Talking About Men's Mental Health

Talking About Men's Mental Health
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast
Talking About Men's Mental Health

May 16 2023 | 00:32:15

Episode 109 May 16, 2023 00:32:15

Show Notes

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, Talking About Men’s Mental Health, our hosts Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Andrew Tresidder are joined by Q Ladipo and Ian Bramley from Stepladder to discuss why men need to talk more about their mental health, how men can find groups of like-minded people in Somerset and why opening up and talking about perceived weakness is actually a real strength.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Sarah Coope. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

All episodes of SEW are now available to listen to free through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Somerset Emotional Wellbeing or wherever you get your podcasts!

We would like to hear from you! If you would like to ask us a question or let us know what you think of the show, or if you would like to suggest guests and topics for us to cover, please get in touch with us by emailing: [email protected]

Thank you for listening, see you next time!

Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated


Stepladder – Men's mental health project in Somerset

If you're struggling with your mental health, it's important to remember that it's ok to not be ok. If you're feeling overwhelmed and are contemplating suicide, know that there is hope. Mindline is available 24/7 and can provide a listening ear - simply call 0800 138 1692.

Stepladder has been set up for all men in Somerset. The project is delivered by Second Step and funded by Somerset County Council and aims to reduce the number of men who take their own life. We work with communities, groups and organisations across Somerset to find new ways men can connect, support each other and get help.

If you want to know more about our community development work across Somerset or you’d like to share your experiences and expertise, please get in touch [email protected]

There are a number of local groups, talking spaces and activities available across Somerset including Bridgwater, Taunton, Yeovil and Street.


Q’s Coffee Mornings - Hosted 10:00 am - 12:30 pm every Monday (apart from Bank Holidays) at the Purple Spoon Café, Huntspill Road, Highbridge, TA9 3DD. Everyone is welcome even if it’s just for the free coffee! See you there.


Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email [email protected] for support


Somerset Emotional Wellbeing – Do you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset? Whatever you are going through, the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Colleague Resilience Hub is here for you. The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing website is here to connect you with wellbeing support when you need it. Simply enter where you work, or how you are feeling on our homepage to discover and connect with local and national support options that are open to you. 

If you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset and need to talk, you can call our dedicated, confidential Colleague Telephone Line for help with a trained professional. If you need further support after your initial conversation you can be referred for a one-off rapid access counselling session with a psychologist or counsellor. No waiting list. If you need further help we will make sure you see the right person. Call us now on 0300 124 5595 (available six days a week, from 09:00 to 17:00)

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