Harrogate mental health app looks to get people talking

Mental health and wellbeing app, My Possible Self, which earlier this year announced a partnership with The Priory, is looking to take its mission to improve mental health and wellbeing to the masses with a series of podcasts featuring conversations with world-leading mental health experts, thought leaders, influencers and ambassadors.

The first podcast is set to be released this week to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday September 10 and features Professor Rory O’Connor, author of When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It and president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and Alice Hendy, founder of R;pple, an online monitoring tool designed to present a visual prompt when users search for harmful keywords or phrases. The podcast is available exclusively via My Possible Self free-of-charge app or website.

The full series will be released in the lead-up to World Mental Health Day on October 10  via all major podcasting platforms including Apple, Spotify and Google and features Alastair Campbell, the journalist and mental health campaigner, Dr Hilary Jones, the GP and TV presenter, Owen O’Kane, the psychotherapist and author, Joshua Fletcher, the counsellor and author, Kate Burnett, the medical doctor and executive coach, Tom Curran, the social psychologist and perfectionism expert, Grace Quantock, the writer and counsellor, Carmine Pariante, the professor of biological psychiatry and consultant perinatal psychiatrist, and Hana and Fleur Wilkinson, directors of My Possible Self.

The series host, broadcaster Gabby Sanderson, said: “The power of these conversations, I hope, will help a lot of people. Those both in and out of the public eye have given their time so generously speaking about deeply personal matters in the mental health and wellness space. There are those who are mental health experts by profession and those by lived experience and listeners will hear from both.”

Hana and Fleur Wilkinson, directors of My Possible Self, added: “We are delighted to launch this new podcast series. We want to open up these topics for conversation, reduce the stigma around talking about all elements of mental health and increase awareness of My Possible Self as a freely available resource for helping people during difficult times.”

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