As part of our partnership with MENTalk, we’re proud to support the group’s popular podcast series, which features a host of famous guests including TalkSport presenters Mark Saggers and Andy Jacobs, mixed martial artist Alex Reid, actor and retired Irish heavyweight boxer ‘Big Joe Egan’ and recently no other than Sally Gunnell OBE, former track and field athlete and Olympic gold medal winner.
The podcast was designed to encourage people to have open and honest conversations about mental health, each delving into a range of important topics, from anxiety and depression to gambling addiction.
Here are some of our favourite ‘podcast picks’ from the series so far.
We are MENTalk: The Very Beginning
A great place to start for those not familiar with MENTalk is ‘The Very Beginning’. This first podcast introduces the MENTalk team, who are all Expert Trades members – including two gas engineers. Steve, Stephen and Lee all speak candidly about their own experiences with mental health and why it is so important to break down the barriers stopping men from opening up. The podcast deals with some very personal struggles including bereavement, coping with past traumas, family relationships and more.
We are MENTalk: With Alex Reid
MENTalk speak to mixed martial artist and celebrity personality, Alex Reid to discuss the harmful stereotypes attached to men, which often prevent them from talking about their problems and showing emotion. Alex and the MENTalk team open up about their personal experiences with mental health, and explore Alex’s journey from being suicidal in the public eye, to finding a way through it.
We are MENTalk: With Mark Saggers
A must-listen from the podcast series is when legendary TalkSport presenter, Mark Saggers joins the MENTalk team to discuss his mental health struggles, grief, and overcoming a severe gambling addiction. The MENTalk team discuss with Mark how gambling affects many men, the dangers when it gets out of control and how to seek help.
For more great content, and to make sure you never miss an episode, subscribe to the MENTalk podcast now. Keep an eye out for upcoming celebrity guests on the podcast too, including athletes Sally Gunnel OBE DL and Dame Kelly Holmes DBE.
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