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For the last twenty years I have been a police officer in the north west of England and its fair to say I have had the emotional kitchen sink thrown at me during that time. Investigating serious and fatal road traffic collisions and supporting the families of victims you can't help but be affected by those events. Exploring our own well being, picking away at current themes and interviewing people who have endured everything only to have found that they survived, for some only just. Speaking with well being professionals and working on the principle that no one has a problem unique to themselves, sharing ideas and experiences that individually belong to everyone of us. I will also be sharing some of my own experiences along the way, some of which nearly finished me but have ultimately have made me stronger. Making use of the latest mobile tech, these podcasts are recorded using iPhone, Ferrite recording app and various Rode microphones. These are my opinions based on my own experiences throughout the years. They are not to be taken as fact and my views do not represent anyone else other than myself unless a third party contributor expresses their own views, invited or otherwise. I exercise no editorial control over those third party views and as such publishing such views are not be taken as an endorsement. My aim, in the true nature of journalism is to present all sides of an argument and let you the reader decide on a conclusion.

For the last twenty years I have been a police officer in the north west of England and its fair to say I have had the emotional kitchen sink thrown at me during that time. Investigating serious and fatal road traffic collisions and supporting the families of victims you can't help but be affected by those events. Exploring our own well being, picking away at current themes and interviewing people who have endured everything only to have found that they survived, for some only just. Speaking with well being professionals and working on the principle that no one has a problem unique to themselves, sharing ideas and experiences that individually belong to everyone of us. I will also be sharing some of my own experiences along the way, some of which nearly finished me but have ultimately have made me stronger. Making use of the latest mobile tech, these podcasts are recorded using iPhone, Ferrite recording app and various Rode microphones. These are my opinions based on my own experiences throughout the years. They are not to be taken as fact and my views do not represent anyone else other than myself unless a third party contributor expresses their own views, invited or otherwise. I exercise no editorial control over those third party views and as such publishing such views are not be taken as an endorsement. My aim, in the true nature of journalism is to present all sides of an argument and let you the reader decide on a conclusion.
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For the last twenty years I have been a police officer in the north west of England and its fair to say I have had the emotional kitchen sink thrown at me during that time. Investigating serious and fatal road traffic collisions and supporting the families of victims you can't help but be affected by those events. Exploring our own well being, picking away at current themes and interviewing people who have endured everything only to have found that they survived, for some only just. Speaking with well being professionals and working on the principle that no one has a problem unique to themselves, sharing ideas and experiences that individually belong to everyone of us. I will also be sharing some of my own experiences along the way, some of which nearly finished me but have ultimately have made me stronger. Making use of the latest mobile tech, these podcasts are recorded using iPhone, Ferrite recording app and various Rode microphones. These are my opinions based on my own experiences throughout the years. They are not to be taken as fact and my views do not represent anyone else other than myself unless a third party contributor expresses their own views, invited or otherwise. I exercise no editorial control over those third party views and as such publishing such views are not be taken as an endorsement. My aim, in the true nature of journalism is to present all sides of an argument and let you the reader decide on a conclusion.

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Episodes

9: DAVE THOMAS: My own adverse childhood experience.

10/10/2018
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Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day. After doing a series of podcasts with ex offenders I promised that I would share my own childhood experiences. Fairly boring but no less impactful on me and that is the point. You don’t have to be the victim of a traumatic event to traumatised. The podcast does not come from a point of expertise but one of experience. In hindsight, dealing with victims of crime and the bereaved was part of my journey to make sense of my own life through the...

Duration:00:11:02

8: FIONA MEECHAN: Compassion at work

9/20/2018
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[Compassion at Work Toolkit](https://oscarkilo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Compassion-at-Work-Toolkit-FINAL-5-December-2017.pdf) Fiona Meechan’s current role is Lecturer in Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Alliance Manchester Business School, where she delivers an MSc in Healthcare Leadership for people working in a wide range of senior clinical and non-clinical roles across the NHS. Previous roles include: Director of Customers and Communities at Rossendale Borough Council,...

Duration:00:32:13

7: KATIE HUTCHINGS: Heart transplant survivor

8/18/2018
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There was nothing common about the cold Katie Hutchings caught over the Easter of 2015\. Within day's she was taken to hospital and put on the urgent transplant list. The virus has attacked her heart and had damaged it beyond repair. She eventually received a new donor heart and you would think that would have been the beginning of a new life. However it was to be the start of a nightmare she only just got through. Katies describes the setbacks she encountered on her long road to recovery...

Duration:00:30:06

6: EX OFFENDER: Describes through his recovery and rehabilitation he learned to love himself

6/26/2018
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My guest today comes from a large family of privilege and wealth. His own father was quite elderly when he was born and he was sent to boarding school at an early age where he was sexually abused. All this made my guest feel worthless and he struggled to come to terms with his own emotions. He chose alcohol to take the pain away. As he got older he would enter into relationships which would ultimately fail. Feeling abandoned he would harass his ex partners which led to his incarceration....

Duration:00:22:31

5: GRAHAM GODDEN: From armed robber to charity founder.

6/20/2018
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In the third of my podcasts on adverse childhood experiences I talk to a man who committed a string of armed robberies in the south east of England at provincial building societies. Such became his notoriety he was dubbed the M25 bandit. He was eventually arrested by the Metropolitan Police's SO19 and has spent a total of eighteen and a half years in prison. Graham Godden had a difficult childhood and was sent to boarding school for mal adjusted children. He discovered drugs and alcohol and...

Duration:00:31:21

4: EX OFFENDER: Reflects on his life choices when addicted to cocaine and alcohol

6/17/2018
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In the second of my podcasts on adverse childhood experiences my guest has asked to remain anonymous for no other reason that to protect the identities of those people involved. He was responsible for an assault which resulted in a gaol sentence. Whilst inside and through the 12 step program, he closely examined himself and looked at his actions and how they were influenced by his own childhood experiences. DISCLAIMER: My guest talks about several incidents that have been previously reported...

Duration:00:31:31

3: JACKIE MALTON: On unpicking adverse childhood experiences.

6/14/2018
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In this what will be the first podcast in a series of four I will be looking at adverse childhood experiences, how they can lead to addiction and for some a pathway to prison. Jackie Malton is a retired police officer and her own pathway to recovery from alcohol is well documented. We examine the inner self and how Jackie, as an unpaid volunteer counsellor, helps people through recovery, many serving long prison sentences. Thus setting the way for a further three podcasts where I speak with...

Duration:00:32:24

2: SUE DAVIES: A bereaved mother.

3/27/2018
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Photo: Robert (right) with his son Cameron. Sue Davies is a typical hard working mum. In 2011 she suffered the unimaginable. Her son Robert aged 26 yrs was travelling home in his car to see her and his son Cameron when it left the motorway and rolled over into a field. The impact was fatal. Sue describes how she coped with that loss and how her grandson misses his Daddy and how Cameron has been her lifeline. Sue has asked this quote is included on the podcast: “Do not judge the bereaved...

Duration:00:28:50

1: NOREEN TEHRANI: Cognitive Empathy

1/20/2018
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In this episode Noreen describes the brain and how it works. It will help the listener if they refer to the cover picture when she does. Realising that trauma is a biological problem and not a mental one helps us understand why we experience these feelings and how we can overcome them. Noreen also discusses empathy and how using the head instead of the heart can help us better understand ourselves and others. After an interesting and varied career working as a medical researcher, retail...

Duration:00:36:43

12: ANDY RHODES: One year on.

12/16/2017
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One year ago the very first Walk the Talk podcast was broadcast with its very first guest Andy Rhodes. In what is the last podcast of 2017 it seemed only fair to invite him back in for an update on his national wellbeing work and on his new job as the Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary.

Duration:00:30:43

11: LYNNE WILKINS: Cognitive hypnotherapist.

12/14/2017
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Lynne Wilkins started her career in public relations but through a chance meeting she decided she really wanted to help people and became a cognitive hypnotherapist untangling the unconscious mind which determines our everyday behaviour and mindset. Exploring what makes us tick and the various therapy’s available we discuss how to better our lives. At the end of this podcast Lynne takes us on a quick meditation tutorial that all of us can do. If you would like to find out more about Lynne...

Duration:00:30:29

10: JACKIE MALTON: Ex Flying squad officer who beat alcohol and stigma.

12/10/2017
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Jackie Malton was openly gay from an early age. As a result her character was put to the test when she joined Leicestershire Police and subsequently the Metropolitan Police. She rose through the ranks and became a member of the renowned “Flying Squad.” Passionate about her job and dealing with all the pressures that entailed she increasingly felt ashamed and she turned to alcohol to cope. It was a chance encounter with a street drinker that would change her life forever. As a thief taker she...

Duration:00:45:53

9: DAVE THOMAS. Change.

11/22/2017
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In this episode I will be looking at change, why I think our lives are wholly dependant on it and how we deal with it when it happens. I will be also talking about my recent experience of change. "When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills" - Chinese Proverb

Duration:00:08:08

8: DAVE THOMAS. Worry and addiction.

11/7/2017
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In this podcast I share my experiences with worry. I have spent a life time worrying until one day I realised that everything I feared would happen hadn't. I will also be talking about addiction and how the person who became an addict can never be the person that stops.

Duration:00:08:24

7: DAVE THOMAS. As season one draws to a close.

10/31/2017
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As season one draws to a close I have been amazed by the support and kind wishes everyone has shared with me. With nearly 3000 listens I never thought it would be as well received as it has. I would be pleased if you could join me as I outline the remaining podcasts for 2017 and what promise to be a very exciting season two.

Duration:00:01:45

6: DAVE THOMAS. My role as a Family Liaison Officer.

9/13/2017
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In this episode, I have decided to share a bit of myself with you and my role as a family liaison officer. Recorded purposely in respectful tones showing deference to those family's I've dealt with. It is only fair that I ask of myself what I ask of all my guests . . . . . honesty. A hugely rewarding role, one completely voluntary. It does have a downside that comes with a shelf life. You are about to discover why on Walk the Talk.

Duration:00:10:16

5: JACKIE HIRST: Womens networking and the menopause.

8/24/2017
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Chief Inspector Jackie Hirst is a 27 year career police officer based at Blackpool in Lancashire. Chair of the "Women in policing" network, she is also a Force Incident Commander and Operations Manager for Firearms and Road Policing. Jackie started her career at the south end of Blackpool, an extremely busy sector where new officers literally sank or swim. During her career she suffered bereavement on a scale that would have finished most people. To her credit she used the experience to push...

Duration:00:33:31

4: REGIE BUTLER: Leader of a police health and wellness team and how he nearly killed himself.

7/15/2017
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Devon and Cornwall Police entered into a strategic alliance with Dorset Police in 2016. This week I am delighted to speak with PS Regie Butler about his well being team within the alliance. They offer peer support to Officers and staff and have introduced some interesting initiatives seen as "icebreakers" to kick start the discussion of mental health and well being within the organisations. Regie also shares his own personal experience that nearly lead to his death. References:...

Duration:00:28:00

3: HARRY TANGYE: Social media and PTSD suffered by firearms officers.

5/14/2017
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Harry Tangye is a 27 year veteran with the Devon and Cornwall police. It was as much a surprise to himself that he won the best police twitter account in 2016 resulting in a trip to California . In this episode Harry shares his views on social media platforms, PTSD and his work as a firearms commander.

Duration:00:39:18

2: ANDY RHODES: Senior leader and national wellbeing lead for England and Wales.

12/7/2016
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Andy Rhodes is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of the Lancashire Constabulary and the national lead for wellbeing for the police services within England and Wales. In a remarkably candid interview he shares his vision of the future, where the police service is at the moment and some of his own battles that have shaped him into the leader he is today. A fascinating insight into a senior leader within senior management. References: www.strongyoungminds.org www.lancashire.police.uk The...

Duration:00:51:44