This episode is all about Diabetes – we interview Chris Higgs, a professional practice fellow from the Otago University School of Physiotherapy, who set up the free Dunedin Community Exercise Programme back in 2014. A community-based rehabilitation programme, it is for anyone who has diabetes or has risk factors for developing diabetes (prediabetes). Chris talks about how it got started, and why it is so effective.
We also review some Diabetes Podcasts in our Books on Prescription collection called “Type 2 and you: a guide to living with Type 2 Diabetes”.
We all need to practice emotional first aid
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
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”.
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.
I had a black dog, his name was depression
YouTube video based on the book by Matthew Johnstone. At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
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: 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.