Welcome back death ponderers!
In this episode we’re talking to Andy Elwood, a men’s mental health specialist and former paramedic winchman whose career has shifted from administering physical first aid to championing mental health first aid. During his 20-year career in the Emergency Services, Andy saved many lives as a Paramedic on Search and Rescue Helicopters. Now he works to save lives with Mental Health First Aid, and focuses specifically on advocating for more awareness of men’s mental health and the high rates of male suicide in the UK.
We really enjoyed talking to Andy about his varied career and experiences, and are very grateful to him for taking the time to come and chat to us. Just a heads up, Andy faced some pretty intense challenges while he was working in Afghanistan, so there are some potentially upsetting topics covered.
Grab a cup of tea and have a listen to our conversation with someone who’s been a lot closer to dying than we ever have.
Check out Andy’s website www.andyelwood.com where you can find out more about his work. Andy is also on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Andy has also posted some useful links to mental health support services on his website:
Samaritans – 24/7 helpline if you need help now 116123
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – Helpline 0800585858
Movember – Month focused on men’s – parity of physical and mental health
Mental Health First Aid England – half-day, one-day & 2-day courses
And if you want more… then come and see our show! We’re packing up the coffins and coming to London to perform The Death Show at Camden People’s Theatre from Thursday 30th Jan - Saturday 1st Feb 2020. Tickets can be booked at www.cptheatre.co.uk.
Check out our website www.thedeathshow.co.uk and social media pages for more information about the show.
* Produced by ASFB Productions
* Theme song co-written by Spence Cater with Arbie J www.spencecatermusic.com
* This podcast is supported using public funding by Arts Council England