Welcome to the Constructing Mindsets Podcast discussing the building blocks of our mental health.
This podcast series focuses on Mental Health in the Construction Industry, breaking the stigma that surrounds this topic whilst looking into the best ways to provide support.
Each month a new topic will be discussed with the help of special guests from throughout the industry.
We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to hearing your questions, comments and feedback.
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Episode 18 - Unlocking Happiness With Vanessa King
On this episode we welcome Action for Happiness Board Member, Vanessa King (MSc), author of “10 Keys to Happier Living” to explore how we can all embrace happier living. We dive into some fascinating studies which highlight the importance of happiness in our personal and professional lives and talk about some real life examples of the application of the “GREAT DREAM” principle to living happier lives. Vanessa’s wealth of experience & depth of research shines through in an enlightening and enjoyable conversation about how we can change the mental dialogue from “constant critic” to “wise coach” and get one step closer to the one thing we want for others but rarely prioritise for ourselves… happiness.
Podcast Episode 17 - 2020 Round Up
In this episode of the podcast we reflect upon the year that was 2020 and what it taught us about ourselves and our resilience. We also look forward to 2021 and discuss what we are expecting to see in the world of Mental Health.
Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded in the run up to Christmas, long before the Tier 4 restrictions were announced. As such we have uploaded it as a record of how we felt at the time, and share it with our existing audience on the basis we will come out of this current peak again with optimism for the future as talked about in this episode. We have taken the decision not to publicise elsewhere on that basis
Podcast 16 - Tom Edwards: Childhood anxiety and challenging the internal voice
In this episode Tom Edwards shares his story of childhood anxiety, a topic that has very little exposure. 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.
Tom recounts his journey through school, university and his early career; how it felt to suffer with anxiety, the impact of low self esteem and how he now values his self worth. Tom is open, honest and inspiring, encouraging us all to think about how we value ourselves and challenge our internal voice.
Episode 15 Living in Flux - Exploring Bi-polar with Jamie Forsyth
On average it takes 9 years to be successfully diagnosed with Bi-polar and 3 million people in the UK live with it. Yet, it is something that is barely spoken about.
Jamie Forsyth is here to change that. In this episode, Jamie shares his extraordinary story of living with bi-polar and the way it can completely takeover your life without warning. We talk about the transition from working as a Prison Officer to being a prisoner, the difficulty getting a diagnosis, and the amazing work Jamie is doing now to raise awareness about bi-polar and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health disorders.
A fascinating and educational listen that we can all learn from.
Episode 14 - Stepping in the right direction with Joe Miller
Joe Miller discusses his experience of experiencing ill health as a result of his experiences in construction and the career change that he decided to make as a result. He reflects on the macho culture that he found himself in and the benefits of that formative experience.
We discuss how labels such as ‘too soft for site’ show there’s room for positive change so that sites can continue to welcome a diversity of talent from all personality types.
Episode 13 - Stigma, Shame And Suicide The Impact On Those Left Behind
For World Suicide Prevention Day, we are remembering the tragic impact suicide has on many lives. The World Health Organisation cites close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and for every 1 suicide outcome, 25 people make an attempt. The Covid-19 pandemic has only caused these numbers to increase. Aside from the devastating impacts on the many families and communities affected, suicide is a serious public health problem. However with timely, evidence-based, often low-cost interventions and active engagement, suicides are preventable.
This episode is one of the most difficult topics we have discussed and focuses on those who have lost love ones through suicide. We welcome Renee Smith, who shares her heart-rending story about how her life has been affected by suicide and its long-lasting impacts, talking personally about the most difficult parts of her journey and giving us an insight into how it feels to lose loved ones in this tragic way. We hope to shed some light on the best ways to support those left behind after suicide as well as provide education and awareness on this subject, which is so often ignored or stigmatised.
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