100 episodes

The idea behind Proper Mental is quite simply to explore all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

And, I hope by doing so, to play my part in normalising these types of conversations.

This isn't a therapy podcast and it's not a sad stories podcast.

I'm not here to offer help, advice or tell you what to do because I'm not qualified to do so.

What I am here to do is be relatable.

If just one person listens to this and feels a little bit better, even just for an hour, then I will consider it a job well done!

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The idea behind Proper Mental is quite simply to explore all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

And, I hope by doing so, to play my part in normalising these types of conversations.

This isn't a therapy podcast and it's not a sad stories podcast.

I'm not here to offer help, advice or tell you what to do because I'm not qualified to do so.

What I am here to do is be relatable.

If just one person listens to this and feels a little bit better, even just for an hour, then I will consider it a job well done!

    Sarah Callaghan

    Sarah Callaghan

    Welcome to Proper Mental episode 98 with Sarah Callaghan, who is an award-winning comedian, spoken word artist and writer.

    Sarah has been performing stand up for over a decade and has gigged all over the world.  She is also a respected spoken word artist, performing solo and with a band.

    Sarah’s poetry is informed by personal experience and her work discusses childhood trauma, heart break and other aspects of everyday life.

    Sarah and I caught up to chat about her own experiences with mental health and how it inspires her creative process.

    We chat about living authentically and choosing your own path, the differences between writing comedy and poetry, and we chat about spirituality, self-belief and the challenges of living a creative life.

    I knew going in to this conversation that it was going to be good and it did not disappoint!  It was awesome to hear first-hand about Sarah’s way of looking at her life and her work and I really got a lot out of speaking with her.

    You can watch her performance on the BAFTA winning Sky TV Show ‘Arts & Rhymes’ here:

    Life and Rhymes | Sarah Callaghan - Who Are You? on Vimeo

    Her website is Home (sarahcallaghan.com) and you can connect with her on Instagram @sarahcallagh1

    The track included on this episode is called ‘It’s Not That Deep’

    You can catch up with me at www.propermentalpodcast.com or connect with me via social media @propermentalpodcast.

    If you would like to support Proper Mental by buying me a virtual coffee, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/propermental

    Another way to support is to rate, review and subscribe on whatever platform you get your podcasts from!

    If you or anyone you know needs to find support in your local area, please go to www.hubofhope.co.uk

    Thanks for listening!

    • 56 min
    Stuart Ralph

    Stuart Ralph

    Welcome to Proper Mental episode 97 with Stuart Ralph, who is a counsellor and psychotherapist for children and young people.

    He is also the host of the OCD Stories podcast, a weekly podcast where he interviews some of the best minds in OCD recovery.

    Stuart started to experience OCD at the age of 7 and his own journey of recovery would eventually inspire the OCD Stories podcast and his role as an advocate.

    In 2018 he was awarded the Hero award by the International OCD Foundation and his podcast has over 4.5 million downloads and counting.

    Stuart and I chat about OCD, all its forms and how it affects people.  We also chat about the different types of help, support and therapy that are available for people who suffer.

    We talk about his own experience as a child with OCD and the impact it had on his life and we chat about his work as a psychotherapist and counsellor.

    You can learn more about Stuart and his podcast via the website home - The OCD Stories and you can listen in all the usual places!

    Connect with him on Twitter or Instagram @TheOCDStories or Facebook The OCD Stories | Facebook

    You can catch up with me at www.propermentalpodcast.com or connect with me via social media @propermentalpodcast.

    If you would like to support Proper Mental by buying me a virtual coffee, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/propermental

    Another way to support is to rate, review and subscribe on whatever platform you get your podcasts from!

    If you or anyone you know needs to find support in your local area, please go to www.hubofhope.co.uk

    Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    PsyPAN

    PsyPAN

    Welcome to Proper Mental episode 96 with Ian Roullier and Leonie Schneider from PsyPAN.

    The Psychedelic Participant Advocacy Network (PsyPAN) is a non-profit organisation created to connect and empower participants of psychedelic trials and anyone who has received psychedelic therapy.

    Ian has suffered from depression and anxiety for most of his adult life and psilocybin has proven to be the most effective treatment for his mental health and to date he has taken part in two psychedelic trials.

    Leonie was first diagnosed with depression in 1996 and had not found any long-term relief in almost continuous antidepressant medication or from conventional talking therapies in over 20 years. In November 2019, Leonie was a participant in the second Psilocybin for Depression clinical trial at Imperial College.

    They started PsyPAN to ensure everyone gains the maximum potential benefit from the treatment they are being given and to give a collective voice to all participants and help improve participant safety and wellbeing.

    In this episode I chat to Ian and Leonie about the mental health issues and lack of effective treatment that led them to participating in psychedelic trials and we talk about the process of signing up, the trial itself and what happened afterwards.

    We also talk about the work they are doing with PsyPAN and why it’s so important for them to contribute towards a responsible, ethical and, most importantly, safe psychedelic sector.

    Both Ian and Leonie have an incredible insight, not just in to psilocybin as a treatment option, but also of mental health advocacy in general and it wonderful to hear about their experiences and their work.

    You can learn more about PsyPAN at their website PsyPAN - Psychedelic Participant Advocacy Network (psypanglobal.org) or via Instagram and Twitter @psypanglobal or Facebook @PsyPANglobal

    You can catch up with me at www.propermentalpodcast.com or connect with me via social media @propermentalpodcast.

    If you would like to support Proper Mental by buying me a virtual coffee, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/propermental

    Another way to support is to rate, review and subscribe on whatever platform you get your podcasts from!

    If you or anyone you know needs to find support in your local area, please go to www.hubofhope.co.uk

    Thanks for listening!

    • 59 min
    Samuel Jack

    Samuel Jack

    Welcome to Proper Mental episode 95 with Samuel Jack, the musician and song writer behind the viral hit song, Feels Like Summer.

    Samuel grew up in South Africa and is now based in London and before his music took off, he worked in high end hospitality to pay his way.

    For years he juggled long, stressful shifts in kitchens with traveling for gigs and writing music and this would eventually catch up with him as his mental health declined to the point of breakdown.

    In this episode Samuel and I chat about the pressures of working in hospitality and the particular lifestyle that comes with that line of work.

    He takes me through his breakdown and everything that led to it and we talk about what happened as he moved out the other side and how he got well again.

    We chat about his upbringing in Johannesburg and how it formed an early love of music, learning to write songs and the challenges of being a musician.

    Of course, we chat about Feels Like Summer and how it feels to go viral and we chat about self-care, therapy, writing emotion driven songs and making music.

    You can connect with Samuel via his website Samuel Jack | Official Website (samueljackofficial.com) or on Instagram @samueljackofficial and Twitter @samueljackmusic

    You can catch up with me at www.propermentalpodcast.com or connect with me via social media @propermentalpodcast.

    If you would like to support Proper Mental by buying me a virtual coffee, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/propermental

    Another way to support is to rate, review and subscribe on whatever platform you get your podcasts from!

    If you or anyone you know needs to find support in your local area, please go to www.hubofhope.co.uk

    Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Kirsty Eaton

    Kirsty Eaton

    Welcome to Proper Mental episode 94 with Kirsty Eaton, who is the founder of Reach Out for Mental Health,

    Reach Out are a charity that supports individuals who experience suicidal thoughts and provides a safe, confidential and non-clinical space for you to talk to a trained volunteer about anything which may be troubling you.

    She has her own lived experience of mental ill health and it was this combined with losing a friend to suicide that inspired Kirsty to start Reach Out in her local community.

    On her journey to starting the charity Kirsty faced a huge amount of red tape and bad attitudes from some very unsupportive local health care organisations and really had to fight just to be able to support the people she knew needed it the most.

    We caught up to chat about this process, the push back she got from people working in mental health care and what she did about it.

    We also chat about Kirsty’s own mental health struggles, being a natural worrier and how it feels to come to the end of the therapeutic process.

    Kirsty and her volunteers are doing incredible things and it was shocking to hear about the challenges she faced just trying to do something as important. 

    She has specifically positioned Reach Out to support anyone who might fall through the cracks in the current system and it was awesome to chat about her plans for the future.

    You can learn more about Reach Out for Mental Health here: Reach Out for Mental Health – Relief from suicidal thoughts and feelings (reachoutfmh.co.uk)

    And follow them on social media on Twitter @reachoutfmh or Facebook @ReachOutFMH

    You can listen to my episode on the Reach Out podcast here:  Push Fwd Network Platform | Podcast on Spotify

    You can catch up with me at www.propermentalpodcast.com or connect with me via social media @propermentalpodcast.

    If you would like to support Proper Mental by buying me a virtual coffee, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/propermental

    Another way to support is to rate, review and subscribe on whatever platform you get your podcasts from!

    If you or anyone you know needs to find support in your local area, please go to www.hubofhope.co.uk

    Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Wave Project

    The Wave Project

    Welcome to Proper Mental episode 93 with The Wave Project founder, Joe Taylor.

    The Wave Project is a surf charity that harnesses the power of the ocean to improve the mental health of children and young people.

    The Wave Project started in September 2010 and at that time was the world’s first ‘surf therapy’ course funded by a government health service. 

    They now have 32 beaches and locations across the U.K where they run surf therapy programmes.

    In this episode I chat to Joe about how the charity got off the ground and how its grown over the years.

    We chat all about surf therapy, how it works and who it helps and we chat about surfing, nature and supporting children and young people’s mental health.

    The Wave Project is an incredible thing and surf therapy is now a growing global movement so it was awesome to learn more about it all.

    You can learn more, donate or volunteer at The Wave Project | The Surf Therapy Charity : Wave Project

    You can connect with them on social media @waveprojectuk on all platforms.

    You can catch up with me at www.propermentalpodcast.com or connect with me via social media @propermentalpodcast.

    If you would like to support Proper Mental by buying me a virtual coffee, please go to www.buymeacoffee.com/propermental

    Another way to support is to rate, review and subscribe on whatever platform you get your podcasts from!

    If you or anyone you know needs to find support in your local area, please go to www.hubofhope.co.uk

    Thanks for listening!

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Lxe601 ,

This is vital.

I’ve got the pleasure of knowing these two blokes personally, but aside from that this is one of the most important and impactful podcasts I’ve ever listened to. They’re real, normal and everyday fellas who really nail down on the importance of not only being open and honest about mental health, but also on using the tools and support network around you to maximise it. These types of conversations need to be heard and spread across the world, keep smashing it fellas you’re doing a huge amount for a lot of different people❤️

Han the Runner ,

Just what the world needs

I’ve been listening to the Proper Mental Podcast since the early episodes and not only do I thoroughly enjoy the chat, it can’t go unnoticed that it’s taught me so much. It’s taught me about mental health I’ve not been privy to, it’s showed me that the compassion surrounding mental health is moving in the right direction and, most importantly, it’s enabled to highlight the humanity surrounding some of the worst issues.
The open honesty of guests and the way Tom positions the conversation is incredible and really forward thinking when it comes to such a subject.
I’ve genuinely started taking notes when I listen now!
I recommend this podcast daily!

zico02 ,

Great podcast on a really important topic

Really interesting podcast on a subject that is close to my heart. Really honest, really interesting guests, and a great way to see different perspectives on mental health. Keep up the good work.

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