According to Wikipedia a ‘podcast’ is an episodic series of digital audio files that a user can download to a personal device to listen to at a time of their choosing. Streaming applications and podcasting services provide a convenient and integrated way to manage a personal consumption queue across many podcast sources and playback devices. Phew….
As the founder of ‘For Men To Talk’, Luke Newman has been asked to be interviewed on a few podcasts recently. This week, he was very lucky to be on two titled ‘#RUOKM8’ and ‘‘Breaking Out Of Purgatory (BOOP)’
Jamie Archer, a long-time advocate and champion of mental health launched his amazing #RUOKM8 mental health campaign that encourages men to talk and aims to remove any stigma around men’s mental health.
In 2019, he opened up to colleagues about his struggles with his Mental Health. He literally sat a construction site full of lads down and told them his story. More importantly he told them that it was ok to feel like that, and even more so it was ok to talk about it.
He was so nervous about it back then. Was he opening himself up too much? What would the lads think of him? Is this going to impact on how they view him as a site manager?
He’s so glad that he did open up as it not only helped the lads on site understand him as a person, not just as their Site Manager. But it also created a safe space to talk for others, something that quite rightly, he will be forever proud of.
‘#RUOKM8’ allows others to talk about their mental health stories. Now in its third season, Luke was invited on Episode 4.
‘Breaking Out Of Purgatory (BOOP)’
BOOP was born to get more people talking about mental health and the primary goal is to break the stigma surrounding it. The founder, Matt Johnson, interviews people from all over the world, discussing the many layers and aspects of mental health, including his own story.
We’ll let Matt introduce the podcast:
“This week I’m joined by Luke Newman, founder of ‘For Men To Talk’. Luke has created a multi-county support group for men to talk and also written a book called ‘The Mental Health Moles’. We chat about what put him on this incredible journey and where it’s going in the future. Luke and his organisation have supported men from all over the world to not be alone and give them a space to talk about their mental health and in some cases been the olive branch needed before falling into poor mental health.”