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Life Happens by 87%

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Life Happens is the mental fitness podcast brought to you by 87%, the mental wellbeing platform.

In the series, James Gwinnett, endurance athlete and Marketing Director of 87%, speaks to inspirational people from the worlds of adventure, business, intelligence, sports, the military and more, to get their take on life’s ups and downs, the setbacks they’ve overcome and how they’ve dealt with failure to get to where there are at the pinnacle of their sectors, all with the aim of helping listeners build positive mental health.

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'Life Happens' ... with Dan Keeley
'Life Happens' is the podcast that is empowering businesses and individuals to build mental fitness and make positive changes to their everyday lives. Dan Keeley is one of the UK’s most powerful motivational speakers and mental health activists, encouraging us ‘to have courageous conversations together about the things that really matter’. In 2012 he suffered from a bad episode of poor mental health and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In this interview, we chat to Dan about stripping his life back to the bare essentials in order to build it back up, and reassessing his priorities. In the process, he learned to give himself permission to put himself first, focus more intentionally on his health, passions, relationships and growth, and do so in a balanced way. Since then, he has been on a journey of self-discovery, using those experiences to fuel a passion for helping others through his #AREWEOKUK mission, which is a game-changing social movement that aims to inspire everyone to speak up. Dan is also a champion of active lifestyles and the power of the outdoors to improve our wellbeing. An endurance runner, in 2017 he ran 1,250 miles from the Colosseum in Rome all the way to the London Eye to raise over £15,000 for the Campaign Against Living Miserably. We hope you enjoy the episode. If you do, please make sure you subscribe and share it with your friends, and check back for more great interviews coming soon.
56:00
May 11, 2021
'Life Happens' ... with Stella Smith
'Life Happens' is the podcast that is empowering businesses and individuals to build mental fitness and make positive changes to their everyday lives. Stella Smith has made a name for herself in innovation across the business world, from a series of high-profile positions in trading and investment to founding the wellbeing benefits disruptor pirkx. With so much energy and positivity, it is no wonder she is as successful as she is and her insights into prioritisation to go after the things you want are incredibly important in today's fast-paced society. Confessing that she still hasn't got everything figured out, Stella's modesty despite her triumphs, and her admissions to her failures in her personal life, are deeply touching. She understands the importance of actively thinking about your mental health, analysing it and taking the time to destress and think through problems, giving us food for thought in our own mental fitness journeys. We hope you enjoy the episode. If you do, please like it and rate it and make sure you subscribe for more great interviews coming soon.
51:27
April 20, 2021
'Life Happens' ... with Rupal Patel
'Life Happens' is the podcast that speaks to inspirational people from the worlds of adventure, business, intelligence, sports, the military and more, to get their take on life’s ups and downs, the setbacks they’ve overcome and how they’ve dealt with failure to get to where there are at the pinnacle of their sectors, all with the aim of helping listeners build positive mental health. Imagine the pressure of having to brief US Presidents and NATO Generals on war zone strategy. That was exactly the role of our latest guest on the ‘Life Happens’ podcast. As a CIA Intelligence Officer, Rupal Patel faced some highly pressurised situations and had to be absolute and resolute in believing in her ability. In the latest episode of 'Life Happens' she shares how she had to develop resilience, mental toughness and self-belief to succeed in highly-pressurised, high-octane, alpha-male environments. Across a remarkable career, now as a successful businesswoman, Rupal has experienced many ups and downs, successes and failures, and we can all learn from her lessons of focusing on being the best you can be and making the most of the chances that present themselves. We hope you enjoy the episode. If you do, please subscribe for more great interviews coming soon.
43:42
April 12, 2021
'Life Happens' ... with Michael Maisey
CONTENT WARNING – contains references to sexual abuse, violence, drugs and crime – if you are affected by any of the topics in this video, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org and you can contact the mental health charity Mind by calling 0300 123 3393 or visiting mind.org.uk.  'Life Happens' is the podcast that speaks to inspirational people from the worlds of adventure, business, intelligence, sports, the military and more, to get their take on life’s ups and downs, the setbacks they’ve overcome and how they’ve dealt with failure to get to where there are at the pinnacle of their sectors, all with the aim of helping listeners build positive mental health.  In this remarkable episode, we chat to Michael Maisey, who is living proof that you can build a positive mindset no matter the circumstances.  During a troubled childhood, Michael was exposed to sexual abuse, drugs and crime. Gang culture led to a heroin addict and crime, which saw him served a series of prison sentences in his teens. After a failed suicide attempt in prison, it was the early stages of sobriety for his mother that set him on his own journey to recovery.  Now 13 years sober, he is a loving husband and devoted father to three daughters who have never seen him drunk or take drugs. His story of redemption is simply incredible and he tells how he turned his life around to become a successful businessman, a mentor to young offenders and addicts and the host of transformational retreats that advocate the power of change. He is also the author of a best-selling book, Young Offender’, which chronicles his journey.  We hope you enjoy the episode. If you do, please like it and comment below and make sure you subscribe for more great interviews coming soon.
40:48
March 30, 2021
'Life Happens' … with Esmee Gummer
'Life Happens' is the podcast that speaks to inspirational people from the worlds of adventure, business, intelligence, sports, the military and more, to get their take on life’s ups and downs, the setbacks they’ve overcome and how they’ve dealt with failure to get to where there are at the pinnacle of their sectors, all with the aim of helping listeners build positive mental health. In this incredible episode, we hear the story of Esmee Gummer, who, despite being paralysed at the age of 18, has become a renowned personal trainer. From being told she would never walk again to taking on a series of extreme fitness challenges, including being a recruit on the brutal Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins, she is now the Head of Exercise Wellness at Virgin Active. Esmee's story is one of true inspiration and she talks passionately about the power of the mind in helping her overcome her hurdles. It is a compelling conversation with someone who has come through adversity with a positive mindset and we can all take something from it.
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March 23, 2021
Life Happens: James Gwinnett
In this episode of Life Happens, we speak with James Gwinnett. James tells us about his life as a semi-professional rugby player and the chaotic and at times toxic lifestyle that he adopted during this period. His world was totally turned upside down when he broke his neck, stopping him from playing rugby or doing any exercise at all. This spiraled him into a deep and secretive depression leading to alcoholism. After months of this double life he created for himself he decided a change had to happen. James then poured his obsession into fitness, as his neck healed and he grew stronger physically and began to push himself to both physical and mental limits. This led to him appearing on the 2019 series of SAS Who Dares Wins. James discusses all of the above with us and much more, he is the embodiment of mental fitness by showing how anyone is capable of bouncing back from tough times. Thank you, James, enjoy everyone! 
37:57
August 27, 2020
Life Happens: Kate Swindlehurst
In our latest episode of Life Happens, we speak with author Kate Swindlehurst. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's, Kate decided that she wasn't going to let that affect the things she loved doing, including her passion for Argentine Tango. Kate speaks candidly about how much her life has changed since her diagnosis and what it has taught her about living life to the full. Kate's book The Tango Effect tells her in-depth tale, and how much dancing has made a difference to her life both mentally and physically. This podcast was recorded during the crisis, as a single woman Kate discusses the isolation she has been feeling and how she counteracts this. Hear Kate's story today...
23:11
July 31, 2020
Life Happens: Simon Blake OBE
In this episode of Life Happens, we are joined by the wonderful Simon Blake OBE. Simon is the current CEO of Mental Health First Aid England and has held numerous positions in leadership throughout his career. Leading through change and uncertainty is no easy feat - today we are talking to Simon about the ever-changing nature of now and how we can all mentally comprehend it.  Thanks for joining us Simon….
33:28
May 11, 2020
Life Happens: Thomas Palmer
In this episode of Life Happens, we are joined by video producer and adventurer, Thomas Palmer who has been doing all sorts and all in the name of mental health. He’s been hiking active volcanos, plummeting into freezing temperature and had his fair share of altitude sickness, and him and his team even found themselves on the verge of a kidnapping at one point during this challenge. Thomas is a huge mental health advocate, he talks candidly about his own experiences and why he has gone to such extremes both physically and mentally to strengthen his resilience and mental wellbeing. Thanks for your time Thomas, enjoy everyone! 
42:04
March 24, 2020
Life Happens: Dee Jas
In our latest episode of Life Happens, we speak with Dee Jas, founder of colourfull (a D&I consultancy/media platform that focuses on the inclusion of LGBTQ and people of colour). He talks candidly about his experiences of coming out as an Indian man and going against the preconceived ideas his family and community had mapped out for him. Beyond this, Dee speaks about gender fluidity and the beauty of life beyond the binary where the possibilities to fully be oneself are to be celebrated, looking beyond gender as we know it and race. After waiting for 30 years to share his true self with those he loved, Dee now says he feels empowered and worthy which infiltrates all aspects of his life today.  Dee, you're awesome, enjoy everyone!
30:02
January 16, 2020
The power of 3: isoshealth
At 87% we believe in empowering every single person’s mental wellbeing, be it in work or wider society. We have the strong belief that both physical health, and mental health work in tandem to make up our overall holistic health, and one simply doesn’t work effectively without the other. Which is why we are thrilled to say that isoshealth is a trusted partners of ours. Like us, isoshealth has an extremely holistic approach when it comes to health. They call their approach the ‘power of 3’. It’s called this because they facilitate consultations with dieticians, psychologists, and physiotherapists ensuring that your dietary, mental and physical wellbeing is cared for. This power of 3 concept, is what works for athletes, as they also have these three areas of support, so we explore this and how successful this can be when supporting overall holistic health.
24:42
November 18, 2019
Life Happens: Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CBE
On this episode of Life Happens we speak with Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CBE. Andrew discusses his long and colourful career in the army detailing the life lessons he learnt, what it really means to be a good leader and impact mental ill-health left on his fellow colleagues.  Andrew is now the Chairman of Combat Stress, a charity that supports the mental health of veterans. For a century, Combat Stress has helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We discuss how PTSD can be the result of any form of trauma, not only army related incidents.  Thank you Andrew, for such an in-depth and truly fascinating conversation from a military perspective. 
46:10
October 24, 2019
Life Happens: Adam Land
 Thursday 10th Oct 2019 is World Mental Health Day, this year the theme is urging people to discuss suicide, and try to avoid it happening at all. In this episode of Life Happens, we spoke with Adam Land, who tells us his story. As we are all aware life throws us continuous curveballs but sometimes the extent of sadness they bring with them in unfathomable. Our guest, Adam, has had to deal with one of the most heart-wrenching things to happen in life, twice. Adam shows us what real strength lies in humanity, and how to turn a truly devastating situation into a way of helping others. Thank you, Adam.
39:50
October 8, 2019
Life Happens: Emmy Hawker
In this week's podcast we speak with 22-year-old, Leaders of Tomorrow board member, Emmy Hawker. Emmy tells us about her first hand experience of leaving a previous role due to the lack of support she received when it came to her mental wellbeing, and why this subject is a great passion of hers. We discuss the pressures the younger generation face when entering the UK workforce, and the impact this could also be having on this generation as a whole. Emmy gives her personal insight into what changes ought to be made, and how these can be rolled out. 
33:59
August 14, 2019
Life Happens: Jonny Benjamin
We are delighted to present 87% in conversation with Jonny Benjamin MBE. Jonny is currently one of the UK's biggest mental health advocates, and talks candidly about his own personal experiences. Jonny was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2007, when he was 20 years old. He discusses the turbulent aftermath that followed his diagnosis which resulted in him on Waterloo bridge with the intention of jumping off it, until the stranger on the bridge (Neil Laybourn) came along and literally saved his life. Now over a decade later, Jonny and Neil work as an extremely impactful mental health advocacy duo, focusing on all areas including workplaces, youth and many more. Jonny talks about the need for more men to talk openly about their mental health, along with his involvement with the young Royals, the changes that need to be made when it comes to mental health waiting lists and he tells us about his new venture intended to give grants to companies who are making waves in mental health but have had funding taken away. Jonny, thank you. Enjoy everyone! 
28:45
July 25, 2019
Life Happens: The Tucker Family
We had a chat with Katie Tucker, who along with her partner and young two children decided last year to take a once in a lifetime trip around the world. As well as being a fabulous trip into the unknown, we also spoke about the mental strains of not having a fixed abode and the ample resilience needed for the unpredictability of the trip. Let's meet her...
23:49
June 27, 2019
Life Happens: Jo Hooper
In this episode of the 87% podcast we spoke with Jo Hooper, founder of the Mad and Sad Club. Jo had a successful career in communications, and like many others worked her way up a career ladder which resulted in her bagging her (what she thought) 'dream job'. Jo says that work is one of her main triggers for mental ill health, and expands upon experiences she has been though which led to her entirely changing her career path. Being made redundant from a role, or ending a job drastically can appear daunting and understandably scary, but sometimes it leads to wonderful new beginnings. Listen to Jo's story here...
25:24
June 26, 2019
Life Happens: Che Donald
In this 87% podcast we speak with Che Donald, Vice Chair of The Police Federation for England and Wales. Che discusses how this notorious 'macho' culture that runs throughout the police is changing when it comes to the predominant male workforce (29% of the police workforce in the UK are women) talking about mental health. Che talks about how in 60% of cases, the police are the first port of call when it comes to mental health issues, and how they regularly work with mental health professions when assessing those in custody. Che also opens up about his personal mental health experiences which led to him taking 6 months leave from work. Thanks Che for a fascinating discussion!
24:34
June 26, 2019
Life Happens: Hope Virgo
In the latest episode of the 87% podcast we spoke to mental health campaigner and author, Hope Virgo. Hope suffered with anorexia for over 4 years, which then led to her being admitted to a mental health hospital in 2007, where she lived for a year. Hope talks to us about her recovery and her new relationship with food, as well as her love for running. Hope says she originally became obsessed with running and saw it as a form of punishment, but after a long time she began to include running into her wellbeing routine. Thank you for your honesty Hope - as Hope said in the podcast, we need to keep the conversation going, even if it's a tough conversation to have. 
14:53
June 6, 2019
Life Happens: Steve Bugeja
This week we spoke with comedian and writer Steve Bugeja. Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013, Steve has gone on to host the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles, and has appeared on Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central). Steve has also performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the past two years, appearing on the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow (ABC1) and on Comedy Up Late (ABC1). In this episode, Steve talks to us about working in a highly pressured environment, how he has recently started to have therapy and how perfectionism can sometimes get the better of him, as well as gives us a hilarious insight into his up and coming show 'Single Mum' debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this year! Thanks Steve, enjoy everyone!  
19:26
May 22, 2019
Life Happens: Jack Jacobs
When we use the phrase 'mental health' what words conjure in your mind? Are they ones of strength, or weakness? Now do the same with the phrase 'physical health', what words do you think of now? 
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April 26, 2019