As season two of the Dadvengers Podcast comes to an end, it features BBC Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson talking about his parenting experience.
Hosted by TV presenter Nigel Clarke along with author, actress and presenter Giovanna Fletcher, the podcast engages with parents to discuss a variety of parenting subjects such as mental health, racism, imposter syndrome, childcare and co-parenting.
Each episode focuses on parenting from a man’s perspective but is fully inclusive, which is why mums enjoy listening too, as it provides an insight into the way their partners are thinking and feeling.
In this final episode of the season, Matt talks about how his dad took his own life after a long struggle with bipolar disorder and how the pressures of becoming a parent led him to discover he suffers from a similar disorder called cyclothymia.
In a time when our mental health is under such scrutiny it’s important to hear from people who have experience managing their mental health as it helps others.
Matt also describes how he found it hard to accept the label of being a dad: “I struggled to begin with, with the transition of being a dad, the label of being a dad. I had no moment of epiphany. It was like ‘ok we’ve got a baby now’,” he says.
This is something that many parents, both men and women, experience but often don’t discuss. Hearing about it and what Matt is like as a father now is reassuring for anyone who may have a similar experience.
Previous guests have included the likes of Matt Willis (Busted), Paul Brunson (Celebs go Dating, Married at First Sight), Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale), Nihal Arthanayake (Radio 5 Live), Anna Williamson (Breaking Mum and Dad Podcast, Celebs Go Dating).
Highlights from the current series include Amos Hurst talking about surviving bladder and prostate cancer with the help of his children, Alex Di Pasquale breaking down about almost losing his wife during childbirth and Dr Amit Patel talking about how he’s rising above what people expect being a blind father.
Episode 20 of the Dadvengers Podcast featuring Matt Edmondson will be available from Thursday 4 November on most podcast platforms.