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When we are struggling with our mental health, we will often think that no one else is feeling the same thing. It can be a huge relief to discover that you are not alone in these struggles.

The Let's Talk podcast is a new series bringing together different members of the University community to have honest and thought-provoking conversations about mental health. Each episode is hosted by our Chaplain, Harriet Harris, and features discussions between students and staff talking about a range of mental health topics, from loneliness and depression to imposter syndrome and a fear of failure.

These are serious topics with lots of space to grow understanding - and with lots of laughter along the way too!

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When we are struggling with our mental health, we will often think that no one else is feeling the same thing. It can be a huge relief to discover that you are not alone in these struggles.

The Let's Talk podcast is a new series bringing together different members of the University community to have honest and thought-provoking conversations about mental health. Each episode is hosted by our Chaplain, Harriet Harris, and features discussions between students and staff talking about a range of mental health topics, from loneliness and depression to imposter syndrome and a fear of failure.

These are serious topics with lots of space to grow understanding - and with lots of laughter along the way too!

    • video
    Let’s Talk: Overcoming mental-health stigma, 10bigideas Scotland

    Let’s Talk: Overcoming mental-health stigma, 10bigideas Scotland

    Overcoming Mental Health Stigma, 10bigideas Scotland: Ailie Ross-Oliver,
    3rd year Politics undergraduate, joins Harriet Harris, to talk about
    her policy research into mental health stigmatisation, as part of the
    student-led think-tank, the Buchanan Institute, which has just launched its ‘10
    Big Ideas for Scotland’. When our mental health deteriorates we can be most
    concerned to come across as seeming ok, because we fear or experience being
    stigmatised. Ailie and colleagues propose legislative and educational changes
    to prevent stigmatisation. For more information on their work, see here:



    10 Big Ideas for
    Scotland website (full report and pledges found here): https://www.10bigideasscotland.com/?fbclid=IwAR1NG3e19aR85cn_yvvHSixZX-cXoSi1a-qsus0apcM4dygmZaQ36qgoorM
    Buchanan Institute
    website: https://www.buchananinst.org/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/10bigideas2025
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/10ideasscotland/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/10bigideas2025/


     

    • 20 min
    • video
    Let's Talk- Islamaphobia podcast

    Let's Talk- Islamaphobia podcast

    Let’s Talk podcast,
    Islamophobia Awareness


     


    In this episode, I am joined
    by staff member Umar Malik and PhD student Estifa’a Zaid, for a special
    recording made in Islamophobia Awareness Month. Estifa’a and Umar talk about
    their experiences of growing up as Muslims in the UK, of coming to normalise Islamophobic
    behaviour, and of bracing themselves for reprisal attacks after terrorist
    incidents (so-called ‘Islamist’ or otherwise). They talk about reporting hate
    crimes, and why people may not choose to report; the targeting of hijab-wearing
    women; the intersection with racism and the momentum of Black Lives Matter; and
    the intensifying of Islamophobic and racist experiences after the Brexit vote.
    They look for improved relations between journalists and Muslim communities as
    one way of curbing scaremongering and growing understanding.


     


    Resources associated with
    this podcast:


    Please see these excellent Stand-Up
    to Hate animations.


    MEND, Muslim Engagement and
    Development, https://www.mend.org.uk/about-mend/


    Umar Malik’s blog, Islamophobia
    and Me,


    Estifa’a Zaid’s blog about
    the Syrian Tutoring Programme and Black Lives Matter,


    Zain Hussain’s blog on Co-existence
    and Black Lives Matter,


    This current MOOC on
    FutureLearn: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/an-introduction-to-the-sharia-and-islamic-law


    Plus a new free short online
    course, which starts in January 2021, called Christian Muslim Relations - visit
    FutureLearn in the new year to find out more and sign up if you're
    interested"


    And the work of
    Ewan McAndrew and Glaire Anderson in adding Islamic Art to Wikipedia.


     

    • 40 min
    • video
    Let’s Talk: fitness workouts when self-isolating

    Let’s Talk: fitness workouts when self-isolating

    In this podcast, recorded especially in hybrid times when
    many students are self-isolating in their halls and flats, and doing their
    learning digitally, I am joined by international fitness trainer Ricky Long.
    Ricky and his partner Lyndsey Morrison have put together a team of fitness
    experts who are providing streamed workouts especially for those who are stuck
    indoors. On most days there are 3 exercise work-outs a day – amazing and all
    free of charge to members of the University. Ricky talks about the benefits of
    exercise for physical and mental health. He gives us some great tips for
    building healthy habits into our lives, structuring our living spaces so that
    the chair for studying is different from the place for watching Netflix, and
    owning our morning (whatever time the morning starts for us) so that we can own
    our day.


    The link for the fitness workouts is here


    https://www.ed.ac.uk/students/health-wellbeing/live-streaming-exercise-classes


    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rickylong42/ 

    • 36 min
    • video
    Let's Talk: Life in Lockdown episode 14- Holly, returning home to profoundly deaf parents, and sharing BSL signs

    Let's Talk: Life in Lockdown episode 14- Holly, returning home to profoundly deaf parents, and sharing BSL signs

    Holly McConnell is a 2nd year PE undergraduate, who began university at
    the age of 16, and in lockdown is combining university work with supporting her
    parents, who are both profoundly deaf. Holly tells us about the Youtube videos
    that she is making with her Mum, sharing signs so that others can learn more
    about British Sign Language. She also talks about growing up with sign language
    as her first language, and learning English at nursery age. She talks about
    moving into halls and starting university so young, and having been used to a
    quiet household. She loves her sport and her friends, and is also aware of an
    impact on her mental health, and she shares with us ways she develops to stay
    mentally well.

    For Coronavirus updates and advice,and FAQs please see the University
    webpages here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19
    The Chaplaincy blogs ‘For Times Like These’ https://www.ed.ac.uk/chaplaincy/for-times-like-these are written
    specifically for mental health and wellbeing support during lockdown, as are
    these mindfulness virtual
    drop-ins: https://www.ed.ac.uk/chaplaincy/mindfulness-and-wellbeing/mindfulness-virtual-drop-ins
    For University support 
    The University Listening Service (for students and staff) is continuing
    throughout the lockdown, listening.service@ed.ac.uk
    Student Counselling Service, https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-counselling
    Staff Counselling Service, https://www.ed.ac.uk/counselling-services/staff
    If any of the issues in this broadcast have affected you and you’d like
    support, here are some helplines.
    If you feel that you or someone you are with is in danger right now,
    please call 999
    A 24/ hour emergency mental health service, Mental health assessment
    service on 0131
    537 6000.
    ·       Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
    ·       The Samaritans 08457 90 90 90





































    ·       Edinburgh Crisis Centre 0808 801 0414

    • 27 min
    • video
    Let's Talk: Life in Lockdown episode 13- Alison, Lockdown as a British Sign Language speaker

    Let's Talk: Life in Lockdown episode 13- Alison, Lockdown as a British Sign Language speaker

    Alison Hendry is the British Sign Language Development Officer with the
    University of Edinburgh Student Disability Service. She is joined for this
    podcast by her BSL interpreter Anna Spence.


    Alison tells us about the challenges for communication and technology
    that lockdown presents for her, and her appreciation of the BSL Scotland Act,
    which led to the creation of her post at the University, and which ensures that
    all Scottish Government Covid19 updates have an interpreter present so that people
    are not missing crucial information. Alison also talks about the anxiety of
    moving her BSL teaching on line, how imposter syndrome can kick in, and how
    regular connections with family and friends helps to keep her spirits up.
    During Deaf Awareness Week Alison made a series of videos, including one where
    her Mum gives her
    perspective on having a deaf child. It’s very informative - have a look here: -
     https://twitter.com/alisonhendry16/status/1259483570986418178?s=21

    • 35 min
    • video
    Let's Talk: Life in Lockdown episode 12- Heather, student mental health and influencing public policy

    Let's Talk: Life in Lockdown episode 12- Heather, student mental health and influencing public policy

    Heather, student mental health and influencing public policy


     


    Heather McAdam, a third year undergraduate intercalating with Global
    Health, and soon to return to the Medical School, is also the Student Association
    Rep for the Medical School and founder of the mental health support community,
    WellMed. Heather spoke in the previous Let’s Talk podcast series, on suicidality.
    Now she is back to tell us about her work during lockdown with the Scottish
    Government Mental Health Directorate, engaging young people in policy making.
    She describes some of the key challenges of lockdown for students, who are
    caught in a middle ground between governmental and societal focus on school
    education on the one hand, and business and employment on the other. Can
    governments and organisations reach out more to students, and now that the old
    social influencers have stepped back, can young people step forward?
    For Coronavirus updates and advice,and FAQs please see the University
    webpages here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19
    The Chaplaincy blogs ‘For Times Like These’ https://www.ed.ac.uk/chaplaincy/for-times-like-these are written
    specifically for mental health and wellbeing support during lockdown, as are
    these mindfulness virtual
    drop-ins: https://www.ed.ac.uk/chaplaincy/mindfulness-and-wellbeing/mindfulness-virtual-drop-ins
    For University support 
    The University Listening Service (for students and staff) is continuing
    throughout the lockdown, listening.service@ed.ac.uk
    Student Counselling Service, https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-counselling
    Staff Counselling Service, https://www.ed.ac.uk/counselling-services/staff
    If any of the issues in this broadcast have affected you and you’d like
    support, here are some helplines.
    If you feel that you or someone you are with is in danger right now,
    please call 999
    A 24/ hour emergency mental health service, Mental health assessment
    service on 0131
    537 6000.
    ·       Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
    ·       The Samaritans 08457 90 90 90





































    ·       Edinburgh Crisis Centre 0808 801 0414

    • 34 min

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