#110 Jayne Hardy: Self-Care, Depression & Recovery

Jayne Hardy is the Founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation – a Social Enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression. She lost most of her twenties to depression. At the height of her illness she was unable to work, leave the house or even undertake the most basic acts of self-care – in her book she talks about how she lost a tooth because she didn’t feel worthy enough to clean them. She has spoken, and written, about her experiences of depression and self-care, on BBC Radio 2, at TEDxBrum, and in publications such as Huffington Post, Grazia, Virgin.com, to name a few - and now her book is out called The Self-Care Project. She won the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2011, and in 2014 was included in Marketing Magazine’s list of Top 10 Digital Mavericks. Jayne has been mentioned as one of 19 inspirational women leading the way in mental health by Rethink as part of their International Women’s Day celebrations. In 2016, Jayne led the viral #whatyoudontsee Social Media campaign.

Hope you find this episode informative - I definitely did talking to Jayne. We talk about self-care, how it can be other word of ‘recovery’ when you are ill. We talk about how to help friends who might be pushing you away, the loneliness epidemic, how to be kinder to yourself, and how dismissing the ~self-care trend~ as being fluffy and self-indulgent is kind of missing the point.


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