Happiful Magazine’s podcast I am. I have has launched its tenth season, featuring Sunday Times bestselling author Vex King as its first guest.
The first episode of season 10, which was released on 28 February, features King, author of Good Vibes, Good Life and Healing Is The New High, discussing how his childhood traumas have shaped his later work.
"I am. I have is a pleasure to produce and it's a privilege to hear from so many people in the public eye, who are willing to talk about their own lives and mental health to help others,” said Lucy Donoughue, host and producer of I am. I have. The podcast's aim is to share the message that we are not alone in our experiences, although they may be different, that we are more than our mental health challenges and that each of us - despite how it looks from the outside or on social media - are complex, wonderful and sometimes messy human beings, sharing this lifetime together.
“In this season, we hear from self-love writer Vex King and professional dancer Dianne Buswell, as well as Happiful's wellbeing professionals discussing depression, anger, EFT, ADHD coaching and more."
The podcast, which launched in 2019, is focused on sharing honest stories about mental health, as well as providing a forum for Happiful’s family of experts to provide advice on how different forms of therapy can help address certain challenges.
Happiful also oversees a family of directories for finding licensed professionals in fields such as counselling, therapy, life coaching, nutrition and hypnotherapy, and uses the podcast to help continue conversations around these topics.
The podcast has previously featured guests such as Fearne Cotton, host of Happy Place, rapper and mental health advocate Professor Green, and actor David Harewood.
Health and wellness podcasts have become a popular genre - representing the fastest-growing category in the UK, US, France and Australia, according to Spotify’s 2022 Podcast Trends Report - and mental health podcasts are a key element of this growth, particularly among Gen Z.
Other leading podcasts in this category include Happy Place, as well as Tom Davies’ Proper Mental Podcast. Therapy For Black Girls has also proved popular, this week picking up an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lifestyle and Self-help Podcast.