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Bryony Gordon's Mad World podcast

Bryony Gordon's Mad World

Intimate conversations about getting unwell - and getting better - with Bryony Gordon. From household names to nurses on the frontline. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

Intimate conversations about getting unwell - and getting better - with Bryony Gordon. From household names to nurses on the frontline. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

 

#40

Introducing Imposters

Have you ever felt like a fraud? That you don't belong in the room? That you could get found out at any moment? You're not alone - and we have a podcast to help you. As this series of Mad World comes to a close, Bryony Gordon introduces The Telegraph's Women's Editor, Claire Cohen, and her new show, Imposters. Each week, Claire meets a woman at the top of her game and finds out how she defeated imposter syndrome to get there. Follow Imposters to make sure you don't miss an episode: [https://www.playpodca.st/imposters] (https://www.playpodca.st/imposters) Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

15 Jun 2021

54 MINS

54:06

15 Jun 2021


#39

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton's voice is instantly recognisable, whether from TV or the radio waves, or now on her Happy Place podcast. Like Bryony, she's dedicated her recentcareer to continuing the conversation around mental health - and through that work, the pair have become firm friends. Fearne joinsBryony on Mad World totalk about the importance of setting yourself boundaries, why we have to consider the link between mental and physical health, and why sometimes we shouldn't be so quick to judge online trolls. Plus, listen out for Fearne's assessment of Bryony's Dua Lipa impression... Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | Speak Your Truth by Fearne Cotton: [https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/fearne-cotton/speak-your-truth/9781409183198/] (https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/fearne-cotton/speak-your-truth/9781409183198/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

01 Jun 2021

40 MINS

40:28

01 Jun 2021


#38

Rory O'Connor

Content warning: This episode contains discussion of suicide ProfessorRory O'Connor has dedicated himself to research into suicide and suicide prevention for over 25 years, and his new book, When It Is Darkest, aims to untangle the complexreasons why people take their own lives. He joins Bryony on Mad World to dispel unhelpful myths, give practicaladviceto both those suffering and their loved ones,and to talk candidly about the painful reality of losing a friend to suicide as an expert on the subject. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ ] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ ) | When It Is Darkest by Rory O'Connor: [https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/112/1120269/when-it-is-darkest/9781785043437.html] (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/112/1120269/when-it-is-darkest/9781785043437.html) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

25 May 2021

55 MINS

55:45

25 May 2021


#37

Rosena Allin-Khan MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health, MP for Tooting and an NHS doctor working throughout the pandemic: it's safe to say Rosena Allin-Khan has had a busy year. She manages to find time to join Bryony to discuss why we need to treat ourselves as we would our best friends, how the country can best support healthcare workers after the year gone by, and which guilty pleasure TV show has been helping her switch off. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

18 May 2021

40 MINS

40:02

18 May 2021


#36

Scarlett Moffatt

Scarlett Moffatt and her infectious giggle burst onto our TV screens back in 2013 when her and her family featured on Channel 4's Gogglebox. But while she was becoming an on-screen favourite, she was also battling with her mental health, and eventually had to ring the Samaritans for help. She joins Bryony at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week to discuss why she's joining the organisation that helped her as an Ambassador, and why she wants to give her online trolls a hug. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/ ] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/ ) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

10 May 2021

38 MINS

38:18

10 May 2021


#35

Hunter Biden

Being an addict is a difficult thing for anybody to navigate - but Hunter Biden’s struggles with addiction were put under worldwide scrutiny when his father, Joe Biden, was running for president. Now he’s taking control of his own narrative with the publication of a brutally honest memoir. In it, he opens up about the tragedy that has befallen the Biden family - from the car crash that killed Hunter’s mother and sister, to the loss of his brother, Beau to cancer in 2015. In this powerful interview, he tells Bryony Gordon why the pain saw him turn to alcohol and drugs, but how - despite his best efforts - his family simply wouldn’t let him “disappear”. Plus, he lays out why he’s adamant that addiction should be treated as a mental health issue rather than a matter of criminal justice. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

03 May 2021

41 MINS

41:03

03 May 2021


#34

Vex King

Bestselling author Vex King has made it his goal to make talking about trauma accessible to everyone. After a difficult start in life, he now uses his immensely popular Instagram account and self-help books to try to give others the tools that helped him on his own path to self-acceptance. He tells Bryony how Bruce Lee played a surprising role in his journey towards self love, why positive thinking isn't just "woo-woo", and the secret to collectively healing after Covid. Content Warning: This episode contains discussion of suicidal thoughts. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld ] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld ) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

27 Apr 2021

45 MINS

45:01

27 Apr 2021


#33

Stacey Solomon

Can anyone light up a room like Stacey Solomon? She's brought joy to millions by sharing her positivity and beautiful family on her incredibly popular Instagram account. So it might be a surprise to many that she, like a lot of us, has had her own battles with her mental health. Stacey joins Bryony just after a recording of Loose Women to discuss why she's come to terms with her anxiety, the lingering guilt she feels after postnatal depression, and how she uses crafting as meditation. Plus, she and Bryony celebrate Stacey's recent move into the now insta-famous Pickle Cottage. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

20 Apr 2021

35 MINS

35:43

20 Apr 2021


#32

Douglas Stuart

Winning the Booker Prize is a serious coup for any writer, but for author Douglas Stuart the achievement is personal as well as professional: successfully channeling childhood trauma into art. The result is his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, which follows the childhood of a young boy, Shuggie, and his alcoholicmother, Agnes, and was loosely based on Douglas' own life growing up in Glasgow. Douglas joins Bryony from his home in New York to discuss why representation drives his desireto write, and to explain why sometimes just getting by is the bravest thing you can do. Plus he gives listeners a cheekyglimpseinto the subject of his next book. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

13 Apr 2021

41 MINS

41:20

13 Apr 2021


#31

Charlie Mackesy

In a sea of beauty hacks, home inspo and brunch snaps, Bryony Gordon's first guest of this new series of Mad World might seem an unlikely Instagram star. But artist Charlie Mackesy’s poignant and heartfelt illustrations have taken the platform by storm - and have earned him over a million followers. His debut book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, is billed as a vehicle for ‘hope in uncertain times’, and after a year of true uncertainty, he tells The Telegraph's Bryony Gordon that giving that glimmer of hope to his readers is worth more than any plaudits. Plus Charlie talks about how he’s struggling to feel connected to others, why he sees drawing as a form of therapy, and how grief for a lost friend reared its head in an unusual form as a teenager. And if the conversation doesn't leave you feeling just that little bit calmer, the soothing sounds of nature outside Charlie's barn certainly will. Read Bryony's columns: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/) | For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) | Follow Bryony on Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/] (https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/) | The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, by Charlie Mackesy: [https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117718/the-boy--the-horse--the-fox-and-the-mole/9781529105100.html] (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117718/the-boy--the-horse--the-fox-and-the-mole/9781529105100.html) | See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

06 Apr 2021

40 MINS

40:37

06 Apr 2021


#30

Jane Gordon

Jane Gordon is a celebrated journalist and author, and she's also... Bryony's mum. She talks to Bryony about surviving lockdown onher own, why life drawing keeps her feeling young and the importance of making time to call your loved ones. And in proof that all parents are as embarrassing as each other, she manages to fit in a fair bit of that too. Jane Gordon -The day I realised I was living a lie - and wasn't immune to the ageing process: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/day-realised-living-lie-wasnt-immune-ageing-process/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/day-realised-living-lie-wasnt-immune-ageing-process/) ‘How Not To Get Old: One Woman's Quest to Take Control of the Ageing Process’ by Jane Gordon is out now (Trapeze, £16.99 in hardback; also available in audio and ebook) Follow Jane on Instagram: @janegordon5100 Watch Bryony in 'Conspiracy theories, panic buying and scapegoats: What coronavirus tells us about human behaviour': [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8KJlsVihI4&feature=emb_logo] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8KJlsVihI4&feature=emb_logo) Check out the Telegraph's You Are Not Alone page for stories of support, optimism andsocialconnectivity during the pandemic: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/you-are-not-alone/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/you-are-not-alone/) We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email [NHS@telegraph.co.uk] (mailto:NHS@telegraph.co.uk) from your NHS email address. For everyone else, get 30 days' free: [www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

09 May 2020

27 MINS

27:35

09 May 2020


#29

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Getting to the end of some days in lockdown can feel like an Olympic effort, even for gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. She tells Bryony why the lockdown could help more people realise thateven the smallest forms of exercisestillcount, why it'sokay to live in lycra, andhow even she struggles to get out of bed sometimes. Jessica's fitness app, [@wearejennis] (https://bit.ly/2KPFLmr) , also posts short workouts on their Instagram page. Watch Bryony in Conspiracy theories, panic buying and scapegoats: what coronavirus tells us about human behaviour [here] (https://bit.ly/2yhnOKY) . Check out the Telegraph's [You Are Not Alone] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/you-are-not-alone/) page for stories of support, optimism and socialconnectivity during the pandemic. We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email [NHS@telegraph.co.uk] (mailto:NHS@telegraph.co.uk) from your NHS email address. For everyone else, get 30 days' free [here] (https://bit.ly/3eNoJDo) . See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

02 May 2020

31 MINS

31:08

02 May 2020


#28

Donna Lancaster

Therapist Donna Lancaster helps people come to terms with loss. She tells Bryony why it's okay to be mourning your old way of lifeand why she's running grief workshops to help people cope. Donna shares some of those tips with us, but says there's one battle she's yet to conquer - not eating a packet of Rolos in one sitting. For information about Donna's griefevents, follow [@thebridgeretreat] (https://bit.ly/2VU4U4L) on Instagram. If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch the documentary about the Bridge Retreat that Donna mentions by searching for 'Love(d)'. Check out the Telegraph's [You Are Not Alone] (https://bit.ly/2xWZVIj) page for stories of support, optimism and socialconnectivity during the pandemic. We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email [NHS@telegraph.co.uk] (mailto:NHS@telegraph.co.uk) from your NHS email address. For everyone else, get 30 days' free [here] (https://bit.ly/3eNoJDo) . See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

25 Apr 2020

34 MINS

34:28

25 Apr 2020


#27

Daisy May Cooper

Actress Daisy May Cooper is taking the time to reflect on a busy year. After the third series of her hit show, This Country recently came to an end, she foundherself facing the loss of a close friend. She tells Bryony why lockdown has brought her some much needed time to grieve. Plus, Daisy opens up about how growing up in poverty pushed her towards success, and why she'll be celebrating when nurseriesreopen. To find out more or seek help around hoarding: [https://www.helpforhoarders.co.uk/] (https://www.helpforhoarders.co.uk/) Check out the Telegraph's You Are Not Alone page for stories of support, optimism and socialconnectivity during the pandemic: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/you-are-not-alone/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/you-are-not-alone/) We're giving all of the wonderful staff on the NHS a free, six-month digital subscription to the Telegraph. Just email [NHS@telegraph.co.uk] (mailto:NHS@telegraph.co.uk) from your NHS email address. For everyone else, get 30 days' free: [www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

18 Apr 2020

33 MINS

33:18

18 Apr 2020


#26

Nadiya Hussain

Bake-off star, Nadiya Hussain is learning that it's okay not to be okay. But social isolation isn't always easy for those who suffer with anxiety, and Nadiya tells Bryony Gordon why she's struggling in lockdown. She opens up about the "hamster wheel" in her head, why she wishes she could live in the present and what she's most looking forward to at the end of it all. Read more about Nadiya's relationship with anxiety: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/10/nadiya-hussain-battle-anxiety-coronavirus-crisis/] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/10/nadiya-hussain-battle-anxiety-coronavirus-crisis/) Get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

10 Apr 2020

24 MINS

24:10

10 Apr 2020


#25

Katy and Natalie

Infection prevention nurse Natalie Mounter and mental health nurse Katy Lowe know what it's like to face a pandemic. In the first episode of this brand new mini-series of Mad World, they tell Bryony Gordon how working in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak taught them the importance of team support,avoiding burnout and why they feel the burden of being 'superheroes'. Read more from Bryony: [https://bit.ly/2X6zXwj] (https://bit.ly/2X6zXwj) Get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld) See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

04 Apr 2020

33 MINS

33:45

04 Apr 2020


#24

Introducing: If I Can Do It, with Mel B

To mark the New Year, we wanted to give you a taster of our newest podcast. It’s called If I Can Do It - and if you liked Mad World, we think you’ll like this too. In each episode, Bryony talks to someone whose life-story can put a bit of spring in your step. From an Oscar-winning filmmaker to a feminist icon-in-the-making - these are people who have overcome big obstacles on the road to success, and who have some powerful advice to share with the rest of us. Up first is Mel B. In this intimate conversation, she talks Bryony through the relationship which swallowed the past decade of her life, how she finally escaped it, and what we can all do to look after ourselves in times of trouble. ----- If you or anyone you know by the issues raised in the episode, please contact: Women’s Aid w: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ t: 0808 2000 247 --------  To hear future episodes, search ‘If I Can Do It’ in your preferred podcast app, or via the links below: Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2VnSl0q Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2QlasQM Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/xev3 Radio Public: https://radiopublic.com/if-i-can-do-it-6VdRp9 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info. ... Read more

04 Jan 2019

36 MINS

36:18

04 Jan 2019


#23

Scarlett Curtis

Writer and feminist activist Scarlett Curtis speaks to Bryony Gordon in this special World Mental Health Day edition of the show. Scarlett opens up about her struggles with PTSD following major surgery, and how both her writing and her activist work help her cope with her own mental health on a day-to-day basis. Caution advised: strong language throughout. Visit www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld for more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info. ... Read more

10 Oct 2018

41 MINS

41:24

10 Oct 2018


#22

Poppy Jaman

CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE. CEO and founding member of Mental Health First Aid England, Poppy Jaman OBEspeaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the tenth and final episode of the second series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.Poppy details her struggles with prejudice and racism growing up in Portsmouth in the 80s, and how these experiences spurred her on in both life and career. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

11 Apr 2018

42 MINS

42:17

11 Apr 2018


#21

Melissa Hemsley

CAUTION ADVISED - STRONG LANGUAGE. Cook and food writer, Melissa Hemsley,speaks to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in the ninth episode of the brand new series of Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences.Melissadiscusses how she's been dealing with her father's death from cancer three years ago, as well as how she manages her own relationship with food, having struggled with it in her pre-teenage years. See Privacy Policy at [https://art19.com/privacy] (https://art19.com/privacy) and California Privacy Notice at [https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info] (https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info) . ... Read more

04 Apr 2018

48 MINS

48:13

04 Apr 2018