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61. Team Talk: Mental Health Awareness in Lockdown

How is our mental health in the midst of a pandemic?

This week’s episode is with the Dark Coffee team, Alice Lyons, Lucy Williams and Grace Hall, about Mental Health Awareness Week. They talk about the type of content they’ve seen around MHAW, how conversations around mental health are changing and how we can facilitate more openness around mental health.

Stay tuned until the end of the episode for an exciting Dark Coffee project you can all get involved in!

Also discussed:

(1:00) Introduction to the episode

(3:19) Thoughts on this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week

(10:59) Drawing positives through reflection and finding perspectives with your mental health, the pros and cons of sharing experiences with mental health

(18:12) The concept of ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ as a way to bring a team together in a capacity that isn’t just work-related, how teams may be closer due to lockdown, how important good relationships are in a team

(22:29) The disparity in mental health discussions in corporate environments versus smaller teams/hospitality teams, how lockdown has changed this due to people having to show more of themselves ‘at home’

(27:32) How everyone feels about lockdown, self-awareness

(39:23) Missing in-person working

(46:38) *Final comments*: #covidin3 challenge description

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Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that starts engaging and approachable conversations around mental health.

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

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Suicide and Emotional Support Organisations – UK

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text – 116123.  Call – 08457 909090  Email – Website –

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website –

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

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