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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
    • 5.0 • 39 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 #96 - Fiona Scarlett

    JCIP #96 - Fiona Scarlett

    In the ninety-sixth episode of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with author Fiona Scarlett.

    Fiona recently published her first novel 'Boys Don't Cry' which we dive into in this episode.

    We discuss the themes it explores including masculinity, grief, brotherhood and fatherhood.

    Fiona also works full-time as a teacher. We discuss her teaching journey, the impact that social media has had on the mental health of boys and girls in Gen-Z (including her own children) and the impact that losing her father had on her in December 2020.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can buy Boys Don't Cry here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/boys-dont-cry/fiona-scarlett/9780571366071

    You can follow Fiona on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Scarlett_for_ya

    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

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep discussion about grief and loss, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    JCIP #95 - Naama Kates

    JCIP #95 - Naama Kates

    In the ninety-fifth episode of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with Naama Kates.

    Naama is a film-maker, writer, musician and the Founder of The Incel Project.

    The Incel Project is a podcast takes a deep dive into the involuntary celibate community.

    We talk about Naama's writing journey, the challenges she faced as an actor and why she chose to cover a topic like incels and incel culture.

    We also discuss the struggles she faced fitting in at school as a child and teenager, loneliness, self-worth and the impact that losing her mother to suicide had on her aged 17.

    The taboo around suicide death is still incredibly high and we explore how that taboo manifested in her family, the lack of mental health support Naama had after her mother died and how its shaped her into the woman she is today.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Listen to The Incel Project here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/incel/id1469915971

    Follow The Incel Project on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/IncelProject

    References:

    - 'What the media gets wrong about incels' - UnHerd: https://unherd.com/2021/08/what-the-media-gets-wrong-about-incels/
    - 'Online dating trends: Men outnumber women on Tinder by 9 to 1 (while Grinder wins for age diversity)' - Net Imperative: https://www.netimperative.com/2019/04/05/online-dating-trends-men-outnumber-women-on-tinder-by-9-to-1-while-grinder-wins-for-age-diversity/
    - 'It's Not You, it's TINDER. Let's talk sexonomics...' - Laci Green: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZNmt-XpqZo&ab_channel=lacigreen (1:02)

    Support Us:

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

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep discussion about grief, loss and the suicide of a loved one, which some listeners may find distressing or upsetting, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    JCIP #94 - Figen Murray

    JCIP #94 - Figen Murray

    In the ninety-fourth episode of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Figen Murray.

    Figen is a former psychotherapist, life coach and author of the book ‘Bears Have Issues Too’.

    Figen worked as a counsellor for over 23 years and offered clinical supervision to other counsellors as well.

    She is the mother of five children but on 22nd May 2017, her life changed forever.

    One of her children, Martyn attended a concert by Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.

    Little did Martyn know that a terrorist was amongst the crowd and a bomb went off, killing Martyn along with 21 other people.

    It was a moment that shocked and devastated the entire country, with many wondering how a bomb could be smuggled into a venue like that with so many people in attendance.

    From that moment on, Figen gave up her career as a therapist to advocate for greater security at venues like the Manchester Arena and began speaking at schools, universities and conferences, talking to children and trying to stop attacks at the MEN happening in the future.

    She is the architect behind ‘Martyn’s Law’, a campaign which calls for entertainment venues to improve security against the threat of terrorism and would like to make it a requirement in legislation that all venues in Manchester and cities and towns across the UK have a counter-terrorism plan. Her petition to make Martyn's Law mandatory has received over 23,000 signatures.

    On top of all that, to help people feel less alone, Figen knits bears and gives them personalities and backstories that often relate to mental illness.

    In this episode we talk about her counselling journey and how even therapists need therapy themselves, Martyn’s life, the events surrounding his passing, how she carries his memory with her today and what she hopes to achieve with Martyn’s Law.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Find out more about Figen's work here: https://www.figenmurray.co.uk/

    You can follow Figen on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FigenMurray
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figenmurray/

    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

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep discussion about grief and loss, which some listeners may find extremely upsetting or distressing, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    JCIP #93 - Mark Wyatt

    JCIP #93 - Mark Wyatt

    In the ninety-third episode of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with Mark Wyatt.

    Mark works as a Fitness Manager and Senior Personal Trainer for Nuffield Health.

    In this episode we discuss Mark’s journey into fitness, his transition from aspiring teacher to personal trainer, the social status culture that exists in some personal trainer circles and the relationship between physical health and mental health.

    We also discuss the mental health difficulties Mark has had in some relationships he's had, self-acceptance, therapy and his relationship with his phone.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can follow Mark on social media below:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markwyatt_fitness/

    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 40 min
    JCIP #92 - Patricia Faulks

    JCIP #92 - Patricia Faulks

    In the ninety-second episode of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with Patricia Faulks.

    Trish is the Founder of 'Just Me & Lilley', which is a platform she uses to talk about her lived experience of being involuntarily childless.

    In this episode we talk about Patricia's issues with conceiving children in her early-20s with her first husband, perfectionism and all of the social stigmas associated with living without children as a woman.

    We also talk about the massive positivity that her dog Lilley has brought to her life, how she treats her like her own child and how the death of her dog before Lilley caused her to come very close to taking her own life.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can follow Trish on social media below:

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

    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

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a brief discussion about suicide and suicidality, which some listeners may find distressing or upsetting, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Behind The Mic - Isla Rico

    Behind The Mic - Isla Rico

    In this episode of Behind The Mic, we checked in with Cal from UK indie/pop group Isla Rico.

    Isla Rico originally started as another band called Off Shore and we chart the evolution and journey from Off Shore to Isla Rico, which has culminated in their joyous debut single 'Laying In The Summer Rain'.

    We also discuss the importance of perseverance and hard work in the music industry and how Isla Rico has given Cal a major boost to his mental health.

    We also discuss Cal’s upbringing and growing up with family members who’ve had mental health difficulties as well as his own lived experience of suicidality.

    On one occasion, Cal came very close to taking his own life and we discuss the story behind it and how a text message saved his life.

    Demystifying the concept of mindfulness is also on the menu as well as the importance of an individualist approach to mental health treatment.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Listen to Isla Rico on streaming platforms below:

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7xMn4GPdB4PbXb5GpE7v6Y?si=bddb07b793f848d6
    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/islarico

    Follow Isla Rico on social media below:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weareislarico/?utm_source=ig_embed
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/weareislarico

    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
    Outro: Isla Rico - Laying In The Summer Rain: https://soundcloud.com/islarico/isla-rico-laying-in-the-summer

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep and detailed discussion about suicide and suicidality, which some listeners may find distressing or upsetting, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

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.

Nasraumi ,

Mental Health

Men are usually expected to be the strong, dominant and in control. While these aren’t inherently bad things, they can make it harder for men to reach out for help and open up. Kindness is a channel for kindness and kindness is compelling, so let all be kind to ourselves first and others. Jay is one of the kindest and loveliest person I know.

DanM1000 ,

Entertaining and important

It’s really important that we nullify the stigma surrounding mental health, and this great podcast gives opportunities for people to talk about their experiences openly, frankly, and often with refreshing humour. Mental health issues can affect anybody at any time, and pods like this are vital to ensure people don’t suffer in silence and know that they aren’t alone. Really great content!

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