Belfast Men’s Health Group
Podcast with Dr Philip McGarry, Consultant Pyschiatrist

Podcast with Dr Philip McGarry, Consultant Pyschiatrist

September 13, 2021

In this Podcast Philip talks about how he became a Psychiatrist, his interest as an Interpersonal Psychotherapist and also how the current Covid 19 crisis is having an impact in terms of mental health issues. He has worked for the Belfast Trust for many years although now on a sessional basis following partial retirement.

Philip has a long interest in local politics and current affairs.

Podcast with Cahir Murray, Parenting NI, Dad’s Project

Podcast with Cahir Murray, Parenting NI, Dad’s Project

June 20, 2021

Cahir Murray talks about the Dads Project which supports dads in Northern Ireland who are separating, separated or currently involved within the courts service.

The Dads Project promotes dads being engaged and involved in their children's lives. This project will help you to develop more confidence in your parenting ability and to build  positive connections with other dads in a similar position in your community. 

Podcast with Joan Davis, Director, Family Mediation, Northern Ireland

Podcast with Joan Davis, Director, Family Mediation, Northern Ireland

June 20, 2021

Joan Davis is the Director for Family Mediation, Northern Ireland a Registered Charity. In this podcast she describes the work she does with them and how they act as an organisation providing independent and impartial family mediation She outlines that they have been in existence for twenty one years and are celebrating their birthday.

Podcast with Keith Cullen, Surestart

Podcast with Keith Cullen, Surestart

June 13, 2021

Keith Cullen works with Surestart, Brownlow Lurgan. He describes the work he does with them and also the work that is offered to Dad's in the local area of Lurgan. This involves getting the Dad's out working with their Kids in areas they are interested in. This covers a range areas and would include trips and visits to activity venues in the local area.

Podcast with Stephen Barr, Start360 Lads 2 Dads Programme

Podcast with Stephen Barr, Start360 Lads 2 Dads Programme

June 3, 2021

Stephen Barr from Start360 manages the Employability, Personal Development and Mental Health services within Start360. A keen sportsman, Stephen enjoys fitness training and is a long-suffering Liverpool fan.

He is also manages the Lads 2 Dads Programme which was developed around the need of young men who sought help from Start360 in relation to parenting.

This provides support for young fathers who are deemed to be either fathers, stepfathers or fathers to be and also 1-1 mentoring/advocacy support for all participants, where appropriate, ensuring their needs are supported.

Stephen explains how it came about and some of the main benefits for young men.

Podcast with Dr Gavin Breslin

Podcast with Dr Gavin Breslin

May 6, 2021

Dr. Gavin Breslin is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport, Ulster University, a member of the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute and a researcher with the Bamford Centre with a research focus on sport, mental health and well-being.

Gavin is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist of which he is former Course Director of an accredited MSc programme, a registered practitioner of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Gavin will provide some advice on coping with the Covid pandemic and how exercise is good for our mental health.

Podcast with Frank McNally, Prostate Cancer UK, Northern Ireland.

Podcast with Frank McNally, Prostate Cancer UK, Northern Ireland.

April 2, 2021

Frank McNally is the Prostate Cancer UK, Northern Ireland Volunteer and Co-ordinator for them. He also looks after the Volunteer Hub.

Frank will provide information on prostate cancer, the risks and how it effects men. He provides action to take and what we can do to reduce our risk of prostate cancer.

Podcast with Paul O’Kane

Podcast with Paul O’Kane

March 3, 2021

Make this March the Month to Stop Smoking. To help us move in that direction we have an interview with one of our own members of Belfast Men's Health Group Paul O'Kane. Paul is actually employed as a Stop Smoking Specialist based in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The Trust provides a service for patients and staff and he explains how this works. There are other areas to stop smoking and these include contacting your GP or local Pharmacy.

He mentions the work he does for the people who want to give up smoking and the services you receive your GP or local Pharmacist.

If you smoke now is the time give up!!

Podcast with Kerry O’Flaherty

Podcast with Kerry O’Flaherty

February 23, 2021

Kerry O'Flaherty is a local runner competing primarily in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She competed at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Kerry has also competed at two European Championships and one European Indoor Championships. She talks about her life in athletics and some of the mental and physical issues she has had to deal with to enable her to compete at the top level in her sport. She also has two Whippets who run with her and also Alpacas.

Interview with Malachy Cush

Interview with Malachy Cush

February 2, 2021

Malachy Cush is a local musician and broadcaster who many will remember as a performer on BBC's Fame Academy. He has had an eventful and interesting career to date. Here he talks about his background, the area he lives in and his plans for the future. He also mentions the mental health and well being in the musicians world under the present difficulties presented by Covid 19. 

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