phyll, is the Co-Founder and Director of UK Black Pride, and currently the Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, an international charity working to uphold and advance human rights for LGBT+ people. Before that, Phyll spent years working for trade unions fighting for equality in the workplace and beyond.Phyll and Simon had an honest and emotional chat about:The power of kindness and how to really listen to someoneWhy Phyll no longer uses the word 'normalise'The journey of UK Black Pride from 200 to 10,000 attendeesWhy equality and mental health and wellbeing go hand in handThe best advice Phyll has ever been givenMake sure to stay right to the end for a bonus story about the time Phyll met Whoopi Goldberg!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!More on Lady Phyll: twitter.com/MsLadyPhyllUK Black Pride: ukblackpride.org.ukThe Kaleidoscope Trust: kaleidoscopetrust.comMore on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.org
Ep 7: Tony Piper
Dec 3 2019
Ep 7: Tony Piper
Tony Piper is a stress, burnout and leadership coach. After 27 years in the IT profession, Tony shared with Simon his expertise on stress in the workplace, why it happens, and looked at this year's WHO definition of burnout as an 'occupational phenomenon'.Simon and Tony touched on:What burnout physically looks like, and how to spot it in yourselfThe importance of line managers in preventing burnoutWhy Chief Executives are not superheroes and the power of vulnerable leadershipTony only shared his top tips on the best ways to properly switch off and some of his best self-care tips.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!More on Tony: twitter.com/tonypiperTony's coaching: tonypiper.coach/burnoutWHO definition on burnout: who.int/mental_health/evidence/burn-out/enArticle referenced by Simon: hrreview.co.uk/analysis/simon-blake-tackling-summer-burnout-in-the-workplace/119260More on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.org
Ep 6: Poppy Jaman
Nov 26 2019
Ep 6: Poppy Jaman
Simon had the pleasure of sitting down with international mental health campaigner and pioneer Poppy Jaman OBE.Poppy is the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), a membership organisation that works with large city firms to transform their workplaces into mentally healthy environments. She also just happens to be a former CEO and Co-Founder of Mental Health First Aid England!Poppy talked Simon through:Her journey into the mental health sector The birth of MHFA as a concept and bringing the programme to EnglandThe challenges she faced growing a company as a British-Bangladeshi womanGoing global with CMHA and the international mental health communityThey also touched on Poppy's extensive sari collection, her hopes for the future, and eradicating the shame of mental illness.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!More on Poppy: poppyjaman.orgCity Mental Health Alliance: citymha.org.ukPoppy speaks to Bryony Gordon: telegraph.co.uk/women/life/poppy-jaman-racism-caught-cultures-triggered-depression-bryonyMore on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.org
Ep 5: Ryan Atkin
Nov 19 2019
Ep 5: Ryan Atkin
This week, Simon caught up with Ryan Atkin, who is currently the only openly gay professional referee in English men's football. After coming out in 2017, Ryan has become an LGBT+ in sport advocate, Stonewall Sports Champion, and diversity and inclusion campaigner.Simon and Ryan's wide-ranging conversation touched on a number of topics, including:The progress being made in sport around mental health awarenessThe pressures of being a football official and dealing with abuse online and in real lifeRyan's day job and how diversity and inclusion in the workplace can improve creative thinking and find better solutionsHow coming out as gay allowed him to bring his 'whole self' to work and made him a better refereeThey also touched on Christmas, the best song to see in the new year, and how having things to look forward to can make all the difference.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!More on Ryan: twitter.com/ryantatkinRyan's article coming out in 2017: skysports.com/football/news/11095/10946185/referee-ryan-atkin-on-being-gay-in-football-rainbow-laces-and-lgbt-inclusion'Being gay has made me a better referee': telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/04/22/ryan-atkin-gay-has-made-better-referee/More on Simon: twitter.com/SimonablakeSimon 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.orgEmail: media@mhfaengland.org