Lauren Pattison

Lauren Pattison

Nominated for best newcomer in the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Geordie comic Pattison was previously a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Award 2016 and Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2015.
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Dave launches mental health podcast

Comics lined up for Conversations Against Living Miserably

TV channel Dave is launching a new podcast featuring comedians sharing their personal experiences of mental health. 

The weekly 30-minute podcast, Conversations Against Living Miserably is hosted by comic Lauren Pattison and mental health author Aaron Gillies

Comedians including Matt Richardson, Elis James, Darren Harriot, Cariad Lloyd, Lou Sanders and Jamie Demetriou are taking part, with Zoe Lyons the guest on the first episode, which has been released today.

In a joint statement, the hosts said: ‘Whatever situation our listeners are in, we want them to be safe in the knowledge that they’re not alone and things will get better. We’ve had a lot of fun recording each episode and we hope everyone can take something from the brilliant stories and journeys our guests have shared.’

The podcast being made with male suicide prevention charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm).

Simon Gunning, Calm’s chief executive, added: ‘We know that humour can really lower the barrier when we’re discussing difficult moments in our lives, and we hope that listeners will be able to engage in the stories these brilliant comedians will be sharing. We’re excited to get this fun, entertaining, and potentially life-saving podcast out into the world.’

• Calm’s free, confidential and anonymous helpline and webchat are open every day, 5pm-midnight at

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Published: 1 May 2019



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