Category Archives: Mental Health Matters

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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