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.
Health Promotion & Mood-Boosting Fiction
Health is much more than what you do alone as an individual – it’s about your family, environment and wider social networks. Rebecca and Sophie from the WellSouth's health promotion team help you access reliable, evidence-based self-help information so that the healthier choice is the easier choice.
In this episode we introduce the Books on Prescription Programme, talk about what health promotion is and review The Little Book of Resilience.
These podcasts are supported by Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and Radio Southland 96.4FM.
Listen to the first episode here:
To listen to the full series click 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
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.
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.
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
What’s the best diet? Healthy Eating 101
Overwhelmed with all the information on diet and nutrition out there? Check out this 15 minute video by Dr Mike Evans to gain a new perspective.