95 episodes

Welcome, I'm Michael Coates, a former firefighter and also a former Soldier.

This podcast documents amazing stories from members of the military community.

Our guests include Military Cross winners, athletes, partners of those who have served, high ranking commanders and 'normal' veterans who have gained extraordinary experiences.

By declassifying stigmas and perceptions we wish to open up issues around mental fitness and wellbeing, talk in depth around subjects such as post traumatic growth and delve into human development on a micro level.

Our longterm vision is to provide hope, guidance, support and help for individuals who are suffering from both mental and physical illness or injury.

This is part of the Declassified network and this is Declassified

Awarded Best Interview Podcast and 3rd Best Wellbeing Podcast in the British Podcast Awards 2020

Declassified Michael Coates

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 27 Ratings

Welcome, I'm Michael Coates, a former firefighter and also a former Soldier.

This podcast documents amazing stories from members of the military community.

Our guests include Military Cross winners, athletes, partners of those who have served, high ranking commanders and 'normal' veterans who have gained extraordinary experiences.

By declassifying stigmas and perceptions we wish to open up issues around mental fitness and wellbeing, talk in depth around subjects such as post traumatic growth and delve into human development on a micro level.

Our longterm vision is to provide hope, guidance, support and help for individuals who are suffering from both mental and physical illness or injury.

This is part of the Declassified network and this is Declassified

Awarded Best Interview Podcast and 3rd Best Wellbeing Podcast in the British Podcast Awards 2020

    Episode 55 - Roger Cruickshank DFC

    Episode 55 - Roger Cruickshank DFC

    Fighter pilot, Distinguished Flying Cross and the power of repetition. 

    We talk about his operations in Syria and Iraq, what it takes to perform at your best and why preparing for the worst allowed him a shot at a moving target. 

    We also speak about psychological fitness, mental I’ll-health and his mothers suicide. 

    From skiing at the Olympics to the speed of sound.

    Episode 55 - Roger Cruckshank - this is declassified


    Find Roger on Instagram - https://instagram.com/sos_coaching_ltd?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

    And to read Rogers book, Speed of Sound - 
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Speed-Sound-Mind-remarkable-making-ebook/dp/B01D0HWCLE

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Episode 54 - James Stott

    Episode 54 - James Stott

    In this episode we speak with a former Royal Marine who has a talent for magic and a story of war.

      We talk about his time in Iraq, seeking more in his life and his time in Afghanistan. 

     Grief, violence, reflection and adventure. 

    Episide 53 - James Stott - this is declassified 


    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/run-4-ben-gregz?utm_term=ygWabxNp2

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Thames 26 Special - With Ash Alexander-Cooper, Nathan Jones and Michael Coates

    Thames 26 Special - With Ash Alexander-Cooper, Nathan Jones and Michael Coates

    Endurance, cold water, suffering and swimming,

     Listen to how Nathan and Michael swam 26.2 miles in 10 degree water. 

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Episode 53 - John Fendley

    Episode 53 - John Fendley

    Childhood, suicide, depression and helping other.

     In this episode we speak with one of the countries best know sports presenters. 

     We talk about his Dads National service, understanding mental ill-health and speaking. 

    Episode 53 - John Fendley - This is Declassified 

    • 1 hr 32 min
    British Podcast Awards 2022, Bronze Winners - Best Wellbeing Podcast

    British Podcast Awards 2022, Bronze Winners - Best Wellbeing Podcast

    4 clips taken from episodes released last year showing how the podcast speaks about wellbeing. 

    In this audio montage we talk with Keith Abraham, Steve Japp and Alex Seymour about trauma, PTSD, depression, psychedelics and healing

    • 14 min
    Episode 52 - Nathan Dunne

    Episode 52 - Nathan Dunne

    Heroin addiction, childhood abuse, neglect and care.




     In this episode we speak with a man whose childhood is beyond words. We talk about his early life in Liverpool, the chaos of addiction, bullying, safety and violence. 




     We also talk about failure, friendship, fighting and forgiveness. 




     A truly remarkable conversation that is full of pain and emotion. 




     Episode 52 - Nathan Dunne - This is Declassified 




     Nathan is currently walking 1350 miles barefoot. Support his endeavour




     here: 




    https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkamileinmyshoes22?utm_source=sms&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=walkamileinmyshoes22&utm_campaign=pfp-sms&utm_term=da4b74e201ae41c3abba41bfba1628f0




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    @walkamileinmyshoes22

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

StopTripping ,

Episode 11

Greet episode! This is a great program and a lot of good information shared. I enjoyed hearing about Prince Harry’s military experience. As a veteran, I can relate to when he discussed the “team” experience and working with fellow veterans.

MizLizW ,

Declassified

This is the podcast to hear gripping, emotional stories told by veterans to a fellow veteran, Michael Coates. You need not be a vet or a serving soldier, or even from the United Kingdom, to get something out of this podcast. What you will get is a window into the experiences of “regular” people who have been through hellacious times and come out the other side. Michael Coates has an obvious ease with his interviewees which gives them the confidence to discuss deeply personal experiences, including life after combat and mental health struggles. I hope this podcast keeps growing and going. Highly recommended.

teamgorman ,

Declassified

Class. The interviewer has a superb natural gift of drawing the stories out of his guests, with compassion and intelligence and no nonsense. You’ve either got it or you haven’t...and he has. So interesting to hear whether you have experience of the forces or not. Service, brotherhood, and great positivity towards mental health issues are all covered. And real characters. Top podcast that will hopefully grow and grow. Be there at the beginning.

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