Speaking of Suicide
Sandy Clunas

Sandy Clunas

May 12, 2022

At 18, Sandy Clunas left Nairn in the north of Scotland and headed off to Australia to become a windsurfing instructor.  In the following 10 years he travelled the world competing and teaching windsurfing, on the surface of it he was living the dream until it all came crashing down and he found himself in a very dark and difficult place, contemplating suicide.  In this honest, open and engaging conversation Sandy shares how he’s managed to climb back up and start to love life again. He talks about his new career away from water sports and about how he came to start a podcast The After Hours Lounge aimed at supporting more men to talk about their mental health. 

If you need someone to talk to, you can text Mikeysline on 07786 20 77 55 or contact via messenger, webchat or twitter.  Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Or come and visit at The Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

This episode of Speaking of Suicide is sponsored by D&D Paving Ltd.

The music is by Tom Ireland with special thanks to Dave Martin

Dylan Cathcart

Dylan Cathcart

April 20, 2022

Pennie talks to Dylan Cathcart about how he managed to transform his life and ability to be open about his ups and downs after he decided to take the brave step of talking to a therapist.  In Dylan’s words therapy has been ‘a tornado of an experience’ but he’s really passionate about how it’s helped him, and it’s fuelled his hope that he can help others too.  As well as being open and honest about his own struggles Dylan’s set up a clothing company ACTIV3 Clothing which will help raise money for charities in the Highlands. 

If you need someone to talk to, you can text Mikeysline on 07786 20 77 55 or contact via messenger, webchat or twitter.  Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Or come and visit at The Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

This episode of Speaking of Suicide is sponsored by D&D Paving Ltd.

The music is by Tom Ireland with special thanks to Dave Martin

Bastie Morrison

Bastie Morrison

March 9, 2022

In this episode Pennie talks to her oldest friend, Bastie Morrison.  Although they’ve known each other their whole lives, they’ve never discussed the fact that Bastie’s mum Jill took her own life when he was only 5 years’ old.   Bastie wasn’t ever directly told about his mum’s suicide – something he feels was seriously misjudged at the time – and it was only through piecing together what little he knew that he eventually discovered the truth. Bastie shares his story with extraordinary insight and compassion, talking about how, after all these years, he’s come to a place of understanding and deep love for his mum along with the ongoing sadness that he never got to know her.

If you need someone to talk to, you can text Mikeysline on 07786 20 77 55 or contact via messenger, webchat or twitter.  Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Or come and visit at The Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

This episode of Speaking of Suicide is sponsored by MKM Building Supplies in Inverness with additional support from D&D Paving Ltd.

The music is by Tom Ireland with special thanks to Dave Martin

Christo Hudson

Christo Hudson

February 23, 2022

What would you say right now to someone, a friend, a family member if they came to you and said they felt that life wasn’t worth living? It’s tough isn’t it. Even harder if you’re not expecting it.

For this episode of Speaking of Suicide, Dan Holland is in Edinburgh to meet and go for a walk with Christo Hudson. Christo is a former commercial pilot.  When the pandemic took grip on our world and lockdowns became a way of life, like for so many of us, for Christo life changed very suddenly.

Today he’s a mental health first aid and suicide prevention trainer and it’s his story of going from the cockpit to the classroom that we can all learn something from. Christo describes someone opening up to you as them passing you a red hot ball. So today, we hear how to carefully hold and nurture that red hot ball you’ve been given.

If you need someone to talk to, you can text Mikeysline on 07786 20 77 55 or contact via messenger, webchat or twitter.  Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Or come and visit at The Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Speaking of Suicide is made thanks to the support of D&D Paving Ltd.

The music is by Tom Ireland with special thanks to Dave Martin

Christo Hudson’s Black Box Approach

Matt Wallace of Clarity Walk

Matt Wallace of Clarity Walk

February 9, 2022

A real story of hope this episode as Pennie Stuart and Matt Wallace, founder of Clarity Walk, take a walk and talk through Reelig Glen.  Matt talks about how a move to Glasgow left him isolated and increasingly depressed, so much so he became suicidal.  His mental health started to impact on his physical health, and he became locked in a circle of misery.  Thankfully Matt realised in time that he needed to make some dramatic changes, so he went on a digital detox, limiting his time on the phone and reconnecting with nature through walking.  The impact was huge and now Matt’s helping others to help themselves through his Highland based social enterprise Clarity Walk.

If you need someone to talk to, you can text Mikeysline on 07786 20 77 55 or contact via messenger, webchat or twitter.  Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Or come and visit at The Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Speaking of Suicide is made thanks to the support of D&D Paving Ltd.

The music is by Tom Ireland with special thanks to Dave Martin

 

Matt Wallace's Clarity Walk

Katie Mackay

Katie Mackay

January 26, 2022

Cromarty is s a small tight knit, highland community where everyone knows everyone else. Katie Mackay and her elder brother Calum grew up there , Calum was always seen with a beaming smile around the village, he’d speak to anyone, he was proud and protective of his wee sister. But Calum was hard on himself, judging himself against others. His death came as a complete shock to Katie and her family. It rippled hard through the community.

This episode of Speaking of Suicide is Katie’s story of how she has learnt to live with the loss of and grieve for her brother. Katie talks to Dan Holland on the beach in Cromarty about how she has felt the waves of emotion and grief come and go. She describes how she has felt herself move the different recognised stages of grief and opens up about some the tools she uses to help her through these stages of grief.

Calum still plays a big part in Katie’s life and we hear how he is remembered every time she takes her dog for a walk, how Katie has challenged herself to climb munro’s spreading the word that opening up and talking about our mental health with someone is a conversation we should all try to feel comfortable having.

You can support Katie's munro challenge here

If you need someone to talk to, you can text Mikeysline on 07786 20 77 55 or contact via messenger, webchat or twitter.  Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Or visit Mikeysline at The Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Speaking of Suicide is an Adventurous Audio production made thanks to the support of D&D Paving Ltd.

The music throughout the series is ‘Nana’ by Tom Ireland

Professor Rory O’Connor

Professor Rory O’Connor

January 12, 2022

This episode is a bit different because it takes the form of a conversation between Shona Macpherson and Professor Rory O’Connor.  Shona is a counsellor and life coach who works with Mikeysline and will be a familiar voice to you if you listen to the podcast regularly.  Rory is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of suicide prevention, he’s Professor of Health Psychology, Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory and head of the Mental Health and Wellbeing group at the University of Glasgow. He’s passionate about trying to understand the root causes of suicide in a bid to work out what we can do to reduce the shocking suicide statistics worldwide.  

His recent book “When it is darkest – Why people die by suicide and what we can do to prevent it” is a searingly honest search through this challenging and often upsetting subject.  It’s a book that’s written with such compassion and humanity we couldn’t resist asking Rory to take part in Speaking of Suicide and, since it was Shona who first brought Rory’s book to our attention and is such a passionate advocate herself of finding ways to stop suicide, we thought it should be Shona who talks with Rory.

Rory O'Connor

If you need someone to talk to, you can text Mikeysline on 07786 20 77 55 or contact via messenger, webchat or twitter.  Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Or come and visit at The Hive, 19 Academy Street, Inverness, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm & Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm.

Speaking of Suicide is made thanks to the support of D&D Paving Ltd.

The music is by Tom Ireland with special thanks to Dave Martin

SoS 12 Days of Christmas. Day 12 ”Self As the Watcher”

SoS 12 Days of Christmas. Day 12 ”Self As the Watcher”

January 5, 2022

Each day across the 12 Days of Christmas Counsellor Shona Macpherson is joining Pennie Stuart, in collaboration with Mikeysline, to share some mental health skills, practical tips you can try which might just help when you’re finding life a struggle. 

Today Shona encourages us to stand back and observe ourselves with more distance, watching our thoughts and emotions coming and going while learning to accept them and live with them, instead of seeing ourselves as defined by them.

Hopefully you’ll find some of these ideas helpful but they’re not a substitute for professional help so if you’re struggling, please seek support. Always remember its ok not to be ok and Mikeysline is available if you or someone you know needs help or advice you can text 07786 20 77 55, or contact them via messenger, webchat or twitter. Sun-Thurs 6pm - 10pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-7am. 

SoS 12 Days of Christmas. Day 11 ”Our Future Self”

SoS 12 Days of Christmas. Day 11 ”Our Future Self”

January 4, 2022

Each day across the 12 Days of Christmas Counsellor Shona Macpherson is joining Pennie Stuart, in collaboration with Mikeysline, to share some mental health skills, practical tips you can try which might just help when you’re finding life a struggle. 

Shona talks us through an intriguing idea of standing in the future so we can look back at ourselves and how we solve today’s problems and struggles.

Hopefully you’ll find some of these ideas helpful but they’re not a substitute for professional help so if you’re struggling, please seek support. Always remember its ok not to be ok and Mikeysline is available if you or someone you know needs help or advice you can text 07786 20 77 55, or contact them via messenger, webchat or twitter. Sun-Thurs 6pm - 10pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-7am. 

SoS 12 Days of Christmas. Day 10 ”Be Here Now” Part 2

SoS 12 Days of Christmas. Day 10 ”Be Here Now” Part 2

January 3, 2022

Each day across the 12 Days of Christmas Counsellor Shona Macpherson is joining Pennie Stuart, in collaboration with Mikeysline, to share some mental health skills, practical tips you can try which might just help when you’re finding life a struggle. 

Following on from yesterday’s episode, today Shona and Pennie explore the senses of touch and sound as a way of being in the moment and unhooking ourselves from unhelpful thoughts.

Hopefully you’ll find some of these ideas helpful but they’re not a substitute for professional help so if you’re struggling, please seek support. Always remember its ok not to be ok and Mikeysline is available if you or someone you know needs help or advice you can text 07786 20 77 55, or contact them via messenger, webchat or twitter. Sun-Thurs 6pm - 10pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-7am. 

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App