MenTalkHealth UK

MenTalkHealth UK

Just how honest can two men be? With a broad history of mental health issues between them, join Davey, Damian and their friends on a journey to find humour in some of their darkest moments and try to get men talking about their own mental health.

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The MenTalkHealth Podcast is back and now it’s time to hear stories about YOUR mental health. In our return, join Davey and our new host, the wonderful, Keith Winestein as we chat with Brad Rumble, otherwise known as the Grum Reapur who has been working the Princes Trust. Brad gets to heart of the matter when it comes to men and mental health. Shame. We are shamed for showing emotion. Join us for an important lesson in why Brad, like many of us, is to proud to be a “Weirdo” and how it makes him a kinder, better person. TRIGGER WARNING - Ep includes conversation around suicidal thoughts.

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Oct 27

59 min 25 sec

We are back with the All New MenTalkHealth Podcast! And it’s time to hear your stories of mental health, especially in our new Covid world. Our first guest is the fantastic GScene columnist, Craig Hanlon-Smith ready to talk all things Lockdown Anxiety, Therapist Tinder and a Madonna lyric for any occasion. New guests & new stories but the same humour & honesty of MenTalkHealth. Keep talking. Edited Produced by Davey Shields Sound Editing by Corbin Sound

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Aug 2020

1 hr 11 min

3 years ago, Davey & Damian started on a journey. With their friends & special guests they wanted to have real talk about their mental health. They wanted to laugh. They wanted to get better and they wanted to inspire others to talk. MenTalkHealth grew and grew and a charity was formed. Something amazing came from their darkest moments. All good things must come to an end though. In their last podcast together, we say goodbye to Davey & Damian. As MenTalkHealth grew, so too did Davey & Damian’s mental resilience. Both in places they never imagined was possible and feeling happier, healthier and stronger than ever, it’s time for these best mates to say goodbye and enjoy their lives. They are proof that, no matter how hopeless it may seem, no matter how hard you have to fight, it can get better. Join them one last time. Their language is still crude, their jokes are still painfully honest and their love and support for each other is still inspiring to all. MenTalkHealth belongs to everyone, the podcast will continue but it’s time to hear different stories that get more people laughing and talking about mental health. Edited Produced by Davey Shields Sound Editing by Corbin Sound

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Feb 2020

42 min 1 sec

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is one of the BIGGEST Arts festivals in the world and MenTalkHealth is there meeting some of the amazing contributors, and hearing their own unique stories and experiences of mental health. In our second special episode join Davey as he meets with Edinburgh based artist, Andrew Henderson, to discuss how his art sculptures speak to his relationship with mental illness. Andrew’s work is part of the brilliant “All, Entire, Whole.” exhibition curated by our guest host, Sean McGugan. ***Trigger Warning*** This episode does talk around the subject of suicide in an important and healthy way. If this is a possible trigger, that’s okay. Join us on the next episode instead. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sounds

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Jun 2019

36 min 32 sec

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is one of the BIGGEST Arts festivals in the world and MenTalkHealth is there meeting some of the amazing contributors, and hearing their own unique stories and experiences of mental health. In our first of three special episodes, join Davey as he meets with filmmaker and Grand Jury prizewinner, Tim Mercier, to discuss his astounding short film - Model Childhood. Dealing with the legacy of a sexual assault Davey, Tim and our guest host, Sean, discuss the freedom and benefits of creating a way to tell your story, no matter how hard it might be to tell. ***Trigger Warning*** This episode does talk around the subject of sexual assault and suicide. If this is a possible trigger, that’s okay. Join us on the next episode instead. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sounds

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May 2019

30 min 16 sec

Looking after your mental health is a continuous effort. After a good run both Davey and Damian find themselves battling setbacks in their own journeys. Fearful they are sliding backwards they invite their friend, Chris, to come talk with them who helps them see how far they have all come since stating MenTalkHealth. Supportive talk soon turns to laughter & bad language as our boys take time to recognise their successes. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sounds

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Apr 2019

52 min 34 sec

It’s been over two years since Davey & Damian started MenTalkHealth and they are taking a trip down memory lane to get back to basics. Back then the two of them would sit down together over a drink and take the time to really talk about their mental health. In this very special episode our boys get a chance to laugh louder and longer as they take stock of just how far they have come on their mental health journeys. The conversation is real, rude and heartfelt just like their friendship and support for each other. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sounds

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Mar 2019

50 min 41 sec

It's Time to Talk Day once again and our boys are joined by their friends Joe and Lewis from Gay Star News. It's been a while since Davey and Damian really had a chance to check in with each other and a lot has changed for both of them but chat and laughter soon flows as all four share the positive ways they are battling their own demons. It's an episode that celebrates the simple benefits of talking as we learn more about the support of their partners, the language of Drag Race and the need for LGBTQ+ Mental heath workers. Get ready to laugh! Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sound

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Feb 2019

1 hr

With the Mind Media Awards bringing many brilliant mental health campaigners together, Damian & Eli take a moment to catch up with Jake Mills the night after his amazing win for his 24 hour Mental Health Marathon Show on Liverpool's Radio City Talk Radio. It's a packed podcast, mixing laughter with supporting talk as our trio cover the good, the bad and the ugly experiences of working with TV Production companies as a "Mental Health" guest. Essential listening to any TV Production Company wanting to help tell our stories Later, the episode tackles an often ignored topic of male sexual assault giving a voice to one of our beloved MTH team who is still coming to terms with his experience and is met with love and support from the others. TRIGGER WARNING- Episode contains non-detailed reference to sexual assault. Edited by Eli Beaton Sound by Corbin Sounds

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Jan 2019

1 hr 4 min

With their recent nomination for the National Diversity Awards for their work with gender, Davey and Damian take a moment to reflect on society's obsession with gender roles. With men being told to man up, gay men to be more “Masc” and boys fearful of being called ‘girly’, who better to help Davey & Damian explore these muddy waters then the author of The Gender Games herself, the wonderful, Juno Dawson. Through some hilarious confessions and brutal honesty, they learn just why destructive ideas of gender roles damages EVERYONE'S mental health, regardless of what we have between our legs. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sound

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Sep 2018

49 min 50 sec

It’s been a time of upheaval for our talkative team. MenTalkHealth’s Davey & Eli both find themselves living north of the border in their old home of Glasgow. New starts bring new challenges with their mental health journeys but with Damian away travelling the world, another Celt steps in to laugh and talk about the challenges of relocating back home. Sean joins our remaining pair as they go on a conversational odyssey that cover’s Anxiety Shakes, Damian’s Penis Monologues and Norwegian Privilege before take a moment to reflect on the impact MenTalkHealth has had since it started. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sound

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Aug 2018

49 min 36 sec

MenTalkHealth is proud to be an active part of the LGBTQ+ community and so we were honoured to be invited to record a brilliant episode with some of the users of the important services offered by MindOut. MindOut work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern. Goals shared by us here at MenTalkHealth. With guest host Spice and three fabulous guests- Kerri, Ben and Ed-who share and laugh about their experiences and support they have received from MindOut. For more information about MindOut services please check out www.mindout.org.uk Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sound

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May 2018

36 min 39 sec

The rumours are true; a mysterious lost episode of MenTalkHealth has been rediscovered and edited for your enjoyment! One day in the MTH’s past our three friends found themselves in fits of laughter whilst trying to manage a cohesive conversation about mental health but sometimes there are more pressing things to discuss, like day trips to France, the life of Ghandi as an Opera past life regression! To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week we present it as an example of how great talking can be. Edited by Davey Shields Sound bu Corbin Sound

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May 2018

43 min 1 sec

The amazing role model, mental health campaigner and all round great guy, Jonny Benjamin MBE drops by MTH Towers to share his experiences living with Schizoaffective disorder and the voices inside his head. With no question out of bounds, or any joke too far over the line, serious talk turns to serious laughter as once again Davey, Damian & Eli show that it is much better to be honest about our mental health. This episode does include talk about suicide so please listen at you own discretion. If you are affected by any of the topics discussed in this episode please contact Samaritans on 116 123 in UK & Eire or please contact mental health services in your area. Edited by Eli Beaton Sound by Corbin Sound

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Apr 2018

1 hr 3 min

It's been a while but our MenTalkHealth trio is back and this time they've brought their friend Matt with them. Whilst still filled with their warm brand of humour, thing turn serious as they to talk about the topic of Toxic Masculinity. As Matt shares his personal & inspiring story it strikes an emotional chord with one of our boys, and our MenTalkHealth family is reminded once again just why it is so important to talk before its too late. This episode does include talk about suicide and self-harm so please listen at you own discretion. If you are affected by any of the topics discussed in this episode please contact Samaritans on 116 123 in UK & Eire or please contact mental health services in your area. Edited by Eli Beaton & Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sound

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Jan 2018

51 min 46 sec

In the midst of MenTalkHealth's first fundraiser, Davey and Damian grab hold of some microphones, a bottle of champagne and “Drag Discombobulator” extraordinaire Spice for a good old honest chat about their mental health. In front of a live audience, all the important topics are covered: Seasonal Affective Disorder, the pitfalls of 'banter' and where to buy your pants. Join us for some raucous chat that celebrates the continued success of MenTalkHealth. Don't forget, you too can donate to MenTalkHealth at our website. www.mentalkhealth.uk Edited: Davey Shields Sound: Corbin Sound Follow us at @MenTalkHealth

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Nov 2017

52 min 30 sec

Neil Hilborn's powerful & personal poetry about his own mental health has been viewed more than 70 million times online and he's taken time out from touring to drop in for a chat with Davey, Damian and Eli to share some of his work and some of his experiences with his on mental health. With more of the classic MTH chat, the laughter bellows as we cover all the important topics including honest Tinder profiles and the true smell of hip hop. Naturally. Why not join us for more honesty and laughter as we recognise World Mental Health Day. Edited: Davey Shields Sound: Corbin Sound Follow us at @MenTalkHealthUK

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Oct 2017

52 min 40 sec

The 2017 Berlin Marathon has arrived and Damian is running for memory of his late brother, Patrick. There is 26.2 miles ahead of him and the MenTalkHealth family is there to cheer him on every step. Join us as we follow Damian on his journey before, during and after his very personal challenge and meet some other great runners with their own stories to tell. All money raised goes to our wonderful friends at Mind. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sound

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Oct 2017

48 min 15 sec

Seven episodes in and its time for us to get to know MTH's very own Eli. Not only has she been guiding Damian and Davey through the perils of making this show, she has also had her own mental health issues to deal with. After making some brave choices, Eli decides to share her history of panic attacks. Proving once again that sometimes just talking about something can help you start to recover and soon it all turns to laughter and love. Our three hosts help each other once again with their honest humour and words. Edited by Davey Shields Sound by Corbin Sound @MenTalkHealthUK @SaintStudioBTN

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Aug 2017

1 hr

It's the end of Mental Health Awareness Week and Davey and Damian finish the special LGBTQ+ series with a raucous session with their Trans friends, Sugar and Sam. Political correctness goes out the window as we learn to find joy in everyday sexism, what it's like to be 8 months pregnant for 2 years and the difficulties of going through puberty as an adult. Expert tears, or laughter. Edited by Davey Shields.

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May 2017

53 min 8 sec

Sex talk is on the cards once again as Davey and Damian get honest with Steve and Alex, two guys living life with HIV. Although there's a lot of laughter and smutty talk along the way, it seems that one of the biggest challenges of living with HIV today is managing your mental health in the face of stigma and prejudice from even you own community. Edited by Davey Shields

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May 2017

51 min 25 sec

For Mental Health Awareness Week, in a one of special for their listeners studying away at university, Damian and Davey take a moment to reflect on the importance of supporting those around you in what is a brilliant, bizarre and baffling time for anyone. Its important to recognise when someone is struggling with their mental health and to make sure everyones takes time to talk. Edited by Eli Beaton

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May 2017

20 min 54 sec

With Mental Health Awareness week in full swing, Davey goes north of the wall to Scotland to hear more about how the stigma of sexuality itself can lead to poor mental health but, with the honesty of some new friends, he learns perhaps there are ways to fight back against your own thoughts? Edited by Davey Shields @MenTalkHealth

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May 2017

48 min 10 sec

The MenTalkHealth Team venture further into the world of LGBTQ+ Mental Health with their new friend and Lesbian-About-Town, Dom. Inevitably the conversation turns to tits, and the team learn that you can inherit more from your parents than just the family home. Come join them for more raw honesty and inappropriate laughter. Edited by Eli Beaton @MenTalkHealthUK www.mentalkhealth.uk

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May 2017

52 min 2 sec

In the first of their special episodes for Mental Health Awareness Week that will see Davey, Damian and Eli hear stories of mental health from the LGBTQ+ Community, we meet Tara and Tabitha. Two strong women who do not let labels or their mental health stop them. With more of the refreshing honesty you will have come to know from our show, join us for a journey that covers the wonder of prozac, the "musical" community, an incorrect diagnosis and a thorough schooling on what is to be the 'B' in LGBTQ+. Talking about Mental Health just became a whole lot funnier... As this is part of Mental Health Awareness Week, please do get in touch and let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook @MenTalkHealthUK using #MHAW17 and let's get people talking. Edited by Eli Beaton

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May 2017

41 min 45 sec

It's been a tough time for Davey and Damian since we last heard from them and both have had their own setbacks and struggles. And yet, as always, they find a way to talk, share and laugh with their infectious honesty. Be warned... There may be tears. Twitter: @MenTalkHealthUK Email: MenTalkHealthUK@gmail.com Edited by Eli Beaton

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Apr 2017

40 min 13 sec

In honour of the brilliant Time To Talk Day, Damian and Davey open themselves up to a live Q&A from their listeners. Eli is on hand to keep firing those questions about Mental Health as we learn about Damian's alter ego- Sandra- and discuss Davey's anxieties about dressing up as Olivia Newton-John. Naturally.

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Feb 2017

42 min 3 sec

With Time to Talk day approaching, Damian and Davey invite their friend Chris to share his own story and experience with mental health. The conversation flows from Smurfs, to tattoos, to relationships, and it isn't long before our three men are comparing their... meds... and the wonderful physical side effects that they have had. Twitter: @MenTalkHealthUK Email: MenTalkHealthUK@gmail.com Edited by Eli Beaton Music by Summer Bright

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Jan 2017

48 min 59 sec

Having hopefully learned how to handle their wine from their first episode, join Davey, Damian and honorary man, Eli once again as they learn a little bit more about what makes Damian tic. With stories of monks, priests, Tourette's and OCD, listen laugh and learn as they try to get men talking about mental health. Twitter: @MenTalkHealthUK Email: MenTalkHealthUK@gmail.com Edited by Eli Beaton

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Jan 2017

43 min 55 sec

In our first episode, with too much wine and perhaps too much honesty, we meet Davey and Damian. Two men with history of mental health issues. With their friend Eli- Chief Prober- we learn how Damian helped Davey talk about his mental health and find humour in his darkest moment. Twitter: @MenTalkHealthUK Email: MenTalkHealthUK@gmail.com Edited by Eli Beaton

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Jan 2017

41 min 27 sec