Category Archives: Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 3

Welcome to the third episode in this series of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. Featuring Character Development teacher and mental healer Chris Deojee and Oak frontman Andy Valiant.

You can listen to it here:

Chris Deojee

Chris Deojee

It was great to finally be able to speak to Chris Deojee, though when we did we had a technical problem which meant the recording wasn’t saved. Thankfully, we were able to meet again and we managed to record a conversation, maintaining a lot of the energy of what we spoke about in the first. In fact so much that I’ve decided to split it into two parts over two episodes, with this one being the first.

Based in Suffolk, but practices around London and through Essex. He wouldn’t specifically call himself a mental healer, with all the technical connotations that would convey, but a lot of work certainly helps along those lines. And he was able to fully describe what he does and how he is able to help people.

We spoke about many of the distortions in society which cause a lot of imbalance in each of us and how we’re not shown great examples of emotional dexterity growing up by those around us, compared to how we are physically for example.

Also we talked about the distortions caused by the difference in subjective and objective reality that are imposed on us, and the increase in confusion in gender and use of language.
The continuing part in the next episode will include how important nutrition is to our mental health.

You can get in touch with him here:
https://www.facebook.com/darren.deojee
http://www.alternativeanswers.net

Andy Valiant | Oak

Andy Valiant | Oak

Before I played that conversation with Chris, I included a chat I recorded with my friend Andy Valiant, the singer from stoner/ doom metal band Oak who I have often featured on my Musical Meanderings show. We spoke about the issues men have with mental health from our own perspectives, including issues connecting with the feminine, how men and women are interacting at the moment and possible causes of male suicide.

Here is where you can find out more about their music and purchase it:
https://oakstoner.bandcamp.com
And their facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oakstoner/
OakAlso during the show I shared some music based mental health news that there is a service for musicians and artists suffering with mental health issues.

Help Musicians UK is the service and I also included their research into some of the causes and results.
https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/working-retired-musicians/mental-health

Music played during the show:
Malojian – Often Wonder (The Deer’s Cry)

Oak – Mirage (Oak II)

Maneesh De Moor – Bliss (Om Deeksha)

Malojian has a new album ‘Let The Weirdness Carry You Home’ available here:
https://malojian.bandcamp.com/album/let-your-weirdness-carry-you-home

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

TwitCount Button

Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 2

Welcome to the second episode in this second series of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM. It includes conversations with writer and philosopher Darren Allen and mindfulness practitioner Sheila Moses.

You can listen to it here:

Darren Allen

Darren Allen

Darren has been a guest previously on my Musical Meanderings show and I knew he would have great perspectives on some of the broader issues and causes for mental health issues that I have been thinking about.

We discussed ideas such as the nature of work and schools and how many don’t enjoy it and how money is tight. We touched on some controversial ideas, such as whether Mental Illness is actually something tangible and real and how positive the concepts of psychology and psychotherapy actually are.
In the end there was optimism with how things can unfold for humanity, especially if Love can embraced for all.

He is open to dialogue about his ideas and often engages in discussions about them. You can find out more about him and his writings, along with his contact information via his website expressiveegg.org.

Here is his article on mental health that we discussed during the conversation:
https://expressiveegg.org/2017/03/07/schizophrenic-psychocrat/

Sheila Moses

Sheila Moses

Sheila Moses is a practitioner in numerous fields, including mindfulness, NLP and emotional freedom technique tapping. She talked about her background and journey in learning about each and how she is able to help others. She works in many schools and spoke of the great results she experiences when she teaches some of these techniques.

You can find out more about her and get in touch via her website:
https://mellowmoments.biz and her mobile: 07956 123335

Here is the music played during the episode:
Syd Barrett – Love You (The Madcap Laughs – 1970)
J.S. Bach РChorale ΠHaupt Voll Blut Und Wunden (Chorus I_II)
Os Mutantes – Haleluia (A Divina Comedia Ou)
Beethoven – Quartet 14 – 6th mvt. – Adagio quasi un poco Andante

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

TwitCount Button

Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 1

Welcome to the first extended episode in a new series of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM.

It’s a pleasure to be involved in the return of the Mental Health Matters podcast. It has been on hiatus for a little while, but since returning to the station it has been on my mind to get involved with it. It has been a subject I’ve been interested in for a number of years, partly because of my own journey with it and self discovery, but also thanks to all of the people I’ve been grateful to meet who have been involved in the field, studying areas of psychology and working through a lot of the causes and effects.

In this extended first episode I shared conversations which I think have set the tone wonderfully and painted the picture of the topics I’m looking forward to covering over the coming episodes.

Elisavet Tapini

Elisavet Tapini

First of all was Elisavet Tapini, an Existential Integrative Psychologist who has had a long journey of self discovery and academic career, learning about many areas, including sociology, psychotherapy and now also teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. We spoke about her work and covered topics such as comparing working with how we are now, through CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) compared to dealing with roots of issues in the past.

You can find out more about her and her work through her links, such as Regent’s University and UKCP here:
https://www.regents.ac.uk/about/who-we-are/our-staff/elisavet-tapini/

https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/therapist/elisavet-tapini/

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/elisavet-elisabeth-tapini-5914b61a

You can contact her via e-mail here:
e.tapini@yahoo.com or TapiniEli@regents.ac.uk

Colin Wade

Colin Wade

It was also lovely to speak to Colin Wade, a councillor with Brentwood Mind who spoke about his early youth work and his music background and how much day to day work is needed to keep the organisation going.

You can find out more about Brentwood Mind here, where there are contact details and ways to donate: brentwoodmind.org.uk

BrentwoodMind

Here is the music played:

Snatam Kaur – Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur (Mother’s Blessing – 2009)

Snatam Kaur – Deep Blue Sea (Celebrate Peace – 2005)

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

TwitCount Button

Molly Elizabeth – Interview and Live Session

I was joined in the studio today by a very talented young singer and songwriter who is also helping to raise awareness of mental health, Molly Elizabeth along with her Mum Emily.

Molly Elizabeth

Molly Elizabeth

You can listen below to Molly singing live and talking about how music has helped her overcome her anxiety and how her family helped with this too.

You can find out more about Molly on her Facebook Page here

Or listen to more of Molly’s music on Soundcloud here

Molly’s Youtube channel is here

Mum Emily with Molly

Mum Emily with Molly

TwitCount Button

Time to Talk Day – Colin Wade from Brentwood Mind

As part of Time to talk Day it was great to welcome Colin from Brentwood Mind along with a little help for our own Scott W.
Brentwood Mind have been helping people in the community for over 40 years through its services.They help hundreds of people each year deal with depression, stress and a range of mental illnesses.

Bob and Colin - Feel the love!

Bob and Colin – Feel the love!

You can listen to our chat here –

Brentwood Mind’s website is here

TwitCount Button

Time to Talk Day – Lorraine Bond from Home Instead and Ted Butt from The Alzheimer’s Society

As part of Time to Talk Day on Phoenix FM I was joined today by Lorraine and Ted

Lorraine and Ted

Lorraine and Ted

Lorraine is from Home Instead – A well established and highly respected independent UK home care provider, part of a worldwide organisation devoted to providing the highest-quality care for older people in the comfort of their own homes. Home Instead offer a wide range of one-to-one services tailor made to the needs of the individual – and home visits can be from an hour a day up to 24 -7 care that includes weekends and holidays.

Ted is an award winning volunteer from the Alzheimer’s Society – the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, here for anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You can listen to our chat here –

Home Instead’s website is here

The Alzheimer’s Society website is here

Ted and Lorraine 2

 

TwitCount Button

Time to Talk Day on Phoenix FM – Preview

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Time to Talk Day.
On Time to Talk Day we’re asking people to get talking about mental health. Wherever you are, your conversation matters.
Each year one in four of us experiences a mental health problem. Yet too many of us are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless.
Time to Talk Day is a chance for everyone to open up about mental health – to talk, listen, to change lives.

As in previous years Phoenix FM is devoting much of it’s daytime output tomorrow to talking mental health with a variety of guests.

Today I was joined by mental health campaigner and Phoenix FM presenter Scott W along with Sam Brooker from the Fitness in Mind Team at the Brentwood Centre to preview the day.

Bob and Scott

Bob and Scott

Sam Brooker

Sam Brooker

Apologies to Sam for calling him Scott at least once during the interview!

You can listen to our preview here –

You can find out more about Time to Talk Day on Phoenix FM here

Time-to-Talk-Day-2017-resize[1]

TwitCount Button

Guest Blog: MHM – The Journey

Mental Health Matters, not only is it the name of the programme but just as a statement – it is very true. I remember how the programme came about, back in March 2015. The mental health organisation Time to Change had their annual ‘Time to Talk’ day and Phoenix FM had their daytime shows chock-full of interviews that were mental health-related in one form or another.

Scott and Bob

Scott and Bob

From that, Mental Health Matters (MHM) was born and in some ways, it could be described as a ‘specialist’ programme – though what it is is actually a rarity. The ‘big fish’ in the mental health (MH) arena such as Mind, Rethink & co would do well to give those with lived or living experience of mental health conditions, survivors if you like, the chance to encourage others to speak out using radio or podcasts, to make a difference. When I look back on what MHM may have achieved during its run, it is exactly that – making a difference.

We’ve had fun as well and that is another key thing to remember in this not-so-pristine world of ours, if you can laugh at things sometimes – it does help. Without being self-indulgent, we’ve had some superb guests like MH campaigners Jonny Benjamin & Norman Lamb MP plus quite a few passionate campaigners here in Essex, great discussions and played some good music as well.

Being involved in MHM since its inception has been a real journey and then some. Writing this to mark the 15th & final episode of the series, it’s been an honour and I sincerely hope that it’s helped the MH community as they are absolutely who MHM has been for in the first place.
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to thank all of the guests, panellists & supporters that have assisted with the programme since Episode 1. Thank you all. And a special thanks also to Bob, without him we may not have had a series at all. Plus station Chairman Paul, for being open to having the show to begin with, thank you.

If you’d like to check out the episodes themselves go to www.phoenixfm.com/category/mental-health-matters/ and scroll down to listen to different episodes or click on the Episode’s title.

Goodbye MHM – it’s been a blast!

Best wishes to all,
Scott
Producer & co-presenter of MHM

TwitCount Button

Mental Health Matters Episode 15 – Listen Here

Wayne Scott and Bob

Wayne Scott and Bob

Welcome to the 15th episode of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM, the last in the series!

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this packed episode, Scott speaks to Mental Health survivor, campaigner & writer Laura May about her Mental Health journey & her campaign work. (Twitter: @lauramaywritten)
Plus, Bob talks to accredited & qualified counsellor Lorna Slade who talks about her specialism – narcissistic personality disorder. (Twitter: @LornaSlade1)
Also with our panellists, MHM semi-regular Wayne Banks and Ricky Thamman (@VividRicky on Twitter) our discussion topic is on the importance of Friends & Family plus a Stress-buster on Creative Writing – Poetry & Blogging with Scott, Bob & Wayne.

Plus, we have another good set of Songs of the Month & our run-through of Helpful Organisations. Happy Listening!
Also, check out Scott’s blog about the journey of the programme & what it means.

Scott and Laura May

Scott and Laura May

Lorna Slade

Lorna Slade

Ricky Thamman

Ricky Thamman

Songs of the Month:

Song 1: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter

Laura’s song choice (Interview #1) : Monday Morning by Fleetwood Mac

Song 2: Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson

Song 3: Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney

Song 4: When I’m 64 by the Beatles

Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Edited by Bob Simpson
Contributors: Laura May, Wayne B, Lorna Slade, Ricky Thamman & Mark D
Series Consultant: Wayne B

Let us know what you think of the programme!
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

Helpful Organisations (correct, as of July 2016)

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or www.thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or www.thecalmzone.net

We would like to thank our contributors, guests & supporters of the programme for all you have done to support & spread the word about MHM. It’s been a journey & a half!

TwitCount Button