Hello everyone,

Welcome to our podcast series from Mind & Skin. Our podcasts aim to raise awareness of the psychological impact that a skin condition may have on a persons mental health. In addition, we aim to increase the profile of pscyhodermatology. We will provide an alternative theme for each podcast and will have different guest speakers from various backgrounds to provide a wider understanding of the paradigm.

We also hope that people who listen to the podcasts will be reminded of the fantastic and dedicated work that our NHS does everyday.

Podcast 1: “Psychodermatology, an introduction”

Our first podcast is presented by Simon Oates, CEO of Mind & Skin and graduate from the University of Brighton. In the first half of the episode we will be introducing the paradigm of psychodermatology. In the second half we will be holding a Q&A. These are questions from our supporters who have sent in questions prior to us recording this podcast.




Simon’s comment’s “This was my first podcast experience therefore the content in the podcast is more focused or “less conversational” because I was referring to research and literature. In addition, it was a solo podcast. I hope everyone finds the content interesting and that it generates further interest in the field”.

Follow the link below to listen to our first podcast:



Podcast 2: “Simon Parker & Holly Dillion talk vitiligo and psoriasis”.


In our second podcast Mind & Skin were joined by Holly Dillion and Simon Parker. Holly and Simon share their experiences of living with psoriasis and vitiligo on a daily basis. In just some of the podcast they discuss personal relationships, dating, advice for dermatologists and developing self-resilience. We hope that fellow patients will feel more connected in knowing that there are other people in the wider community who might share similar stories and experiences.





Simon Oates’s comments “Simon and Holly were fantastic in sharing their personal stories with us. It is not always easy to be open and honest when discussing personal experiences and they deserve much praise for this. They are both are inspirational people and we aim to work with them much more in the future. Thank you to Holly and Simon for sharing their time with us. Please check out their blogs in following their experiences with psoriasis and vitiligo”. 


*Please note at the start of the podcast there was local building works which may arise in the podcast. In addition, there is some slight adult content in this podcast.



Due to the length of the podcast being a bit longer we have a timing breakdown of key topics in the podcast below:

Understanding the psychological impact: 3:30

“Control” of physical and mental health : 6:50

Dating: 24:12

Self-resilience: 35:05

Advice for dermatologists: 38:48

Young people: 48:20


Holly & Simon’s blog pages:

Holly (GetYourSkinOut): www.getyourskinout.com




Simon (simonsvitiligoblog): www.simonsvitiligoblog.com





Coming next:

Our next podcast will be “Clinical psychology”.


References podcasts


Podcast disclaimer

Get involved: 

If you might be interested in taking part in a future podcast, please contact us via: http://www.mindandskin.co.uk/contact/

Please help us:

In order for us to continue our work, we need your help. We rely entirely on your donations to provide services to our beneficiaries. All of our staff run Mind & Skin in their spare time on a voluntary basis. If you can, please make a small charitable donation. At the bottom of this page below, donations can be made either via BTMyDonate or JustGiving.

Thank you.

Nick Webb: 

Mr Webb is our podcast sound technician and editor. If you might be interested in his services or more of his work please follow the link:




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