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#TheOpenMike S2:E12 - Balancing Entrepreneurship with Mental Health

By Mike Midgley Posted 11 February, 2019 In #TheOpenMike Ep 28 - Balancing Entrepreneurship with Mental Health

Balancing Entrepreneurship with Mental Health

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In This Episode of #TheOpenMike

Hey and welcome to this episode of #TheOpenMike, and it's a fast track start to 2019. And on today's episode, we're going to be discussing a true entrepreneur's origin story. Balancing entrepreneurship with mental health, we're going to be talking everything from fashion, to storytelling and an awesome deep dive journey.

This particular podcast has a very special meaning to myself. There's too many entrepreneurs often suffer and sit in silence. And I sit on a lot of boards as a non-exec and growth coach, and I see, not just the young entrepreneurs out there, but some more seasoned professionals, who maybe when it starts to get tough out there, it can really affect them. Whether it's at home, or in business, and mental health is a big part of that.

And despite the UK investing over £115 million in mental health research each year, the mental health network receives only about 5.5% of that in spend. So there's clearly so much more that as a business community and as a wider audience that we can do to help raise awareness of this. We'll do that through our podcast and we'll get this shared. We're going to put some links below, so hopefully you guys can share this as well.


And it's an absolute pleasure to have a young chap on the show called George Hodgson, who's not only going to share his journey with us, but he's also a campaigner for mental health, and does a lot of great volunteering work, and a lot of good contributions to good causes.

So if you want to reach out to somebody, and you're concerned about mental health, as I mentioned earlier, you don't have to sit in silence. We're going to put some links in to great organisations like Time To Change, Young Minds, and of course the NHS. And naturally these are just a small selection of the resources that are available. So please don't sit in silence, take action, speak about it, open up. And let's hope this podcast offers some value to you as well.

In this episode we're going to chat about entrepreneurship and mental health plus much more. And I'm privileged to welcome to the show a real truly inspiring entrepreneur, George Hodgson from Maison De Choup. Welcome, George, thanks for taking the time to share your journey and your story, and welcome to #TheOpenMike Podcast.

‘Too many entrepreneurs are fearful of opening up to mental health issues thinking its a sign of weakness.  it's ok to open up and please don't sit in silence.- Mike Midgley

George Hodgson
George Hodgson
George is a fashionpreneur, public speaker and mental health activist. In 2014 he founded the award-winning fashion label 'Maison de Choup' out of my severe anxiety and OCD episode. The brand has been recognised by the likes of Vanity Fair, which referred to Maison de Choup as 'The Fashion Brand with a Mental Health Cause at its Heart'. It also won the British Fashion Startup Award in 2016 for such an inspiring story. 

Since launching Maison De Choup, George has gone on to do public speeches and workshops in schools, colleges and universities about how he started my fashion label from such a dark place. He tells the story of his battle with severe Anxiety and OCD, not being able to leave his bedroom for 3 years and washing his hands up to 50x a day to running a fashion label full time. George is incredibly honest about his suffering and talks about how everyone should be more open about their mental health, especially young men.

George also works with YoungMinds as a Youth Advisor on the Amplified programme giving workshops to professionals. 

In August 2017, George became a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider and received an MHFA Certificate of Completion. 

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Also, check out the Maison De Choup website https://maisondechoup.co.uk/

And some great links for resources

YoungMinds - https://youngminds.org.uk/
Time To Change - https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
NHS Moodzone - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/
Hantsdoc - https://www.nhuc.co.uk/basingstoke/
CAMHS - https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

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Mike Midgley

Mike Midgley is an experienced entrepreneur and executive board professional with venture capital experience and a proven track record in high growth business strategies. Throughout his career, Mike has achieved successful six and seven-figure exits plus he has raised over £1.6m in Venture capital and franchised his businesses over 68 times. As a podcast Host, Keynote Speaker, Angel Investor, Executive Coach and Non-Executive Director, he provides a motivational ‘hands-on’ driven approach that is supported by an extensive skill set across the fundamental disciplines of business. Outside of his executive services, Mike still plays an active role as the a Growth Engine Architect within The SuccessHub's HubSpot Inbound Certified Partner Agency channel that supports High growth SME's and Mid Corporate / Enterprise clients. Mike is passionate about giving back to the community, he is an active Business Mentor for Doncaster Councils 100 Mentor Program, plus he contributes to the SuccessHub Community Program and Charitable work where he raises money for his favourite charity the NSPCC.