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Gareth Dauncey

Gareth Dauncey

Architect and Founder of Mood

In this personal and revealing interview, Gareth

  • Explains what Mood does and how he came to develop the app after difficult experiences with his mental health.

  • Talks about his positive experiences at Frazzled Café, a space set up by Ruby Wax for strangers to talk about their feelings, which led him to transform his mood tracker idea into an app.

  • Gives an insight into the process of developing the Mood app, including how one particular partnership encouraged him and supported him in areas he was previously unfamiliar with.

  • Highlights the positives of not overcomplicating things.

  • Describes some activities he finds helpful for positive mental health.

  • Shares some of the realisations he has come to in his struggle with his mental health.

  • Expresses the hopes he has for his app in helping others, and his ideas for how the app can de-stigmatise conversations around mental health.

Gareth DaunceyArchitect and Founder of Mood
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Gareth Dauncey
Gareth Dauncey
Gareth Dauncey

0:00 | Alan introduces the show by talking briefly about his history in business. He continues by describing the format and purpose of the show.

1:13 | Alan invites listeners to get in touch with questions and comments, and gives contact details.

1:32 | Alan welcomes Gareth Dauncey to the show and asks him to introduce himself and his app, Mood.

2:03 | Gareth gives more details on what Mood does and how he came to develop the app after difficult experiences with his mental health. He explains that he struggled to gain a perspective on changes to his mental health and therefore started tracking his mood, allowing him to notice patterns.

6:28 | Gareth tells Alan about his positive experiences at Frazzle Café, a space set up by Ruby Wax for strangers to talk about their feelings. He reveals that both other attendees, and Ruby Wax’s interest in his mood tracker led him to transform his idea into an app.

12:05 | Alan and Gareth discuss Tiny Habits - a book by BJ Fogg. They continue by talking about The Do Lectures.

16:05 | Gareth gives an insight into the process of developing the Mood app, including how one particular partnership encouraged him, helping to develop the app rather than following the path of bootstrapping.

24:33 | Gareth talks more about how the partnership he formed supported him in areas he was previously unfamiliar with.

25:55 | Alan and Gareth discuss the positives of not overcomplicating things. David identifies how the aim of keeping things simple works effectively for both the app and managing mental health.

30:03 | Alan and Gareth share some activities that they find helpful for positive mental health, including gardening, sketching, drumming, meditation, and reading. Gareth goes on to share an exercise he learnt at Frazzle Café and tells Alan some of the realisations he has come to in his struggle with his mental health.

37:53 | Gareth expresses the hopes he has for his app in helping others with their mental health, and his ideas for how the app can destigmatise conversations around mental health.

46:51 | Alan tells Gareth about the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, initiating a conversation about mentalities that fail to help with mental health.

50:40 | Alan thanks Gareth for coming on the show and asks him to share his URL and other platforms that listeners can find him on.

51:58 | Alan wraps up the interview and reminds listeners where they can get in touch.

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