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The Just Checking In Podcast is another step in Vent’s mission to give people a voice, change the conversation around mental health and provide an outlet where everyone, but especially men and boys, can express themselves.

Each pod we check in with a special guest. We have a natter about our mental health as well as anything and everything else they're passionate about.

If it helps that person with their mental health, we'll discuss it!

The Just Checking In Podcast The Just Checking In Podcast by VENT

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

The Just Checking In Podcast is another step in Vent’s mission to give people a voice, change the conversation around mental health and provide an outlet where everyone, but especially men and boys, can express themselves.

Each pod we check in with a special guest. We have a natter about our mental health as well as anything and everything else they're passionate about.

If it helps that person with their mental health, we'll discuss it!

    JCIP #169 - Natalie Morris - Part 2

    JCIP #169 - Natalie Morris - Part 2

    In episode 169 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked back in with journalist Natalie Morris.

    Since we first chatted in JCIP #41, Natalie has left The Metro and now works freelance.

    She has also written her first book ‘Mixed/Other’ since then too.

    In this episode we discuss her decision to go freelance, an exploration of the key themes of the book through a mental health lens and leaving behind the 'Sunday scaries'.

    Unfortunately, since we last spoke, Natalie also lost her father Tony, a beloved broadcaster and journalist in his own right to cancer in August 2020.

    We discuss that journey of grief she, her sister and her mum have gone on since his passing and we celebrate the brilliant, loving and larger-than-life character her dad was to so many people, including Natalie.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can follow Natalie on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nmozz

    You can purchase a copy of 'Mixed/Other' here: http://hyperurl.co/MixedOther

    Listen to Part 1 of Natalie's journey here: https://soundcloud.com/venthelpuk/jcip-41-natalie-morris

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 1 hr 33 min
    JCIP #168 - Sicarius McGrath

    JCIP #168 - Sicarius McGrath

    In episode 168 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Sicarius McGrath.

    Sicarius McGrath is a former gang member and street-level arms dealer from Merseyside.

    He became involved in gangs when he was 15 years old and went to prison when he was 21 for the attempted murder of a man in Birkenhead.

    Whilst in prison, Sicarius watched an ITV drama series called ‘Little Boy Blue’ which was based on the real life story of the murder of Rhys Jones, an 11-year-old boy who was caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shootout whilst going about his day.

    Sicarius marks this moment as the turning point for his life and when the penny dropped for him to want to turn his life around and stop young boys and men from going down the path he did.

    When he came out of prison, he started OCG Solutions UK, an organisation which runs youth rehabilitation programmes to tackle organised crime, young boys caught up in county line drug operations and the victims of grooming by older men into these gangs.

    In this episode we discuss his journey into criminality, prison, redemption and how he's turned his life around.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can follow Sicarius on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/smcgrath90

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 1 hr 1 min
    JCIP #167 - Patricia Faulks - Part 2

    JCIP #167 - Patricia Faulks - Part 2

    In episode 167 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked back in with Patricia Faulks.

    Patricia is the Founder of blog 'Just Me & Lilley' where she writes about being involuntarily childlessness, her life, her wonderful dog Lilley and issues affecting other involuntarily childless people.

    In Part 2 we reflect on her first episode, how it was received online and how she has grown the platform and done more advocacy work in the last year!

    We also discuss Patricia’s own self-awareness of her mental health and how the mantra of ‘just reach out’ can be problematic when the reality of that in someone’s life hits.

    We finish by going in-depth about the current statistics around involuntarily childless people and exploring what societal factors outside of simply infertility are affecting this phenomenon.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can read 'Just Me & Lilley' here: https://www.justmeandlilley.co.uk/

    You can follow Just Me & Lilley on social media below:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justmeandlilley/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustMeandLilley

    Listen to Part 1 of Patricia's journey here: https://soundcloud.com/venthelpuk/jcip-92-patricia-faulks

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 1 hr 18 min
    JCIP #166 - Matt Dickinson

    JCIP #166 - Matt Dickinson

    In episode 166 of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with journalist and author Matt Dickinson.

    Matt is currently senior sports writer at The Times and is the author of two books: ‘Bobby Moore – The Man in Full’ and ‘Manchester United, The Treble and All That’.

    Matt has worked for The Times for 25 years but when he hit 45 years old, he realised that he had been living life at such a fast-pace in the proverbial rat race of London that in his words, he didn’t have a clue who he was.

    So, he took stock, evaluated his life and now works part-time studying to become a therapist whilst still working part-time as a football journalist.

    In this episode we discuss how and why he got into the sports journalism industry, the previous drinking culture that existed in sports journalism and how that’s changed and the competitive nature of the industry too.

    For Matt’s mental health, we discuss the key moment in his life where he had a mental health epiphany and his therapy journey.

    We finish by talking about the sudden loss of a childhood friend of Matt’s, the impact that had on his mental health and his attitude towards life from that point onwards.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can follow Matt on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DickinsonTimes

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health
    Merchandise: www.redbubble.com/people/VentUK/shop

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 57 min
    JCIP #165 - James Bloodworth - Part 2

    JCIP #165 - James Bloodworth - Part 2

    In episode 165 of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked back in with journalist and author James Bloodworth.

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, James returned to his home county of Cornwall to live with and support his Gran.

    James saw this as repaying a childhood debt after she helped raise him for much of his adolescence.

    Unfortunately, James’s Gran passed away in 2022 and the impact the grief had on him was immense and made him question his path in life, the choices he’s made and affected his relationships with those closest to him.

    In this episode we discuss that grief and why it had such a profound impact on him, how its forced him to grow up even as a 39-year-old, addressing underlying mental health issues and putting new internal systems in place to deal with the ups and downs of life.

    We also discuss the anxiety he’d been having during Covid-19 and how it alleviated significantly when he stopped taking his ADHD medication.

    We finish by analysing the pros and cons of that decision and his experience of antidepressants he was prescribed after his gran’s death and therapy.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can follow James on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/J_Bloodworth

    You can read The Times article we mentioned which interviewed James and his gran here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/i-went-to-see-gran-for-the-weekend-so-how-did-i-end-up-staying-for-a-year-p370c30j3

    Listen to Part 1 of James's story here: https://soundcloud.com/venthelpuk/jcip-69-james-bloodworth

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health
    Merchandise: www.redbubble.com/people/VentUK/shop

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 52 min
    JCIP #164 - Antoine Brimbal

    JCIP #164 - Antoine Brimbal

    In episode 164 of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with Antoine Brimbal.

    Antoine is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Modern Insurgent, which is a grass-roots independent media organisation which specialises solely on insurgencies, rebellions and political movements from around the globe.

    Antoine set up the project in the summer of 2022 and he is currently still a university student studying a degree in International Relations and Politics.

    The spark for Antoine starting The Modern Insurgent came from his involvement in videoing an actual terrorist attack as it happened outside his home in Vienna in Austria in November 2020.

    After the event, Antoine was interviewed by media outlets and since then he has started the platform, where his fellow students and others write for it.

    In this episode we discuss the professional and mental health impact of that terrorist attack and how it’s shaped his life, being taken seriously in the industry and the competitive nature of conflict journalism.

    For Antoine’s mental health, we discuss his French-Serbian upbringing and the values that mixed-heritage had on him, losing friends after starting The Modern Insurgent and an inner antifragility and perspective he’s had since he was a child and how it’s helped him manage his mental health then and now.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Find out more about The Modern Insurgent here: https://www.moderninsurgent.org/

    You can follow The Modern Insurgent on social media below:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moderninsurgent/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQJo0ImLC7qCY6pfr1IpTqQ

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health
    Merchandise: www.redbubble.com/people/VentUK/shop

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

TIMBHT ,

Just checking great

A brilliant podcast that highlights the different struggles and triumphs people go through mentally. So many great podcasts that I’m sure topics come up that anyone can relate to and also get great advice on how to overcome and support their own mental health. As well as been a great podcast to find out more about people you most likely have never met!

Leewamadam ,

Awesome pod

This is such a great listen and so relatable. Very interesting takes on all things mental health.

10 podcasts a day ,

Great podcast exploring positive masculinity

The Just Checking In Podcast is a great podcast that explores some essential ideas about what it means to be a man, including promoting positive masculinity and deconstructing toxic masculinity.

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