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Conversations, stories and interviews on the topic of men’s mental health. Hosted by a group of male students, sharing their own experiences to help eliminate stigma, raise awareness, and signpost others to finding the help they need. Created in association with Student Minds and funded by Comic Relief.

Changing MENtality Changing MENtality

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Conversations, stories and interviews on the topic of men’s mental health. Hosted by a group of male students, sharing their own experiences to help eliminate stigma, raise awareness, and signpost others to finding the help they need. Created in association with Student Minds and funded by Comic Relief.

    (*Re-uploaded!) British-Asian Identity, Masculinity, and Leaving Islam

    (*Re-uploaded!) British-Asian Identity, Masculinity, and Leaving Islam

    In this episode, George S talks to Adam about his experience as an asian man in the UK. They discuss what it was like for Adam to grow up in London, his process of leaving Islam as a teenager, and how the norms of masculinity manifest in British Asian culture. Importantly, Adam aims to describe only his own experience, without claiming that it is universal to all British-Asian men or all ex-muslims. 

    If you are looking for support for your mental health, check out these resources:

    Student Minds: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/findsupport.html

    Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/

    Nightline: https://www.nightline.ac.uk/want-to-talk/

    If you are a muslim student and would like support specific to this, visit:

    https://studentspace.org.uk/support-services/support-for-muslim-students

    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/student-life/for-bame-students/

    *A listener pointed out that the original file uploaded was silent after the intro. Unfortunately, that file was corrupted. Happily, I've re-uploaded a non-corrupted version of the file that includes the epsiode in full. Sorry for any confusion!

    • 1 hr
    Positive Changes in Placements: A chat with Izzy de George

    Positive Changes in Placements: A chat with Izzy de George

    In this episode, Danny interviews Isabella de George on her nationwide campaign/movement to get universities to better improve their policies and well-being services for students, in particular placement students in memory of her brother Harrison. 

    Links: 
    Positive Changes ;n Placements - https://linktr.ee/isabella.degeorge and @positivechangesinplacement
    Mad Millennials - https://ideali.st/aQJjeT 
    Student Minds - https://www.studentminds.org.uk/
    Student Space - https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html
    National Suicide Prevention Alliance - https://nspa.org.uk/
    Papyrus - https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
    Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/
    Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/supporting-someone-who-feels-suicidal/useful-contacts/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Self-esteem and Masculinity

    Self-esteem and Masculinity

    In this episode George S talks to Dan Rothko about the relationship between self-esteem and masculinity. Dan left university prior to graduation due to poor mental health and struggles with self-esteem. Now in his thirties, he is happily married, has a child, and works in a complex needs school (a job he loves!) He talks openly about the issues he has had to deal with and what has helped him along the way. 
    Content warning: this episode contains mention of sexual assualt and suicidal ideation. If you would like support with sexual assualt, you can visit:
    https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org 
    If you would like support specifically aimed at men and boys (including trans men and boys) you can visit:
    https://www.survivorsuk.org/ 
    If you are looking for support with suicidal ideation, you can contact the Samaritans by visiting their website at:
    https://www.samaritans.org
    And you can call them anytime, 24 hours a day, on: 
    116 123
    If you would like support with depression or anxiety, you can visit the NHS website:
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/
    If you're a student looking for support with this, check out Student Minds:
    https://www.studentminds.org.uk/jobswithus.html#scc

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Evaluating emotions?

    Evaluating emotions?

    In this episode, Aidan, Louis and Euan have a conversation about emotions they regularly come across and feel as men, the significance of these and how they can be addressed!
    Relevant resources to these subjects can be found below: 
    Student Space - Online, one-stop shop’ for students in England and Wales who want to find help for their mental health or well-being.Students Against Depression - The Students Against Depression website has lots of information about tackling depression and low mood, including self -help resources and workbooks for students to work through to start taking steps towards tackling low mood.Student Minds website - Information about different support services available, including how to find them and what to expect when using them for the first time.Samaritans - phone 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org - confidential listening service.You can find other episodes of Changing MENtality here.
    You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter here.

    Further resources can be found below.
    Your GP Service - can refer to specialist support and services.University Student Support Services e.g. counseling, mental health advisers, student advice centre, students’ union. It's also worth looking out for university societies for international students. Papyrus - email pat@papyrus.uk.org. HOPELine UK - phone 0800 068 41 41: confidential service specifically for young people (under 35). They can offer crisis support for someone who is experiencing thoughts or feelings of suicide, as well as providing information and advice for those concerned about someone else.NHS 111 - Non-emergency line run by the NHS.999 - for an emergency situation.

    • 40 min
    International Study, Culture Shocks and Mental Health

    International Study, Culture Shocks and Mental Health

    In this episode, George S speaks to Krai about his experiences as an international student from Thailand. They talk about UK and Thai culture, student life in the UK, and the challenges international students face to their mental health. 

    Relevant resources to these subjects can be found below: 
    Student Space - Online, one-stop shop’ for students in England and Wales who want to find help for their mental health or well-being.Students Against Depression - The Students Against Depression website has lots of information about tackling depression and low mood, including self -help resources and workbooks for students to work through to start taking steps towards tackling low mood.Student Minds website - Information about different support services available, including how to find them and what to expect when using them for the first time.Samaritans - phone 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org - confidential listening service.You can find other episodes of Changing MENtality here.
    You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter here.

    Further resources can be found below.
    Your GP Service - can refer to specialist support and services.University Student Support Services e.g. counseling, mental health advisers, student advice centre, students’ union. It's also worth looking out for university societies for international students. Papyrus - email pat@papyrus.uk.org. HOPELine UK - phone 0800 068 41 41: confidential service specifically for young people (under 35). They can offer crisis support for someone who is experiencing thoughts or feelings of suicide, as well as providing information and advice for those concerned about someone else.NHS 111 - Non-emergency line run by the NHS.999 - for an emergency situation.

    • 39 min
    Social Class and University

    Social Class and University

    In this episode George S talks to Robert Brown about Robert's experience of coming from a working class, low income background and how it has affected his time at university.  Though the number of students attending university has increased in recent years, the disparity in representation between students from low income and high income remains the same. We talk about what effects that can have on students from those under-represented backgrounds.

    A few  books on relevant to this topic in the episode:

    Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class - by journalist Owen Jones

    https://uk.bookshop.org/books/chavs-the-demonization-of-the-working-class/9781839760921

    This book explores the way the working class in the UK has been systematically marginalised and the negative attitudes that have been fostered about them by politicians and the media.

    Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams - by journalist Alfred Lubrano

    https://uk.bookshop.org/books/limbo-blue-collar-roots-white-collar-dreams/9780471714392

    This is a book about the emotional challenges and internal conflicts  people from working class backgrounds (in this case, in the US) face when attempting to get into middle class professions

    Normal People - by novelist Sally Rooney

    https://uk.bookshop.org/books/normal-people/9780571334650

    A novel about the troubled relationship between two school friends, one from a working class background and the other from a much wealthier background (also turned into a hit TV drama!)

    Though not mentioned here, George would highly recommend the novels of David Nicholls - a novelist from a working class background and writer of One Day, Us and (most notebe from a class perspective) Starter For Ten and Sweet Sorrow:

    https://uk.bookshop.org/books?keywords=David+nicholls

    As well as Christopher Eccalston's autobiography I Love the Bones of You: My Father and the Making of Me:

    https://uk.bookshop.org/books/i-love-the-bones-of-you-my-father-and-the-making-of-me/9781471176340

    And Social Class in the 21st Century - by sociologist Mike Savage:

    https://uk.bookshop.org/books/social-class-in-the-21st-century/9780241004227

    Though not mentioned in the episode, this explains the recent division of the UK into seven classes, the concepts of social, economic and cultural capital discussed here, and how there is an increasingly large disparity between the elite at the top and the procariat at the bottom of the social hierarchy. 

    If you would like support with your mental health, you can visit Students Against Depression:

    https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/ 

    • 1 hr 15 min

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