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Mantality - Going Beyond Stigma

We discuss mental health openly and freestyle on the subjects around this, whilst exploring cultures and understanding of the society in which we all live. We do it with athletes at the top of their game and role model celebrities to offer the best advice and entertainment.

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#035 Meeting Matt Lewis, The Man Behind The Character

In Episode #035 we were joined by actor Matt Lewis. Matt is most famous for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films. He is a true Yorkshire lad and rugby league fanatic, supporting Leeds Rhinos. We get deep with Matt on a range of topics such as his acting career, being famous from a young age, his mindset, his experience with therapy, and some anecdotes from stag do’s with the Leeds Rhinos players. This was a really interesting conversation and a chance to see another, more personal side to one of the familiar faces many of us have grown up with. Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: http://patreon.com/mantality. Sponsored by Morris Infrastructure: https://www.morrisig.co.uk/

1hr 34mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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#027 The Effects Of Stress And How To Manage It (with Professor Daryl O'Connor)

Daryl O’Connor is Professor of Psychology, University of Leeds whose areas of expertise include: stress and health; stress interventions; cortisol; personality and health; behaviour change and screening behavioural effects of testosterone.In this episode, we talk about what stress actually is, how it affects our bodies as well as the fight or flight response. Daryl also explains his research into the link between childhood trauma and a faulty stress response and explains how stress impacts on our mental health and its links with suicide. We also talk about all the potential tools we can employ to better counteract the damaging effects of stress and have a more realistic and healthy approach to life’s challenges.This was a fascinating discussion with a lot of very useful practical tips for us all.A must listen!——Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: patreon.com/mantalityFollow us on…Twitter: twitter.com/mantality_magInstagram: instagram.com/mantalitymagazineFacebook: facebook.com/mantalitymagazine

1hr 37mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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#031 Mental Health Management, Fear & Reflections On Malibu Beach (with Mark Whittle from the Take Flight Podcast)

On the latest Mantality adventure where Dom and Stevie decided to road trip down the West Coast of America, the boys caught up with Mark Whittle of the Take Flight Podcast. To date, Mark has released 68 podcasts and also runs events on mental health. After a collaboration with Mantality in 2018 (podcast episode #010), the boys got together for a catch-up in Malibu, before getting across to a Lakers game, to chat all things Take Flight and Mantality. Mark and Stevie talk really openly about their recent challenges, hurdles they have both overcome mentally through the past couple of years and how this contributes to what comes next for both Mark and Stevie. We hope you get a lot from this pod!  Sponsored by Morris Infrastructure: https://www.morrisig.co.uk/.  Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: patreon.com/mantality

1hr 14mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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#032 Living & Thriving With Motor Neuron Disease (with Dr Neil Verner)

This is a very special episode as we were delighted to be joined by Dr Neil Verner who has been living with Motor Neurone Disease for five years, despite being told that he would only live 18 months. Neil is incredibly inspirational, has developed a whole new purpose in life and completely re-evaluated what really matters. He has also put his intelligence to use in researching the disease thoroughly to slow down the symptoms as well as work on a cure. As you all know this is a topic close to the heart of the Rugby League world with the recent news about Rob Burrow so we really wanted to shed some light on a special person who had some valuable advice we can all take something from. It was also a pleasure to be joined by his amazing wife Sue, friend Jake Alleston and also our very own Natalie! See Neil's GoFundMe video here: youtu.be/pMlzDKFdF1M Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: patreon.com/mantality Sponsored by Morris Infrastructure: www.morrisig.co.uk/

1hr 38mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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#029 The Life And Soul (with Tom Swift)

This is something a bit different for Mantality! We've got a short audio play of The Life and Soul by Chris O'Connor, performed by Tom Swift, followed by a chat with Stevie after! The Life and Soul - Jim’s always been a bit of a character – cracking jokes, telling funny stories, the life and soul of the party. You’ll most likely find him down the pub with his mates, or at the footie. A Leeds lad through and through, just like his Dad. But Jim is hiding a lingering feeling that he’s not quite built for this world. Like there’s always been something wrong. Tonight, he wants to talk, to tell you his story – one he’s never told before.Catch the extension of this story, with an additional character, at one of the following venues:11th October: TCV Hollybush Convention Centre, Leeds15th October: Inkwell Arts, Leeds18th October: Hunslet RLFC, Leeds19th October: Queen’s Mill, Castleford

46mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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#034 Living Your Truth (with Neil Smedley pt. 2)

Neil Smedley returns to the Mantality podcast for a part 2, following on from our chat in Episode #022. Neil an incredibly interesting, articulate and philosophical individual, and has been doing a lot of work amongst male mental health and masculinity. Some topics in this podcast include: what makes you a ‘good’ man and what that means in today’s society, living your truth, emotions, mediation, along with challenging some of his beliefs discussed in episode 1. Another deep, raw and sometimes brutal conversation... We hope you enjoy the chat!  Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: patreon.com/mantality Sponsored by Morris Infrastructure: www.morrisig.co.uk/

1hr 54mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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#041 Two Worlds, One Focus (with Steven McRae)

Words by Stevie Ward: This is my favourite podcast that I have recorded on so many levels. I felt me and Steven connected on quite a lot, despite us being on complete opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of disciplines and physical professions.  We speak about the roles and differences that masculinity has in both of our professions, the stereotype of a Ballet dancer, and Steven’s interesting journey coming from a motorsport background to being a world class dancer. Steven talks us through winning the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and then going straight to London to train at the Royal Ballet. We talk about the lessons learned from the stage and the rugby field and find some unbelievable similarities.  Steven has had a lot of adversity with injuries and we compare anecdotes on that front and talk about his experience of snapping his achilles on stage in front of a full auditorium.  Enjoy the podcast. We hope you get as much from it as we did.  Sponsored by: https://betteryou.com/

1hr 48mins

25 May 2020

Rank #7

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Connected #8: Elton John tattoo, Serie A and Paul's date...

Episode Eight - March 4th  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

7mins

22 May 2020

Rank #8

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Connected #7: Italian restaurants, Liverpool's wobble and carefree Brian

Episode Seven - February 26th  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

7mins

20 May 2020

Rank #9

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Connected #6: 5G, Massages and Anxious Geoff

Episode Six - February 19th  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

6mins

15 May 2020

Rank #10

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Connected #5: Love, solitude and spas

Episode Five - February 12th  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

7mins

14 May 2020

Rank #11

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Connected #4: Wigan at home, Dry Jan and the madness of Mad John...

Episode Four - February 5th  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

8mins

8 May 2020

Rank #12

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Connected #3: Life, death and the legend of Breathless Wonder…

Episode Three - January 29th  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

7mins

6 May 2020

Rank #13

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Connected #2: Al Pacino, Kundalini Yoga and the problem with Liverpool fans...

Episode Two - January 22nd.  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, directed by Rod Dixon, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

10mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Connected #1: Jacko, Mystic Meg and the mental fortitude of Leeds Utd...

Episode One - January 15th  Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…  Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.  Connected was written by Chris O'Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, directed by Rod Dixon, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chirs O’Connor.

7mins

25 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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#026 Accept And Control The Controllable (with Leading Sports Psychiatrist Dr. Allan Johnston)

This is a massively helpful podcast which we are very grateful to have recorded. Allan gives us one of his own models which listeners can use when they are worrying about a complex situation in their life. We talk about his viewpoint on the millennial generation and the difference between mental health and mental illness. Allan mentions the important factors to consider when dealing with football managers including threat based systems and responses. We talk perfectionism, vulnerability and self support.Dr. Allan Johnston is MBBS, MRCPSYCH is a sports psychiatrist working across UK sports. The English Institute of Sport (EIS) employ Allan as a sports psychiatrist to the GB Olympic teams. Via the mental health expert panel, Allan supports the mental health needs of the 39 GB olympic and Paralympic teams in preparation for Tokyo 2020.The League managers association (LMA) employ Allan as a consultant performance psychiatrist, supporting the mental health and well being of premier league and football league managers.Allan started his career in sports with the Bradford Bulls which was the first position of its kind in rugby league, working alongside Leeds legend Francis Cummins from 2012-2014. Allan has clinics in Leeds and Sheffield. In the NHS and State of Mind, Allan's work focusses on suicide prevention.Enjoy!——Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: patreon.com/mantalityFollow us on…Twitter: twitter.com/mantality_magInstagram: instagram.com/mantalitymagazineFacebook: facebook.com/mantalitymagazine——This podcast is sponsored by Response Mortgages (www.responsemortgages.co.uk/)

1hr 3mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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#025 Old School Football (with Brian Deane, Ex Leeds Utd & Sheffield Utd)

Former footballer Brian Deane, who had successful spells at both Leeds United and Sheffield United, joined us in the podcast studio for our latest episode.With a professional playing career spanning from 1985 to 2006, Brian gives us an insight into his time at his various clubs, what the environment was like back then and how it has changed now. He also talks about scoring the first ever Premier League goal, the recently aired “Harry’s Heroes”, the challenges young players face today and he has some great advice for up and coming athletes.Enjoy!——Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: http://patreon.com/mantalityFollow us on…Twitter: http://twitter.com/mantality_magInstagram: http://instagram.com/mantalitymagazineFacebook: http://facebook.com/mantalitymagazine——This podcast is sponsored by Response Mortgages (http://www.responsemortgages.co.uk/)

37mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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#024 How To Move Out Of Your Head (with Trent Merrin)

Trent Merrin is an Australian professional rugby league player for the Leeds Rhinos. He is also the founder of the #MoveOutOfYourHead movement. An initiative promoting mental health awareness and positive lifestyle advocacy. Stevie chats with Trent about the art of expression, the heat of battle in the State of Origin competition in Australia and his journey up until this point. Enjoy!——Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: http://patreon.com/mantalityFollow us on…Twitter: http://twitter.com/mantality_magInstagram: http://instagram.com/mantalitymagazineFacebook: http://facebook.com/mantalitymagazine——This podcast is sponsored by Response Mortgages (http://www.responsemortgages.co.uk/)

1hr 10mins

8 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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#023 Mental Health in the Workplace (with Jodie Hill)

Jodie hill is a managing director and solicitor at thrive law in Leeds. She has recently been featured in national coverage as she is on a mission to make workplaces do a mental health risk assessment, as well as a physical health risk assessment. We talk about our ‘why’s’, the Mantality club, Jodie’s project ‘Thriving Minds’ and how Jodie’s past has inspired her to make such a big shift towards better mental health for everyone.Enjoy!——Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: http://patreon.com/mantalityFollow us on...Twitter: http://twitter.com/mantality_magInstagram: http://instagram.com/mantalitymagazine Facebook: http://facebook.com/mantalitymagazine——This podcast is sponsored by Response Mortgages (http://www.responsemortgages.co.uk/)

44mins

18 May 2019

Rank #19

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#022 Hardening Your Core (with Neil Smedley)

In this episode, Stevie and Chris are joined by one of the founders of the King Koby Chop Shop, Neil Smedley.Neil is an incredibly interesting, articulate and philosophical individual and we chat about a range of things from male suicide to celebrity culture. This conversation was raw, hit on some deep topics and was very honest, at times brutally so. There is so much in here for all of us and we look forward to having Neil back on soon.Enjoy!——Support the work we do by visiting Patreon: http://patreon.com/mantalityFollow us on...Twitter: http://twitter.com/mantality_magInstagram: http://instagram.com/mantalitymagazine Facebook: http://facebook.com/mantalitymagazine——This podcast is sponsored by Response Mortgages (http://www.responsemortgages.co.uk/)

1hr 15mins

1 May 2019

Rank #20