28 episodes

This podcast has been produced for anyone who wants to listen to what it is like being LGBT+ and to understand some of the issues that we live with. However, some of the topics that will be discussed are relevant to everyone.Some of those discussions will be serious, emotional, controversial, extremely light hearted and humorous but above all, hopefully you will find them informative and give you something to think about.

A Big Mouthful Simon Pearson

    • Health & Fitness

This podcast has been produced for anyone who wants to listen to what it is like being LGBT+ and to understand some of the issues that we live with. However, some of the topics that will be discussed are relevant to everyone.Some of those discussions will be serious, emotional, controversial, extremely light hearted and humorous but above all, hopefully you will find them informative and give you something to think about.

    Tom's Journey

    Tom's Journey

    This is a moving and powerful episode where Tom talks to me about his first feelings of sadness, through to his first overdose, his feelings of desperately not wanting to be alive anymore and then, with support, feeling he has a future and is looking forward to his life.
    If you feel overwhelmed by the content of this conversation, please reach out to someone to talk to or contact one of these services.
     
     Your GP can help you:
    Ring the surgery for an out of hours telephone number

    Help for teenagers, young adults and students
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/children-and-young-adults
    How universities offer student mental health support
     https://www.whatuni.com/advice/student-life/student-mental-health-support/102217/

    Mental health support The Open University
     https://help.open.ac.uk/mental-health-support

    Counselling for Students
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/children-and-young-adults/help-for-teenagers-young-adults-and-students/student-mental-health-counselling/

    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.
    https://uksobs.org/
    Email – write to email.support@uksobs.org
    Helpline – open 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday 0300 111 5065
    bereaveMENt – email bereaveMENt@uksobs.org
    Punjabi Speaking Women’s Group – Contact birmingham@uksobs.org or 07376 303 438
    Text SHOUT to 85258
    https://giveusashout.org/about-us/about-shout/
    Samaritans: 0845 7909090
    24 hour helpline support for those experiencing distress, despair and/or suicidal feelings
    LGBT Foundation:  – 0845 3 30 30 30 or 0161 235 8035 (10am-10pm, daily)
      Helpline run by Lesbian and gay health charity. Email: info@lgbt.foundation
    Hopeline UK  https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
    Support for under 35’s at risk of suicide  0800 068 4141
    If U Care Share Foundation
    If you've been bereaved, affected or are thinking of suicide please reach out for help and support. Talk to us...
    https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk/
    Tel: 0191 387 5661

    Crisis Messenger
    A free, confidential 24/7 text service. Text IUCS to 85258
    Please contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.
     
     Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Mouthfulbig
    Instagram: a_big_mouthful
    YouTube: A Big Mouthful
    To donate to my sponsored walk:
    All proceeds are going directly to If U Care Share.
    Sponsor me with as much as you can spare and please get everyone you know to dig deep too.
    You can only donate directly to If U Care Share from this link in the show notes and Twitter. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/abigmouthful
    If you would like to join me on any part of the walk, email me and let me know.
     You would be very welcome.
     Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Pride 2021

    Pride 2021

    28th August 2021.
    It was an amazingly sunny day.
    The Peoples' Park in Ashington was the venue for Northumberland Pride.
    This was our first outing as a Network since 2019.
    It was amazing being able to mix with other queer folk and to talk about many issues especially around mental health.
    We heard some really heart warming stories and some sad ones too and we hope we were able to help and support those of you we engaged with.

    Watch our video from the day at:
    https://youtu.be/rhjRoFgOeSw

    Please contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.
     
     Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Mouthfulbig
    Instagram: a_big_mouthful
    YouTube: A Big Mouthful
    To donate to my sponsored walk:
    All proceeds are going directly to If U Care Share.
    Details are in the "If U Care Share" and other episodes in the series discussing suicide.

    What I need you to do.
    Firstly, dig deep into your pockets and sponsor me with as much as you can spare and please get everyone you know to dig deep too.
    You can only donate directly to If U Care Share from this link in the show notes and Twitter. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/abigmouthful
    If you would like to join me on any part of the walk, email me and let me know.
     You would be very welcome.
      Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com

    • 4 min
    Helen & I talk about suicide from a clinicians perspective

    Helen & I talk about suicide from a clinicians perspective

    Dr. Helen Bolas joins me to talk about suicide from a clinicians perspective and as always, Helen offers some educative advice.

    Your GP can help you:
    Ring the surgery for an out of hours telephone number

    https://www.uksobs.org/
    Those bereaved by suicide often feel isolated at a time when they are hurting, suffering mental anguish and are vulnerable themselves to thoughts of suicide.  Even those fortunate enough to have strong support networks can still feel alone, unable to share their true feelings for fear of their impact on others, particularly when they are also in a caring role for others who are bereaved. SOBS exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide. 
    Email – write to email.support@uksobs.org
    Helpline – open 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday 0300 111 5065
    bereaveMENt – email bereaveMENt@uksobs.org
    Punjabi Speaking Women’s Group – Contact birmingham@uksobs.org or 07376 303 438
    Text SHOUT to 85258
    https://giveusashout.org/about-us/about-shout/
    Samaritans: 0845 7909090
    24 hour helpline support for those experiencing distress, despair and/or suicidal feelings
    LGBT Foundation:  – 0845 3 30 30 30 or 0161 235 8035 (10am-10pm, daily)
     Helpline run by Lesbian and gay health charity. Email: info@lgbt.foundation
    Hopeline UK  https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
    Support for under 35’s at risk of suicide  0800 068 4141
    If U Care Share Foundation
    We know that life can be tough sometimes and we may face difficult times, if you have been bereaved, affected or are thinking of suicide yourself then please do reach out for help and support.
    Talk to us...
     
     https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk/
     Tel: 0191 387 5661

    Crisis Messenger
    If you are worried about something, talk to our trained volunteers with our free, confidential and 24/7 text service. Text IUCS to 85258
    Please contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.
     
     Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Mouthfulbig
    Instagram: a_big_mouthful
    YouTube: A Big Mouthful
    To donate to my sponsored walk:
    All proceeds are going directly to If U Care Share.

    What I need you to do.
    Firstly, dig deep into your pockets and sponsor me with as much as you can spare and please get everyone you know to dig deep too.
    You can only donate directly to If U Care Share from this link in the show notes and Twitter. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/abigmouthful
    If you would like to join me on any part of the walk, email me and let me know. 
     You would be very welcome. 
     Here is my itinerary.
    Thu. 9 Sep:  Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 
    Fri. 10 Sep: Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford
     
     Sat.  11 Sep:  Chollerford to Gilsland 
    Sun. 12 Sep: Gilsland to Carlisle  
    Mon. 13 Sep: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway  

    • 25 min
    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

    In this episode I talk with Lauren whose father died by suicide.  She talks about the devastating effects this had on her and her family and how they are now moving forward.

    Your GP can help you:
    Ring the surgery for an out of hours telephone number

    https://www.uksobs.org/
    Those bereaved by suicide often feel isolated at a time when they are hurting, suffering mental anguish and are vulnerable themselves to thoughts of suicide.  Even those fortunate enough to have strong support networks can still feel alone, unable to share their true feelings for fear of their impact on others, particularly when they are also in a caring role for others who are bereaved. SOBS exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide. 
    Email – write to email.support@uksobs.org
    Helpline – open 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday 0300 111 5065
    bereaveMENt – email bereaveMENt@uksobs.org
    Punjabi Speaking Women’s Group – Contact birmingham@uksobs.org or 07376 303 438
    Text SHOUT to 85258
    https://giveusashout.org/about-us/about-shout/
    Samaritans: 0845 7909090
    24 hour helpline support for those experiencing distress, despair and/or suicidal feelings
    LGBT Foundation:  – 0845 3 30 30 30 or 0161 235 8035 (10am-10pm, daily)
     Helpline run by Lesbian and gay health charity. Email: info@lgbt.foundation
    Hopeline UK  https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
    Support for under 35’s at risk of suicide  0800 068 4141
    If U Care Share Foundation
    We know that life can be tough sometimes and we may face difficult times, if you have been bereaved, affected or are thinking of suicide yourself then please do reach out for help and support.
    Talk to us...
     
     https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk/
     Tel: 0191 387 5661

    Crisis Messenger
    If you are worried about something, talk to our trained volunteers with our free, confidential and 24/7 text service. Text IUCS to 85258
    Please contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.
     
     Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Mouthfulbig
    Instagram: a_big_mouthful
    YouTube: A Big Mouthful
    To donate to my sponsored walk:
    All proceeds are going directly to If U Care Share.

    What I need you to do.
    Firstly, dig deep into your pockets and sponsor me with as much as you can spare and please get everyone you know to dig deep too.
    You can only donate directly to If U Care Share from this link in the show notes and Twitter. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/abigmouthful
    If you would like to join me on any part of the walk, email me and let me know. 
     You would be very welcome. 
     Here is my itinerary.
    Thu. 9 Sep:  Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 
    Fri. 10 Sep: Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford
     
     Sat.  11 Sep:  Chollerford to Gilsland 
    Sun. 12 Sep: Gilsland to Carlisle  
    Mon. 13 Sep: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway  

    • 29 min
    If U Care Share

    If U Care Share

    This is the first of a series of episodes this month discussing suicide.
    If you have strong feelings that you do not want to live anymore or if you have been bereaved by suicide, please use one of the following ways to find someone to listen to you and for you to talk to someone. They can help you.

    Your GP can help you:
    Ring the surgery for an out of hours telephone number

    Text SHOUT to 85258
    https://giveusashout.org/about-us/about-shout/
    Samaritans: 0845 7909090
    24 hour helpline support for those experiencing distress, despair and/or suicidal feelings
    LGBT Foundation:  – 0845 3 30 30 30 or 0161 235 8035 (10am-10pm, daily)
     Helpline run by Lesbian and gay health charity. Email: info@lgbt.foundation
    Hopeline UK  https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
    Support for under 35’s at risk of suicide  0800 068 4141
    If U Care Share Foundation
    We know that life can be tough sometimes and we may face difficult times, if you have been bereaved, affected or are thinking of suicide yourself then please do reach out for help and support.
    Talk to us...
     
     https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk/
     Tel: 0191 387 5661

    Crisis Messenger
    If you are worried about something, talk to our trained volunteers with our free, confidential and 24/7 text service. Text IUCS to 85258


    Please contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.
     
     Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Mouthfulbig
    Instagram: a_big_mouthful
    YouTube: A Big Mouthful
    To donate to my sponsored walk:
    All proceeds are going directly to If U Care Share.
     What I need you to do.
    Firstly, dig deep into your pockets and sponsor me with as much as you can spare and please get everyone you know to dig deep too.
    You can only donate directly to If U Care Share from this link in the show notes and Twitter. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/abigmouthful
    If you would like to join me on any part of the walk, email me and let me know. 
     You would be very welcome. 
     Here is my itinerary.
    Thu. 9 Sep: 
    Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 
    Fri. 10 Sep: 
    Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford
     
     Sat.  11 Sep: 
    Chollerford to Gilsland 
    Sun. 12 Sep: 
    Gilsland to Carlisle  
    Mon. 13 Sep: 
    Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway  

    • 27 min
    Let's Talk About Trauma

    Let's Talk About Trauma

    Helen and I discuss Trauma, how it manifests itself, how it affects us physically and psychologically and what we can do to help overcome traumatic experiences.

    Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.

    Your GP can help you:
    Ring the surgery for an out of hours telephone number

    Text SHOUT to 85258
    https://giveusashout.org/about-us/about-shout/
    Samaritans: 0845 7909090
    24 hour helpline support for those experiencing distress, despair and/or suicidal feelings
    LGBT Foundation:  – 0845 3 30 30 30 or 0161 235 8035 (10am-10pm, daily)
    Helpline run by Lesbian and gay health charity. Email: info@lgbt.foundation


    If U Care Share Foundation
    We know that life can be tough sometimes and we may face difficult times, if you have been bereaved, affected or are thinking of suicide yourself then please do reach out for help and support.
    Talk to us...

    https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk/
    Tel: 0191 387 5661


    LGBTIQ+ mental healthGives information about mental health support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ+). 
    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/lgbtiqplus-mental-health/about-lgbtiqplus-mental-health/
    7 Tools for Managing Traumatic Stresshttps://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/October-2020/7-Tools-for-Managing-Traumatic-Stress
    Coping after a traumatic eventhttps://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/problems-disorders/coping-after-a-traumatic-event
    The National Trauma Training Programme (NTTP)https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/news/the-national-trauma-training-programme-nttp/



    The Dream Completion Techniquehttps://www.thescienceofpsychotherapy.com/the-dream-completion-technique/
    Night terrors and nightmareshttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/night-terrors/


    Avoidance and Escapehttps://www.psychologytools.com/professional/mechanisms/avoidance/


    How to Reduce Your Panic-Related Avoidance Behaviourshttps://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-reduce-your-panic-related-avoidance-behaviors-2584148



    Please contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.

    Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Mouthfulbig
    Instagram: a_big_mouthful
    YouTube: A Big Mouthful
    To donate to my sponsored walk:
    What I need you to do.
    Firstly, dig deep into your pockets and sponsor me with as much as you can spare and please get everyone you know to dig deep too.
    You can only donate directly to If You care Share from this link in the show notes and Twitter. https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/abigmouthful
    If you would like to join me on any part of that journey, email me and let me know. 
    You would be very welcome. 
    Here is my itinerary.
    Thu. 9 Sep: 
    Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 
    Fri. 10 Sep: 
    Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford

    Sat.  11 Sep: 
    Chollerford to Gilsland 
    Sun. 12 Sep: 
    Gilsland to Carlisle  
    Mon. 13 Sep: 
    Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway  

    • 51 min

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