Tough Talk – Episode 10

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: George Stamou, Mental Health Practitioner, WellSouth. Reviewed 20 Dec 2018.

Title: The Conversation – video series. Episode 10.

Sam O’Sullivan, Clinical Psychologist

Problem addressed: Drugs and alcohol

Who is this video suitable for: General audience, but also people who suffer from anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol use, people who want to know more about mental health issues for helping others.

Summary: Sas aka Matthew Peppercorn (Mental Health Nurse and an Educator) describes his life journey around issues of drug and alcohol use. He explains how the use of alcohol helped him cope with social anxiety and low mood in the past. Sas gives an account of his life journey in relation to drug and alcohol, and how he became aware of his tendency to hide some of his negative feelings behind alcohol and drugs. He explains briefly about cultural norms and how some people, especially men, might be perceived negatively by others if they talk openly about their own mental health issues. Sas provides a comprehensive plan that he also uses for his own recovery which he calls the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), or Te Whare Tapa Wha. That model connects four main aspects in someone’s life, that of mental health, extended family health, physical health, and spiritual health, and what the individual can do to find better balance.

Strengths & Weakness: Comprehensive, easy to understand, practical, good dialogue between interviewer and interviewee. However, a distinction that is not very clear is around the Brief Intervention Service (BIS) at the Primary Health Organisation and what it provides. BIS does address mild to moderate mental health issues but not alcohol and drug use as the primary issue.

In what context I would recommend this video for: The video can be used as a tool for better awareness, and practical advice.

Specific sections recommended: I think knowing how to ask for help, e.g. visit GP and be referred, is very useful.


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