• Mindfulness – 10 Minute Practice Exercise


    This relaxation exercise is narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques. This is brought to you by the UK Mental Health Foundation. See more at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/mindfulness-10-minute-practice-exercise#sthash.zfgGhRyF.dpuf

  • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world CD


    A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world.

    CD available in your local library.

    Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In “Mindfulness,” Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxious, stressful, and exhausting life. Based on the techniques of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, the unique program developed by Williams and his colleagues, the book offers simple and straightforward forms of mindfulness meditation that can be done by anyone and it can take just 10 to 20 minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed.

  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability CD


    : Talks with your Therapist.

    CD Available in your local library.

    This CD is based on the book: Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. The CD includes a series of nine talks by clinical psychologist Dr William Davies.  It explores how anger and irritability affects us in different ways and sets out effective strategies to reduce feelings of irritability and become less angry.

  • Overcoming Low Self-esteem CD


    CD available in local library. Talks with Your Therapist

    Low self-esteem and negative self-image cause great distress, can severely affect relationships and have many other negative impacts on one's life. They can, however, be effectively treated using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, the basis of this series of talks from Dr Melanie Fennell, one of the UK's leading experts on low self-esteem. Learn what causes low self-esteem and why it sometimes persists, explore how to stop self-criticism in its tracks, challenge negative self-beliefs and develop new self-acceptance. The talks are focused on the following themes: The nature and effects of low self-esteem. What maintains it. Self-criticism and negative beliefs. Enhancing self-acceptance.

  • Postnatal Depression


    Changes in mood pre- and post-pregnancy is extremely common. In this episode of Listen Yourself Well Plunket Nurse, Joy Pringle, joins us to talk about one of the most common complications in childbirth – postnatal depression.

    We discuss whether we talk enough about postnatal depression in New Zealand, and whether mums – and their whanau – really understand how common it is, and what it is. Joy shares her professional experience of what postnatal depression looks like, and how you can access help if you see the warning signs in yourself, or others.
    We also review the book Mothers Cry Too – a book which has some great strategies for addressing mood issues pre- and post-pregnancy.

  • Quiet Minds


    Listen here

    Quiet Minds is a small group of consumers (mental health service users) who set up a radio show in June 2004 after attending a training day at Plains FM. Prior to Quiet Minds, most of the group had no previous broadcasting experience at all. The Quiet Minds team is made up of empathetic people with an anti-discriminatory attitude and a dogged sense of social justice. Our programmes are a broad mixture of interviews with: – ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences – extraordinary people with courageous stories – professional people who have useful information – controversial people who disagree with professional people – artists, writers and musicians whose mental illness informs their work Programmes have covered topics like depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, electro-convulsive therapy, NGO’s, post-natal depression, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health awareness week and mental health issues faced by refugees. A copy of each programme is stored at “MHAPS – Mental Health Advocacy And Peer Support”and podcast on the Plains FM website. This means that consumers or health professionals in the network who have missed an episode of Quiet Minds can borrow a copy and listen to it in their own time. This is a very popular and widely used resource. “Quiet Minds gives me an awareness of issues and offers insights, experiences and support. Having a radio programme that so professionally and warmly opens up understanding of mental health issues is such an asset for the Canterbury community.” Jane Demeter “It opens up a world of holistic help and information – both for those facing emotional crises in their lives, and for their supporters and whanau.” Eric Biddington “This programme deserves a high award for its ability to inform, entertain, ensure the participation of those with mental illness and in recovery, and generally contribute to the de-stigmatisation of mental illness.” Dr Sue Bagshaw

  • Relationships


    This episode of Listen Yourself Well is all about relationships. We review a popular book from our Books on Prescription collection, The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships. This book has been written by John Gottman, a world-renowned researcher and relationship expert who’s spent over 40 years studying marital and intimate relationships.

    All going well, sexuality is just one part of a happy and healthy relationship. However, when problems arise, it can become all-consuming. Clare Greensmith, a local psychotherapist, occupational therapist and sex therapist joins us to talk about common concerns people have about sexuality and intimacy. We discuss the most common pitfalls, how we can strengthen our relationships in simple ways, and how the aging process can affect how sexuality is experienced and expressed.

  • Relationships: The missing piece of the wellbeing puzzle


    Relationships – as much as exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking – are fundamental to our mental health and wellbeing. In the 21st century, people are living longer, often further away from family and with increasingly virtual friendships. But it doesn’t need to be like this.

    Video based on the United Kingdom but similar statistics and situation here in New Zealand.

  • Rising Tide (primary age)

    Resilience - Young People

    This New Zealand written book is an engaging story that follows Ari and his family through some big events. The book explores themes of worry, family bonds, self-belief, resilience and self-doubt. Additionally, at the conclusion of the story a very good Appendix is provided that both explains this disability and includes exercises for adults on how they can help a child or children in this situation.

    For free digital and audio copies of this title visit https://www.theworrybug.co.nz/rising-tide.html


  • Social Health


    Often we have a tendency to focus on what the individual can do to keep themselves happy and well – but we’re not isolated entities, we’re all part of families, communities and other social networks.

    The Mental Health Foundation suggests we think of relationships as the ‘cornerstone of your life’ and invest time developing them. So tune into Listen Yourself Well hear about how we can connect more with those around us, and we have a chat to Amanda and Leanne who do great work to connect the Greater Green Island community.

  • Stand up to Falls


    In honour of Falls Month we have WellSouth Falls Prevention nurse, Stacey Porter, with us in studio. Stacey explains why WellSouth has specifically created a position around falls and related fractures, and how this relates to aging. We explore what ‘osteoporosis’ is, why it happens, and how we can prevent it. Stacey shares some practical and easy tips about how to ensure quality and quantity of life heading into older age.

    For more information on April Falls 2017 visit: http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/…/red…/april-falls/april-falls-2017/

  • Stress and Relaxation Podcast


    This podcast is presented by Dr David Peters and gives the listener stress management techniques which can help relieve pressure from daily life. By the UK Mental Health Foundation. See more at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/stress-and-relaxation-full-works#sthash.4NMBkQWo.dpuf

  • Stress reduction in teens


    Teens often experience a high amount of stress with pressure to achieve at school, picking up part-time work whilst juggling exams and social time, starting dating and bumping heads with parents…

    So in this episode we specifically focus on stress – and other mental health problems – in teens, and we have Hannah Bowie from Youth Services in studio to share her experience in this service that mentors 16 and 17 year olds to help them engage with education, training or work-based learning.

  • Stroke


    In this episode we review the Stroke Riskometer app, the top health app in 2014. Then, Judith Hyslop, Community Stroke Advisor for the Stroke Foundation, talks to us about this chronic condition that is the third most prevalent cause of death in New Zealand, and a major source of serious adult disability. We discuss the FAST campaign, the most common signs of stroke and what to do if you notice them, the importance of taking a preventative approach, as well as some heart-warming stories of success when people have acted fast and sought medical help quickly.

  • TED Talk: A simple way to break a habit


    Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.

    10 minute video.

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