Lauren Mahon and Deborah James Join Podfest For Mental Health

Lucy Donoughue
By Lucy Donoughue,
updated on Mar 13, 2019

Lauren Mahon and Deborah James Join Podfest For Mental Health

Friends and co-hosts of You, Me and the Big C will kick off Podfest For Mental Health as guests on Happiful’s podcast I am. I have

You, Me and the Big C co-hosts Lauren Mahon and Deborah James will be the guests for the first ever live recording of I am. I have as part of Podfest for Mental Health on Saturday 30 March, (10.30 - 11.30am) at King’s Place in London’s Kings Cross.

Tickets are now available for this podcast recording, as well as day tickets for the whole event.

Lauren Mahon

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, Lauren started #GirlvsCancer. Her aim was to share the story of her treatment in an accessible way in an attempt to tackle the taboo and create a better understanding of the challenges those diagnosed with cancer in their twenties and thirties face.

Lauren is the mastermind behind Tit-Tees, ranges of stylish, funny and fierce t-shirts with 25% of all profits split equally between CoppaFeel!, Trekstock, Future Dreams and Look Good Feel Better.

Lauren (@iamlaurenmahon) regularly collaborates with brilliant brands and forward-looking charities.

Deborah James


Photography | Deborah James

Deborah’s real, fearless and unflinching book F@!K You Cancer, was published last year and became an immediate hit, providing support and lived experience for those in the cancer club (‘the club you never wanted to be a part of’) and others. She writes a regular column for The Sun, charting her day to day life, reflections and treatment for Stage 4 Cancer and has recently been nominated for Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards. There’s also a campaign to get her on Strictly Come Dancing, #BowelBabeForStrictly! You can follow Deborah @bowelbabe on Instagram.

You, Me and The Big C

Lauren and Deborah are co-hosts of BBC Radio 5 Live’s You, Me and The Big C, which takes a candid look at cancer. The pod was initiated by broadcaster Rachael Bland in early 2018, bringing together the three women and their shared, but different, experiences of cancer - creating an unstoppable friendship at the same time. Their discussions ranged from dating and intimacy to chemo, palliative care and loss and have prompted laughter, tears and a lot of grateful listeners.

You Me and The Big C reached number one in the iTunes chart shortly before Rachael died in September 2018.

About I am. I have

I am. I have podcast, by Happiful and Counselling Directory, acknowledges that while we all have mental health and some of us will experience mental illness - it does not define who we are. On each podcast, the guests share what makes them who they are and the passions that shape their lives, as well as mental health challenges they may have, or have experienced.


I am. I have

Recent guests include Munroe Bergdorf, Ben Bidwell, Martin Robinson and Jo Love, as well as discussions about counselling with psychotherapist and broadcaster Lee Valls.

Podfest For Mental Health Programme

Proceeds from all day tickets (£40) purchased will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation and all podcasts will be aired from 13 May, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

About Kings Place

Podfest for Mental Health will take place at Kings Place in London, home of the Podcast Festival and British Podcast Awards.

Kings Place is a beautiful arts venue on Regent’s Canal, a 5-minute walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations. It is a 15-minute walk from Euston Station and served by a number of buses. Find out more information about getting there.

Podfest For Mental Health will take place in the St Pancras Room in Kings Place. There’s a cafe on the ground floor of the venue, as well as a restaurant and plenty of benches outside by the canal to sit and have some quiet reflective time.

Programme is subject to change

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