Inspiring interviews with diverse voices

Data last updated: 14 September 2021

Stories from lockdown

Fascinating people, telling us about their experience in lock-down. Real stories. Inspirational wisdom.

Episode 6 - Running for my life, with Rohan Kallicharan

Rohan Kallicharan is a remarkable human. Rohan has lived with mental health for many years. He has struggled with manic depressive episodes and tried to take his life on a number of occasions. Thankfully one day he decided to make positive changes, in desperation to change the spiralling decline in his personal life and to help him become healthier he lost seven stone and started marathon training.

We'll find out how exercise, and a change in perspective helped Rohan reframe his life and recapture his spirit.

Episode 5 - Are we vulnerable, or do other people make us vulnerable? With Jonny Benjamin & Terry Rigby

Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.

At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by millions of people.

Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.

We're also joined by Terry Rigby. Terry is the Founder and Director of Forward For Life, a social enterprise that works alongside communities and the Health and Social Care sector, specialising in the fields of Mental Health, Well-Being and Suicide Prevention.

Terry has a core belief that communities hold the solutions to challenges in life they experience and feel that through a proactive approach positive change can happen.

Episode 4 - Vegan adventures with the queen of plant-based consumption, Heather Mills

Heather Mills is a woman who has encountered an unusual life of extraordinary circumstances. A woman that has an inert ability to defy and conquer anything that falls in her path.

Heather has managed to push through incredible boundaries to become a very successful Entrepreneur, Charity Campaigner, World Record Holder and Paralympic Ski Racer, amongst many other things.

One of Heather’s most successful businesses to date is her multi award winning plant based vegan ethical food company, VBites. VBites not only exports to over 24 countries worldwide, but it generates global online sales and has over 130 meat free, fish free and dairy free products in its range.

We sat down and covered so much fertile ground with Heather. From using diet to treat health conditions, and algae for mental health support.

Episode 3 - Changing the narrative around mental health, with Silja and Rob

Silja Litvin is a remarkable woman in the world of STEAM. A former model, she gave up that lavish career to become a psychologist. Silja has a passion for helping those who suffer from mental illnesses. This passion is what prompted her to create and serve as founder of eQuoo - an emotional fitness game to help people identify and self-manage mental issues.

Rob Stephenson is the Founder of the InsideOut LeaderBoard. He's also an epic human trying to change the narrative around mental health in the workplace.

We chatted about how Lock-down is affecting peoples mental health, and what we can be doing to nurture our well-being.

Episode 2 - Being Better Humans with Emma Lawton

Emma Lawton is the co-founder of of More Human, a #techforgood #startup helping #communities flourish.

Emma was diagnosed with Parkinson's when she was 29 and has an extraordinary story and amount of courage and positivity.

Episode 1 - Keeping new parents sane during the lock-down

Babble Talks is the event for all new parents who are looking for something to stimulate their minds.

In this episode we meet the founders of Babble and talk about how parents need stimulation to keep them sane during this strange time, and also hear some of the stories from their favourite Babble Talk speakers.

We were also joined by one of our medical team, Claire Alajooz.

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