Addiction, Recovery & Poetry #57

Tonight we are joined for the second time by Cheri Gillings to discuss addiction, recovery and poetry.

Cheri’s first pod: https://youtu.be/wA9xLGGbkUI

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Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Men’s Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action

Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK

A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.ocduk.org

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

YoungMinds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Also do not forget to check out our new sponsor coming soon: https://www.healthxcel.co.uk

Who are we?

The Black Country Blokes consists of 4 regular guys, speaking about all issues related to being a man in today’s society.

It is not just designed to focus on the mental health and well-being of men though, as it will also give our mothers, sisters, daughters and female peers an opportunity to understand us better too. We are dedicated to keeping this 100% authentic and raw. We are not polished, perfect individuals and our views remain our own, but what we do want to do is, is remove the stigma and speak about the taboo subjects openly and honestly.

Furthermore, want to empower people to be happy and fulfilled and to overcome their own thoughts that could limit their potential in life.

The group consists of the following guys:

Kev Dillon a head coach at the Lions Amateur Boxing club. Someone who has been boxing since the age of 3, but sadly lost his eyesight at a very young age leaving him with only 7% vision in his right eye. This is known as 3/60 vision. He has been a poster child for adversity, dealing with anxiety and depression for a lot of his life. However, he has never folded or let his circumstances stop him pursuing his goals. He is now a proud father, husband and respected coach helping 100s of boys, girls, men and women of all ages. Furthermore, Kev’s vision of the BCB podcast was to have a show exposing all the struggles and the victories that men go through, to let those listening know that they are not alone. Check his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClofpY6MBQPrISQ53HHxxUA

Aren Deu is a proud husband who hosts the sister podcast Find Your Voice which is an empowering self-help podcast, providing listeners with the tools to overcome their current, or past, circumstances and take control of their lives. This initially came about due to Aren struggling for over 20+ years with anxiety, causing him to miss opportunities, experiences and just suffer in silence. A similar vision to Kev and the other 2 hosts, Aren’s focus is on making people find their own happiness and fulfilment in the midst of a fast paced, social media driven society. An ex-social worker, project manager, personal trainer and now successful property investor Aren’s passions find in inspiring people to overcome their adversities and recognise that the only limits we hold are in our mind.

Lee Cadman is a father to Lilly-May, Alfie and Calla-Rose. Calla-Rose has a life limiting disability and since her diagnosis Lee’s life has never been the same. He is a proud husband and considers himself your everyday working man with the hopes of improving the lives of his own family and others. Sadly depression and anxiety has taken its toll on Lee, on many occasions, but he has found true power and resolve in talking. Talking has become Lee’s medicine, and he always states that we should remember in our darkest moments you are not being buried you are being planted.

Craig Pinches is a writer, producer, performer and label owner. His background is rap, but if you explore the projects he’s been involved with and you quickly realise you can’t do justice to his versatility by simply calling him a rapper. He has a passion for music and expression through the written and spoken word that projects through his performances. His music is not only a passion but a vehicle that enables him to help people in need though either positive lyrics or by broadcasting areas of concern within humanity. Check his work at: http://rizeordemizerecords.com

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