Category Archives: Mental Health Matters

Amazing Me – Tackling Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools – Tracy Richardson

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
That’s why I was pleased to learn that a new initiative to tackle mental health problems in children, is taking off locally.
Amazing Me, is designed to provide primary schools with a programme packed full of accessible and engaging materials to build good mental health and wellbeing, and my guest today was Tracy Richardson, who came in to tell us all about it.

Tracy Richardson

You can listen to our chat here –

 

You can find out more about Amazing Us and their Amazing Me programme here

Or you can email Tracy direct at tracy@seahorsed.com


Mental Health Matters | Find Focus & Ancestral Healing | Series 2, Episode 7

I have enjoyed returning to the Mental Health Podcast here on Phoenix FM, especially with another couple of wonderful conversations- with entrepreneur Martin Böddeker and multi skilled therapist Marie Delanote.

You can listen to it here:

Martin Böddeker has achieved a lot in his young life, from a professional poker player, through to starting his own company. He has faced challenges along the way, including painful moments with his family and a failed first company of his own, but has faced them strongly and always sees the positive in situations and works through to outcomes. However, one thing he noticed as he worked for himself was how easy it is to be distracted while working online. It is a problem I have faced and it has affected my well being in the past, with being stuck and procrastinating.

Martin spoke honestly about his journey and how his solution to reduce being distracted became the creation of his new business- FindFocus.net. You can learn more about it here:
https://findfocus.krtra.com/t/FbDtKIrWwCZa

Marie Delanote is a Brentwood based therapist. She is one of four sisters and now has four children of her own. She has struggled with many issues in her life, including OCD, eating problems, depression and anxiety. Now also her two sons have been diagnosed with autism. Over the years she developed meditations and coping mechanisms to deal with these emotions.

She has had great success with them and has also published books- The Healing Of The 1lb Baby and now the children’s meditation book- Acorns To Great Oaks. Marie is also able to help others with a variety of therapy techniques. I learned a lot in our conversation.

Click here to see her website.

Here are the articles mentioned in the mental health news:
www.providr.com/things-others-dont-realize-about-your-high-functioning-anxiety/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/27/mental-health-cuts-children-young-people

Here are the songs played:
Sade – By Your Side (Lovers Rock – 2000)

Corey Hart – I Am By Your Side (Boy In The Box – 1985)

Aurora Borealis – Goodbye 1 & 2 (Goodbye – 2018)

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

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Mental Health Matters | Fitness In Mind & Good Guys 2 Great Men | Series 2, Episode 6

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. You can listen to the whole episode here:

Fitness In Mind – Chris & Evie

First of all it was lovely to speak to Phoenix FM’s own Chris Hood, who also works for Fitness In Mind at the Brentwood Centre in Essex. It is an initiative designed to promote, encourage and provide physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing.

Chris enjoyed being on the other side of the microphone for a change, receiving questions and describing the services they’re able to provide. We spoke of their origin, funding and how successful the scheme has been in helping people out of difficult circumstances and isolation.

We were able to hear a success story first hand, because joining Chris to share her experience of how it works was Evie. She spoke enthusiastically of how she was able to come from a low point after a breakdown and never consider entering a gym or class, to now enjoying them and feeling positive of her progress. In fact, she is so positive about her experiences and is able to describe it so well, that it is clear she would be a great ambassador for the initiative.

As well of the benefits of physical exercise and the feeling of achievement of completing a course, one of the main benefits I picked up on was the feeling of community that develops when people come together with shared experiences and goals. There is soon a comfort and strength in numbers and camaraderie that continues after the course finishes. I’ve spoken about this on previous episodes of the podcast, where isolation is more common in our society, surely a major cause of mental health issues. Living in a small community, or ‘tribe’ is something I advocate and I certainly have felt better since bringing myself out of isolation and once again returning to circles of friends once again.

Here is their website where you can learn more and also find out how to register for the next 12 week course in April:
http://www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/sport-and-leisure/fitness-in-mind

Also included in this episode is another conversation I was looking forward to recording ever since I first saw Steve Horsmon’s videos on his Good Guys 2 Great Men YouTube channel.

A bit like the isolation I mentioned above, issues in relationships have a major effect on our mental wellbeing. I know from my own experience of how upset, even distraught I have felt in moments after a break up, or the heartache that can come from the yearnings for that someone special you wish to be with. I also see it around me, with those my age feeling similar yearnings as they continue to get older and don’t have that special someone they’d like by their side. Or conversely, have had relationships or marriages broken up, perhaps after many years, with the trauma and loss that can bring.

Steve’s coaching work helps people through these problems. A lot of it is based around changing our perspective, focussing on what we want to create in our lives, such as love, joy, happiness and success.

I was able to record an online conversation with Steve and his UK based colleague Dan Dore, who both wonderfully described what they do and how they are able to help. It was also a big turning point for me, because it meant I had to be more honest and open ‘on the air’ than I have been in the past. Since starting this podcast, and indeed at other times on my other Musical Meanderings music show, there have been limits to what I’ve shared of my own experiences or things personal to me. But to help illustrate points for Steve and Dan to describe their work, I provided specific examples of issues I have been having with relationships- in finding them and maintaining them. Indeed, also why I was focussed on that on not other areas of my life. I found it very healing and has already helped me in my work and removed a restriction in communicating and sharing.

The topics that we covered include how important it is to realise that you’re ok right in this moment, how expectations can build in resentments in relationships and examples of their coaching, such as where they encourage writing and describing your guiding principles and values you have and want to create in your life.

Find out more on their website:
http://goodguys2greatmen.com/goodguys/

And here is Steve’s YouTube channel where I discovered him:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC13h36xaBvyTPVAES4-4rXw

Also, here is where you can find Steve’s book that he mentions during our conversation. It has great results on its own and often helps people enough to not even need the coaching:
https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Talk-Tools-Desperate-Husband-ebook/dp/B0775GSLMT

Here is the article mentioned in the mental health news:
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/breathing-techniques-coherent-calm-mind-minutes-mental-health-yoga-benefits-a8259146.html

Here are the songs played:
Sarah McLachlan – In the arms of an angel (Surfacing – 1997)

Joni Mitchell – A Case Of You (Blue – 1971)

Solar Fields – The Missing (Origin #2 – 2006)

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

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Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM | Mindfulness, Philosophy & Growth | Series 2, Episode 5

Welcome to the latest episode of the Mental Health Matters podcast. You can listen to it here:

It features conversations with Youtube creator ‘Wild Thing‘ and Brentwood based Mindfulness teacher Myra Mchale.

Wild Thing‘ is a Youtube creator who posts videos talking about and sharing his experiences with personal growth and mental healing. Much of it is described from a philosophical perspective, but also very grounded and easy to hear and feel how it applies to our lives and what we’ve been through.

He offers his e-mail address to get in touch and have a Skype session to talk about what is on your mind. He is open, listens and reflects back what his understanding is of what he hears.

I got in touch with him to record a conversation for the podcast, but also to see what he could be able to help with. On that note the recording begins with a sort of testimonial of the skype session we just had. I was curious to how it would go and what he would be able to share and help with. I included that part as I thought it might provide some explanation of how he is able to help you should you wish.

The conversation then unfolded where I learned more about his perspectives on life and the human condition, and what ultimately led him to spread his word on Youtube.

His channel is here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfSQ…

Get in touch with him here: wildthing@believeinparadise.com

It is wonderful to share an interview I had the pleasure of recording with local Mindfulness Teacher and Practitioner Myra McHale, based near Brentwood, Essex.

During the conversation we heard about her background, why she chose to pursue mindfulness, it’s benefits and the teachers who inspired her.

Here is where you can find out more about Myra, her work and how to book a session: http://myramchale.com

Here are the links to the mental health news items I mentioned during the show:

The pressures and effects of living in London:
https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-to-over-come-workplace-anxiety-expert-tips-a3739566.html

The pandemic of mental health issues with children spreading throughout schools:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5360497/Secondary-schools-mental-health-staff.html

The lack of physical activities in girls leading to poor mental health and low aspirations:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/girls-physical-activity-lack-mental-health-aspirations-levels-boys-women-comparison-gender-a8185271.html

Here are the songs played:
The Eurythmics – Miracle Of Love (Revenge – 1986)

Solar Fields – Sky Trees (Movements – 2009)

Maneesh De Moor – Chidananda (Om Deeksha – 2007)

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

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Mindfulness Teacher Myra McHale- a clip from upcoming Mental Health Matters Episode 5

An excerpt of a conversation in the upcoming Episode 5 of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM.

Myra McHale is an experienced Mindfulness Teacher and Practitioner based near Brentwood, Essex.

Find out more in our full conversation when it’s posted on the Phoenix FM website:
http://www.phoenixfm.com/category/mental-health-matters/

Here is where you can find out more about Myra, her work and how to book a session:
http://myramchale.com


Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 4

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. This episode features the conclusion to my conversation with Character Development teacher and mental healer Chris Deojee and a clip from YouTube channel provider Wild Thing.

You can listen to it here:

Chris Deojee

With Chris we continued with topics including the effects of nutrition on mental health, the confusion with genders and societal and political changes and continuing to look at solutions.

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.

You can learn more about him and get in touch here:
https://www.facebook.com/darren.deojee
http://nativereservation.one
http://www.alternativeanswers.net

And find out more about his nutrition and amino acid business here:
https://www.brightpresence.co.uk

During the episode I also included a video clip from a Youtube creator called Wild Thing who covers many topics on how we can improve and move forward in life. In the clip he talks about how we can listen to our bodies more and life around us. I have recorded a conversation with him to share in the next episode.

Here are links to the news items I shared during the show. First of all how mental health issues are the last thing we want to share with our colleagues at work. I don’t 100% see this as bad news, because the other issues mentioned in the survey were still issues we can share and help each other with:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/uk-workers-sex-money-discuss-office-work-colleagues-mental-health-a8122011.html

Also, more news on the effects of social media, and in this case ‘selfies’ have on us. These issues come up a lot in the conversations I have on the show:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/selfitis-selfies-obsession-real-condition-social-media-narcissism-research-notthingham-trent-a8112066.html

Music played during the show:
Narayan Jyoti & Ron Paz – Invocation (Doors Of My Heart – 2010)

Maneesh De Moor – Interlude (Om Deeksha – 2007)

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

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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


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


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


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


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


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

 


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

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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


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!


Mental Health Matters – episode 14

Welcome to Episode 14 of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

Wayne Scott and Bob

Wayne Scott and Bob

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this episode, Bob & Scott speak to Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk & Mental Health campaigner Norman Lamb about his campaign work and his family’s experience of Mental Health. (Twitter: @normanlamb)
Bob also speaks to Yoga teacher Daniel Groom, who talks about his Mental Health journey & the importance of Yoga in his life. (Twitter: @danieljgroom)
Also with our panellists, MHM semi-regular Wayne Banks and debutant , MH survivor Ricky Thamman (@VividRicky on Twitter) we have a discussion topic on Medication, a new section called Thought of Mind & some Mental Health News with Scott & Wayne.

Plus, we have a variety of Songs of the Month & our run-through of Helpful Organisations. Enjoy!

Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb MP

Ricky Thamman

Ricky Thamman

Daniel Groom

Daniel Groom

 

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Songs of the Month

Song 1: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

Song 2: Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

Song 3: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Song 4: Talking to the Moon by Bruno Mars

Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Contributors: Norman Lamb MP, Wayne B , Ricky Thamman, Daniel Groom & James W
Assistant Producers: Bob Simpson & Isla B
Series Consultant: Wayne B

Let us know what you think of the programme!

 

Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com (Confidentiality rules are in effect)

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 look forward to your company for the next episode of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!


Yummy Cakes and Fun This Sunday – Liz Fox

This Sunday, August 7th, the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford will play host to a Depressed Cake Shop popup, organised by Liz Fox of local cake company BuBakes to raise money for Mind and Help the Heroes.

Liz Fox with Albi

Liz Fox with Albi

 

 

 

You can listen to our chat above. The Depressed Cake Shop aims to be a global grass roots organisation, and is committed to raising awareness of mental health organisations and to raising money for local organisations.

Liz also brought in some sample cakes for approval which instantly passed the taste test carried out by myself and helper Courtney-Lee. They were delicious!Cakes

So everyone get down to the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford on Sunday for some fabulous cakes and support the Charities, Mind and Help for Heroes, and do your bit in raising mental health awareness.

You can find out more about Liz and her business BuBakes on her website here

and on Facebook

and Twitter – @bubakescakes

Thanks for the lovely cakes Liz!

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Mental Health Matters Episode 13 – Listen Here!

MHM 13 Crew

Welcome to Episode 13 of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this packed episode, we have a follow-up Interview with Chris & Michael from Fitness in Mind, marking their 2nd Birthday, we find out what Fitness in Mind has been up to in the past year & talking about the future…
Plus, with our panellists, MHM Semi-regular Mark Dale plus debutants Maria Russo & Daniel Groom, we have an interesting discussion about the difficulties & realities of using Public Transport, a Stress-buster with Yoga teacher Daniel Groom & a bit of Mental Health News with Mark.

Also, we have a piece recorded live from an Open Arts/WEA Drama group which features a performance & Scott briefly chats with a course participant, the course’s tutor & the manager of Open Arts, Jo Keay. Website: www.openartsessex.com

Plus, we have a varied selection of choices for our Songs of the Month & our run-through of Helpful Organisations. Happy Listening!

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Songs of the Month:

Song 1: I Dare You to Move by Switchfoot

Song 2: Happier Times (Live) by Joe Bonamassa

Song 3: Handbags & Gladrags by Stereophonics

Song 4: All Over the World by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

Photo: (Bob, Daniel, Maria, Mark, Scott)

Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Contributors: Chris H & Michael B (Fitness in Mind), Daniel G, Mark D, Maria R & Open Arts/WEA
Assistant Producers: Bob Simpson & Isla B
Series Consultant: Wayne B

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

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com (Confidentiality rules are in effect)

Helpful Organisations (correct, as of early 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 look forward to your company for the next edition of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

MHM 13 Crew 2


Brentwood Mind to Move?

It’s been reported that Brentwood Mind may soon have to move from it’s premises in Ongar Road Brentwood.BM

They currently lease premises from Brentwood Borough Council but since a change in 2014/15 they are no longer funded centrally by the NHS leaving them unable to afford the rent.

Brentwood Mind have up to 20 volunteers who provide regular support, and staff of four plus a volunteer board of three directorswho may now be moved to the Town Hall.

The issue will be discussed next week at a full Council meeting.

Brentwood Mind continue to provide a valuable and effective service to the community, I personally hope they are able to continue to give this service.

My understanding is that they get NO funding from the central Mind Charity. If you would like to help, a donation to Brentwood Mind rather than Mind centrally may be the best way to acheive this.