65 episodes

Focusing on men's mental health, I will be speaking to inspirational men about their mental health journey to show that vulnerability isn't rooted in weakness, but in strength.

Vulnerability is contagious. Throughout these interviews, I am hoping to demonstrate the power of ruthlessly authentic vulnerability from inspiring people to create a world where all of us can be our true selves and create real connections.

As Matt Haig says, 'man up' is not a call to courage, but a demand of weakness'. Man up is finished.

Man Down: The Anti-Man-Up Movement Jamie Clements

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Focusing on men's mental health, I will be speaking to inspirational men about their mental health journey to show that vulnerability isn't rooted in weakness, but in strength.

Vulnerability is contagious. Throughout these interviews, I am hoping to demonstrate the power of ruthlessly authentic vulnerability from inspiring people to create a world where all of us can be our true selves and create real connections.

As Matt Haig says, 'man up' is not a call to courage, but a demand of weakness'. Man up is finished.

    Bonus Episode: #55 - Zak Abel: Music, Masculinity and Mothers

    Bonus Episode: #55 - Zak Abel: Music, Masculinity and Mothers

    Join Zak and I as we discuss his new track 'Less of a Man', which explores our relationship with masculinity and what it means to be a man in today's society. We also chat about Zak's experiences of mental health, his exceptional table tennis talent, mental health within the music industry and the impact of our mums in our lives. To me, Zak is a true example of authenticity and vulnerability, in his ability to share this truth openly and from a place of curiosity.

    About Zak: Zak Abel is a British singer / songwriter, who first rose to fame after supplying guest vocals on Gorgon City’s UK Top 20 hit single ‘Unmissable’. Born in London, Zak’s journey into music was not predetermined, as despite this always being where his true passions lay, he once ranked Number 1 in England and had a position on the Olympic Squad for Table Tennis. Travelling around the world to train and play games, Zak’s earliest musical memory is listening to Magic FM in the car and being brought up on a diet of Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse and James Brown – soul music in the most classical sense. The depth and feeling that those artists packed into their lyrics were never lost on Zak, who started penning his own songs as a 14-year-old and uploading videos of his work to YouTube, which eventually led to him signing a record deal in 2014 and meeting influential electronic music producer, Joker.  Zak and Joker released the four-track EP, ‘Joker Presents: Zak Abel’, in 2015 – a record Zak credits with opening his mind to new ways of thinking about music and a gateway for meeting other creative minds to collaborate with like in the career-defining tracks ‘Beautiful Escape’ with Tom Misch and Kaytranada on ’Say Sumthin’. Through these early collaborations, Zak felt both emboldened as a writer and confident as a performer, setting him up perfectly for the release of his 2017 debut album, ‘Only When We’re Naked’. This body of work saw him channel his creativity into pop spheres for the first time and it was a record that significantly increased his stock as a writer too – being asked to pen hit records for the likes of Kygo (‘Freedom’) Avicii (‘Ten More Days’), ZAYN (Flames), Paloma Faith and John Legend (I’ll Be Gentle) and Don Diablo (Bad).

    Now signed to Vertigo Berlin (Universal Music Germany) and Island Records in the US, his own music never fails to disappoint, too: blending soulful vocals with R&B and pop, the smokey 2021 release “Be Kind”, which made it into AirPlay Charts in various European countries and Top 40 HOT AC in the USA has been the defining direction for his upcoming second album. Alongside music, Zak is an Ambassador for mental health charity CALM and speaks openly about issues surrounding this topic as well as channeling themes of identity and mental struggle into his lyrics.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #54 - Mo Gawdat: Happiness, Masculinity and Artificial Intelligence

    #54 - Mo Gawdat: Happiness, Masculinity and Artificial Intelligence

    This week's very special episode of Man Down is with the brilliant Mo Gawdat. Mo is the former Chief Business Officer of Google X (Google's so-called 'moonshot factory' responsible for off-the-wall ideas such as self-driving cars and a balloon-powered internet) but for many years, despite his success, he found himself deeply unhappy. After experiencing the tragic loss of his son, he set out to find out what it truly means to be happy and to share the teachings of his son with the masses. Mo is the author of Solve for Happy and host of the Slo Mo Podcast, and his most recent book, Scary Smart, a call to action for all of us to wake up to the reality of Artificial Intelligence.

    Mo and I discuss what it means to be truly happy, the role of masculinity within this and of course, the rise of A.I and what we all need to be thinking about when it comes to the so called 'rise' of the machines.

    I hope you enjoy it!

    Mo's new book, Scary Smart, is now available for pre-orders. Pre-order your copy from Amazon and send an email titled 'Man Down' with a screenshot of your order confirmation to win@mogawdat.com. Mo will pick 50 winners over the course of the next few weeks who will all win a signed copy of the limited edition pre-lease copy. It gets even better, if you can come to London, UK, you may win an invitation to spend the evening with Mo, myself, and a small group of 3 other readers as he buys us all dinner in London in September. Spread the word and tell others to preorder too!

    • 52 min
    #53 - Lars Wilde: The Power & Potential of Psychedelic Therapy

    #53 - Lars Wilde: The Power & Potential of Psychedelic Therapy

    This week's episode is with the brilliant Lars Wilde, co-founder of Compass Pathways. We talk about Lars' own journey with mental health, which led him to his first experience with psilocybin (the active ingredient in 'magic' mushrooms), as well as the incredible work that's being done in the psychedelic therapy space in relationship to changing the game in mental health treatment.

    Lars is an active serial entrepreneur in tech and biotech and a business angel, and has helped to successfully build several companies. Before joining COMPASS, Lars was the founder and CEO of Springlane, a leading European direct-to-consumer kitchen and BBQ brand and the largest German cooking magazine. Lars previously worked as an investor at Waterland Private Equity, one of the world’s best performing private equity funds. Amongst other buy-and-build investments, he focused on building VivaNeo, the largest European in-vitro fertilisation group, providing patients with cutting edge medical solutions. Lars has also spent time with Boston Consulting Group in Munich and São Paulo. Lars holds a master’s degree in Finance from IE Business School in Spain and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He spent exchange semesters at the University of Münster, the Copenhagen Business School and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

    • 54 min
    #52: Dr. Russell Kennedy - Trauma, Psychedelics and a New Way to Heal Anxiety

    #52: Dr. Russell Kennedy - Trauma, Psychedelics and a New Way to Heal Anxiety

    Dr. Russell Kennedy specializes in the art and neuroscience of helping people recover from anxiety disorders. He knows anxiety from the inside out, as he developed his own anxiety disorder as a result of growing up with a dad with severe schizophrenia. Dr Kennedy has degrees and advanced training in medicine, neuroscience and developmental psychology — but it’s not all science, as he is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher and was a professional stand-up comedian for over a decade (no joke!)  In his award winning book, ANXIETY RX, he shows a practical, actionable program for anxiety relief that incorporates the grounding wisdom of the unconscious body to alleviate the anxious thoughts of the conscious mind. Using a combination of neuroscience (think "The Body Keeps the Score") and blending that science with a more artistic approach he learned through living at a temple in India, taking psychedelics, and being a natural and gifted intuitive, Dr Kennedy gives a unique and never before seen understanding of what anxiety truly is,  and further, exactly how it can be successfully treated. Dr Russ wants to make sure that nobody has to suffer with anxiety as he did.

    I speak with Dr. Russ about his own experiences of anxiety (and some of mine!), a new approach to healing, psychedelics, breathwork, neuroscience and much more!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Trailer for #52: Dr. Russell Kennedy - Trauma, Psychedelics and a New Way to Heal Anxiety

    Trailer for #52: Dr. Russell Kennedy - Trauma, Psychedelics and a New Way to Heal Anxiety

    This is the trailer for episode 52 of Man Down.

    Dr. Russell Kennedy specializes in the art and neuroscience of helping people recover from anxiety disorders. He knows anxiety from the inside out, as he developed his own anxiety disorder as a result of growing up with a dad with severe schizophrenia. Dr Kennedy has degrees and advanced training in medicine, neuroscience and developmental psychology — but it’s not all science, as he is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher and was a professional stand-up comedian for over a decade (no joke!)  In his award winning book, ANXIETY RX, he shows a practical, actionable program for anxiety relief that incorporates the grounding wisdom of the unconscious body to alleviate the anxious thoughts of the conscious mind. Using a combination of neuroscience (think "The Body Keeps the Score") and blending that science with a more artistic approach he learned through living at a temple in India, taking psychedelics, and being a natural and gifted intuitive, Dr Kennedy gives a unique and never before seen understanding of what anxiety truly is,  and further, exactly how it can be successfully treated. Dr Russ wants to make sure that nobody has to suffer with anxiety as he did.

    I speak with Dr. Russ about his own experiences of anxiety (and some of mine!), a new approach to healing, psychedelics, breathwork, neuroscience and much more!

    • 1 min
    #51: David Chambers and Asa Baav - Finding (and keeping) Love, Doing the Work and Open Relationships

    #51: David Chambers and Asa Baav - Finding (and keeping) Love, Doing the Work and Open Relationships

    Welcome to episode 51 of Man Down with Asa Baav & David Chambers. As coaches and educators, they guide couples to experience new depths of intimacy, deepen their relationship with themselves and their partners, and discover new levels of pleasure by teaching powerful communication techniques, intimacy practices and the importance of prioritising your relationship.

    In this episode we discuss their relationship, the individual work they have done on themselves and the work they have done together and how that feeds into their relationship. As well as this we talk about the process of opening up their relationship and some of the rituals that helps them maintain a healthy and fulfilling partnership.

    Asa Baav is a matchmaker, female coach, educator and founder of Tailor Matched.

    David Chambers is men's dating & intimacy coach and the founder of The Authentic Man.



    For 10% off your first month of online therapy head to betterhelp.com/mandown

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    @coachwithasa

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

catsalt ,

Timing has never been more poignant

I’ve got off the phone where a EAP therapist is using the phrase “ man up “ about a male I was speaking about. The work Jamie is doing here is huge, share with your friends and friends of friends. Stigma and these phrases should go, open emotions are welcomed and wanted from all males in my life. Communication is key. Man down. Thanks Jamie for what you’re doin here 🙏🏼

mrdchambers ,

Wow

What a great podcast every week Jamie has incredible interviews with men talking honestly and openly about their mental health journey. It’s so eye opening!

Stepedward ,

Great insight and some awesome guests.

Thank you Jamie. I have been spurred on to write this review after listening to the podcast with Andrew Waddell. As a man who went though burn out in my mid 40s and have just turned 50, the topic was close to my heart.
I’ve just started on a new journey training to be a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and Andrew’s comment that men need to talk to men and boys need to talk to men really resonated - especially as I am the only man on my course and in the minority in my volunteering role as a mentor for young people in the Care system.

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