Ben Akers on the depression epidemic, a Weekend at Bernie's and the 'L' word

Ben Akers on the depression epidemic, a Weekend at Bernie's and the 'L' word

By Global

This week on Who We Are Now with Richard and Izzy Hammond, they learn about one of the biggest growing epidemics in men today - depression. Joined by Ben Akers, filmmaker and co-founder of the incredible Talk Club (loved by the likes of Liam Gallagher and Tyson Fury), they learn the rules of how to talk, consider the impact of the 'L' word on men of a certain age, and mull over the biggest question Talk Club has to offer- How are you? Out of 10?

This episode contains open and honest conversations about suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

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If you have been affected by any of the themes in this episode, please consider reaching out to the following organisations:

Talk Club.

You can visit Talk Club and start talking with a group that suits you.


You can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 or visit the website at for more information.


You can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 from 4.30pm–10.30pm every day.

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK.

You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 from 6pm to midnight every day.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

You can call CALM on 0800 58 58 58 from 5pm–midnight every day, or visit their website to use the webchat.


You can text SHOUT to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.

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