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This podcast has been produced for anyone who wants to listen to what it is like being LGBT+ and to understand some of the issues that we live with. However, some of the topics that will be discussed are relevant to everyone.Some of those discussions will be serious, emotional, controversial, extremely light hearted and humorous but above all, hopefully you will find them informative and give you something to think about.
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Welcome to January

Welcome to January

2020-01-0936:50

This podcast has been produced for anyone who wants to listen to what it is like being LGBT+ and to understand some of the issues that we live with. However, some of the topics that we discuss will be relevant to everyone.Some of the issues we cover will be serious, emotional, controversial, extremely light hearted and humorous but above all, hopefully you will find them informative and give you something to think about.This month we are looking at creating change and how to sustain that.We have some great guests.Dr. Steph Lai who is a clinical psychologist discussing creating change and developing self compassion.Jed Young, A clinical nurse specialist in drug and alcohol discussing dry January.The Two Chubby Cubs discussing body image, weight loss and exercise.
Stonewall

Stonewall

2020-02-0231:23

February is LGBT+ History Month.I kick start this month by talking to Phillippa Scrafton (Pips) who is a Programmes Officer from Stonewall Scotland and she supports all the Diversity Champions in the North East of England. I considered it important to talk about Stonewall and the work they do and have done (and continue to do) to ensure that LGBT+ people are accepted, included and are allowed to be themselves at work and in life.Please email with any suggestions or comments to abigmouthful1@gmail.com
Continuing with the LGBTQ History Month theme, We have three incredibly interesting guests talking about queer representation in literature, the arts and music. Karen Pollock is a non binary queer fem whose pronouns are they/them. They are a psychotherapist for LGBTQ people and was the head of  equality, diversity and inclusion for Bi Pride. We talk about queer women in literature and how they are represented. Next we have Ken Jarrold who is the Chairman of a large NHS foundation Trust. Ken talks to us about the important legacy of Oscar Wilde and Oscars relevance in 2020. Our final guest is Dan Jarvis of the Green Carnation Theatre Company. We chat about their work and how important they are in giving a voice to queer people now and into the future through the productions they stage.None of the guests know each other but the message that comes across loudly is how important it is to use history and to create history through literature and all aspect of the arts to ensure that all queer people have a voice and are represented.Apologies are given for the length of this Podcast but there were far too many wonderful thoughts that I could not edit to 30 minutes, so you have two for the price of one.Please email in suggestions, comments or ideas for future podcasts to abigmouthful1@gmail.com
I have been having conversations with people who have been expressing their own anxieties about the Corona virus.This made me think that if my friends and those I care for are experiencing this, then there must be a lot of other people with the same thoughts.This Podcast will hopefully help you understand why we are anxious but also give you some support on how to manage that anxiety.I also give you a couple of exercises you can do to help manage your anxiety or any other distressing thoughts you might have about other issues.Please email any thoughts, comments or suggestion on this, previous or future Podcasts to abigmouthful1@gmail.comStay safe.Simon
I am joined by two great guest on this podcast to look at how we can manage our mental health during lock-down.Dr. Deb Milligan is a psychologist and Eugenio is the founder of Glitterbeam Radio.Please email me with any suggestions, comments, questions or thoughts on this podcast to abigmouthful1@gmail.comThese are the links from the organisations mentioned in this episode.CNTW Self Help Guideshttps://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/Galophttps://galop.org.ukGendered Intelligencehttp://genderedintelligence.co.ukGlitterbeam Radiohttps://www.glitterbeam.co.ukLGBT Foundationhttps://lgbt.foundationLGBT Switchboardhttps://switchboard.lgbtMermaids UKhttps://mermaidsuk.org.ukMindOuthttps://www.mindout.org.ukOpening Doorshttps://www.openingdoorslondon.org.ukPsychology Toolshttps://www.psychologytools.comRelatehttps://www.relate.org.ukTerence Higgins Trusthttps://tht.org.uk/news/dont-hook-during-covid-19-lockdownThe Proud Trusthttp://www.theproudtrust.orgVirtual Pridehttps://www.facebook.com/virtualpride20/https://virtualpride2020.com
In episode 6, the theme of isolation is continued, but this time, focusing on domestic violence and abuse.Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is a very serious concern that everyone as well as all healthcare professionals and practitioners might encounter in our practices and daily lives.  Anyone of us could meet someone who is a victim-survivor seeking support to deal with the impact of DVA.  All Healthcare professional/practitioners can play a very important role in identifying, referring, and responding to the people we meet. Friends and families (as well as heath care professionals) need to understand the phenomenon of DVA and how it presents. This episode provides an overview of prevalence, presentation, and impact on the psychological health of the victim-survivor.My guest for this podcast to discuss the subject is a professor in sociology at Durham University. She has been involved in research into the lives of LGB & T people for 25 years, she is Professor Catherine Donovan.As always, please email in with any comments, suggestions, ideas, or questions to abigmouthful1@gmail.comFollow these links for help and advice.Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charityhttp://www.galop.org.uk/Stonewall: Domestic Violencehttps://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/criminal-law/domestic-violenceRefugehttps://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/Women's Aidhttps://www.womensaid.org.uk/the-survivors-handbook/lgbt/LGBT Foundationhttps://lgbt.foundation/domesticabuseEnd The Fearhttp://www.endthefear.co.uk/same-sex-domestic-abuse/Broken Rainbowhttps://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/Folow these links for articles.National LGBT Surveyhttps://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/722314/GEO-LGBT-Survey-Report.pdfBroken Rainbowhttps://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph50/evidence/report-4-broken-rainbow-uk-national-lgbt-domestic-violence-service-pdf-430408045
No one should ever experience discrimination, violence, hatred, condemnation, prejudice, abuse, fetishisation or be oppressed because of the colour of their skin. The language that is still used today to identify people of colour is appalling and the biases associated with people from different countries is disgusting.My guest for this episode’s conversation is an amazing young black woman.She lives in London and is a fund raiser for a charity that supports young people affected by violence and exploitation. She has volunteered for Living free UK which is a community interest company who support LGBT+ Africans and Asylum seekers. She has co organised a panel while at Uni on Decolonising Geographies and was part of the Stonewall BAME People of Colour Young Campaigners Programme. She has also been involved in hosting events for queer people of colour.I first came into contact wither her after reading her article called “Dear White Gays” and thought I need to talk to this woman and get her on as a guest.She is Liv Andrews Twitter@girrlpwrInstagramliv.kvLinktree@linktr.eeBloghttps://queerblackbabe.wordpress.comAlso check out this siteThemhttps://www.them.usDon’t forget to comment about this episode on the Twitter feed and to email in any suggestions for future episodes or to ask any questions or maybe you feel you have a topic that you want to discuss and be a guest !Twitter@MouthfulBigInstagrama_big_mouthfulemailabigmouthful1@gmail.com
This episode is a companion to the last Podcast, exploring the relationship between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities and their mental health.I have two very qualified black women to discuss this subject with me.One has worked as a front line mental health social worker and is currently delivering education and training to social workers undertaking their post graduate social work masters, promoting social research and social interventions in practice. My other guest is a psychology graduate currently writing a paper looking into the mental health of people who are BAME and the current psychiatric model.This is a very thought provoking conversation that will gives you a greater insight into the mental health needs for people of colour. I hope it drives you to seek further information to develop your understanding and awareness.Please feel fee to email any comments, suggestions or questions raised from this or previous episodes of A Big Mouthful.Also, please email in if you have a subject that you would like to hear discussed or even take part in.There is also the Twitter and the Instagram account to follow.email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulBigInstagram: a_big_mouthful
Exploring Shame

Exploring Shame

2020-09-2735:09

It is great to have Dr. Deb Milligan back in an Episode of A Big Mouthful.In this episode we look at the topic of Shame and how it affects LGBT+ people.We discuss how shame originates in our family and social units and then move onto the effects of toxic shaming in adult life.Please get in touch via email to leave feedback on what you have heard in these episodes and to make any suggestion on topics you would like to hear discussed.Also, please get in touch if you would like to guest on a future episode with details of the subject you want to give air time to.Contact us at abigmouthful1@gmail.com
The CNTW LGBT+ Network have recently released a booklet call "Our authentic selves".It is free and available on our Twitter account @MouthfulBig, please go and read it and share. It is also available at https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/64484739/our-authentic-selvesTo compliment the booklet, we have made 4 short films.You can watch them on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qluPlcwFQWg There are currently 2 on the page with the other 2 arriving shortly.Because of the restriction with Covid, we did not get to do all the filming we wanted to, so we thought that a couple of podcasts would be a great idea.In this podcast I am in conversation with Debbie who is trans.We talk about her journey, her experiences and how she feels now as a proud trans woman.Please contact us to offer feedback on this episode or to make suggestions for future podcasts or if you would like to be a guest on a future podcast.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
The CNTW LGBT+ Network have recently released a booklet call "Our authentic selves".It is free and available on our Twitter account @MouthfulBig, please go and read it and share. It is also available at https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/64484739/our-authentic-selvesTo compliment the booklet, we have made 4 short films.You can watch them on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qluPlcwFQWg There are currently 2 on the page with the other 2 arriving shortly.Because of the restriction with Covid-19, we did not get to do all the filming we wanted to, so we thought that a couple of podcasts would be a great idea.In this podcast I am in conversation with Em who identifies as non binary..We talk about their journey, their experiences and how they feel now.Please contact us to offer feedback on this episode or to make suggestions for future podcasts or if you would like to be a guest on a future podcast.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.com
We have discussed in previous podcasts specifics around Mindfulness, STOP, Anxiety and other factors of our mental health that have been impacted during covid-19 restrictions.This episodes re visits some of those techniques and offers more ways that we can look after ourselves in practical ways that will help our psychology and in turn, our mental health.I mention 2  organisations that could be useful to contact and 1 place for information,  they are:CRUSE for bereavement care.The National Helpline number is 0808 808 1677http://www.cruse.org.ukCitizens Advice for support around debt counselling http://www.citizensadvice.org.ukYou can find a local number for your area on their website.Self help guides from Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trusthttp://www.cntw.nhs.uk/selfhelpLGBT+ Resources from Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trusthttp://www.cntw.nhs.uk/LGBTPlease contact me with any questions from the podcasts or with suggestions for future podcasts of if you would like to be a guest discussing a topic you feel deserves air time.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big Mouthful
Pronouns

Pronouns

2020-12-0306:44

Earlier on this year for Trans Awareness week, we created an information video explaining what pronouns are and why they are important to use them.I thought that to reach more people, that information should be used in a Podcast, so here it is.You can still see the video by following this linkhttps://youtu.be/ciRFpMuHpqkPlease contact  A Big Mouthful with any comments, feedback, questions or suggestions for any future Podcasts or if you would like to be a guest on an episode.You can get in touch using these methodsEmail: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big Mouthful
I introduced myself to Carolyn after seeing her speak at a Stonewall Event.She spoke on a topic that  I have wanted to discuss on the podcast but to date, had not found anyone who I could invite on as a guest.Carolyn gives a very candid account of her experiences of aversion therapy and talks to me about how her self hatred drove her to seek this intervention.Carolyn talks about how she is still struggling with letting herself experience positive emotions. She is however, still developing herself to achieve this.She is an absolutely amazing woman and I hope our conversation helps you, especially if you struggling with who you are.It is important to warn you that this episode has an extract from the short film by Andrew Cardinal called Carolyn- A survivor of aversion therapy. In that extract, Carolyn talks explicitly of her experiences of aversion therapy.There are links below for you to contact someone to talk about any adverse feelings you may experience as a result of listening to this episode.Please copy and paste all URL's into your browser.Switchboardhttps://switchboard.lgbt/help/Phone0300 330 0630Open 10:00-22:00 every dayEmail chris@switchboard.lgbtEmails are typically replied to within 72 hours The Trevor Projecthttps://www.thetrevorproject.org/Their trained counsellors are there to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.Call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386Stonewallhttps://www.stonewall.org.uk/Information and support for LGBT communities and their allies. Contact Stonewall's Information Service FREEPHONE 0800 0502020 Lines are open 9:30 - 4:30 Monday to Friday. SHOUTShout is an affiliate of Crisis Text Line® in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis VolunteerIt’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Shout is available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. CNTW NHS Self Help GuidesA selection of self-help guides available for free at:https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/Please contact  A Big Mouthful with any comments, feedback, questions or suggestions for any future Podcasts or if you would like to be a guest on an episode.You can get in touch using these methodsEmail: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big MouthfulArticles relating to this episode:https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Memorandum-of-understanding-on-conversion-therapy.pdfhttps://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/files/lgbt_in_britain_health.pdfhttps://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/conversion-therapy-ban-law-meaning-uk-lgbt-legal-boris-johnson-jacinda-ardern-new-zealand-b805670.htmlhttps://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/about-ukcp/public-policy/conversion-therapy/https://www.churchofengland.
Discussing Resilience

Discussing Resilience

2021-01-1701:03:27

In this, the first episode of 2021, I thought it was important just to look at resilience and to discuss what we can do to help improve or maybe bolster pour self worth and well being to ensure that we feel able enough to get through yet another lock down.Debbie Wood (Psychological Therapist) joins me again to have a great discussion on this topic.How to contact A Big MouthfulDetails at the bottom of this page.LINKS:Visit Mind at this address to get some more information about building our self esteem as discussed in this episode.https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/self-esteem/about-self-esteem/Resources for mental wellbeingIf you're finding things tough and struggling to cope, we've got some resources that can help. Whether you're a student looking for support, or you're wanting to find ways to cope with loneliness or anxiety, take a look at our resources section for support.https://giveusashout.org/Text Shout 85258Watch this video to see how it workshttps://youtu.be/UpCI8FMtouYResilience 101: How to Be a More Resilient Personhttps://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/click-here-happiness/201803/resilience-101-how-be-more-resilient-person Welcome to OutREACH Cumbria, the county’s main service provider for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* support, advise and engagement in Cumbria. We work county wide and are here to help anyone within Cumbria, and the surrounding areas, as much as we can. We have a range of different services, groups, projects and opportunities on offer. If you would like to find out more about these, please have a look around our website.http://www.outreachcumbria.org.uk/ Be is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We work to improve the lives of Trans and Non-Binary people throughout the North East and West of England and beyond through our peer support groups and social events. We are also looking to run a programme of health and wellbeing events in the near future and we offer online support through a secret Facebook group – please contact us for details.https://be-north.org.uk/need-help-now/ For up to date information regarding Covid-19https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Get the latest NHS information and advice about  Covid-19https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/The LGBT Foundation will continue to be there for all LGBT+  people in need. For 45 years their helpline has been a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of people. If you are feeling worried, isolated or alone, know that you can pick up the phone and reach out to them on 0345 3 30 30 30.https://lgbt.foundation/coronavirusContact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big Mouthful
This is an audio extraction from the video released last year.This was 4 of 4 videos we made to coincide with International Coming Out Day.If you would like to watch the video please visit  https://youtu.be/d0VvSVhRpO4Contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big Mouthful
This is an audio extraction from the video released last year.This was 3 of 4 videos we made to coincide with International Coming Out Day.If you would like to watch the video please visit  https://youtu.be/qluPlcwFQWgContact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big Mouthful
This is an audio extraction from the video released last year.This was 2 of 4 videos we made to coincide with International Coming Out Day.If you would like to watch the video please visit  https://youtu.be/qiD0x2As38gContact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big Mouthful
This is an audio extraction from the video released last year.This was 1 of 4 videos we made to coincide with International Coming Out Day.If you would like to watch the video please visit  https://youtu.be/Lt2x9bxnNskContact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big Mouthful
IF YOU HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY ANYTHING DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO READ WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE.In this episode we are going to be talking about ChemSex. What it is, how it affects us and what we can do to look after ourselves if we are engaging in it.To help us with that discussion, we have a fantastic guest  in  Soozie Carmichael. She has 12 years’ experience of working in addictions and is passionate about harm reduction. Did you know that historically, psychoactive substances have been used by (i) priests in religious ceremonies ; (ii) healers for medicinal purposes  or (iii) the masses, in a socially acceptable way (such as  alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine). Our ancestors found ways to make more powerful concoctions easier to take.he problem of loss of control associated with substances, indicating today's concept of addiction, was already being discussed in the 17th century . We know that drugs have been around since forever .More recently with technological progress, sex is available when ever we want it thanks to mobile/cell phones and their cameras. Together with apps and the internet, sex and group sex is now available more than ever before.The LGBT Foundation offers support and advice to LGBT+ people follow the link or call themAdvice Support & Information 0345 3 30 30 30 http://lgbt.foundation/chemsexLets Talk About It is an NHS service in Solent.They offer Chemsex SupportTheir team of Health Advisers are on hand to support you with your chems use. If you have any concerns about chemsex, you want to cut down or just play more safely, talk to us confidentially. Make an appointment for 1-1 support by calling 0300 300 2016 and ask for the Health Advising Team. https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/other-services/chemsex-support/WeAreWithYouOffer support around Chemsex: how to get back in control.https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/help-and-advice/advice-you/chemsex/ Please Contact A Big Mouthful with any feedback, requests, suggestions or to be involved in an episode.Email: abigmouthful1@gmail.comTwitter: @MouthfulbigInstagram: a_big_mouthfulYouTube: A Big MouthfulArticles:https://medium.com/unusual-universe/the-complete-history-of-the-sex-orgy-7fb0a38bab7dhttps://theconversation.com/why-do-humans-have-an-innate-desire-to-get-high-60671 https://listverse.com/2018/09/10/10-moments-in-the-history-of-the-orgy/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/22/addicted-to-chemsex-gay-drugs-film 
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