Category Archives: Mental Health Matters

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

graybo.com


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

graybo.com


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

graybo.com


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