Making Art of Bipolar Disorder | Sam Kissajukian
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Cal MacPherson
1w ago
A comedian, turned artist, turned comedic artist; this guy's story is truly out of the box… He quit stand-up comedy after a decade on the local circuit and unsure what to do with himself, made the unusual decision to hire out a warehouse and start painting… Living on three hours sleep for 6 months, letting his imagination run wild and trying to make his dreams manifest on canvas, Sam Kissajukian had no idea he was living in an extended manic episode... Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder soon after, Sam went from never having painted before, to completing 300 paintings illustr ..read more
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More Than a Barber | Grant Freedman
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Cal MacPherson
3w ago
The local barbershop is a place you'll often find men opening up about what's really going on in their lives. Sure, we go for a skin fade and a shave, but many of us also go for a chat; and a barber you'll keep going back to is one who knows how to listen... Grant is one such barber, using the chairs at his shop not just to make a living, but as a safe place for blokes to talk. Grant's personal experience includes a period of suicidality after being catfished. He faced a major uncertainty moving from London to Australia; and now juggles the challenge of being a first time dad while running a b ..read more
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Losing the Jackpot, Fuelling the Beast | Memorable Moments
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Cal MacPherson
1M ago
Glenn's relationship with gambling and drugs started at a young age and exploded in his twenties. He pumped hundreds of thousands through the pokies, once winning a 50k jackpot, only to lose it all in a matter of months. For more than a decade he lived pay cheque to pay cheque chasing cheap highs, and desperately lacked love and purpose in his life. It was a road that was leading to a sad end, but fortunately for Glenn, he found a strong enough reason to change and pulled himself out of a tailspin. You can scroll all the way back to August 2020 in our podcast library for the full story, There ..read more
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My Thoughts on Mental Health & Podcasting | Cal MacPherson
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Callum MacPherson
1M ago
It's been 18 months since the last solo episode, and it feels like high time to check-in! In this pod, I rant at length answering all the listener questions sent in to our @youngbloodmensmentalhealth Instagram. Some serious, some not so serious, and overall, hopefully worth your time. Even producer Rory makes a special cameo appearance! Thanks to everyone who got involved and all of you who follow the show! We're all in this together ..read more
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Not A Day Goes By That I Don't Think of Taking My Own Life | Memorable Moments
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Callum MacPherson
2M ago
For years, South Australian local legend Marc Ryan aka The Beautiful Bogan, has been using stand-up comedy as a vehicle to open up conversations around mental health in a very special way. Marc is himself a survivor of childhood abuse and battles the black dog day in and day out. He's a dedicated dad, a man who loves and downright Aussie battler who loves nothing more than putting smiles on the faces of others. Scroll back to April 2021 for the full story - Childhood Trauma Is No Joke | Marc Ryan ..read more
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The Happiest I Ever Feel
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Callum MacPherson
2M ago
“When sailors were coming home from a stint on the ocean, they would put their anchor upside down on the front of their boat and that would tell all other ships, get out of our way, we’re going home to our families ..read more
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Raising Myself to Be a Man | Jesse Trout
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Callum MacPherson
2M ago
Growing up with an absent father and an alcoholic, drug abusing mother. Dropping out of school. Becoming a dad and a business owner. Losing his mum to suicide, bringing down a 12-year relationship by self-destructing and finally building himself up stronger than ever... That's Jesse's story in a nutshell, but there's much more to it than that... I guarantee you'll leave this episode feeling more inspired than when you found it. So please give it a listen and let me know what you took away from our conversation. This is Jesse Trout...  ..read more
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Becoming the Parent I Never Had | Jesse Trout
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Callum MacPherson
2M ago
Growing up with an absent father and an alcoholic, drug abusing mother. Dropping out of school. Becoming a dad and a business owner. Losing his mum to suicide, bringing down a 12-year relationship by self-destructing and finally building himself up stronger than ever... That's Jesse's story in a nutshell, but there's much more to it than that... I guarantee you'll leave this episode feeling more inspired than when you found it. So please give it a listen and let me know what you took away from our conversation. This is Jesse Trout...  ..read more
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Jekyll and Hyde
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Callum MacPherson
2M ago
Jesse grew up with an absent father and mother who was a slave to alcoholism and drug abuse. It was a scary and confusing environment to grow up in and has resulted in him spending most of his life feeling on edge, waiting for something to go wrong… While plenty has gone wrong, he’s done everything in his power to make sure even more goes right and today is proudly the devoted parent he never had ..read more
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A Massive Wake-Up Call | Memorable Moments
Young Blood - Men’s Mental Health
by Callum MacPherson
3M ago
This week's Memorable Moment is a follow up from last week's main episode with Sean Phillip, Founder of The Shaka Project. This clip takes you back to 2021, when Sean was first on the podcast, to share his intense and inspiring origin story, which includes drugs, violence, trouble with the law and miraculously surviving a suicide attempt to go on and do great things ..read more
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