33 episodes

Raising mental health awareness throughout the uk building trades and beyond. Proving insight, knowledge and entertainment on a subject that needs attention and action.

The Talking Tradesman Russell Payne

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Raising mental health awareness throughout the uk building trades and beyond. Proving insight, knowledge and entertainment on a subject that needs attention and action.

    Murph the painter, His journey into the trades, including navigating being bullied as a child

    Murph the painter, His journey into the trades, including navigating being bullied as a child

    In this conversation, Murph the Painter shares his journey from being bullied as a child to finding his passion for painting and decorating.

    Find Murph here

    https://www.instagram.com/murph_the_painter?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw==

    https://www.tiktok.com/@murphthepainter?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc

    He talks about the turning point in his life when a classmate stood up for him and put an end to the bullying. Murph also discusses the challenges and rewards of running his own business and the importance of self-employment for his personal growth.

    He shares his experience with social media, particularly TikTok, and how it has helped him connect with others in the industry. Overall, the conversation highlights the resilience and determination of Murph in pursuing his passion and overcoming obstacles. In this conversation, Russ and Murph discuss various topics related to their experiences in the painting and decorating industry.

    They talk about their accents, their interactions with other professionals through social media, and their experiences with different paint brands. They also touch on the importance of social media in marketing and networking, as well as the physical toll that the trade can take on their bodies. The conversation ends with a discussion about mental health in the industry and the importance of communication and understanding.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Lets talk eating disorders - Mental health nurse & interior designer, Victoria

    Lets talk eating disorders - Mental health nurse & interior designer, Victoria

    In this conversation, Russ and Victoria delve into the different types of eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, and the differences between men and women in terms of prevalence and presentation.

    Find Victoria here

    https://www.instagram.com/interiorsbyvictoria?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw==

    They also explore the triggers and underlying causes of eating disorders, including trauma and societal pressures. The conversation highlights the importance of addressing the underlying issues and providing support for individuals with eating disorders.

    The conversation explores the treatment and support options for eating disorders, focusing on the combination of psychotherapy and medication. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is highlighted as an effective approach for bulimia and binge eating. The importance of understanding oneself and developing practical strategies to manage urges is emphasized.

    The conversation also touches on the first steps individuals can take to explore whether they might have an eating disorder, as well as how concerned friends and family members can support someone they suspect is suffering. The impact of societal pressures and the fitness industry on body image and eating disorders is discussed, along with the correlation between neurodiversity and eating disorders. In this final part of the conversation, Russ and Victoria discuss the impact of culture and family dynamics on mental health, the importance of creating a nurturing home environment, and coping mechanisms such as journaling and ice diving. Victoria also shares her virtual and in-person interior design services and her goal of helping people create safe and comforting spaces. The conversation ends with a reminder to prioritize self-care and the power of long-form conversations.

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Stuart Mclean, His story of setting up his business, sudden berevement and mental health

    Stuart Mclean, His story of setting up his business, sudden berevement and mental health

    Stuart McLean, a painter and decorator, shares his journey in the trades and the challenges he faced in site work.

    Find Stuart here

    https://www.instagram.com/smcleandecor?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw==

    He discusses the toxic culture and bullying that can occur on construction sites, as well as the stigma surrounding the painting and decorating trade. The conversation also touches on the unrealistic expectations set by social media and the need for tradespeople to support and respect each other.

    Overall, the episode highlights the importance of mental health in the construction industry and the need for a shift in mindset and perception. Stuart discusses the challenges he faced after his father's sudden passing and how it affected his mental health. He and his brother took over their father's business, but faced difficulties with the house builder they were working for.

    They were eventually subcontracted by another painting firm and worked for them for nine years. Stuart also shares a traumatic experience on a site and the toxic culture he encountered. He eventually transitioned away from site work and now runs his own business. In this conversation, Stuart and Russ discuss the challenges and pressures faced by tradespeople in the construction industry, including mental health issues.

    They talk about the lack of respect and support in the industry, the prevalence of bullying and berating, and the need for a better work environment. Stuart shares his personal experiences of feeling undervalued and struggling with his mental health. They also discuss the power of social media in raising awareness and the importance of putting oneself out there to connect with customers. The conversation ends with a reminder to listen and support those who may be going through difficult times.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Kris "Foxy" Devos - His Story - The man behind the smile

    Kris "Foxy" Devos - His Story - The man behind the smile

    In this conversation, Russ and Kris discuss various topics related to mental health and personal experiences.

    Find Kris here -

    https://www.instagram.com/foxy.devos?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw==

    Also search "foxy.the.decorator" on TIK TOK

    They touch on themes such as family dynamics, tragedy, attention-seeking behavior, and the importance of empathy and understanding. They also explore the challenges faced by men in opening up about their emotions and the stigma surrounding mental health in the construction industry.

    The conversation highlights the need for better support and resources for mental health and the impact of societal attitudes on individuals. The conversation covers various topics including mental health, government funding, community support, personal experiences, and neurodiversity. Russ and Kris discuss the lack of training and funding in mental health services, the importance of community support, and the need for individuals to take responsibility in creating change.

    They also touch on Kris's personal experiences with ADHD and the challenges and strengths that come with it. The conversation highlights the importance of recognizing and embracing neurodiversity and finding purpose in helping others. In this final part of the conversation, Kris and Russ discuss Kris's journey in social media and working with celebrities.

    They also touch on the misconceptions about decorators and the importance of being genuine on social media. Kris emphasizes the need to focus on passion and hard work rather than money, and how he balances his decorating business with social media. They also discuss the power of social media in challenging mainstream media narratives and the value of being oneself.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Dan Newman, His journey with Alopecia & the Baldilocks movement plus being in management within construction and the responsibilities towards staff mental health

    Dan Newman, His journey with Alopecia & the Baldilocks movement plus being in management within construction and the responsibilities towards staff mental health

    In this conversation, Russ and Dan discuss Dan's businesses, Baldilocks and RSP Fire Sprinkler Systems, and the importance of fire safety in Wales.

    Find Dan & Balidilocks here

    https://www.instagram.com/baldilocks.me?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw==

    They also touch on the skills shortage in the construction industry and the need for diversity and inclusivity. They highlight the significance of providing adequate physical and mental health care in the workplace and the benefits it brings to productivity and employee well-being. The conversation emphasises the importance of creating a supportive and nurturing work environment.

    The conversation explores the importance of creating a safe space for employees to discuss mental health issues and the responsibility of employers to support their employees. It emphasises the need for leaders to be self-aware and empathetic, and highlights the impact of personal experiences on one's ability to understand and support others.

    The talk also touches on the normalisation of talking about suicide and the need for mental health training for managers. The guests share personal stories of their own struggles and the role of mentors in their lives. The importance of creating a safe space for people to talk and listen is highlighted. The act of listening without offering advice is seen as a valuable skill. It is emphasized that sometimes people just need a safe space to express their feelings and be heard.

    The concept of offloading emotional weight through talking is discussed, with the analogy of putting down a weight temporarily. The idea of using physical activities like drumming and exercise as a form of therapy is explored. The impact of trauma and grief, including inherited trauma, is acknowledged. The role of positive male role models in healing and growth is emphasised.

    Dan discusses the practical impact of alopecia, such as the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, and the importance of understanding the condition. He highlights the psychological and emotional challenges faced by individuals with alopecia, as well as the need for more support and attention. Dan shares his personal journey with alopecia and how it led him to create the Baldilocks movement, which aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for people with hair loss. He discusses the various initiatives under the Baldilocks brand, including spa days and coaching services, and emphasises the importance of monetising the movement to sustain its impact.

    Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a short video from Dan on what Balidilocks has to offer

    • 2 hrs 27 min
    Jay Beisser, JB Painting and decorator - Non payers, court battles and the emotional journey of dealing with a difficult pregnancy

    Jay Beisser, JB Painting and decorator - Non payers, court battles and the emotional journey of dealing with a difficult pregnancy

    In this conversation, Russ and Jay discuss their experiences as painters and decorators. Jay shares how he transitioned from aspiring professional golfer to painter and decorator.

    Find Jay here

    https://www.instagram.com/jbpaintingdecorating?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw==



    They talk about the challenges of managing customer expectations, the importance of social media in the industry, and the value of craftsmanship. They also touch on the topic of pricing and the different levels of quality in the trade. The conversation in this part revolves around the challenges of pricing and dealing with non-paying customers in the painting and decorating trade.

    Jay shares his experiences of pricing jobs based on the unique requirements of each project and the difficulties of estimating the time and effort required. He also discusses the anxiety and self-doubt that can arise when dealing with customers and the impact of non-payment on mental health. Jay shares a personal story of a non-paying customer during a difficult time in his life and the legal battle that ensued.

    The conversation also touches on the evolving expectations of customers and the need for tradespeople to adapt and set clear boundaries. In this conversation, Russ and Jay discuss the challenges and emotional journey of dealing with a difficult pregnancy and the impact it had on Jay's mental health.

    They touch on themes such as the fear and uncertainty of a potential health issue with his child, the pressure of running a business while going through personal struggles, and the importance of reaching out for support. They also discuss the stigma around men's mental health and the need for open and honest conversations. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of talking about and seeking help for mental health issues.

    • 2 hrs 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Stace532 ,

Amazing podcast

A raw and inspirational podcast listening to all of the people within the trade talking about their mental health and the experiences that they have gone through and the traumas they have had.
Definitely worth a listen and it could well save your life as it just proves that your not on your own!

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