Keep Real reaches out to the community with workshops and other events, and an online store – and now, with the podcast in collaboration with Sound Rebel.
Founder Kimberley Robinson is an award-nominated mental health activist who has recently be named in the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise. As a result of her experience of mental health issues whilst at university, Kimberley set herself the mission to help others and launched Keep Real, a creative and fresh approach to supporting those with mental health issues at a time when so many mental health services feel clinical and inaccessible.
Sound Rebel has enjoyed critical acclaim for their original podcast formats. Dilemmas, the podcast of the modern-day agony aunt with former Hollyoaks actor Jess Ellis, has been listened to hundreds of thousands of times since it launched in January 2019, and reached No. 4 in the Apple Podcast charts – health and fitness podcast. Other productions are A Girl and a Gay in the Gym, recommended by Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and Triple Captain, a fantasy football podcast with Rich Wolfenden, now growing rapidly.
Kimberley said: “The Keep Real Podcast’ launched Friday 20th March ahead of schedule as a beacon of support, sharing real experiences; furthering our reach and enabling listeners to feel connected, whilst being part of a wider community. Our podcast will help individuals understand how people cope positively with their mental health through diverse stories, topics and treatments.”
Episode One explores guitarist Josh Adams experiences of Health Anxiety, with future guests including Freddie Bennet, the World’s Fastest Fisherman and actor Jess Ellis, who is best known for her role in Hollyoaks.
Listeners may find some comfort from the podcast and shouldn’t feel so alone. We wish you well.