Introducing the “Lets talk about Mental Health” Show
Written by Mickey Gocool on 16th October 2019
East Herts Radio is about to launch a series of LIVE one hour wellbeing talks shows commencing on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 21:00PM. This first talk show will be hosted by Mickey Gocool and Mental Health Expert Rebecca Fox from the Hertfordshire Therapy Centre, and will be talking specifically about Men’s Mental Health. Mickey Gocool & Rebecca Fox will be joined by studio guests, David, a comedian and Ethan Smith , the frontman of the popular band Thousand Thoughts, who converts his own feelings into the lyrics of his songs. The bands latest music video can be found at the bottom of this post. Both public performers have been sufferers of mental health issues.
The “Lets talk about Mental Health” Show will be opening up 20 Studio phone lines to individuals, whether they be professionals, family, friends or sufferers to call in to the live show and share their experiences or seek advice and support. One thing for sure is that they will be given an opportunity to speak. Anyone wishing to take part in the LIVE Phone in on Wednesday 16th October 2019, should send a text message to 01992 352150 which details of their name and what they would like to discuss. When the show goes LIVE on air, will receive a text message stating that the show is live and will invite them to call in.
Mental health problems can affect anyone but discrimination and stigma can make people apprehensive to opening up about their experiences and seek help. Mental health in men continues to be a taboo subject, with many men suffering in silence when they experience feelings of sadness, loneliness or anxiety.
The societal gender norms that men should be “tough” and “fearless” further complicates this issue as many men feel they are not a “man” if they show any sign of weakness. Men may fail to recognise or act on warning signs and may be unwilling or unable to seek help. It’s important to recognise the signs and encourage each other to speak about how we are feeling – there’s no shame in feeling vulnerable, lost or sad; everyone experiences these emotions.
It’s important to recognise and pay attention to various warning signs such as increased risk-taking behaviour, addiction, loss of enthusiasm and changes in diet or routine, remember warning signs can be multiple or singular.
Some mental health statistics and facts
• 76% of suicides are committed by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 in the UK
• 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders
• Men are a lot less likely to access psychological therapies than women, with only 36% of referrals being men, reflecting the suffering in silence
East Herts Radio Mental Health Expert Rebecca fox is a qualified and experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist.
She founded Hertfordshire Therapy Centre in order to provide the best support possible for the local community. She believes that everybody should have the right to quality counselling and emotional support.
“My own training is integrative meaning that I have been trained in many theories and methods of working, I believe that this gives me the best range of tools to work with my clients to meet their specific needs.”
Rebecca work with adults, and has a special interest in supporting people to work through trauma. She also consults with the Herts SARC team and provide clinical supervision and mentoring for other therapists. Rebecca often provide expert quotes for the media and has had the privilege of working with Cosmo magazine, Breathe Magazine, Reveal, The Daily Mail, and consulted for the ITV show Liar, helping the main character prepare for her role.
Rebecca is registered with the National Counselling Society and abide by their code of ethics.