Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Danny Gray - Is Talking about Mental Health Enough?

March 18, 2023

Around 2 months ago a friend of mine in London wanted to introduce me to a start-up, that he said was making big changes in the well-being space. I reluctantly agreed to meet the team and to my surprise, the idea they pitched blew me away. In fact, as cheesy as it sounds, they got me at 'Hello!'
For full disclosure, I ended up investing in the organisation because they have one free component. I'm on the board of directors and also offering tech advice.
JAAQ, an online mental well-being platform was founded by Danny Gray. He's well known in the UK for having one of the most successful 'Dragons Den' pitches for 'War Paint' his men's make-up brand. He's very passionate about protecting others from going through the same mental health challenges as him. 

Danny Gray is the founder of men's make-up brand 'War Paint' and more recently an online mental well-being platform, JAAQ. He lives with body dysmorphic disorder, a mental health condition that inspired him to launch both of his companies. Part of Danny's mission is to provide better access to support, for anyone concerned about their mental health.

Trigger warning - This episode includes mention of suicide 


Listen as we discuss:

  • 04:30 - The personal story
  • 08:00 - The breakdown?
  • 09:13: - Body dysmorphic disorder
  • 14:00 - Reaching out for help
  • 18:00 - War Paint
  • 21:00 - Everyone is struggling with something
  • 25:00 - JAAQ: The mission and the purpose
  • 30:00 - Making the World Better
  • 32:00 - Suicide and depression
  • 35:00 - Tick box organisations
  • 38:00 - Where next for JAAQ?
  • 41:30 - Mental health crisis in the corporate world
  • 44.30 - Get to know the challenge early
  • 46:00 - Eating disorders
  • 48:30 - The avengers of healthcare
  • 50:30 - Breaking down barriers of what people think mental health is
  • 52:30 - Depression Vs unhappiness
  • 53:30 - Artificial intelligence and mental health
  • 58:00 - The right people in your life can make you happy

Connect with Danny Gray on Instagram @danny.h.gray

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