A new experience for TV show host
I first had the pleasure of meeting Chrissy B at a “Walking Out of Darkness” event in Battersea Park back in May 2017. We got talking and I learnt more about Chrissy and her TV show on Sky and YouTube. The idea grew into trying something new at our 2017 Annual Conference. Could we film a show about the positive impact of helplines on people’s lives and wellbeing? I approached Chrissy to see what she thought and the rest is history. This is what Chrissy had to say about the experience.
“Filming the Chrissy B Show in front of a live studio audience was new to me. I’m used to filming our shows in our North London studios where everything is familiar. Even so, when we were invited to film at Helplines Partnership Annual Conference and Awards ceremony, I didn’t hesitate to consider the idea. After all, I’m often giving advice to my viewers about branching out, doing something different, stepping out of your comfort zone, so I couldn’t very well say no, could I?
I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it work? Would the attendees take to the idea? Would it be interesting? There was only one way to find out - just do it!
And I’m happy to say, I loved it. The audience were lovely and supportive. I suppose I was already at an advantage seeing that the room was filled with people who run helplines and tend to be very caring souls by nature - so they weren’t likely to boo us off the stage.
I sensed a great atmosphere, with everyone present for a common goal. So, a big thank you to the great audience. I would also like to say thank you to my guests who took part in the show, demonstrating the amazing life-changing work that helplines do.
I was also so happy to see everyone up on their feet with me, taking part in the #MHDChallenge (Mental Health Dance Challenge) in aid of fighting depression and raising awareness of mental health. What great sports!
I had a very positive experience. Everything was so well organised and I didn’t just enjoy doing the live show but also listening to the other speakers there on the day. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend after lunch but the speakers I did have the privilege of hearing were amazing. Their stories were thought-provoking and inspiring, showing no matter how dire a situation, there is always a way to recover, move forward and even help others in the process - echoing the message that I put out on my TV show.
Thank you to Nicola and all at Helplines Partnership for the opportunity to be part of such a special day.”
If you would like to know more about the Chrissy B Show (which is the UK’s only TV show dedicated to mental health and wellbeing), or would like to feature your organisation on the show, you can visit our website http://www.chrissybshow.tv/. The show airs on mytv Sky 203 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10pm and you can also catch the episodes on YouTube ‘Chrissy B Show’. For more info, firstname.lastname@example.org.