Phone a Friend with George Ezra & Ollie MN

Phone a Friend with George Ezra & Ollie MN

By George Ezra & Ollie MN

When long-time friends George Ezra and Ollie MN both experienced issues with mental health, they found comfort in opening up to one another about what they were going through. Phone A Friend is a podcast that captures their candid and light-hearted chats, with the intention of encouraging the listener to start conversations of their own. Each episode, George and Ollie will share the ups and downs of their week and discuss how to balance mental health concerns with the other stresses of daily life.

Episodes

Abandon(ed) Sheep!

This week, George attempts to rescue a stray sheep, with mixed results. Meanwhile, a bad week and some missed therapy appointments leave Ollie feeling even more sorry for himself than usual. Plus, the boys read some follow-up emails from listeners who have previously been in touch with the show. Follow @PhoneAFriendPod on Instagram for extra resources, links, and content from each episode. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
10/08/2051m 45s

Shrek, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll

This week, the boys travel back to a time when VHS was king and the streets were paved with counterfeit Linkin Park merchandise. George recalls the early formative experience of listening to the Shrek soundtrack, before Ollie ropes him into a domestic dispute. The boys then respond to a listener’s email about the importance of encouraging conversations about body dysmorphia among men. Follow @PhoneAFriendPod on Instagram for extra resources, links, and content from each episode. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
03/08/2056m 29s

Hot Chocolate, Hot Mess

This week, George dons his favourite pair of striped pyjamas in preparation for a particularly cute and snuggly episode. Meanwhile, Ollie tries to compose himself after becoming the victim of bread-battery. Follow @PhoneAFriendPod on Instagram for extra resources, links, and content from each episode. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
27/07/2053m 19s

Skylight's The Limit

This week, Ollie issues a sincere apology for his Boggart Blunder in the last episode. The boys also discuss extraterrestrials and Ollie’s criminal past before an enormous vape cloud heralds the messenger boy’s arrival. Follow @PhoneAFriendPod on Instagram for extra resources, links, and content from each episode. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
20/07/2055m 34s

2 Wheels & The Truth

This week, George (2019 Brit Award recipient) and Ollie (Simon Balle Sports Day 2010 Obstacle Relay participant) discuss grief, bathroom anxiety, and boggarts. The boys also cement their reputation as innovators by starting an official Phone A Friend instagram page. Follow @PhoneAFriendPod for extra resources, links, and content from each episode. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
13/07/2056m 54s

One Thicc Leg

After a high-speed journey up and down the winding streets of London Town, George dismounts from his micro scooter and prepares to podcast. Hundreds of miles away, Ollie’s back has bonded with his chair in a nightmarish fusion of flesh, sweat and leather. The boys discuss George’s weekly therapy sessions, the importance of mental health charities, and Tudor slang. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
06/07/2054m 21s

Pillow Talk

This week, Ollie helps his ageing friend understand youth culture. The boys also indulge in some pillow talk, before discussing obsessive thoughts and sleep-deprivation. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
29/06/2050m 48s

Always Sleep Responsibly

This week, the boys encourage you to check out Black Minds Matter UK. Black Minds Matter is an organisation that provides free mental health services to Black people in the UK, including therapy, support groups, and mentorship. If you think you could benefit from any of this, or want to donate to keep this amazing organisation going, please check out www.blackmindsmatteruk.com
22/06/2050m 23s

27 Going On 35

This week, all of George’s nearest and dearest come together to celebrate his birthday. Ollie discusses the anxiety caused by the easing of lockdown restrictions, and the boys debate what to do about George’s hair. Plus, George talks to Emily about how volunteering at a hospital during the Corona Virus crisis helped to keep her own well-being in check. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health. https://www.mind.org.uk
15/06/201h 12m

Sick Bag For Life

After 21 episodes (and a decade of friendship), Ollie is delighted to hear that he’s finally growing on George. Topics discussed this week include the physical side effects of anxiety, toxic masculinity and the surprisingly positive reaction to George’s inventions. Plus, George chats to Chelsey, a biochemist working in the NHS, about how the Corona Virus has affected her. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health. https://www.mind.org.uk
08/06/2057m 36s

Break Glass For Emergency Vibes

After a few difficult days, George and Ollie are desperate for an emergency injection of #GoodVibes. The boys discuss self-criticism, lack of motivation, and how helpful they both find their weekly conversations.  George also chats to Elaine, a Primary Mental Health Worker, about her job and the importance of self care. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health. https://www.mind.org.uk
01/06/201h 3m

The Belt of Plenty

This week, the boys discuss Ollie’s back hair for far too long. George reveals that he’s been working on some inventions during lockdown, and the messenger boy delivers emails on the subjects of online therapy and how to approach potentially difficult conversations. Plus, George talks to Dr Hazel Wallace about working on a Covid ward. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health. https://www.mind.org.uk
25/05/201h 18m

Phone a (new) friend

This week’s episode features the first in a series of conversations with key workers recorded via the wonders of modern technology. Penny, an ambulance worker, talks to George about her work and the ways she tries to keep her mental health in check. The boys also discuss panic attacks, uncertainty, and the healing benefits of loud grunting. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
18/05/201h 1m

Ringo’s Sketchers Addiction

This week, Ollie’s first proper trip outdoors after two months of lockdown culminates in an altercation with some of the local wildlife. In between blasts of his harmonica, George proposes some modifications to the British national anthem. The boys also discuss safety mask anxiety, night-time rituals, and Iceland. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
11/05/201h 2m

The D Word

This week, George reveals that he’s been cheating on Ollie with other podcasters. Ollie tries to explain why he finds it so difficult to talk about his D*, and a moving email leaves the boys teary-eyed. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk *depression.
04/05/2052m 45s

Podcast Pageboys

After another week of quarantine, Ollie tries to fill the gaping hole inside of him by purchasing a new toastie machine. Meanwhile, George works his way through a backlog of lentils, and an online session with Ollie’s psychiatrist prompts a discussion about intrusive thoughts. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
27/04/201h 1m

Namaste At Home

This week, George basks in the afterglow of a Screen-Free Saturday. The boys discuss reduced access to therapy and medication during lockdown, and the messenger boy delivers more inspirational emails from the listeners. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
20/04/201h 6m

*Video Call A Friend

This week, another stack of listener messages arrive, and the boys use cutting-edge technology to stare lovingly into each other's eyes. Out of his mind on iced americano, George outs himself as a puzzle snob, while Ollie reveals that he now lives in the bath. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
13/04/201h 8m

Get Out Of My Houseparty

George reflects on another week of self-isolation, and finds himself more susceptible to intrusive thoughts during this time alone. Meanwhile, a poor performance in a digital pub quiz bruises Ollie’s ego, and the messenger boy delivers more stories of how people are dealing with the Corona crisis. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
06/04/201h 0m

Bored of the Rings

This week, the increasingly-dishevelled messenger boy delivers a pile of uplifting emails submitted by the listeners. The boys devote the entire episode to these stories, shining a light on the inspiring ways people across the world are helping one another in difficult times. Subscribe now to get nw episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don't forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
30/03/201h 6m

Quarantine Routine

This week, the little messenger boy delivers a particularly heavy sack of listener correspondence concerning the current Corona Virus situation. George and Ollie work their way through the pile, sharing thoughts and advice on how to keep your mental health in check during uncertain times. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
23/03/2054m 8s

Shaking Hands With Maharishi

This week, the boys discuss memes, meditation, and mantras. George describes how daily meditation has benefitted him, and Ollie decides to give it a try himself. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
16/03/201h 1m

Watchdogging

As Parched March begins, George's attempt to buy a camera culminates in an act of cyber-swindling. Meanwhile, Ollie’s relaxing spa day takes a turn when he accidentally exposes himself. The boys also discuss how to cope with feeling anxious in public, and respond to a listener’s email about panic attacks at school. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
09/03/201h 8m

Ancient Swedish Curse

Ollie goes to battle with a particularly stubborn piece of flatpack furniture and emerges changed forever. Meanwhile, George returns from his trip to Paris in need of some home comforts. Finally, the boys discuss an inspiring email from one of their listeners. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
02/03/201h 5m

Bon Appétit, My Love

This week, George wrestles with the responsibility of dog-ownership, and Ollie helps him prepare for a trip to Paris. The boys also share some of the listeners’ advice on making new friends as an adult.  Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
24/02/2057m 32s

Pros & Cons Of The Public Eye

In this week’s episode, George helps Ollie recover from a day of high-anxiety. The boys describe how their lives have changed since being named one of Apple’s New and Noteworthy podcasts, and George discovers that he’s been mispronouncing “almonds” his entire life.   Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk/
16/02/201h 4m

I Can Be Your Despacito

This week, George has an exciting Monday and lifts Ollie out of his somber mood. The boys talk about the difficulty of making new friends as an adult and how to gently break up with your therapist, with several soulful renditions of Despacito along the way.  Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk
10/02/201h 8m

Email For You M’Lord

In this week’s episode, Ollie finds himself in conversation with the newly-appointed sixth sexiest man in Hertfordshire. George discusses his experiences with intrusive thoughts, and a listener asks for advice on maintaining long-distance friendships. All this, plus some public nudity and Tudor chat along the way. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  www.mind.org.uk
03/02/201h 14m

Shout Out To My Ex (Therapist)

This week, George recounts his brave battle with the common cold and Ollie helpfully suggests some medieval remedies. The boys also discuss what to do when a friend is having a tough time, toasters and time travel. You know, the usual. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health: https://www.mind.org.uk
27/01/201h 3m

Liquid Assets

In this week’s podcast, Ollie describes the various side effects of his anti-depressants to George in graphic detail, and the boys discuss some listeners’ emails on the subject of therapy. Subscribe now to get new episodes of Phone A Friend every week, and don’t forget to rate and review too.  Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health: www.mind.org.uk
20/01/2053m 54s

The Mysterious Christmas Log

In the first introductory episode of their brand new podcast, George Ezra calls his old friend and schoolmate Ollie MN for a chat about life, mental health, and defecating Christmas logs.  Subscribe now to get weekly episodes downloaded straight into your phone, and don't forget to rate and review too. Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health.  https://www.mind.org.uk/
17/12/1955m 33s
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