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The Just Checking In Podcast is another step in Vent’s mission to give people a voice, change the conversation around mental health and provide an outlet where everyone, but especially men and boys, can express themselves.

Each pod we check in with a special guest. We have a natter about our mental health as well as anything and everything else they're passionate about.

If it helps that person with their mental health, we'll discuss it!

The Just Checking In Podcast The Just Checking In Podcast by VENT

    • Society & Culture

The Just Checking In Podcast is another step in Vent’s mission to give people a voice, change the conversation around mental health and provide an outlet where everyone, but especially men and boys, can express themselves.

Each pod we check in with a special guest. We have a natter about our mental health as well as anything and everything else they're passionate about.

If it helps that person with their mental health, we'll discuss it!

    JCIP #100 - The Boys

    JCIP #100 - The Boys

    For the landmark 100th episode of The Just Checking In Podcast, our Founder Freddie Cocker got together some of the boys in his social group to talk about mental health and growing up together.

    Previous JCIP guests Alex Bartlett, James Lamb made their return, with Alex Hensman joining in the conversation on debut.

    James and Alex Bartlett reflected on their podcast episodes, the reaction to them and what they've learned following their release.
    Alex Hensman talked about supporting a close friend at university with his mental health and how he had to learn the communication skills required to help him.

    They also discussed their favourite memories growing up together, how their social group has evolved from their teenage years to adulthood, getting better at having uncomfortable conversations and independence.

    Thank you to every single guest who has come on and bared their soul to us and to everyone who has supported the podcast to get it to this milestone.

    Here's to the next 100 episodes!

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 1 hr 51 min
    JCIP #99 - Debbie Hayton

    JCIP #99 - Debbie Hayton

    In the ninety-ninth episode of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Debbie Hayton.

    Debbie is a teacher, writer and commentator. She has written for outlets including UnHerd and The Spectator.

    Debbie is also a transsexual woman.

    In this episode we talk about her teaching journey, her proudest moments and the positivity that helping students has on her mental health.

    We talk about Debbie's transition and her journey from her former name David to Debbie, the gender dysphoria she experienced from early childhood, self-harm, transitioning whilst still working as a teacher, autogynephilia and why it's such a taboo term.

    We also talk about her views on the trans debate at the moment including gender identity, children with gender dysphoria and social media abuse.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can follow Debbie on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbieHayton

    You can read more of Debbie's writing here: https://debbiehayton.com/

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep and detailed discussion about self-harm, which some listeners may find distressing or upsetting, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Behind The Mic - The Night Society

    Behind The Mic - The Night Society

    In this episode of Behind The Mic, we checked in with Harry and Tom aka The Night Society.

    The Night Society are a dance floor indie-pop duo based in Guildford, UK. Drawing inspiration from their indie heroes such as The Wombats and Bombay Bicycle Club, they make unashamedly crystalline 80s dance-floor indie.

    Since the release of their debut single in March last year, The Night Society have racked up over 400K streams and gained extensive support from BBC Introducing, with BBC Intro Norfolk naming their second single ‘Believe’ their ‘Record of the Week’ and BBC Intro The South choosing them as one of their featured artists last year.

    In this episode we talk about how the duo met, comparison culture in the music industry, the streaming wars and developing your stage persona.

    We also talk about the grief that Harry went through with the loss of his grandad and the creative drain Tom has experienced when he would return home from university.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Listen to The Night Society on streaming platforms below:

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Q0FwVZnN1lK38DO5s6LYe?si=eada936e77aa440b
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKFue624x1YmpthpRq8_seA

    Follow The Night Society on social media below:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenightsociety/

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk
    Outro: The Night Society - TV Dinner: https://open.spotify.com/track/269VP2UvZ6mlRAWder1UFY?si=9bf7f7a9d788413d

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep discussion about grief and loss, which some listeners may find distressing or upsetting, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    JCIP #98 - Sinéad Watson

    JCIP #98 - Sinéad Watson

    In the ninety-eighth episode of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with Sinéad Watson.

    Sinéad is a detransitioned woman who has spoken openly about her journey from transition to detransition.

    In this episode we discuss the sexual abuse Sinéad experienced as a child, teenager and young adult and how she says this created her gender dysphoria and fuelled her desire to live as a trans man.

    We discuss the double mastectomy she underwent aged 26, how being on testosterone affected her mental and physical health and her decision to come off it.

    We also discuss her issues with alcoholism and how she came to the realisation that she wanted to desist and live as a natal woman again.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Follow Sinéad on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImWatson91

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep and detailed discussion about sexual abuse and suicide, which some listeners may find extremely upsetting or distressing, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    JCIP #97 - Peter O'Toole

    JCIP #97 - Peter O'Toole

    In the ninety-seventh episode of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with freelance illustrator and designer Peter O'Toole.

    Pete has worked with clients including Adidas, Mundial Magazine, Nike, Scotts Menswear, The Telegraph, Men’s Health USA and Huddersfield Town Football Club.

    In this episode we discuss how Pete became an illustrator and designer, class in the industry, self-doubt, comparison culture and the precarious nature of being a freelancer.

    We also discuss burnout, Pete’s experience of therapy and the stigma he felt in accessing it, managing your physical and mental health and the early mid-life crisis he had just before the first Covid-19 lockdown.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    Find out more about Pete's work here: http://www.peter-otoole.co.uk/

    Follow on Pete on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterotooleart

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    • 1 hr 22 min
    JCIP #96 - Fiona Scarlett

    JCIP #96 - Fiona Scarlett

    In the ninety-sixth episode of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with author Fiona Scarlett.

    Fiona recently published her first novel 'Boys Don't Cry' which we dive into in this episode.

    We discuss the themes it explores including masculinity, grief, brotherhood and fatherhood.

    Fiona also works full-time as a teacher. We discuss her teaching journey, the impact that social media has had on the mental health of boys and girls in Gen-Z (including her own children) and the impact that losing her father had on her in December 2020.

    As always, #itsokaytovent

    You can buy Boys Don't Cry here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/boys-dont-cry/fiona-scarlett/9780571366071

    You can follow Fiona on social media below:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Scarlett_for_ya

    Support Us:

    Patreon: www.patreon.com/venthelpuk
    GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/help-vent-supp…ir-mental-health

    Music: @patawawa - Strange: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70wfeJSEvk

    TRIGGER WARNING: this podcast contains a deep discussion about grief and loss, so please listen with caution.

    • 1 hr 24 min

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