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BetterTalks by BetterSpace

BetterTalks by BetterSpace

By James Dashwood
This is the podcast from BetterSpace, in which we interview people from all areas of life about the various things they do for their mental health. Our very own James talks to experts in the field, BetterSpace users and well known figures about their mental health stories and how they look after their wellbeing.
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Dr Heather McKee, Behaviour Change Specialist

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Tim Antos, Founder of Kokoon
Tim Antos left banking 6 years ago to found Kokoon (, aiming to help people get better sleep, a problem he himself had solved by going to a sleep clinic, which was time consuming and expensive.  Developed over the last 6 years, these headphones are comfortable to sleep in and pack lots of tech, including sleep coaching, tracking, the ability to fade out of whatever you are listening to when you fall asleep and more besides. Sleep has become big business, and now more than ever people are struggling to get enough good quality sleep. These guys have come up with a really interesting, innovative formula.
August 12, 2020
Emily Lambert, Co-Founder of Seedball
Join James as he meets Emily from Seedball. Emily founded Seedball with Ana Attlee after meeting her at the University of Aberdeen while researching conservation and systems biology. They shared an interest in using enterprise to help the environment by turning research into practical action.  Seedball was the result of this encounter.  Seedball is a non-profit company on a massive mission to help increase the abundance of British wildflowers and wildlife that depend upon them.  Their balls are now stocked by over 150 retailers across Europe.  
August 4, 2020
Selma Studer, Founder of Gong Meditation
Selma talks about her path to gong meditation, via business school and a corporate career, managing her business during Covid and even gives us a gong demonstration.
July 29, 2020
Asim Amin, Founder of Healing Clouds
James talks to Asim, CEO and founder of Healing Clouds, an online therapy platform that aims to make therapy affordable and accessible. Therapy can be invaluable for so many, but often has a huge barrier to entry in that it is very expensive, and you can't just do it once.  The new wave of online therapy platforms is a genuinely exciting development in mental health, and here we listen to Asim share how he thinks companies like his can make a difference.
June 9, 2020
Gregor Henderson, Director Of Mental health For Public Health England
Gregor Henderson is the Director for mental health at Public Health England, a position that must be difficult but very interesting at this time in which the collective mental health of our country, and the world, is under enormous strain.  Gregor is on the board of Betterspace, but is also just a lovely man, and makes for a very interesting listen.  He has some interesting insights into what is going on at PHE, and some words of reassurance too.
May 18, 2020
Dr Heather McKee, Behaviour Change Specialist
In this episode, I talk to Dr Heather McKee, a leading behaviour change specialist, speaker and founder of This is the first podcast we have recorded during the coronavirus, and naturally we talk about how we can best adapt to these strange new times. Heather gives some brilliant, practical advice we can all use to feel better whilst isolating and working from home. Heather's mission is to help people create lifelong healthy habits through equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to maintain these habits daily, and has developed her own programme, called Bite Sized Habits. Dr McKee’s research has been published internationally in academic journals and is featured in Time, Vogue, The Times, and the BBC.
April 9, 2020
Neelam Patel, CEO of MedCity
In this episode we talk to CEO of MedCity Neelam Patel.  Neelam has a breadth of experience across the health sector, having held leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry, the National Institute of Health Research and supporting health charities and the NHS.  Here she shares her take on what we can do for our mental health.
April 7, 2020
Professor Helen Pote, Clinical Director and Clinical Psychologist at Royal Holloway, University of London
In this episode of BetterTalks, I talk to Helen Pote, Clinical Director and Deputy Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has experience in both the NHS and University settings and has been qualified as a Clinical Psychologist for 25 years. Her research and practice focuses on mental health literacy, digital mental health interventions, and the process of therapy and successful therapy outcomes. All in all a very interesting person for us at BetterSpace to talk to.  This was recorded some weeks ago, before the world turned upside down. Don't worry though, more topical interviews coming soon!
March 24, 2020
Chris Plowman, Founder of Floatworks
In this, the first BetterTalks podcast, we talk to Chris from Floatworks (which you will find on your directory. Very relaxing it is too) about his company, the wonder of Russian Baths and more besides.
February 20, 2020
Dr Iain Jordan, CMO of Betterspace, Consultant in Psychological Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals and Mental Health Academy Lead at ZINC
James talks to Dr Iain Jordan, the Chief Medical Officer at BetterSpace, inventor of the 6 pillars and a man with 30 letters after his name. Iain is no ordinary psychiatrist. As well as being a consultant psychiatrist in psychological medicine at Oxford University Hospitals and a mental health adviser at ZINC and numerous start-ups, Iain is dedicated to viewing mental health holistically and in this chat he talks about how he applies this to his own life.
February 20, 2020