In this episode of Listen Yourself Well we review the book sex, drugs, gambling and chocolate. Then Salvation Army gambling counsellor Bronwyn Powell-Grubb joins us to chat about a particular form of addiction, which more in our community than we might expect.
We discuss why people gamble, how prevalent it is in Otago and Southland, and what the warming signs are that your gambling has become problematic.
Lastly, Bronwyn shares about what local services are available to support those who gamble themselves, as well as the wider whanau who are negatively affected by it.
Making Stress Your Friend
Monique Lammers, part of WellSouth’s Brief Intervention Team, joins us to talk about stress, with a special focus on the holiday season.
We explore how stress is something we can’t avoid or expect to eliminate from our lives – but we can change how we respond to it, or manage the ways it can manifest in our lives. Monique shares some tips for looking after yourself during the festive season, and just in general in day-to-day life.
We also review a Books on Prescription resource – a short 15 minute video, a TED Talk, by health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal aptly called ‘how to make stress your friend’…
This episode we talk about Men’s Health to coincide with Movember. We interview Lindsay Wright from the Rural Support Trust and WellSouth’s GoodYarn programme. Lindsay helped develop WellSouth’s mental health workshop ‘GoodYarn: helping rural communities talk about mental health.’ Lindsay has had 24 years of experience as a fourth generation farmer from Wendonside and has personally experienced – and beaten – the “down side” of stress. Lindsay joins us to talk about how GoodYarn evolved, his own mental health journey, and what you can to do crack open the topic of mental health.
We also review one of the most popular books in our Books on Prescription programme, which is John Kirwan’s “All Black’s Don’t Cry: A Story of Hope”.
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
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
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.
Wanda’s Story: taking control of her heart health
This story is from the perspective of Wanda, a patient, who in conjunction with her healthcare professional, is using the Taking Control resource to improve her heart health.