Poorna Bell on mental health and women’s strength

CW: brief mention of suicide.


Poorna Bell (she/her) is an award-winning journalist, digital editorial expert, three-time author, mental health ambassador and badass power-lifter. This month sees the release of her fantastic new book: “Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women's Strength”. Part memoir, part manifesto, this book starts a conversation about women’s strength and fitness, tapping into the reservoir of mental strength we each have, in a way that has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss. Poorna shares her own story, as well as drawing on research and telling the stories of other women who’ve forged their own path. This book is intersectional, refreshing and a necessary interrogation of the health and fitness industry, as well as the government’s role when it comes to mental health. I absolutely LOVED it.


In this episode, we discuss diet culture, mental health, the government's co-opting of the mental health movement during the pandemic, the menopause, representation and more.


Find Poorna on Twitter @PoornaBell

Find Poorna on Instagram: @PoornaBell

Pre-order her book: Stronger

Follow her community: @SeeMyStrong

Poorna’s book recommendation: Luster by Raven Leilani


Thank you to REN Clean Skincare for sponsoring this episode. Here are two of my favourite products that I mentioned, the Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic and the Clean Screen Mattifying Mineral SPF 30

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All The Small Things is co-produced and edited by Venetia La Manna and produced by Holly Falconer, with music composed by William Haxworth and artwork designed by Alex Sedano.


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