Matt Willis talks to inspiring people from all walks of life, who have hit rock bottom, and finds out how they made it through to the other side.Exploring his o...
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This week, Matt welcomes author, entrepreneur motivational speaker and personal trainer Tyrone Brennand to the studio. Tyrone is the founder of Be The Fittest, a personal training company in London, and has looked to exercise and yoga his whole life, to help him through hard times. He talks to Matt about some of the darkest times in his life, growing up without a father figure, his passion for yoga and what he does week in, week out to stay healthy in mind and body. They also discuss his book and his tips for people wanting to try yoga for the first time. If you have been effected by anything you have heard in this episode, there are some links to help and guidance below:SamaritansThe Mind Charity (Mindfulness techniques)Alcoholics Anonymous Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On this week's episode of On The Mend, Matt is joined by the journalist, presenter, author and podcaster Raphael Rowe. Raphael was wrongly convicted of a crime in the late 1980s, and spent 12 years in prison. During that time, he never gave up trying to prove his innocence and never gave up hope, even in the darkest of times. Since being acquitted and released, Raphael has gone on to work for the BBC as a reporter on Radio 4 and regularly appears on The One Show. He hosts 'Inside The World's Toughest Prisons' on Netflix and his own podcast, 'Second Chance'. He talks to Matt about his time in prison (and in solitary confinement), how exercise and yoga helped him get through the days and how he eventually got the authorities to listen to his appeal. His memoir 'Notorious' talks about some of his darkest times and questions the justice system in the UK, which he also touches on in this episode. They also discuss hope and the power of having the mental strength to get through hard times. You can hear more from Raphael on his own podcast, Second ChanceAnd you can read more about the Raphael Rowe Foundation, hereIf you have been affected by anything you have heard in this episode, there are some links to organisations who might be able to help you below. SamaritansTalking TherapiesDrug Addicts Anonymous Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week's guest is the TV and Radio presenter, Rylan Clark. He joins Matt in the studio to talk about the brilliant highs and crushing lows he's experienced in his life recently. After exploding on to our TV screens in 2012, as a contestant on the X-Factor, Rylan has become one of the most recognisable personalities in the UK. Known for his high energy, laughter and fabulous teeth - he is hard to miss, whether on the TV, Radio or just walking down the street. But a couple of years ago, Rylan went through a very difficult divorce, which left him feeling the lowest he had ever been. He didn't want to leave the house, or get out of bed, and he became very ill and turned to drink. In this episode, he opens up to Matt about the highs and lows of fame, loneliness, going through that incredibly difficult time and how he has come through the other side. Below are some helpful links for help and advice, if you have been affected by anything you have heard in this episode. The SamaritansWeb Of LonelinessAlcohol Support on the NHS website Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode Matt welcomes gambling addiction expert, Liz Karter, to the studio. Liz's area of specialisation is gambling addiction. This includes all of its causes and consequences which she has found to be stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and sometimes trauma. Liz has built an excellent reputation for helping women successfully overcome gambling addiction. She also works very successfully with men, too, and helps people overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, digital devices and love relationships, including the complexities of online dating. She established her private practice, Level Ground, in 2010 and over the years has helped hundreds of people to live happier, healthier lives. In this episode, Matt and Liz discuss the all-consuming power of gambling, how technology has made it easier than ever to gamble (and hide it) and the steps someone should take if they're wanting to quit. Here are some links discussed in our episode - and others you may find useful: Liz's WebsiteLiz's Book - Four Weeks To FreedomNHS - gambling addiction help pageDebt AdviceNational Gambling Treatment Service Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DJ Fat Tony
This week, Matt welcomes the DJ and author Fat Tony to the studio. Tony has had an incredible career, spanning nearly four decades, he has had his say in paving the way for the UK’s current music scene.He held a weekly show in New York, at The Palladium for Streve Rubell – during the height of Paradise Garage – AND is a regular atMinistry of Sound and Glitterbox. As official DJ to the Beckhams and Versace – he is also one of the fashion scene’s go to performers.Now 16 years sober, Tony discovered drugs when he was 18, and would convince himself that he couldn’t DJ unless he was high. He would sometimes go four or five nights straight without sleeping. He became so psychotic from his cocaine addiction that he believed creatures lived inside his gums. He also lost his teeth and became homeless.In this episode we look back at Tony’s extraordinary life and career, how he faced his demons and what recovery means to him. **Please be advised that this episode contains strong language and some content which listeners may find disturbing. If you are affected by anything you hear in the episode - there are links below to some organisations which may be able to help you.NHS Drug Addition HelplineTalk To FrankAlcoholic AnonymousSamaritans Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Matt Willis talks to inspiring people from all walks of life, who have hit rock bottom, and finds out how they made it through to the other side.Exploring his own drug and alcohol addiction, he digs deep into what recovery means, offering tips and tools and expert advice.With honest, frank, relatable and free flowing conversation this podcast is personable as it is informative. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.