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.
Health Professional Review
Video created by the UK Mental Health Foundation.
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.
This episode is all about Heart Disease. We have Jo Arthur from the Heart Foundation with us in studio to talk to us about what heart disease is and how to stay well if you have had a heart disease. We also chat about the Heart Foundation’s great resource ‘Taking Control: My plan for heart health’, and most importantly discuss how we can prevent heart disease.
When Happiness is not Enough?
What do you need to become happier? It may be the opposite to what you think!
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.
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’…