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26. The Importance of Connection

Today’s podcast episode is a follow-up from the Pods Up North event, covering the main takeaways from the event. The event included discussions around diversity in podcasting, how it has evolved form traditional broadcasting platforms, and how podcasters have a freedom to discuss vital topics and give voice to minority communities.

This podcast also includes:

  • Differences between podcasts & traditional broadcasts such as radio
  • The amount of freedom in podcasting, in terms of content and editing, and how liberating that is
  • How podcasters not only give voice to their own experience, but give others, often from underprivileged communities, a platform to speak on
  • The importance of storytelling
  • How our auditory senses have always been important & the role that plays in how we enjoy and perceive podcasts
  • Authenticity, visibility, storytelling, connection, community
  • The power of authenticity
  • How self-acceptance is just as, if not more important than self-awareness

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 an open environment to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

Join the conversation by sharing this episode, subscribing to the podcast or following Alice on LinkedIn.

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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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