In the most in-depth and inspiring ‘Joel vs Arthritis’ podcast to date, we host our first guest, as Joel takes up the unfamiliar interviewer’s role and welcomes an old friend, Will, to join him to discuss men’s mental health.

From hidden anxiety to the pressures of dealing with health challenges in a competitive male environment, we go deep into how many of us are dealing with our own demons and how it’s far braver to talk about our issues than try and ‘run them off‘ or ‘man up‘ – language all too familiar in the banter-laden changing rooms of sports teams, unfortunately.

In this discussion involving CBT, families and what support is available, we discuss how one conversation can be all it takes to start a chain reaction of openness and, ultimately, greater support for you and your friends.

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Arthritis and Psoriasis Patient Advocate, Writer And Consultant. Owner Of The Pain Company.

I share my story of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis to raise awareness and specialise in pain, parenting (with disability) and the mental health impact of living with chronic illness. I write and campaign for leading charities and organisations. In addition, I provide patient experience consultancy for both charities and global healthcare companies.

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