Mindfulness on wheels: Tim’s story


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Mindfulness on wheels: Tim’s story

Season 4 Episode 7

This is Tim McKenna’s account of what it is like to live with bipolar disorder – I think it is an amazing account of being male and mentally ill and initially not having much help or support through not knowing what was wrong and hiding how he was feeling – as he felt ashamed of it.

It does include some details of feeling depressed and a suicide attempt so if that is a trigger for you then just be aware of that – but it is a story of survival and realisation and learning about yourself and about cycling and straight jackets and how sometimes the worst sounding things are the biggest help.

Help and support:

CALM 0800 58 58 58

Helpline & web chat available 5pm to midnight every day



116 123 (24 hours)



A sanctuary for the suicidal

020 7263 7070



0300 123 3393 (Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm)




Prevention of Young Suicide

0800 068 41 41 (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm / 7pm – 10pm. Weekends 2pm – 5pm)


Suicide awareness training is available online through Zero Suicide Alliance.

Tim’s facebook page:


Music credits:

Main theme: Title: Nancy
Author: Grimo (http://www.gosoundtrack.com/the-team/)
Source: www.gosoundtrack.com
License: CC By 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Title: Eternal Hope

Author: Kevin MacLeod

Source: incompetech.com
License: CC Attribution 3.0 License

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