About Us

Sydney Timmins – A writer (yet to publish but busy plotting interesting ways to kill people as well as writing about mental health), living with her husband and two highly energetic dogs. Founder of the MHBC Podcast. She is a mental health survivor battling with Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, as well as fighting relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.

Favourite Quotes

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Numbing the pain for a while will only make it feel worse when you finally feel it. – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Becky Lawrence – A secondary school teacher, bunny owner, tea drinker (so much tea!) and history nerd. Survivor of childhood trauma, and sufferer of anxiety. She also lives with a chronic pain condition – fibromyalgia and chronic migraines.

Favourite Authors: Phillipa Gregory, Mitch Albom, Jane Austen and C J Sansom to name a few.

Favourite quote

All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time. – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven


The Secret PsychiatristIs a psychiatrist working in the NHS in London, who enjoys sharing tales about their journey throughout medicine into the land of asylums across the world…

Joining the MHBC team in early 2018 you can now find episodes where the Secret Psychiatrist adds expert knowledge.

The Secret Psychiatrist also writes a blog that you can find here.

Favourite Authors: Nietzsche, Sylvia Plath, Dr Seuss, Arthur Miller to name a few.


You can write to the Secret Psychiatrist here. Please note that whilst advice can be offered ​in a non-official capacity, you may need to see someone in person.

That said, the Secret Psychiatrists main advice is to follow these three steps:

  • Laugh everyday, as the wrinkles on our face will be the only thing that will remain
  • Be kind to each other
  • And most importantly, be kind to yourself