James Routledge started a business at university and had been it for 4 years but he made more impact in one blog post than anything he had ever done before. At the tender age of 21, he wasn’t used to talking about his feelings. “I didn’t really have a relationship with my mental health”. The post not only went bananas and had a positive impact on people, it also felt invigorating. James describes it as the best day of life. “I felt accepted.., heard…,seen”. It was the start of a culture that James has created, via his business, Sanctus, that gives permission around mental health. The aim – to put a mental health gym on the high street. “Physical health is a hobby for people so why can’t mental be? We want to position a space, more like a gym. It’s not a therapy room, or counselling. It’s coaching applied to a broader range of mental health. The world needs a mental health brand”. James calls for more regulation of the coaching industry and talks about the challenges the industry faces. Despite the success of Sanctus to date, James says that his mental health can suffer still and talks with an honesty that is raw and refreshing when it comes to his own struggles. Failure, self-deprecation, panic attacks, anxiety – it’s all in here and addressed in a very upfront and real way. James says that Sanctus is all about connection and community. This was the last podcast recorded in person before the lockdown and is a great one to tap elbows with!

Smash The Box is a personal development business. Everything I do is with the aim of inspiring you to find your purpose so you can make your mark on the world. One way I do this is by sharing people’s stories. Inspiring stories that the world needs to hear. Stories of breakthroughs, of adversity overcome, of achievements, successes, of setbacks and turnarounds, of realisations and lightbulb moments. This audio experience is a natural and perfect complement to the existing services of Life Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Breakthrough Workshops and Inspirational Talks – all of which forms something quite unique and special. If you are looking to find your purpose in life, in work, or both, then don’t just think outside the box. It’s time to Smash The Box!