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Open Journal

Open Journal

By Mike Douglas
The Open Journal (BlogCast) focuses on the many aspects of mental health; including illness, wellness, stigma and support and the lives affected by mental health.
Mike and his guests discuss a range of topics including: health, relationships, education, local events and product reviews.
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Ep211 Anxious to Happy, A Secret Garden of Understanding
In this discussion with episode I speak with Jane Hanford, as we talk: overcoming anxiety, young people's mental health, buddhist psychology and creating your own toolbox of support.  Guest: Jane  @jane_happyanyway | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 23, 2021
Ep210 Twitter Chats, Campaigning & Therapy
Welcome back to the Podcast Doris! Doris, AKA Angela returns following up on her first appearance in Ep39. In this episode Angela talks about her experiences campaigning and the impact it can have along with an insight to her therapy experience.  Guest: Angela (Doris) @_unapologetica | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 16, 2021
Ep209 Awareness & Education Days
A shorter episode this week as I reflect on my options of awareness days and their importance. Along with some signposting to Time to Change's #TimeToTalk Virtual Festival activities and Time to Change Warrington. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
February 9, 2021
Ep208 Diagnosis, Recovery & Treatments
This discussion episode Hannah rejoins us to chat diagnosis, recovery and treatments. Hannah reflects on her journey as we discuss young people's mental health and their journeys with changing and or undiagnosed symptoms.  Guest: Hannah @hannahrainey_ | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 2, 2021
Ep207 Fatigue & Its Different Forms
This episode I chatted with Linda Jones, founder of the Salus Fatigue Foundation and champion for better awareness of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). We discuss the different aspects of fatigue we are seeing around lockdown, isolation and everything covid. We also discuss the critical aspects of illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Guest: Linda Salus Fatigue Foundation | Linda's TEDx Talk  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 19, 2021
Ep206 Wrapping Up 2020
In this final episode of 2020, I reflect on Christmas and winter time for those of us affected by mental health illnesses and symptoms of poor mental health. Additionally I signpost to a few charities/ services available during the winter/ over Christmas.  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 22, 2020
Ep205 #KerriCyclesNude
This episode I am joined by Kerri as we discuss Kerri's recent fundraising activity. Our discussion includes why conversation and engagement is important, references to suicide prevention,  mental health services and wellbeing during 2020.  Guest: Kerri @KerriCyclesNude | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 15, 2020
Ep204 Audio Journaling
This week I am joined by Lamia Pardo, co-Founder and CEO of Journify. We talk audio journalling, blogging, writing and the different styles, platforms and ways they support wellbeing. Alongside hearing more about Journify.  Guest: Lamia @journifyco | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 8, 2020
Ep203 Available, But Not Accessible
JoJo/ J'Anmetra is back! We pick up from our last chat in Ep199. This time we talk live-streaming your mental health discussion, trauma and mental health along with reflecting on race and mental health.  Guest: J'Anmetra @janmetra | Host: Mike  @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 1, 2020
Ep202 Online Influence Awards
This week I talk though some thoughts on the recent Online Influence Awards and their importance for blogging, story sharing and of course, the links to the Mental Health Blog Awards. Find out more about the Online Influence Awards  Find out more about #OIAwards20 Hosts Vuelio Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 24, 2020
Ep201 Mindset, Confidence & Wellbeing
This episode I sat down with Danny to discuss his experiences with mental health, including being affected by symptoms of mental ill health, becoming more educated and now providing mental health and wellbeing support services.  Guest: Danny @DannyGreevesBMW |  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 17, 2020
Ep200 Mental Health Blogging
This episode I am joined by Claire and we discuss mental health in the workplace, specifically retail and the growth of mental health blogging.  Guest: Claire @iammissserenity | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
November 10, 2020
Ep199 Redefining Self Identity
In this episode I talk with J’Anmetra (JoJo), we laugh our way through some serious & some lighthearted aspects to mental health. Including some of J’Anmetra’s amazing work/ projects: The Sister Rise Retreat, Transition to Freedom, Be Fearless Blog and more. Guest: J’Anmetra | @janmetra | Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 3, 2020
E198 Investing In Yourself
In this episode I am joined by Linn Rivers, as we discuss trauma, recovery, our own exceptions and judgments; along with the importance of investing in yourself.  Guest: Linn Rivers Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
October 27, 2020
Ep197 Fresher & Healthy Service
This episode we join a zoom call to hear about the launch of student living specialist Scape’s Fresher & Healthy service for university students. Hear from TV and A&E doctor Dr Alex George, as well as Neil Smith (Scape’s UK/IE Managing Director) & Gogodoc (Scape’s GP partner for the Fresher & Healthy service). Find out more about Scape - Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
October 20, 2020
Ep196 Prioritise Yourself
This episode I speak with Danielle and we discuss lived experience of mental health, the positives of journalling and writing, along with the importance of prioritising yourself.  Guest: Danielle @journaldiscovery | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 13, 2020
Ep195 Is Awareness Preventing Honesty
This episode I talk to Nicole, Co-Founder of Blink Mental Health. Nicole shares her lived experience and we discuss if awareness raising is preventing a more honest look at mental health service provision. We also get an insight to Blink and their workshops.  Guest: Nicole @blink_campaign_ | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
October 6, 2020
Ep194 International Podcast Day
Today I am sharing my thoughts on a few podcast, but more so podcasting in general. I also share why podcasting has been important for me and the role I think it has/ can play in mental health conversations.  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
September 30, 2020
Ep193 Well That Got Emotional
This episode I recap World Suicide Prevention Day and upcoming World Mental Health Day, along with this months International Podcast Day. I also discuss why we are still here and the upcoming guests, along with an emotional reaction to a daytime tv show.  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
September 22, 2020
Ep192 World Suicide Prevention Day
This week I sat down with myself and had a think about World Suicide Prevention Day, and some of the resources and conversations happening at the moment.  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
September 8, 2020
Ep191 Crisis, Conversations & Confidence
This episode involves conversations about crisis, self harm and suicide.  This week I sat down with Janetta from The Epiphany Process, even though my internet wasn't great this week, I really enjoyed our conversation regarding crisis level conversations and the importance of them. In this episode Jenetta shares her personal experience of suicide. Guest: Jenetta @Jenetta_TEP |  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
September 1, 2020
Ep190 How Your Mind Works
This episode I talk with Mark as we discuss wellness, the need for more education, particularly for young males. Mark shares some insights to his experience with mental health illness and with becoming a Wellness Coach and Author. Guest: Mark Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 25, 2020
Ep188 An Audio MHBA 2020
I have been busy recently, as some of you know it's been the Mental Health Blog Awards. This episode is a brief insight to the event, with intros to the workshops and extended highlights from the awards ceremony. There is also a visual/ video version of this recording available on the MHBA YouTube channel.  Topic: Mental Health Blog Awards @MHBlogAwards |  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 18, 2020
Ep189 Hypnotherapy at Home
This week I spoke to Tamsin Cooper, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner. We discuss online hypnotherapy, stress relief, confidence and Tamsin's experience as a service provider.  Guest: Tamsin @TamsinHypno | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 11, 2020
Ep187 Leaving Lockdown Anxiety
This episode we talk leaving lockdown and the potential anxiety some of us maybe feeling with Christopher Paul Jones.  Guest: Christopher Paul Jones @breakthruexpert | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 21, 2020
Ep186 Life in 37 Therapies
This week I sat down with Kay to discuss her 37 therapies insight. From yoga to hypnosis, and how some alternative therapies can be good; and some, maybe less so. Guest: Kay @37Therapies | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 7, 2020
Ep185 MegaCast Lockdown
Matt & Wes are back! We talk lockdown, how things are going and the impact/ relation to our mental wellbeing.  Join us for an hour of friendly casual conversation.  Co-Host: Matt @BeyondYourPast | Co-Host: Wes @WesA1966  Co-Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
June 30, 2020
Ep184 View From The Rooftop
In this episode Tom rejoins us after almost 4 years. We discuss positive news and the need for more of it, the importance of technology in/ during lockdown and how Tom is doing at the moment. Also mentioned is Tom's involvement in The Rooftop. Guest: Tom @TomYork | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 23, 2020
Ep183 Wake Up To Better Sleep
This episode I sat down with Vicki from The Sleep Charity, as we discuss why we need a greater understanding and recognition of the impact sleep issues have on individuals, families and societies. Guest: Vicki @TheSleepCharity | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 2, 2020
Ep182 Optimising Independence
In this episode I sit down with Claire, CEO of Cintre, as we discuss access to care and support along with making informed decisions, optimising independence and reflecting on the fact we don't know it all.  Guest: Claire @CintreCommunity | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
May 26, 2020
Ep181 Mental Health Awareness Week
Lets talk Mental Health Awareness Week, the Five Ways to Wellbeing and why talking is still important. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 19, 2020
Ep180 Lockdown
Laura and I sit down to talk lockdown and... well, that's it.  Co Host: Laura Co Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
May 5, 2020
Ep179 The Mindful Baker
In this episode I sit down with Tim, The Mindful Baker. Tim provides an insight to mindful baking and his personal journey with wellbeing.  Tim's Book 'Timinology' -  Guest: Tim @Tim_TheMindfulBaker | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 28, 2020
Ep178 The First Dementia Friendly Barber
This week I sat down with Lenny, the first (in the world) dementia friendly barber. We discuss Lenny's history and passion for care support and how that lead to being the barber he is today. A job which has taken him around the world, an into many people's hearts.  Documentary - BBC iPlayer - True North, The Dementia Friendly Barber Guest: Lenny @DementiaBarber | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 14, 2020
Ep177 Its Still Messy
Listen in as we catch up with Tom from Messy4Mind. We discuss the campaign, participants, updates and Tom's award at the 2019 Mental Health Blog Awards.  Guest: Tom Website coming soon | @Messy4Mind Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas_
April 7, 2020
Ep176 MegaCast COVID-19
In this latest MegaCast episode myself and Wes discuss our current situations as the COVID-19 outbreak happens. Intro by Matt.  Co-Host: Matt @BeyondYourPast |  Co-Host: Wes @WesA1966 |  Co-Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
March 24, 2020
Ep175 The MHBlogAwards Are Coming!
As the nominations window comes to a close, I am delighted to provide an update on the MHBlogAwards and what we are hoping for in July 2020. Mental Health Blog Awards - Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
March 23, 2020
Ep174 Toolbox Recovery
This week I caught up with Emily, who is returning to the podcast having been on in June 2019. We also discuss Emily's work with UK charity Beat ( Guest: Emily @emily4993 | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
March 17, 2020
Ep173 Finding Your Own Self Worth
This episode I sit down with Amer, who's back for the 3rd... or 4th time! We discuss self worth, coping strategies, being kind and the occasional bit of wrestling.  Guest: Amer @AeronNixPW | wrestle Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
March 10, 2020
Ep172 Less Income, More Outcome
Topics: Co Authored Book, Note to Self Guests: Becca and Charlotte (Pod to Self Podcast) (website) Our Instagram, @perspective_ye Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
February 18, 2020
Ep171 Have We Done Enough Talking
This episode I ramble on in a KFC car park about the importance of conversations and our need to do more. But how are we making that message? Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 11, 2020
Ep170 Who is Big Man Beard?
Topic: This 'Discussion with' episode I talk with Sal from Big Man Beard about his mental health health insights and the work happening at Big Man Beard.  Guest: Sal @BigManBeard1 | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | 
February 4, 2020
Ep169 Mental Health Themed Days
In this episode I discuss the recent podcast hosting issues, and the 2 recent mental health days; Blue Monday and Time to Talk Day.  Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 28, 2020
Ep167 Christmas & New Year
This episode Laura joins us again as we discuss our Christmas and New Years experiences. Guest: Laura Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 14, 2020
Ep168 A Good Nights Sleep
This 'discussion with' episode I am joined by Richard, as we discuss the importance of sleep and the Good Nights Sleep Project. Guest: Richard Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 7, 2020
Ep166 500k In 2019
Listen in as I 'run' you through the 500k in 2019 challenge. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 31, 2019
Ep165 Wellbeing At Christmas
Wellbeing tips at Christmas, the holidays, December. Blog post: Links:, Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 17, 2019
Ep164 Hope With Lynn
This 'discussion with' episode I am joined by Lynn and as talk OCD eating disorders, having a child with a mental health illness and becoming an author. Links: Guest: Lynn | @LynnCrilly Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 10, 2019
Ep163 MegaCast - The Stigma Of Therapy
In this latest MegaCast episode with Matt and Wes, we discuss therapy; the things we have learnt, the approach to therapy and the stigma around it. Co-Host: Matt @BeyondYourPast | Co-Host: Wes @WesA1966 | Co-Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 3, 2019
Ep162 Vuelio Awards 2019
Last weekend I attended the Vuelio Blog Awards, now renamed as the Online Influence Awards. Listen in as I talk through my thoughts and experience at the event. Follow @Vuelio to find out more. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 26, 2019
Ep161 Open To Talk
This 'discussions with' episode we are delighted to be joined by Anders. We discuss Urbanista campaigns, mental health awareness raising, and collaborating with the Tim Burgling Foundation (also known as Avicii). Mentioned - Guest: Anders Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 19, 2019
Ep160 Time To Change Quiz
Join me for a possible one time quiz... maybe two time? Quiz part of the Time to Change resources that can be found at › mental-health-quiz Host/ Quiz Master: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 13, 2019
Ep159 Sharing Your Recovery
This 'discussion with' episode we are joined by Laura, who is returning after 2 years! We talk recovery, medication, story sharing and more. Guest: Laura @LauraBurtonx | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 5, 2019
Ep158 Great South Run
An insight into my Great South Run experience, not as long as planned, but thats because I was focused on the running. So Im ok with that. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 29, 2019
Ep157 Hope Walk & Suicide Prevention
This episode I let you know why I am taking part in PAPYRUS' Hope Walk this October. Mentioned in this episode: Samaritans, CPSL Mind, Stop Suicide, Zero Suicide Alliance, PAPYRUS Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 15, 2019
Ep156 Why I Love The MegaCast
I sit down to tell you why I love the MegaCast episodes with Matt and Wes. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 8, 2019
Ep155 Finally Laura Gets A Turn
This 'discussion with' episode we are finally joined by our very special guest Laura. We talk: personal experiences, teaching, education and relationships. Guest: Laura Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 1, 2019
Ep154 Mike Waffles 13 Reasons Why 3
With the recent release of of 13 Reasons Why season 3, I sit down to talk through some of my thoughts about the new season. Audio clip from Netflix's 13 Reasons Why Signposting to: Samaritans, NHS, Survivors UK, Rape Crisis, The Survivors Trust Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
September 3, 2019
Ep153 Do Podcasts Have Teaser Trailers
This episode is a quick trailer, kinda, for the upcoming episodes after our one month break. See... talk soon. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 27, 2019
Ep152 Your Wellbeing Recommendations
Following my wellbeing workshop at Mental Health Blog Awards, I wanted to share the wellbeing apps, projects and website that were discussed/ mentioned on the day. Its a bit of a list, but hopefully theres something here you'll find useful. Direct links can be found in my recent blog post. Or you can search the relevant apps/ site/ project. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 13, 2019
Ep151 Infinity Gauntlet & Snapchat Specs
Delighted to have Danny back on the podcast for the first time in maybe 2+ years. We talk a range of things, wellbeing, gaming, vlogging (via glasses) and more. Its a great ramble. Guest: Danny @Malrats Host: mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 6, 2019
Ep150 How Cool Was MH Blog Awards
A few highlights and insights from yesterdays Mental Health Blog Awards. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 29, 2019
Ep149 No Excuses, Live Your Best Life
This episode I sat down for the third time with Amer, we had a great chat talking: labels, Trump, Russell Brand, Brexit and a few other topics. Ep70 Discussion Amer - Wrestling Plug Podcast: @WrestlePlug Guest: Amer @HarbingerPW Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 23, 2019
Ep148 What Are The 5 Ways Again?
Abbey's back. We had a great chat about wellbeing, there was a fair bit of thinking going on in this one. Mainly because we hadn't planned our topic haha. Guest: Abbey @AbbieVolunteers | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 16, 2019
Ep147 What's In The Envelope
This 'discussion with' episode I spoke to Joe about comedy, autism, neurodiversity, and mental health. Joe is currently preparing for Edinburgh Fringe, so make sure you look out for his live performances later this year. Guest: Joe @JoeWellsComic | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 9, 2019
Ep145 Education Is Essential
This 'discussions with' episode I talk with Lucy and Hope about their experience and the Grace Dear Trust. We may mention that education is important... Grace Dear Trust - Guests: Lucy & Hope Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 25, 2019
Ep144 MH Blog Awards Preview
Heres you Mental Health Blog Awards intro Thanks to our Sponsors: Instant Counselling - instant Good Mental Health Cooperative - Red Silver Mountains - Human Givens - MOJO Podcast - And our supporters: Hannah - Beautiful Chaos Photography Emma - Queer Coffee Productions And our Speakers: Gemma - Tom - Lorna - Kim - Mel - Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 18, 2019
Ep143 Whats Coming Up
Hey Team, a theoretically short episode from me today. Heres an update on whats been happening and whats coming soon. Mentioned Papyrus, Hope Walk - Mental Health Blog Awards - Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 11, 2019
Ep142 Dump The Scales
This 'discussion with' episode I sit down with Hope and talk all things running, writing, youth mental health, professional services and dump the scales. Links: Stand Tall Little Girl - Dump The Scales - Guest: Hope @HopeVirgo | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 28, 2019
Ep141 A Storied Mind
Join me in this 'discussion with' episode as I talk to Nia and Lottie about their campaign/ short film 'A Storied Mind'. We discuss poetry, journalling, photography campaigns and more. Video - Guest: Lottie @a_storied_mind_ | Guest: Nia @a_storied_mind_ Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 21, 2019
Ep140 Lets Get Messy
Welcome to another 'discussion with' episode, this week I have been talking with Tom, Founder of Messy4Mind. Hear Tom's experience starting the campaign and how his love of wrestling helped to draw a new audience to mental health conversations. Guest: Tom @messy4mind | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 17, 2019
Ep139 Mental Health Awareness Week
Welcome to my attempt at a 10 minute chat, it didn't work. I talk about Mental Health Awareness Week, my attempt an understanding BDD, and a couple of other things. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 14, 2019
Ep138 It Affects Me
This 'Discussion with' episode I am joined by Laura. We chat cold water, tree hugging, post-its and hear about Laura's experiences that led to the it affects me campaign. Guest: Laura @LauraDarrall | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 7, 2019
Ep137 MOJO Meets Pigletish
This 'discussion with' episode I sat down with Anneli from the Pigletish podcast to talk all things mental health, podcasts, advocating and houses... Guest: Anneli @pigletish | Host: Mike @Mike_DOuglas_ |
April 30, 2019
Ep136 Faces Of Mental Health
This 'discussion with' episode I talk to Arthur about his 'Faces of Mental Health' film. We discuss student mental health, social stigma and the appropriateness of the language we use. Film - Guest: Arthur Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 23, 2019
Ep135 Is It Costing You More Than Money
This 'discussion with' episode I speak to David Charkham about his experience with mental health, addiction and the recovery support currently available, including The Cabin project in Asia. Find out about The Cabin by visiting Find out about the Outside Edge by visiting Guest: David Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 16, 2019
Ep134 Life Saving Messages
In this 'discussion with' episode I talk to John about the Better Stop Suicide App and his own knowledge of mental health and wellbeing. Link to the App - Guest: John @johnhalker | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 9, 2019
Ep133 Sharing Your Story Can Lead To More Than You Think
In this 'discussion with' episode I speak to Dennis about his experience blogging and find out how the hobby of travel blogging led to hosting mental health discussions, a guest blogging platform and conference. Guest: Dennis @drelojo_howell | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 2, 2019
MegaCast Ep12 - Being Mindfully Mindless
Welcome to Ep12 of the MegaCast with Mike, Matt and Wes, where we talk openly and honestly about our thoughts, feelings and experiences with mental health illness and general life. Co-Host: Matt @BeyondYourPast | Co-Host: Wes @Wes1966 | Co-Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
March 19, 2019
Ep132 The Privilege Of A Podcast
This 'Discussion with' episode we are joined by Bobby from the Mental Podcast. We discuss a range of topics including: depression, workplace wellbeing, male mental health, diagnosis and the privilege of having a podcast to share stories and experiences. Mental Podcast: Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Spotify & SimpleCast @mental_podcast | Guest: Bobby @bobbytemps | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
March 12, 2019
Ep131 Happy Hour Podcast vs Mental Health Advocates?
In a recent episode of the 'Happy Hour Podcast' the guys spoke about the role of mental health advocates, click-bating mental health and responding to direct messages for help. I enjoyed talking with Lorna about these topics, along with providing permission to talk, looking at our community and the language we use. Podcast/ clip being discussed: Guest: Lorna @beyondBPD18 | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 19, 2019
Ep130 Be You, Not Them
This weeks 'Discussion with' episode is with Georgie. Who I actually met at the Mind Media Awards. We speak about Georgie's experience with mental health, as a Time to Change Young Champion and Time to Talk Day. Guest: Georgie @yourstruleyG_xx | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 12, 2019
Ep129 Time To Talk Day 2019
Happy Time to Talk Day! This weeks episode is me waffling about starting conversations and the importance of... well.. doing that. I also mention attending upcoming youth conferences, sharing my own story and the Mental Health Blog Awards Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 5, 2019
Ep128 You Wouldnt Say That If I Was Diabetic
'Discussion with' Jana episode We discuss workplace mental health / mental fitness, Jana's story, how mental health illnesses are treated differently to diabetes, the launch of The 888 Collective and Arkeo Empowerment. O, and Henry VIII and his six wives (we thought there were five). Guest: Jana | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 29, 2019
Ep127 Guest Postponements
Sometimes guests postpone, and there has been a few lately. So I thought I would say why thats ok. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 22, 2019
Ep126 Launch of Men's Radio Station
This week we are talking men's mental health, starting conversations and the launch of 'Men's Radio Station'. Discussed links Espresso Bar: Search on Facebook Men's Radio Station: | @MensRadioStn Women's Radio Station: Guest: Russ @RussellKane | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 15, 2019
Ep125 Year In Review (2018 And A Bit)
Myself, Molly and Victoria review our 2018's. We talk mental health, fitness, running, diversity in the media, gender identity, suicide awareness and wellbeing activities. Guest: Molly @MollyScott93 Guest: Victoria @RetroSnowflake | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 4, 2019
Ep124 Becoming 'Geek Magnifique'
This 'Discussion with' episode I sat down with Mel, aka Geek Magnifique, to talk about her story and the experience of writing a book based on her mental health journey. More on Mel's book - Guest: Mel @GeekMagnifique | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 31, 2018
MegaCast Ep11 - Progress & Acceptance
Myself, Matt and Wes talk about learning to accept our successes, struggles, and the awesome experiences we have had in 2018 (and bit of 2017) talking with each other. Co-Host: Wes @WesA1966 | Co-Host: Matt @BeyondYourPast | Co-Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 28, 2018
Ep123 Living Beyond the Borderline
In this 'Discussion with' episode I speak with Lorna about her experience living with a mental health illness and what its like to be a campaigner. Guest: Lorna @BeyondBPD18 | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 24, 2018
Ep122 Discussion With Zoe
Zoe joins the podcast this week to talk about her experience with mental health illness, campaigning, sharing her story and blogging. Guest: Zoe @ZoeSpeaksOut | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 17, 2018
Ep121 Discussion with Charlotte
Charlotte shares her personal story and how it has lead to her writing about an ongoing experience with a mental health illness alongside campaigning and promoting awareness of mental health struggles. Guest: Charlotte @CUnderwoodUK | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 10, 2018
Ep120 Mind & Vuelio Awards
Mike's thoughts on the recent Mind Media Awards and Vuelio Blog Awards. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas |
December 3, 2018
Ep119 Wellness & A Sustainable Environment With Sian
Sian joins the podcast for a discussion on workplace wellbeing, homelessness, body image and sustainability. Plus we hear about Sian's upcoming project and TEDX talk. Complimentary mediation from Sian: Guest: Sian @SianHealth | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 27, 2018
Ep118 Talking Men's Mental Health With Noel
In this epsoide we talk men's mental health, substance misuse, resilience, the 'Im fine' attitude and starting conversations. Guest: Noel @NoelMcDermott | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 20, 2018
Ep117 My 2019 Plans... So Far
Mental Health Blog Awards 2019 Virtual Running My fundraising Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
November 6, 2018
Ep116 Dr Sheri And Harley Therapy
Topics: Self esteem, mental health support, therapy, accessible therapy and Harley Therapy ( Guest: Dr Sheri Jacobson @DrSheriJacobson | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 29, 2018
Ep115 Mindfulness Attempt
Following World Mental Health Day I wanted to share a couple of thoughts and activities related to mindfulness. Hope they are of some use to you. If you like this episode, or the idea of trying different mental health tools, let me know. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 22, 2018
MegaCast Ep10 - Then & Now
Myself, Wes and Matt talk recovery our journeys and how far we have come and our podcast journeys. CoHost: Wes @WesA1966 | CoHost: Matt @BeyondYourPast | CoHost: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 17, 2018
Ep114 Discussion With Tom
This episode I am joined by Tom and we finally get to chat voice to voice, rather than by text. We discuss Tom's journey, men's mental health and social media. Guest: Tom @TomKennerley3 Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 15, 2018
Ep113 Abbie's Back
Abbie (from Ep96) is back! We chatted about Abbie's new role at Time to Change with the Young Champions Team. She also introduces herself esteem project with Fixers. Guest: Abbie @AbbieVolunteers Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 8, 2018
Ep111 Double Pride
Eastleigh Pride - Pompey Pride - My blog post - Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
October 1, 2018
Ep112 Just Perfect Kickstarter
This episode I talk to Kim about her current KickStarter project 'Just Perfect'. KickStarter Project: Guest: Kim @KMohnsRoberts Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
September 24, 2018
Ep110 Adam's Campaigning
Adam (from Ep93) returns to talk about his experience fundraising for Mind, becoming a Time to Change Young Champion and being involved in a range of campaign activities. Discussed: Blackpool Time to Change YouTube Backing sound: Guest: Adam @Adam_Howard2000 Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas |
September 17, 2018
Ep109 World Suicide Provention Day
Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day and I wanted to talk about a couple of things. Links discussed below Prison Article - Suicide Info from WHO - Mind - SUICIDE: FACTS AND FIGURES - Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas |
September 11, 2018
Ep108 Women's Mental Health with Wish
It was great to sit down and talk with Jenny from Wish about a range of topics, but we particularly focused on women's mental health. We discuss the support available for those leaving prison/ hospital, the potential difference between male and female health and hear a little about Jenny's own story. If you would like to be involved in Wish's consultation or find out more about the topics we discussed, check the links below. - Wish: - Women's Mental Health Network: - Consultation: - LGBT mental health article: Guest: Jenny, from Wish @WishCharity | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
September 4, 2018
Ep107 Fantasy League, Pride & My Messy Brain
Welcome to a second episode with me in a row. You lucky people. Mentioned in this episode: Fantasy Premier League code - 120063-904307 Pride - Eastleigh and Portsmouth Podcast - The Smark Plug (@TheSmarkPlug) Little Princess Trust (@LPTrustUK) Probably some other things I have forgotten. Back music: Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 27, 2018
Ep106 Retro Gaming
Got a little Mike catch up for you today. Join me as I chat about my recent trip to Dice Portsmouth's retro gaming event. I also introduce a new type of episode that I will be recording soon. Back music: Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 21, 2018
MegaCast Ep9 - Faith & Mental Health
After not quite making it to the religion and faith topic of our last podcast episode, we finally sat down to talk this last week. We each share our own views, beliefs, faiths and experiences. We don't all think the same thing, though we are on similar lines. If you have different thoughts we would love to hear from you, please feel free to contact us on the details below. Backing Sound: Co-Host: Matt @BeyondYourPast | Co-Host: Wes @Wes1966 | Co-Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
August 12, 2018
Ep105 Offstage
In this episode Ramon, Co-Artistic Director of Ephemeral Ensemble, introduces 'Offstage' . Which is a physical theatre show looking behind the masks of our public lives to testimony private struggles in a compassionate exploration of suicide. Back Music: Guest: Ramon @ephemeral_ensemble | @ephemeral_ensemble (insta) | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 31, 2018
Ep104 MHBlogAwards
So many Amazing people, thank you to everyone involved. Social media and website links are at Sponsors: Hannah, Beautiful Chaos Photography Emma, Queer Coffee Productions The Lost Boy, Damo Calm Man Instant Counselling Zumos Guests: Poppy, Author Hannah, Mental Snapp Host: Mike
July 29, 2018
Ep103 Juice Box And Talking Sex
It was great to sit down and talk with Brianna recently about sex and about the Juice Box App. Sex, like mental health, is something often not spoken about which needs to change. Myself and Brianna discussed sexual encounters, failing sexual health education and respect. Juice Box is a free app with paid functions available. The free functions include tips to learn about your body and what you like, becoming more body positive and developing your sexual experiences. App: Juice Box @JuiceBoxApp | Backing Music: Guest: Brianna @brirader | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 23, 2018
Ep102 Mental Health Books For 7 - 11s
It was really interesting to sit down and chat with Poppy about young people's mental health and how we can support more conversations, understanding and knowledge about mental health wellbeing, as well as illness. Poppy's books 'Don't worry be happy' and "You're a star' have been written for children aged 7 to 11. But importantly there is plenty in the books to encourage the whole family to talk about mental health, including a range of activities and information about basic CBT and mindfulness. Topics mentioned Portsmouth Writers Retreat / Writers' HQ Summersdale (Poppy's Publishers) | @summersdale Don't Worry, Be Happy: A Child’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety You're a Star: A Child’s Guide to Self-Esteem Backing music: Guest: Poppy @P_O_Neill | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 16, 2018
Ep101 Discussion with Maddi
Welcome to episode 101, today I talk with Maddi, an awesome MH Advocate. Maddie talks about her experience with mental health and some of the different campaigns she has been involved with. I am sure there will be more projects that you can join in with because Maddie seems very proactive in the MH campaigning world. So make sure to go follow her on social media. Guest: Maddie @_BitterInsanity | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 9, 2018
Ep100 Thank You
A quick thank you to everyone that has supported the podcast by downloading, listening, engaging and participating in the podcast over the last 100+ episodes. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
July 2, 2018
Ep99 Elite Sport & The FIFA World Cup with Dr Bunmi
This episode I talk to Dr Bunmi Aboaba about mental health in sport particularly football, a topical sport with the FIFA World Cup currently taking place. Dr Bunmi Ababa also discusses her work with Adebayo Akinfenwa and other professionals invested and passionate about mental health. Guest: Dr Bunmi Ababa @soberadvantage | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 26, 2018
Welcome to my podcast, I hope you enjoy it. Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 23, 2018
Ep97 Discussion With Amy
I have been talking on and off with Amy for a few weeks and we finally managed to sit down and talk about our mental health illness experiences. It was lovely to just kick back and chat with someone I have only spoken to via email before this recording. We discuss campaigning, including believe in happy, the workplace, social and peer pressure, writing and post natal depression. I consider myself lucky to hear and be able to share Amy's story. Backing intro music: Guest: Amy @AmySteele_fp (Insta) | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 18, 2018
Ep98 Damo's MH World Cup Draw
This episode focuses on Damo's mental health World Cup Draw, hosted and carried out by yours truly. Damian's idea of involving everyone in the World Cup at the same time as raising funds for Mind is a great one. Entry into the competition was £2, but many of you have donated more than that. So a massive thanks. The winner will receive a £50+ self care package from Damo. Competition Host: Damo @DamianSmith85 Podcast Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 14, 2018
Ep96 Discussion With Abbie
It was great to sit down and talk to Abbie and hear more about her story recently. We talk youth services, self stigma, Time to Change, personal challenges and mental health illnesses. I am already looking forward to talking with Abbie again, as we wanted to keep going, but it would have been about 2 or 3 times longer, hahahaha. Intro backin music: Guest: Abbie @AbbieVolunters | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
June 11, 2018
Ep95 Talking Mental Health Campaigns & Podcasts
It was great to have Rebecca back on the podcast as we sat down to talk mental health campaigns and podcasts. We talk about how Rebecca started KeepTalkingMH and encouraging others to talk about mental health. Followed by the cool side of podcasting and sharing the conversation. Guest: Rebecca @BekaLombardo | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ | Backing intro music:
June 4, 2018
MegaCast Ep8 - Religion... An Intro, eventually
After many months we are finally back! Join myself, Matt and Wes as we talk about this episodes topic religion. Well... kinda, for like the last 10 minutes. This episode turned into more like three guys chatting casually without a topic and just checking in on each other. I love hearing what these guys are up, in their own lives as much as in their podcast life. So it was great to get in our first MegaCast of 2018. Worry not religion fans, we start the conversation and we will continue it, next time on the MegaCast. Intro backing music: Co-Host: Matt @BeyondYourPast | Co-Host: Wes @Wes1966 | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 28, 2018
Ep94 Mental Health Blog Awards - Nominations
Welcome. What do you think of the new music? Hopefully you like it. I would love to be able to include some more music in the future to. This episode is me (attempting) reading out the nominees for the Mental Health Blog Awards in July. I really should have allowed more time for myself but Im busy getting ready for Mental Health Awareness Week at work, so its just a quick one. Congrats to the nominees, but more so yay to everyone that writes and talks about mental health in whatever form. You are all great. Back Music: Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 10, 2018
Ep93 Discussion With Adam
It was so interesting to talk with Adam this last week. Hearing about his story was I think more thought provoking because it follows Julie's in Ep92, their stories are so different and thats one of the things I love about this podcast, getting to hear and share all these unique stories. Some are similar, some are vastly different, but every one is unique. Big thanks to Adam for sharing his story. Discussed: Blackpool Time to Change Hub - Adam's Snowdon Trek for Mind - Guest: Adam @AdamHoward2000 Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
May 7, 2018
Ep92 Discussion with Julie
In this episode I sit down with Julie in another UK meets North America podcast. Julie talks about her experiences and a vicious cycle of abuse. Starting as a child with an abusive mother, Julie's story and our discussions includes survival, writing, out of body experiences, talking to spirits, finding the confidence to talk about your own story and Julie's book 'This Does Not Leave This House'. Julie's story includes experience not previous discussed on this podcast. It was interesting and thought provoking for me to hear about out of body and spirit experiences. If you have thoughts; I would love to hear them. Referenced: Matt's Podcast @BeyondYourPast | Guest: Julie @JulieCoons1 | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 30, 2018
Ep91 Male Mental Health & Walking For Awareness
It was a joy to talk with Lee about male mental health and Lee's current/ upcoming projects. We discuss our thoughts on Project 84, male stigma, mental health and how it can be linked to our favourite sports. Lee provides a honest insight to his recent Fulham to Reading walk and the upcoming Fulham to Birmingham walk. Discussed: CALM @theCALMzone | Guest: Lee @matchwornshirt1 | just Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 23, 2018
Ep90 Sex, Consent & Amber's Rules
Following our recent relationship conversation, myself and Bex talk about our reactions to media coverage of 'Amber's Sex Rules'. We discuss one night stands, causal sex, friends with benefits, the importance of respect and consent. Along with straight sexuality assumptions, LGBT recognition and sexual stigma. We also shout out our Sex Vlogger recommendations. Laci Green - Hannah Witton - Guest - Bex @bexhelen | Host - Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 16, 2018
Ep89 Relationships Are Hard
In this episode I am joined by Bex as we talk relationships. We discuss our own experiences, how we have felt in relationships and some of the things we have struggled with, including: love, being cared for and keeping your own identity. We will be back to talk more about relationships and sex in the future. Listen to Bex's story on her first visit to Mike's Open Journal - Guest: Bex @BexHelen | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 9, 2018
Ep88 Wrestling & Wrestlemania
It was great to sit down and talk wrestling with Amer. Having hear about Amer's story in Ep70, we focused in on our mutual passion of wrestling and more specifically WWE. As we enter April, Wrestlemania is just around the corner. So we discussed some memorable Mania moments and our thoughts on this years event. Towards the end of this episode we mention a few projects and campaigns. They are: Amer's 10k in Kew Gardens for Mind - #Fulham2Birminghamwalk for Calm - Guest: Amer @DunholmeDevil | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
April 2, 2018
Ep87 Young Champions, Self Stigma & Talking
Jodie is back! This episode myself and Jodie reflect back on the recent Time to Change Young Champions event, plus our thoughts and experiences of the day. We talked about self stigma, employability and got a bit of an update on how Jodie has been recently. Its a great opportunity to hear open and honest thoughts from an active mental health campaigner about how its not all red carpets, filming and talking to the press. It can still be about getting out of bed and getting that first foot on the floor. Guest: Jodie @JodieVolunteers | Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
March 26, 2018
Ep86 Time To Change Young Champions
This quick 5 minute chat turned into 30, oops. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be a facilitator at Time to Change's Young Champions event. It was informative and inspiring. The Young Champions are amazing! It was also great to hear from Glenn Close, Jonny Benjamin and Shea Wong. Big thanks to Joss and all the TTC Young Champions Links mentioned in episode: Children and Young People's Programme Time to Change Champions Bring Change 2 Mind - Bring Change 2 Mind - Jonny Benjamin -
March 11, 2018
Ep85 Anxiety & Phobias With Christopher
This episode I speak to Christopher Paul Jone, The Breakthrough Expert, about anxiety, phobias and flying. Along the way we discuss our own experiences, and I let Christopher analyse my thoughts around my recent flight to Ireland. Currently (26-02-2018), you can request a FREE phobia breakthrough kit at Guest: Christopher Paul Jones @breakthruexpert | | Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 26, 2018
Ep84 Discussion with Daniel
This episode I speak with Daniel about fitness and mental health. We discuss depression, low mood, lack of motivation and how that can be affected by and effect physical health. Daniel talks about his own experience and how he now encourages others to use physical activities to support improved mental health. Guest: Daniel | @Daniel_Avner_Fitness | @Daniel_Avner1 | Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 19, 2018
Ep83 Discussion with John
Recently I spoke to John about his story and the start to his blogging life. Including volunteering, fundraising, community and charity work. It was interesting to hear about the trials and challenges that are part of John's 2018 £100,000 fundraising project too. Guest: John | @TheStoryOfJS | Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas_ |
February 12, 2018
Ep82 Discussion with Rob
What a week to release this podcast. I have spent 3 days this week with Rob and that was after we recorded this podcast. It has been great to spend time Rob and hear more about his journey and experiences with mental health and his continuing activism in raising awareness. We talk about CPSL Mind, STOP Suicide (, Time to Change and Time to Talk Day ( Guest: Rob | @RobTalksMH | Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas_ |
January 29, 2018
Ep81 Time To Talk Day 2018
In this episode I talk with Jodie about Time to Change and Time to Talk Day 2018 and all the important discussions that hopefully... that will be happening on Thursday 1st February 2018. Full resources from Time to Change can be found at - Guest: Jodie | @JodieVolunteer | Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas |
January 22, 2018
Ep80 Podcast Recommendations
Welcome back to Mike's Open Journal and to 2018. In this episode I talk briefly about the podcasts that I am listening to. *New 'Discussions with' episodes coming soon. Ep80 includes: Mental Health Hour - @MentalHealth_Hr Keeping It Candid - @KIC_Podcast Smark Plug Wrestling - @TheSmarkPlug Stripcast - @SpinnersNSaints Football Ramble - @FootballRamble On the Continent - @OTCPod My Dad Wrote a Porno - @dadwroteaporno ‏ UK True Crime - @ UKTrueCrime Casefile True Crime - @case_file ‏ Friday Night Comedy - @BBCRadio4 DTR (Tinder Podcast) - @Tinder & @gimletcreative Audio Rising - @/WesA1966 Beyond your Past - @BeyondYourPast The Dark Place - @ darkplacepod Hamish and Andy - @hamishandandy Prude and the Pornstar - @MADISONMISSINA & @mamamiapodcasts Host: Mike - @Mike_Douglas_
January 17, 2018
Ep79 Discussion With Sophie
I hope you are having a good December. This episode I am sharing my convocation with Sophie from a couple of weeks back. We talk meeting via social media, the positives and some of the negatives that can come from online peer to peer support groups. Sophie talks about her experience in social and group settings, along with her progress this year. I mention some recent guests that have amazingly spoken about their own story, but now also talk about mental health in a wider sense to encourage others to seek support. Guest: Sophie | @PetalsofPerfect | Host: Mike | @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 26, 2017
Ep78 Mental Health & Body Image (Intro)
Ep78 sees me talk mental health and body image with Hannah. This episode is (hopefully) an insight and introduction to the larger convosation we will be having new year. Where we will be talking in more detail about body image, eating habits, actions and support. This episode has gone up a little later than planned, so Hannah's early December project mention may have passed, but be sure there will be more coming from Hannah in 2018! Guest: Hannah @hannahloo12345 Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ |
December 17, 2017
Ep77 Blogging, Burger King & Chloe Adams
I was a bit naughty, sorry Hannah and Sophie you have been bumped back a week to make way for a Mike ramble. I have struggled lately and wanted to share some of the ups downs and whats been going on. Big Thanks to Chloe for allowing me to include her music in this episode. Mentions for: Hannah ( Soph ( Burger King ( Songs Play 1 ( Chloe Adams (
December 9, 2017
Ep76 Discussion with Jesssica
I recently spoke to Jess about mental health and our lives. Jess speaks about her experience talking as a Time to Change volunteer, visiting Universities and newsrooms to encourage others to talk about mental health. In the last few days (thanks for the timing, hahaha) Jess has changed names to Jacob. To find out more about Jacob's story please check the links below. Guest: Jacob - @JacobALPeople Host: Mike - @Mike_Douglas_
November 27, 2017
Ep75 Discussion With Lydia
This week I talk with Lydia about mental health. This was my first face to face recorded mental health chat, so its a bit longer as we just sat back and chatted away about our thoughts and experiences. Big thank you to Lydia for sharing her story with me, and you. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) For more information about my blog and podcast go to
November 20, 2017
Ep74 Discussion With Bex
Myself and Bex talk mental health, TalkMH, gaming, depression, medication, mental health services, stigma, self image and more. Guest: Bex @BexHelen / Host: Mike @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 13, 2017
Ep73 Discussion With Jodie
I talk with Jodie about World Mental Health Day, her experience as a Time to Change Young Champion, visiting Buckingham Palace, the TalkMH meet in London and Jodie's own mental health journey. Guest: Jodie @JodieVolunteers and Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 5, 2017
Megacast Ep7
MegaCast Ep7 Myself, Matt and Wes talk mental health at Halloween, make up, trick or treating and culture here (in the UK) and in the States. Hosts: Matt @SurvivingMyPast, Wes @WesA1966, Mike @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep14
Mobile Mike Ep14 Welcome to SoundCloud! Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep13
m moving to soundcloud, please check for the new feed information Thank you for listening
November 3, 2017
Ep72 Discussion With Beth
We talk: work, sex, relationships, blogging, mental health and Time to Change Wales. All while Beth gets ready for work and has dinner, this is unlike another episode! Guest: Beth, @Bethskimo Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep71 Dyslexia, Mental Health And Education With Lennie
This episode I talk with Lennie from DYSPLA about the recent DYSPLA event at New Theatre Royal. We mention the great performances from Janina and Amy along with the discussion points that the performance raised. Dyslexia, learning difficulties and experiences and how they can affect our mental health. Guest: Lennie, Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep70 Discussion With Amer
In this first discussion (yes there maybe more) we chat mental health, wrestling and our own experiences. Along with how we found each other. Guest: Amer / @DunholmeDevil SmarkPlug Podcast @TheSmarkPlug Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep69 Discussion With Rachel
We talk wrestling, mental health, modelling and managing your own time. Guest: Rach at or @_rachelwar_ Host: or @Mike_Douglas_
November 3, 2017
Ep68 Miss Anxiety
This episode I talk to Beth (Miss Anxiety) as we discuss metal health, youtube, self care/love, anxiety and more. It is an extended one, hahaha. Guest: Beth @RealMissAnxiety Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
MegaCast Ep6 Diversity In Blogging
Myself, Matt and Wes talk blogging / podcasting and diversity within those fields. What its like to be a guy that talks about mental health. Hosts: @Mike_Douglas_, @SurvivingMyPast & @WesA1966
November 3, 2017
Ep67 Discussion With Rhianna
We talk blogging, working life, mental health and own own experiences. Guest: Rhianna at Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep66 Discussion With Hannah
We talked fitness, health, food, blogging, instagram and mental health. Not to mention Hannah's award shortlisting, and since recording Hannah has been shortlisted again! Guest: Hannah @hanandfitness / Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep65 Discussion With Rebecca
It was great to talk to Beka about her experience and thoughts regarding mental health. Host: @Mike_Douglas_ / Guest: @BekaLombardo,, and Make sure to also look out for #KeepTalkingMH coming soon from Beka!
November 3, 2017
Ep64 S.A.D Portsmouth Event
Following up from my recent blog post heres a bit of info about the event I attended yesterday. Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep12
A quick catch up with whats going on. As always more information (mainly in blog form) at
November 3, 2017
Megacast Ep5
Myself, Matt and Wes talk about the things that we have going on. Find us on twitter @Mike_Douglas_, @SurvivingMyPast & @WesA1966
November 3, 2017
Ep63 A Year Of Podcasts
Its been amazing! Don't think of this as highlights, its more of an overview at the awesome discussions that have happened in the first year of Mike's Open Journal Podcast. Worse bit of overrunning ever, attempted 10-15 episode turns into 107! hahaha Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep61 Szen Zone
I chat with Szen Zone author Gary Szenderski about his book the Szen Zone. Our discussion includes the books insights on goal setting, communication assumptions, self acceptance and being on autopilot. Host: @mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep62 Hollywood Bowl Re - Brand Event
I was delighted to be invited along to the Hollywood Bowl re-brand event this week. It was great to see the changes that have been made as part of the £750,000 development. This podcast episode is part of my blog post that can be found at
November 3, 2017
Ep60 TalkMH Recovery
Hannah's TalkMH chat was led by Andrea this evening as I talk my way through the online chat, covering the main talking points and struggling with some of the big words and talking about my own experience. Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep59 TalkMH Medication
This weeks TalkMH chat was on medication led by Nancy (@nancybcbarnes). Theres the occasional off the topic thought about my dinner and I can't remember what else. This episode is me talking through the twitter discussion about mental health and medication. I read through some of the tweets that stand out and talk about my own experience, thoughts and views. Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep58 UKBA17 & TalkMH
A few voice recordings from my weekend in london for the UK Blog Awards and the TalkMH meet up. Music outro - Doroteja (Youtube)
November 3, 2017
Ep57 13 Reasons Why
I chat with Nafisah about the recent Netflix original show 13 Reasons Why. We talk about our different view points on the show and its topics. Audio at the start of the show is the official trailer for the show (, more info on the original 13RW at Guest: Naffy at Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Megacast Ep4
It was great to chat with my American podcasting buddies again. Myself, Matt and Wes discussed recovery, relapse and burnout. Hosts:
November 3, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep11
A quick catch up. More on me at
November 3, 2017
Ep56 TalkMH, Music And MH
A bit of a throw back this Thursday, as I once again podcast a TalkMH twitter chat. Hannah's creation is hosted by Josh this week, with the topic of Music and Mental Health. TalkMH is held every Thursday at 8.30pm. Host: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep55 Francesca Interviews Me
I was delighted to be asked to participate in Francesca's university research project into mental health and blogging. Host: / @Mike_Douglas_
November 3, 2017
Ep54 Discussion With Sam
Myself and Sam talk infertility, families, relationships, breakups, children, independence, depression, travelling and rebuilding yourself. Guest: or @SamanthaWalsh76 Host: / @Mike_Douglas_
November 3, 2017
Ep53 Beth And Liv Invade Chat With Marc
I enjoy a catch up with Marc as we talk mental health, culture, sport, Marc's birthday visit to the UK and blogger meet ups. Beth and Liv join in towards the end as we talk TalkMH meet up. Guests: @lambertsmarc, @Bethskimo and @lr_242 Host:
November 3, 2017
Ep52 Discussion With Richard B
We chat living in LA, celebrities with mental health illnesses, male mental health stigma, personal experiences and the challenges that come with the stigma around mental health. Richard: @Richard_Brea_11 Mike: @Mike_Douglas_ /
November 3, 2017
Ep51 Discussion With Laura
This is going to get confusing isn't it. I do know a few Lauras. For Ep51 I was joined by Laura Davis to talk about her experience and mental health journey. We talk anxiety, depression, blogging and therapy. More from me at
November 3, 2017
Ep50 Discussion With Marnie
We talk about Marnie's own story and experiences running away from home and living on the streets. Why its important to talk about runaway, misbehaviour and childhood abuse. Hopefully we can contribute to raising awareness and destigmatizing these subjects. Visit for more information on Marnie, or find her on twitter at
November 1, 2017
Ep47 Discussion With Laura
This is Laura's first appearance on the podcast, so we talk a little about her experiences and thoughts on mental health. Having met on twitter on through TalkMH we do talk about those too.
November 1, 2017
Ep48 Mikes 2016
I reflect on some of the things that have made my 2016. Mentioned in this ep. Rachel (@rachelkellis), Alice (@AliceSpake), Doris (@mblog101) and Laura (@LauraCloughley). More information, including full podcast guest info at
November 1, 2017
Ep46 Daily Focal With Marc
Our thoughts on Daily Focal and our experiences so far. We also talk about our articles so far.
November 1, 2017
Ep45 Discussion With Marc
A great chat with Marc about mental health, football, TalkMH, meet ups and being a male talking mental health.
November 1, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep9
Very early morning run and podcasts update
November 1, 2017
Ep43 Discussion With Nafisah
We talk blogging, vlogging, mental health and Daily Focal. Along with the discussion of 'What is a Lifestyle Blogger?'
November 1, 2017
Megacast Ep3 - Christmas
Megacast Ep3 - Christmas by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep43 Discussion With Tom
Listen in on Tom's journey as we talk depression, Bipolar and laughing
November 1, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep8
A quick 'hi'
November 1, 2017
Ep42 Trigger Warning - Self - Harm & TalkMH
Ep42 Trigger Warning - Self - Harm & TalkMH by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep41 Mental Health & Social Media
Social Media and Mental Health with Laura (@LauraCloughley)
November 1, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep7 - Manchester
Thoughts on my final day in Manchester after seeing long time and new friends for the first time
November 1, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep6
Reflecting on the US Election
November 1, 2017
Mobile Mike Ep5
Sunday morning thoughts, reflecting on the week and a little bit of looking forward
November 1, 2017
Ep40 Discussion With Hannah
Chat with the #TalkMH twitter chat Creator about mental health discussions and projects
November 1, 2017
Ep39 Discussion With The Mental Health Blogger (Not Doris)
This evening I spoke with Angie, AKA The Mental Health Blogger. We chat about how the twitter chat started, online friends and mental health activism
November 1, 2017
Ep38 TalkMH - OCD
In truth this is a brief recap of this evenings chat on OCD. Background noise from the lodger meant I ended this one quickly haha. Big thanks to this weeks Host Nicole (@thriftyvintage) and TalkMH Creator Hannah (@hannahrainey_)
November 1, 2017
Ep37 TalkMH - Medication
Myself (@Mike_Douglas) and Scott (@ScottMHC14) discuss our thoughts following on from tonights #TalkMH chat on twitter hosted by Grace (@Gracebelieved) created by Hannah (@hannahrainey_)
November 1, 2017
Ep34 Casual Chat With Kay
We chat about our last few days, mental health, relaxing (being naked), the upcoming MHmeet. This episode will not be for everyone, its another long one (thanks to my non editing approach). @Kay_Ska and @Mike_Douglas_ chat on @Open_Journal_ /
November 1, 2017
Ep36 TalkMH - Stigma
This is my third week of covering the amazing mental health chats. This week led by Hannah (@hannahrainey_). More podcast info at
November 1, 2017
Ep33 Getting Casual With Rich
A continuation of our MH chat in the last ep. However this time we are talking wrestling, MH events and even some web surfing.
November 1, 2017
Ep32 TalkMH - ED
This week the chat is all about eating disorders. Listen in to myself (@Mike_Douglas_) and Rich (@RichBiscuit21) discuss the twitter posts along with our own thoughts.
November 1, 2017
Ep35 Mobile Mike Ep2
Ep35 Mobile Mike Ep2 by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep30 TalkMH
This evening episode is all about #TalkMH lead today by Charlie (@pallettBLOGGER), created by Hannah (@hannahrainey_). Find more Mike's Open Journal at (@Open_Journal_ / @Mike_Douglas_)
November 1, 2017
Ep31 Mobile Mike
Ep31 Mobile Mike by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep29 Friends And Family
a bit of an update on my last couple of weeks and reflecting on friends and family. Its a bit of a waffle if Im honest. Check out
November 1, 2017
Ep26 Discussion With LivNizzzle
This episode I chat with Liv about her mental health journey, the difficulties of coping with anxiety at the start of college and the success of starting a blog. Hosted by Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) with guest Liv (@Livnizzzle).
November 1, 2017
Ep28 Surviving The Rising Journal
Ep28 brings to you the first Surviving the Rising Journal. I am joined by Wes (WesA1966) and Matt (@SurvivingMyPast). As we MEGACAST!
November 1, 2017
Ep27 Me And Twitter
An episode with your (@Mike_Douglas_) chatting about twitter, my over use of it, the benefit of hashtag chats and meeting people. / @Open_Journal_
November 1, 2017
Ep24 Films And Wrestling
Suicide Squad chat followed by WWE centred wrestling. Hosted by Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) with guest Rich (@RichBiscuit21).
November 1, 2017
Ep23 Discussion With Laura
Content: Mental health at work, disclosure, support, toilets Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Laura (@LauraCloughley)
November 1, 2017
Ep25 Working And Events
Today we spoke about mental health challenges when finding work, along with the initial period within work or education. Additionally about mental health related events. Hosted by Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) with guests Rich (@RichBiscuit21) and Liv (@Livnizzzle).
November 1, 2017
Ep20 Discussion With Jess
Content: We talk, social media, starting the mental health conversation, health services and shopping trolleys! Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Jess (@LittlestLady_) Jess' Website:
November 1, 2017
Ep21 The Lost Ep With Rich And Kay
Ep21 The Lost Ep With Rich And Kay by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep22 Catch Up With Mike
Ep22 Catch Up With Mike by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep19 Discussion With Michelle
Content: Skype takes me back over to America to talk to Michelle, we discuss: depression, OCD, mindfulness, blogging, speaking out, relationships, online support, hashtags, mental health in education and CBT. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Michelle (@MichelleSedas) Michelle on Stigma Fighters: Michelle's Website:
November 1, 2017
Ep18 Kay Returns (Part 2)
Content: Kay returns to talk therapists and therapy, exposures and comparing yourself. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Kay (@kay_ska) Mentions:
November 1, 2017
Ep16 Discussion With Danny (Part 2)
Content: Delighted to continue my late night chat with Danny. In Part 2 we chat about the EU, voting, politics, anxiety, agoraphobia, exposures, relaxation, Game of Thrones, CBT, gaming, wrestling, podcasting and the fact Danny thinks he is a millennial. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Danny (@malrats)
November 1, 2017
Ep17 Kay Returns (Part 1)
Content: Kay returns to talk, pokemon, walking, youtube, therapists and therapy. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Kay (@kay_ska)
November 1, 2017
Ep15 Discussion With Danny (Part 1)
Content: Delighted to have a late night chat with Danny, we chat about mental health, health care, sharing stories, the benefits of workshops and toilets. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Danny (@malrats)
November 1, 2017
Ep14 Discussion With Rich
Content: Myself and Rich talk about OCD, podcasts, blogging, Time To Change, gender stereotyping, starting the mental health convo, Tough Mudder and tattoos. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Rich (@richtaylormusic) Rich's Blog: Rich's YouTube: Rich's Just Giving (Tough Mudder):
November 1, 2017
Ep13 Discussion With Joy
Content: Sorry for the sound at the start, there was a fan issue. On this episode we talk Australia, relationships, abuse, dissociative identity disorder, bipolar, blogging, self harm, medication and gender stereotyping. And... Yes I will get Joy back so we have another episode with better sound. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Joy (@joypaulinesmith) Joy's Blog:
November 1, 2017
Ep11 Discussion Time With Kay (Part 2)
Content: The second half of my conversation with Kay. Where our chatting covers: blogging, editing, podcasting, pets, pokemon, photography, iTalk, CBT, friends and mental health in general. Host: Mike Douglas (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Kay Ska (@Kay_Ska) Kay's Website:
November 1, 2017
Ep6 Suicide
Title: Ep6 Suicide (@Open_Journal_) Content: An intro to my experience with thoughts of self harm and suicide. Again I am not an expert or a medical person so if you are struggling please contact your GP or the Sams. Host: Mike (@Mike_Douglas_) Referenced: Samaritans 116 123 (UK)
November 1, 2017
Ep12 Pre - Show
Ep12 Pre - Show by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep10 Discussion Time With Kay (Part 1)
Content: My first ever guest on the Open Journal Kay Ska. We talk about self diagnosis, blogging, Pokemon Go, iTalk, CBT, friends, big white wall and twitter. This is part one of my chat with Kay because we did end up chatting for a while. Host: Mike Douglas (@Mike_Douglas_) Guest: Kay Ska (@Kay_Ska) Kay's Website:
November 1, 2017
Ep9 Pokemon Go
Is Pokemon Go the next great mental health app? I don't know but Im enjoying it. Also introducing the upcoming discuss slots now recording is ready, I think.
November 1, 2017
Ep8 Birthdays
Struggling and thinking its only going to get worse this week. Trying to just talk some of it out. This one is very open and not very uplifting.
November 1, 2017
Ep7 No Car
Ep7 No Car by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Mainly me marking out at Nakamura! Saying how great the entrances are. To say this is my review of NXT Bournemouth would be a massive overstatement. Its great to post about some of the other things Im interested in. Hope you enjoy, there could be more wrestling talk in the future. Hopefully its a bit less, "O my gosh. It was amazing!"
November 1, 2017
Ep4 Mens Health Week
E4 Men's Health Week As you may have expected I have focused on mental health. I chat about the stigma around men talking about thoughts and feelings. While also pointing out some of the supportive people and things that have helped me to talk about my mental health. - Or in the UK call 116 123 Youtube RichBiscuit - Men's Health Week video - Snapchat Sarah - lipwizzle Twitter @Open_Journal_ @Mike_Douglas_ @MenTellHealth
November 1, 2017
Ep3 Medication
My experience with antidepressants, particularly Citalopram. How I struggled with the idea of taking medication and how it has helped me.
November 1, 2017
Open Journal E3 Pre - Show
Open Journal E3 Pre - Show by Mike Douglas
November 1, 2017
Ep2 iTalk
Heres my insight on my experience with iTalk
November 1, 2017
Ep1 Open Journal
So here we go. For readers of my blog this will be old news, but its an introduction to me and my mental health adventure. Its raw audio and I have no idea what Im doing so go easy! haha
November 1, 2017
Open Journal Pilot
Im attempting to start a podcast, but Im doing this self taught (with googles help). Let see if it works...
November 1, 2017