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.
S2 #19 Lawrence Price: Masculinity, Femininity and Fatherhood
Lawrence Price is an ex Welsh rugby player and personal trainer of 14 years. He is a FiiT Trainer, Lucozade Sport ambassador, cover model and presenter hosting his own podcast 'Walk with Lawrence'.
Lawrence is an amazing guy, with an incredible positive energy that is clear for all to see. We spoke about his experiences with mental health, his 'toolkit', fatherhood and also our own concepts of masculinity and what it means to be a man. I'm so grateful for Lawrence's vulnerability and his raw ability to share his experiences openly and eloquently. I'm sure you're going to love this one.
S2 #18 Charlie King: Reality TV, Identity & Authenticity
8 years ago Charlie King burst onto ITV2’s TOWIE. Quickly becoming a cast favourite he built a solid fan base with his calm, genuine nature which was a refreshing change for the reality tv show. Following TOWIE Charlie has openly discussed his own issues with struggling with his mental health & sexuality. In 2014 Charlie came out publicly on ITV’s This Morning and from then on has been an advocate for the importance of authentic conversation and openness.
A major turning point for Charlie was working with mens health magazine for a fitness shoot which gave him the fitness bug. The connection between mental and physical health became extremely evident for him & is now a big feature in his career as a coach & media personality.
I spoke to Charlie about life on TOWIE, being in the public eye and his journey with his mental health and sexuality.
S2 #17 Ben Bidwell, David Chambers & James Walsham: Let's Talk About Sex
NSFW - A very, very special episode with some of my favourite men in this space and people I'm lucky enough to call my friends. In this episode we dive deep into an open, honest and frank discussion about the world of sex. We cover a whole range of topics, including why men don't talk about sex, sexual difficulties, what a healthy relationship with masturbation and porn looks like, kink, BDSM and much, much more.
I am so grateful to these guys for being part of this and for sharing so openly, please check them out on social media and support the incredible work that they're doing.
David Chambers: @authenticdatingseries
Ben Bidwell: @thenakedprofessor
James Walsham: @thehonestbloke
S2 #16 Daniele Fiandaca: Masculinity in the Workplace, Privilege and How to be an Ally
Daniele is co-founder of Utopia, a culture change business that creates more purposeful, inclusive and entrepreneurial cultures for clients. Utopia’s top-to-bottom, boardroom to factory floor approach has clinched household names including Coca-Cola European Partners, Google, Schneider Electric, Spotify and Universal Music.
He also co-founded The Great British Diversity Experiment in 2015 and Token Man a year prior; the latter is an initiative that gives men a better understanding of gender inequality in the workplace and inspires them to become change-makers. He was named one of Management Today’s Top 30 Male Agents of Change, and in 2019 was on the Advisory Board for Inclusion Matters. Prior to Utopia, he held positions as head of innovation and managing partner at Cheil Worldwide, and was CEO at Profero, where he helped increase annual revenue from £0.5m to £16m over the course of a decade.
He continues to nurture a number of communities he co-founded, including Brand Social and Culture Social, which focus on accelerating culture change and creative thinking. He has also co-authored a number of books including Creative Superpowers: Equip Yourself for the Age of Creativity and is a podcast host on Soho Radio.
In his spare time, Daniele loves travelling the world (he’s racing his friend to hit 100 countries visited) and indulging his passion for watching cinema. His favourite film is Cinema Paradiso, in case you were wondering.
Masculinity in the Workplace report - https://www.weareutopia.co/towards-utopia/publications/
Davy Lazare’s Island Men - https://soundcloud.com/weareutopians/island-boy-by-davy-lazare
Token Man - https://www.tokenman.org/
Utopia - https://www.weareutopia.co/
S2 #15 Loui Blake: Burn out, Veganism and Entrepeneurship
Loui Blake is a London-based entrepreneur, speaker & angel investor. Starting out in football & then nightlife, a switch to a plant-based diet in 2015 caused Loui to refocus his attention on businesses that make a positive impact on the world. He is the founder of the U.K’s largest vegan restaurant, amongst a number of other hospitality concepts & sports businesses. A popular speaker on conscious business & personal development, Loui has spoken at London school of economics, NEMO Amsterdam & University college London, amongst other conferences & events around the world.
I spoke to Loui about his life in business, burning out, fear and what he does to look after himself.
S2 #14 Sam Portland: Elite Sport, Grief and Fancying Your Therapist
Sam Portland is a performance consultant and over the last decade he has spent his time working with many elite and grass roots organisations including Wasps Rugby, Ealing Trailfinders, Kenya Sevens, Burnley FC and NFL players. Sam now operate as a consultant and provides mentoring and educational programs to coaches.
As a former rugby player myself (definitely not pro) I loved chatting to Sam about the world of elite sport, rugby culture and where mental health fits into all of this. Sam also shares an open and honest account of his own experiences with mental health, the grief of losing his brother and shares some incredible wisdom from what he's learnt along the way.
Thank you Sam!
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Jamie is a brilliant example of masculinity, healthy communication and emotional health. The way he champions and communicates with other people in this field is what is changing the game. His honesty, transparency and value for mental health is inviting others into a safe space for vital coversations and transformations to take place. Keep it up Jamie! 👊🏼
Incredible podcast speaking on such interesting subjects, always so much to learn from the guests featured along with a sense of relief from hearing such an open chat. Jamie hosts and holds the conversations extremely well, each episode is always an easy and enjoyable listen to compliment any day. Highly recommend. Love.
Jamie is an incredible man, a leader in this space and it has been so healing to just witness him on this journey through hosting Man Down. The guests are similarly amazing men and really serve as a monument to what men can achieve when they go inward and look at their wounds, something the world sorely needs. Big love to all these men for paving the way for other men to heal and grow.