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"I spent 15 months hospitalised in psychiatric wards.'" Episode 90: We're straight talking The Psych Ward with author Peter Vox. Peter is a former teacher in the Bronx who grew up in a family with a history of mental illnesses and is the author of The Psych Ward Notes. Peter tells us how his health anxiety and existential thoughts developed early i…
 
"Men don't really talk about this, we don't really hear about men in violent relationships.'" Episode 89: It's out monthly check in, no particular theme just what is going in ours and the greater world. We discuss the ongoing case of Johnny Depp & Amber Heard, their toxic relationship, the often unspoken domestic violence on men and Amber Heard's d…
 
"If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism'" Episode 88: STMH 2.0 is go! Peter steps out and Aisling steps in. We're straight talking autism with Kella aka Awakened Neurodivergence. We discuss ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Kella also tells us also about her OCD. We discuss some of the characteristics of autism lik…
 
"The man is a devil!'" Episode 87: The second in our check in series! Don't get too attached though as Peter leaves the podcast again! Not to worry though, we'll be continuing on and relaunching STMH 2.0 with a new co-host! Find out all about it on this week's episode. Before Peter goes though, he'll be telling you (sort of) why he is leaving for g…
 
"Every child is vulnerable to being captured by alcohol or drugs - every child!" Episode 86: This week we are talking to author Ricahrd Capriola about his book "The Addicted Child." Richard tells us some of the warning signs to look out for with teenagers and substance abuse, some of the underlying issues which can lead to addiction, the impact of …
 
"The situation in the Ukraine is breeding a lot of anxiety for people'" Episode 85: Surprise!!! We're back. You wanted weekly, we'll meet ye half way and give you every two weeks. This is our first check in episode, no particular theme but we look at the world as always, through the lens of mental health. We discuss the anxiety the situation in Ukr…
 
"You carry the guilt as a mum, 'Am I affecting them? Am I going to cause damage?'" Episode 84: We're back! This month we're straight talking Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). We talk to Emily who tells us about her history of depression and self harm that goes back to when she was 14, the eating order that developed after putting on weight…
 
Episode 83: We're back! This month we're straight talking Narcissism. We discuss the criteria for someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the developmental contributors to what causes it, why narcissists are typically men and why Allan hasn't seen many in his practice. We also look at examples of narcissists in popular culture: Trump, Kanye…
 
Episode 82: This week we're straight talking the Xmas craic live! We had a Facebook Live interactive episode on Sunday 19th for our Xmas party with our audience. Listen back and be regaled with tales of Kamron's hangover, see if you can hear as Peter drifts towards "4 Pints Pee" as the beers are flowing and find out why Allan is so tired after bein…
 
"A lot of people don't understand, it's not just something you see it and you get over it." Episode 81: This week we're straight talking Suicide with Amy. Amy's boyfriend of almost two years killed himself after a drunken argument. We discuss her experience of finding his body, the nightmares/ flashbacks and PTSD symptoms she has experienced since,…
 
"We've helped a lot of people. I'm very proud of that and we'll continue to do that." Episode 80: This week we're straight talking hitting the landmark of breaking 80! Peter jumps back on and we discuss the impact we have had on people's lives over our 80 weekly episodes. We also discuss the resilience of children, is it real or not and we share ou…
 
"Corruption? That's one of the reasons I left, why I resigned." Episode 79: This week we're straight talking Law Enforcement with "Linda". Linda was a police officer and detective in South Africa before resigning. We discuss corruption and police brutality, the differences between racism and oppression in SA now, the impact of the job which can lea…
 
"Their babies would be taken if they didn't have the money to buy them back, which happened in most of the cases." Episode 78: This week we're straight talking Mother & Baby Homes with filmmaker Teresa Levina. Teresa's film "Untold Secrets" focuses on survivors of the Mother & Baby homes in Ireland, with a particular emphasis on Anne Silke and her …
 
Episode 77: This week we're straight talking our mental health. We all have a lot going on and who better to talk about mental health on our podcast than us, as we have a check in with ourselves. Peter starts meditating and turns into the Dalai Lama as he gets all philosophical. Kamron is so busy with college, work and internship that he prepares t…
 
"Did I take my foot off the pedal (when I got to Newcastle)? If I'm being honest I would 'yeah just slightly' compared to what I was like at Bohemians." Episode 76: This week we're straight talking mental health in football with Republic of Ireland Under 21 Manager Jim Crawford. Jim tells us about his own career and what it was like to move to Newc…
 
"I had quite a severe manic episode but nobody knew, because I was embarrassed.'" Episode 75: This week we're straight talking Psychosis with DJ Jadie Swales-Barnes. Jadie tells us about her diagnosis of psychosis, PTSD & Bipolar 1 and the childhood abuse and self harm from a young age which have contributed to her mental health over the years. We …
 
"I'm coming out saying 'someone's trying to hurt me' and they're coming out with their guns and hands on their holsters.'" Episode 74: This week we're straight talking Mental Health in America with author N. Daniel. Nick is an author and caregiver in Minneapolis who actually worked with George Floyd and he tells what his experience of George was li…
 
"I had a conversation recently where, her son was bi-racial and played football on the same field that there were Klan rallies still to this day'" Episode 73: This week we're straight talking Immigration with author Rocky Callen. Rocky is a 1st generation immigrant who at the age of 12 was advocating for bilingual court services in the US. Rocky te…
 
"I never knew what OCD was, I never knew about OCD until I started asking 'Why am I doing this?!'" Episode 72: This week we're straight talking HUH (How's Ur Head) with Mark Donnelly. Mark is the founder of HUH a clothing brand that donates 10% of all sales to mental health charities. We start from the beginning with Mark telling us about his own O…
 
"I've never felt pain like it, I was climbing off the table begging for them to knock me out!" Episode 71: This week we're straight talking endometriosis with Carly Pitman. Carly explains what endometriosis is for us and tells us of her experience, how for years her condition was dismissed even by doctors, how she was so used to the pain every mont…
 
"This is the most natural thing in the world for a woman to do, so why does my body keep rejecting my babies?" Episode 70: This week we're straight talking miscarriage with holistic therapist Amy Egan. Amy tells us how she always wanted children and assumed it was as easy as just deciding to get pregnant, how emotional she was when she would get he…
 
"Society never backed us! No one said to me "here, you can keep your baby, we'll look after you" Episode 69: This week we're straight talking Birth Mothers with Anne Marie. Anne Marie is now a psychotherapist but at 18 as an unmarried mother, she was sent to live with a family as live in help to hide her pregnancy, before being forced to give up he…
 
"We have to wrap Christy in cotton wool and look after him because, and I don't use this lightly, he is unique!" Episode 68: This week we're straight talking the "Crazy World" of Aslan with band member Billy McGuinness. Aslan are 40 years in the music business and are regarded as the band that "should have been as as big as U2". Billy tells us the …
 
"There was times when she was in crisis and she wouldn't respond to anyone but me." Episode 67: This week we're straight talking carers with "Niamh". Niamh is a carer for her twin sister who has mental health issues. She tells us about the impact on her own mental health of being a carer, how she had to put her own life on hold, how much she repres…
 
"Because I was the first guy in, I was the assistant guru that ran a little branch." Episode 66: This week we're straight talking young adulthood with author/ psychotherapist Verlin Darrow. Verlin tells us about his book Prodigy Quest and we discuss the difficulties faced at the developmental stage of being a young adult, the pressure to have the r…
 
"I ended up leaving the military, I got divorced and it was all down to my mental health after leaving." Episode 65: This week we're straight talking men's mental health with James Boardman aka The Man Coach. James went from working in McDonald's to becoming a Royal Marine sniper, he tells us how his father died when he was 6 and how that has drove…
 
"I just said to her last week, I'm not happy and the conversation sort of went from there." Episode 64: This week we're straight talking your mental health with Paul. Personal Trainer Paul discusses toxic masculinity in his previous job, the stress of bad neighbours, his break up just last week and the practicalities that surround that, ACT (Accept…
 
"If you are a person of colour, you need to be out of that town before sundown or you are in trouble." Episode 63: This week we're straight talking black lives matter with Ashley France Howell. Ashley is the host of the "Hands Up Don't Shoot" podcast where she discusses police brutality on the black community. We discuss the impact that just being …
 
"We were sitting at the kitchen table doing homework and she just came in and slapped me across the face." Episode 62: This week we're straight talking childhood abuse with "Cody". Triggered by the death of her grandfather, Cody was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. She tells us about being groomed (which she learned about from the po…
 
"We have the symptoms but they may not be ours." Episode 61: This week we're straight talking inherited family trauma with award winning author Mark Wolynn. Mark literally wrote the book on generational trauma "It Didn't Start With You" and on this very special episode Mark breaks down the science of how traumatic experiences that happened to our p…
 
"Hell is wanting the present moment to be different." Episode 60: This week we're straight talking perfectionism with Dr. Jane Tornatore. Jane is a psychotherapist, speaker and author and we discuss the impact of perfectionism, how it develops, the impact of having more compassion for ourselves and she has some great advise with how to deal with th…
 
"So even on my lowest point, I'd get up, still go to work, still do everything I can... while feeling shit." Episode 59: This week we're straight talking defense mechanisms with Lloyd Pennington. Lloyd from Wales tells us about repressing emotions since age 3, injections he required directly into his head since a child which caused needle phobia, h…
 
"I would take the weekend to prepare, either for hospitalization or death." Episode 58: This week we're straight talking blindness with award winning singer/ songwriter/ author Heather Hutchison. Blind since birth, Canadian Heather talks about her experience of depression and social anxiety, the downside of having a guide dog, the bullying she expe…
 
"We have to meet every individual where they are at and be able to support them at the place." Episode 57: This week we're straight talking grief with psychotherapist Mags Bowen. We discuss the different losses we have faced as a society during lockdown, regression at times of loss, different kinds of grief (anticipatory, complicated, disenfranchis…
 
"I didn't really get to enjoy being a father and that was borne out of not having a clue what I was doing" Episode 56: This week we're straight talking the fatherhood. Peter is back for one week only! We discuss the changing roles of fathers, the change in lifestyle after having a child, the anxiety that comes with having a sick child, parental gui…
 
Episode 55: This week we're straight talking the Inner Child with Fraser Morgan. Musican Fraser tells us about trying to heal the wounds of his inner child, abandonment fears stemming from issues from traumatic experiences in childhood, growing up without a father and then finally meeting his father and what that was like, how he moved to Ireland f…
 
Episode 54: This week we're straight talking bipolar disorder with Arlene Bailey. Arlene is a professional singer who tells us about being diagnosed with Type 2 Bipolar after the death of her father. Arlene also opens up about leaving home at 17 to join a band, how self harm marks were ignored by a nurse when she was a teenager, how her history of …
 
Episode 53: This week we're straight talking alcoholism with Dave Dunne. Dave tells us how at a young age he was a "pawn" in his father's infidelity that broke up the family, how his drinking got out of control in later life resulting in his being arrested for drink driving twice, losing his job as a result and how he is now able to have a healthy …
 
Episode 52: This week we're straight talking Ecotherapy with Malachy Dunne. From Cornwall, psychotherapist & supervisor Malachy tells us about Ecotherapy as well as his story of growing up in a house of 12, his history of addiction and recovery, including contracting Hepatitis C, the Catholic shame of being divorced, his issue with the term "mental…
 
Episode 51: This week we're straight talking motivation. Peter steps out of hosting duties and we introduce Michelle Maguire! Michelle first appeared as a guest on episode 13, don't worry though, we're keeping the craic going as you will hear. We talk about the importance of dopamine in motivation, the self criticism in not being able to be motivat…
 
Episode 50: This week we're straight talking 50 episodes! We discuss hitting the milestone of big 5-0! We reflect on what made us set up the podcast to start with, we discuss our favourite episodes, our guests and the podcast reaching all around the world. Peter's reading Gazza's old autobiography and we discuss the trauma in Gazza's childhood and …
 
Episode 49: This week we're straight talking to David Devine from Platinum Financial about money. Biggie said it best Mo' Money, Mo Problems but having no money is an even bigger problem, either way money can be a big stressor. David tells how it's the ignorance around money that has such an impact on our mental health, the need in the financial se…
 
Episode 48: This week we're straight talking to Lisa Nolan about allergies. Lisa featured on a TG4 documentary with her daughter Hallie. She tells us how Hallie's allergies were dismissed at the start by doctors, Hallie's first anaphylactic shock at age 2, being 3 minutes away from the doctor when her daughter stopped breathing and how she lost her…
 
Episode 47: This week we're straight talking to Sarah Shakespeare about community work. Sarah tells us about her experience of being manager of the Teach Dara Family Resource Centre in Kildare, what it's like when people turn up at the door telling her they are suicidal, generational mental health issues in families, how covid has changed from fami…
 
Episode 46: This week we're straight talking to Andy Furlong about abusive relationships. He opens up about being threatened with knives, being lunged at with scissors and the verbal abuse that impacted his self confidence, how he found out about his ex wife's infidelity, the consideration he gave to different methods of suicide as he spent Xmas al…
 
Episode 45: This week we're straight talking eating disorders. It’s Eimear’s time of the month (on the show) and we’re talking about eating disorders and body image. We discuss how society through movies, tv shows (like Friends) and advertisements subliminally associate skinny with happy; body shaming people for being skinny, the secrecy and shame …
 
Episode 44: This week we're straight talking stress! It's a big one! We all experience stress, find out why we do, the toll it takes on our physical health, not just our mental health, why stress isn't always a bad thing and why procrastinators can be actually adrenaline junkies. We also discuss how to deal with a stressed toddler that is having a …
 
Episode 43: This week we're straight talking social anxiety. We discuss what social anxiety is, the psychology behind it and how low self esteem can play a large part. Allan explains the neurobiology of what happens in your body at the time, how addictions can develop to initially deal with social anxiety, how you can help someone who suffers, how …
 
Episode 42: This week we're straight talking the Irish State of Mind. For St Patrick's Day we're not going all toora-loora but we are talking about what makes the Irish. Eimear joins us as we discuss the Irish inferiority complex that comes from post-colonialism, how that feeds into our sense of humour, the need to apologise and our inability to sp…
 
Episode 41: This week we're straight talking Addiction with Conor Harris from Davy's Toughest Team. Conor tells us about being on the show and working with hurling legend Davy Fitzgerald, the pressure of being "the man of the house" after his parents split when he was young, how his cocaine addiction started and how he used during his leaving cert.…
 
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