Men and body image; Emilia Fox and Emma Fielding; Talking about suicide

Jane Garvey is joined by the actors Emilia Fox and Emma Fielding to talk about their roles in a new play about the choices and regrets of a stay at home mum and a successful academic. We discuss how men feel about their body image and how it affects their self-esteem. In the first of a three part series we hear from mothers of disabled children: Hannah talks about the challenges of combining paid work with caring for a disabled child. And when four young people take their own lives everyday, we ask how we could have a better conversations with them about the subject of suicide.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore
Editor: Ruth Watts.

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Men And Body Image

Last Monday we looked at body image and self-esteem. We got a tremendous response from our listeners, but it was predominantly women who got in touch. The men who contacted us talked mainly about their daughters or partners, and few volunteered personal stories. Was it because men were not affected by body image issues? Or because men are less likely to talk about such matters? To discuss this, Jane is joined by Philippa Diedrichs, a psychologist at the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England, and by Glen Jankowski, a researcher of body image from Leeds Metropolitan University.


Men Get Eating Disorders Too – a charity that aims to support and raise awareness about male eating disorders

Beacon – an organization that reviews online support for different psychological problems, including body image concerns and eating disorders

The Succeed Foundation - a UK charity which aims to promote positive body image and the prevention of eating disorders

OCD Action - Body Dysmorphia - information on body dysmorphia from the largest UK charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Mind - the leading mental health charity for England and Wales

BEAT: The Eating Disorders Association - a UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families

Changing Faces - a UK charity which supports anyone with a disfigurement

Working Women With Disabled Children: Part 1

Over the next three days we're going to be looking at some of the issues affecting the working lives of mothers who have children with disabilities. We’ll explore some of the problems, and look at the creative ways some mothers have found a solution to these challenges. Today we hear from Hannah, whose daughter is autistic. When Rosy was born she returned to her job as a Corporate Communications officer for her Local Council, but found juggling both impossible, and so reluctantly resigned.


Rosy and Bo Blog

Contact a Family


Rapture, Blister, Burn

US writer Gina Gionfriddo’s play Rapture, Blister, Burn is premiering for the first time in the UK after a successful run in New York last year. It addresses the issue of gender politics and whether women can have it all. The two protagonists, Cathy and Gwen, both in their 40s, have taken different life paths. Cathy, an academic who has remained single, and Gwen, a stay at home mum, both covet each other’s life choices.


Rapture, Blister, Burn is at Hampstead Theatre in London until 22 February

Young Suicide

Nearly four people under the age of 35 take their life every day, and tens of thousands more attempt suicide. Experts and campaign groups want compulsory lessons on mental health in school and say talking about it is the best way to prevent it. As a parent, would you know what signs to look for if your child was thinking of taking their own life? And would you know how to speak to them about it? Jane is joined by psychologist Sally Austen, Clare Milford Haven who lost her son to suicide and has set up charity in his name, and by 19 year old ‘Emma’ - not her real name - from Bristol, who tried to kill herself two years ago.

Radio 1 programmes on Young Suicide

Young Minds

Samaritans: Suicide and Young People

NHS: Suicide contacts

The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund




Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestEmilia Fox
Interviewed GuestEmma Fielding
Interviewed GuestClare Milford Haven
Interviewed GuestSally Austen
Interviewed GuestPhilippa Diedrichs
Interviewed GuestGlen Jankowski
ProducerLucinda Montefiore
EditorRuth Watts

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