23 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.

    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
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    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
    Just Like Us

    Just Like Us

    In this episode I have a chat with Dominic Arnall Chief Executive of Just Like Us.
    Just Like Us is the LGBT+ young people's charity. We were founded five years ago for a simple reason: growing up LGBT+ is still unacceptably tough.
    https://www.justlikeus.org/
    I read the Article LGBT+ young people in North East are the loneliest in England and had to have a chat.
    https://www.justlikeus.org/single-post/lgbt-young-people-in-north-east-are-loneliest-in-england

    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
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    Phone and website contacts:


    Places that can help you if you feel distressed:
    Your GP can help you:
    Ring the surgery for an out of hours telephone number
    Samaritans: 0845 7909090
    24 hour helpline support for those experiencing distress, despair and/or suicidal feelings
    Text SHOUT to 85258
    https://giveusashout.org/about-us/about-shout/

    The Proud Trust
    Is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. We do this through youth groups, coordinating national and regional LGBT+ youth work networks, managing the LGBT+ Centre for Manchester, delivering of training, running events and campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.

    https://www.theproudtrust.org/for-young-people/advice-and-support/


    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
    LifeSIGNS – Self-Injury Guidance & Network Support: Ideas and guidance for anyone affected by self-injury. Small charity run by LGB people with personal experience of self-injury. Anonymous Support Forum, clear fact-sheets, and active across social networks e.g. @LifeSIGNS
    Childline: 0800 1111
    Free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger. If the lines are busy, please keep trying
    Allsorts: – 01273 72 12 11Free helpline, 10am-5pm, Monday – Friday
    Allsorts is charity which supports young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTQU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity
    Pace Youth: – 0207 700 1323
    Free and confidential counselling for LGBTQ youth under 19. PACE is a LGBTQ mental health and wellbeing charity
    National Lesbian and Gay Switchboard: – 0300 330 0630
    Support and information for LGBQ people across the UK (10am to 11pm)
    NHS Direct: – 0845 4647
    This is a 24 hour support and information line

    • 21 min
    Living with HIV

    Living with HIV

    In February 2021 I read this article
    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/hiv-sunderland-its-a-sin-19807332
    and knew I needed to have a conversation with Andrew.

    This episode details his being diagnosed with HIV and how he now has an undetectable viral load which means he cannot transmit the virus.

    Andrew was an absolute joy to have a conversation with.
    I hope you gain something from this episode.

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

    Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Mouthfulbig
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    Links to subjects discussed in this podcast.

    Terence Higgins Trust
    https://www.tht.org.uk/
    The UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.

    Positive East
    https://www.positiveeast.org.uk/
    Positive East has been at the forefront of HIV service and care for three decades; supporting people from point of HIV diagnosis to longer term care.
    Their mission is – to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities affected by HIV – we have developed a holistic range of health and wellbeing programmes from counselling to workshops to HIV testing and prevention.
    Prepster
    https://prepster.info/
    PrEPster aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond
    Do It London
    https://doitlondon.org/
    Do It London is part of The London HIV Prevention Programme
    The London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) is a London-wide sexual health promotion initiative. It aims to increase HIV testing and promote prevention choices.
    The Elton John AIDS Foundation
    https://www.eltonjohnaidsfoundation.org/
    They want a world free from AIDS for everyone.
    The Elton John AIDS Foundation funds frontline partners to prevent infections, fight stigma and provide treatment with love, compassion and dignity for the most vulnerable groups affected by HIV around the world.

    LivLife
    https://livlife.com/
    Your journey with HIV
    Learn more about how to navigate every step of your journey with HIV - from newly diagnosed to managing your treatment and living well.
    MESMAC Newcastle
    https://mesmacnewcastle.com/
    During the Coronavirus outbreak Mesmac are unable to see people face to face. We have adapted our services to offer support either by telephone or email, we also offer HIV self testing kits by post to gay/bisexual men and other men who have sex with men upon request.
    You will need to complete the order form and email it back to us, this is to determine your eligibility and so we can contact you for aftercare.
    To apply for a FREE HIV test kit go to our HIV Test page and download the order form.
    Mesmac
    https://www.mesmac.co.uk/
    Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. We offer services to various communities across Yorkshire, including men who have sex with men, people of colour and other marginalised races, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGBT+ young people and adults.
    They have bases in Leeds, York, North Yorkshire, Bradford, Wakefield, Rotherham and Hull.

    • 47 min
    Let's Talk About ChemSex

    Let's Talk About ChemSex

    IF YOU HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY ANYTHING DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO READ WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE.

    In this episode we are going to be talking about ChemSex. What it is, how it affects us and what we can do to look after ourselves if we are engaging in it.
    To help us with that discussion, we have a fantastic guest  in  Soozie Carmichael.
    She has 12 years’ experience of working in addictions and is passionate about harm reduction.

    Did you know that historically, psychoactive substances have been used by (i) priests in religious ceremonies ; (ii) healers for medicinal purposes  or (iii) the masses, in a socially acceptable way (such as  alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine). Our ancestors found ways to make more powerful concoctions easier to take.
    he problem of loss of control associated with substances, indicating today's concept of addiction, was already being discussed in the 17th century .
    We know that drugs have been around since forever .

    More recently with technological progress, sex is available when ever we want it thanks to mobile/cell phones and their cameras. Together with apps and the internet, sex and group sex is now available more than ever before.

    The LGBT Foundation offers support and advice to LGBT+ people follow the link or call them
    Advice Support & Information 0345 3 30 30 30 http://lgbt.foundation/chemsex

    Lets Talk About It is an NHS service in Solent.
    They offer Chemsex Support
    Their team of Health Advisers are on hand to support you with your chems use.
    If you have any concerns about chemsex, you want to cut down or just play more safely, talk to us confidentially. Make an appointment for 1-1 support by calling 0300 300 2016 and ask for the Health Advising Team.
    https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/other-services/chemsex-support/

    WeAreWithYou
    Offer support around Chemsex: how to get back in control.
    https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/help-and-advice/advice-you/chemsex/

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

    Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
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    Articles:
    https://medium.com/unusual-universe/the-complete-history-of-the-sex-orgy-7fb0a38bab7d
    https://theconversation.com/why-do-humans-have-an-innate-desire-to-get-high-60671
     https://listverse.com/2018/09/10/10-moments-in-the-history-of-the-orgy/
     https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/22/addicted-to-chemsex-gay-drugs-film 

    • 49 min
    Soozie & Claire talk about their coming out experiences

    Soozie & Claire talk about their coming out experiences

    This is an audio extraction from the video released last year.This was 1 of 4 videos we made to coincide with International Coming Out Day.If you would like to watch the video please visit  https://youtu.be/Lt2x9bxnNskContact A Big Mouthful with any...

    • 15 min
    Martha & Paul talk about their coming out experiences

    Martha & Paul talk about their coming out experiences

    This is an audio extraction from the video released last year.
    This was 2 of 4 videos we made to coincide with International Coming Out Day.

    If you would like to watch the video please visit  https://youtu.be/qiD0x2As38g


    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
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    • 10 min

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