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MenTalkHealth SMHAF Special – All, Entire, Whole.

9th June 2019

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.

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MenTalkHealth SMHAF Special – Model Childhood

15th May 2019

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.

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Microphone Commander

8th April 2019

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.

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Meet the guys

Davey

Davey, a snowboarding, shirt lifting, media worker in his 30s, has spent the last eight years trying to manage his diagnosis of depression and (eventually) anxiety. With ups and many downs along the way, his need to name, shame and share his demons led him to start this podcast to encourage men to talk about their mental health.

Damian

Damian is a mental health nurse from Derry in Ireland. He has a longstanding diagnoses of depression and anxiety; and as of December 2016- Tourette Syndrome and OCD. A familiar face, Damian has been on TV shows talking about his mental illness and Tourettes including First Dates on Channel 4.

What People Are Saying

Davey and Damian smash into a topic many tiptoe around. They tackle the subject with humour, bonhomie and unashamed honesty, whilst never downplaying how serious the impact of mental illness can be on someone’s life. A great listen.

Support in Mind, Scotland

For too long, men have kept quiet about mental health preferring to bottle up their issues rather than talk about them. What Davey and Damian do is create a safe space to put our problems under a microscope, and they do so with good humour, quick wit and without taking themselves too seriously. We could all learn something from them.

See Me, Scotland

MenTalkHealth came into the National Theatre to speak as part of Mental Health Awareness Week and they shared their personal experiences both in and out of work in a really engaging, honest and insightful way. It was brilliant to hear men talking so openly about mental health and they’ve inspired several of our male employees to open up and talk about their own mental health which has been brilliant.

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