The Diverse Minds Podcast

The Diverse Minds Podcast

By Leyla Okhai
The podcast that supports your wellbeing in a busy modern world through inspiring stories, interviews and case studies.

Brought to you by Leyla Okhai, CEO of Diverse Minds UK and former Head of Equality and Diversity at Imperial College London. We provide insights from diverse thought leaders in wellbeing and mental health so you can make work and life balance.
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Managing Lone Working and Mental Health
On today’s episode, I talk about how lone and remote working can impact positively and negatively on our mental health and wellbeing. The reason lone remote working has become more popular in the last 10 years. (00:54) Why I think it’s important to assess where in your home you are working from. (02:11) How my one-hour power video call can help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. (03:29) Practical steps you can take as a manager to ensure your team stay connected as well as looking after your own wellbeing. (04:18) Tips to help you cope with working from home. (07:46)
12:52
April 7, 2020
Staying connected during social isolation
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I’m going to be talking about how we can stay safe and connected during a period of social and physical distancing to protect ourselves from acquiring Coronavirus/COVID-19.
17:12
March 31, 2020
World Poetry Day With Jess Green
This week's episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast is all about World Poetry Day, I am joined by the award-winning Jess Green on the show to talk about the day and what it means.
32:44
March 24, 2020
Intersectionality and International Women's Day
On today's episode, I'm going to be talking about International Women's Month and the theme “Each for Equal”. I'm going to share my thoughts on the theme and how we can all take action to equalise the playing field for women.
20:13
March 17, 2020
Overcoming Adversity with Petra Velzeboer
As this month is International Women's Month, I'm showcasing an amazing woman on this week's podcast.  I'll be talking to Petra Velzeboer, about overcoming adversity.
27:42
March 10, 2020
What You Can Do For University Mental Health Day
Welcome to the 27th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. Today we're talking about University Mental Health Day. I'm delighted to be joined by Rosie Tressler, the CEO of Student Minds. 
36:40
March 3, 2020
Eating Disorder Awareness Week with Hope Virgo
This week on the Diverse Minds podcast, we're going to be talking about Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and I’m delighted to be joined by Hope Virgo.
28:13
February 25, 2020
How to organise effective mental health awareness events for your workplace 
On today's episode, I’m going to be talking about how to organise effective mental health awareness events for your workplace.
13:03
February 18, 2020
People of colour, sex and mental health
We are approaching Valentine’s Day, where the focus is commercial love. This can be too much. So, today’s podcast is all about exploring people of colour, sex and mental health.
38:44
February 16, 2020
Exploring people of colour, sex and mental health with Dr Annabel Sowemimo
As we approach Valentine’s Day and commercial love is in the air, today’s podcast is all about exploring people of colour, sex and mental health. I am delighted to be joined by Dr Annabel Sowemimo on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast.
38:44
February 11, 2020
LGBTQI+ History Month with Michelle Codrington-Rogers
In today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast,  we talk about LGBTQI+ History Month, and I am delighted to be joined by the wonderful Michelle Codrington Rogers.
35:24
February 4, 2020
International Student Mental Health
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m going to be talking about international students’ mental health whilst studying at universities in the UK.
15:02
January 30, 2020
Shaping the culture and behaviours in your organisation with Kate Nash.
In this episode, I chat with Kate Nash about shaping the culture and behaviours in your organisation
44:52
January 21, 2020
Body Positivity and how to be an ally with Sarah-Daisy Burnard.
It’s National Obesity Week, but I wanted to talk about Body Positivity on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. I am joined by Sarah-Daisy Burnard who hosts the podcast Shake the Tree.
50:26
January 14, 2020
How Blue Monday sparks conversations about mental health.
On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about that infamous Monday in January, Blue Monday and why employers should care about staff wellbeing even more so during this month.
13:43
January 7, 2020
Disability History Month: Getting involved in the disability movement with Steph Cutler.
As part of Disability History Month, I'm delighted to have Steph Cutler on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast.
19:24
January 1, 2020
Looking Beyond New Year’s Resolution
On this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about how to look beyond fleeting New Year’s resolutions and think about mental wellbeing 365 days of the year.
14:32
December 31, 2019
12 business lessons I learned in 2019, and what’s next for 2020.
On this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about the business lessons I've learned in the year 2019. I also talk about what's to come in 2020 for my business, Diverse Minds UK.
24:53
December 24, 2019
Disability History Month: Getting involved in the disability movement with Steph Cutler.
As part of Disability History Month, I'm delighted to have Steph Cutler on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast.
46:49
December 17, 2019
Why you need a coach (and don't wait until January)
On this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about coaching and what it is. I outline how a coach can help you to realise and achieve your goals as an individual or as a team.
15:00
December 10, 2019
Christmas and Jingle Well - Why Christmas time isn’t always good for our Mental Health.
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m going to be talking about Christmas and why the modern Western way of celebrating Christmas may not be the best for your mental health and wellbeing.
12:01
December 3, 2019
Talking about Domestic Violence at work With Katie Russell and Harriet Smailes.
This week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast is all about 16 Days of Action against gender-based violence - spanning from 25th November to 10th December, encompassing World Aids Day 1st December, and International Human Rights Day on 10th December.
51:40
November 26, 2019
Career Happiness and Mental Health With Soma Ghosh.
This week on the Diverse Minds podcast, I talk to the amazing Soma Ghosh, the founder of The Career Happiness Mentor.
43:54
November 19, 2019
Bullying and harassment in the workplace: what you can do about it.
This week is anti-bullying week and in this episode of the podcast, I talk about bullying in the workplace.
16:53
November 12, 2019
Do you wear stress as a badge of honour?
In this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I am going to be talking about how to address your stress for National Stress Awareness Week running 4- 8 November 2019.
16:07
November 5, 2019
Using data to inform BHM with Mac Alonge
As part of the Diverse Minds Black History Month special, I am delighted to have Mac Alonge on this week’s episode.
25:51
October 29, 2019
What is Diwali and how it’s celebrated with Dr. Manish Tayal
This week on the Diverse Minds podcast we are going to be talking all about the festival of Diwali. If you don’t know what that is, then fear not, as this week’s guest is going to tell you all about it.
50:48
October 22, 2019
How to organise meaningful Black History Month Events at work
In today’s episode, I talk about how to celebrate Black History Month in the workplace in a meaningful way. Having organised numerous Black History Month events in previous roles and workplaces, I want to share my insights and experiences with you. So in this episode, I’ll share with you the tips, tricks, techniques, and barriers that I’ve jumped over to make Black History Month possible in the workplace.
18:30
October 15, 2019
Black Mental Health: How to engage your staff
The 10th of October marks World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is suicide prevention. I’m not going to be talking specifically about this in this episode, but you can hear more in the episode on how and why to talk about suicide at work. As this year’s World Mental Health Day falls in Black History Month, I’m going to use this episode to talk about how to engage your staff understand how BAME/Global Majority face barriers with mental health stigma, treatment, and prejudice.
13:51
October 8, 2019
Black History Month UK 2019: Why is it important with Pawlet Brookes.
In this episode, Pawlet Brookes, CEO and Chief Artistic Director of Serendipity Arts, joins me on the show to talk about one of my favorite months of the year, Black History Month. From cultural events to education talks, Black History Month is packed with events that aim to promote and celebrate the contributions of Black African and Carribean people to the development of British society. It also aims to help society understand Black history in general.
26:22
October 1, 2019
Celebrating National Inclusion week (and why it matters at work).
In this episode of the podcast, I talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. An important aspect of being an inclusive leader is making sure that diversity and inclusion is promoted and supported in your workplace. However, in order for your organisation to fully benefit from having a diverse workforce, it is important to create an inclusive environment where all team members feel like they can participate and achieve their full potential in the workplace.
10:43
September 24, 2019
Self-care September movement and exercise with Versha Patel from Birth and Beyond Fitness.
In this episode, Versha Patel, founder of Birth and Beyond Fitness joins me on the show to talk about “self-care September”.
40:28
September 17, 2019
Why and how to talk about suicide.
Today on the podcast, I talk about a topic that is very emotive and challenging - suicide.  When a team member completes suicide, it affects more than just the family of that person.  While members of the family feel the effects the most, suicide affects the entire workplace and have a devastating impact on teams and team morale.
12:28
September 10, 2019
Why I started Diverse Minds and my journey.
I’m really excited to introduce the first episode of my podcast, and I thought I’d use the opportunity to talk about why I started my company, Diverse Minds.  I have to say, I never thought I'd be running my own business. It wasn't something I wanted to do. Some people are born entrepreneurs and they know it from day one. As teenagers, they do young enterprise programs and know or have an idea of what they want to do. I have to say, that wasn't me. 
09:44
September 3, 2019
Diverse minds podcast: the trailer
The trailer episode of my upcoming show - the diverse minds podcast
01:18
July 27, 2019