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This is the Mental Health Foundation podcast. A series in which we bring to you a range of mental health topics, real life stories, expert comments and mental health tips.

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This is the Mental Health Foundation podcast. A series in which we bring to you a range of mental health topics, real life stories, expert comments and mental health tips.

    Kindness matters to our mental health

    Kindness matters to our mental health

    What is the Mental Health Foundation Podcast?
    This is the Mental Health Foundation podcast. A series which brings to you a range of mental health topics, real life stories, expert comments, and mental health tips.

    Bethan Buswell is your producer and host. She has her own lived experience of mental health problems and with this podcast she and the Mental Health Foundation want to raise awareness, get people talking and provide support and hope.

    **Remember to rate, like, review and subscribe**


    What is this episode about?
    ***Trigger warning: this podcast mentions death**

    Series five, episode one: Kindness matters to our mental health

    On today’s episode Bethan will be talking about why kindness matters and how it is central to our mental health.

    Bethan begins the episode by speaking to Josh Elton, who is a Group Facilitator at the Foundation. He talks to us about kindness in later life. She then speaks to Dr. Antonis Kousoulis, Director of England & Wales at the Foundation. Antonis talks to us about what kindness is, how it can have a positive impact on our own & others mental health and how we want kindness to shape the type of society we become after COVID-19. Next we hear from Bob Skinner. Bob shares a letter with you that he wrote, thanking his carers for the kindness they have shown him during lockdown. Lastly, Bethan talks to Linda Liao, Digital Manager at the Foundation about ways to bring more kindness into your life... enjoy the show!

    Who’s on the show today?
    Bethan Buswell: Producer & host, Digital Engagement Officer at the Foundation
    Bio: mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/peop…ethan-buswell
    Josh Elton, guest, and Group Facilitator at the Foundation
    Bio: mentalhealth.org.uk/people/josh-elton
    Antonis Kousoulis: Guest, Director of England and Wales, at the Foundation
    Bio: mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/antonis-kousoulis
    Twitter: twitter.com/AKousoulis
    Bob Skinner, Guest: joe.co.uk/news/a-letter-from-a-93-year-old-man-to-his-home-carers-243486
    Linda Liao: Guest, Digital Manager, at the Foundation
    Podcast editor: Tim Butcher, filmmaker, podcast editor, writer, and producer
    Website: timbutcher.co.uk/

    Podcast episode links:
    mentalhealth.org.uk/wales/projects-wales/standing-together-cymru
    mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-stories/josh-later-life
    mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-stories
    mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/get-involved
    mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-research
    mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-policy-asks
    mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide
    mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/random-acts-kindness
    mentalhealth.org.uk/virtual-fundraising-ideas
    mentalhealth.org.uk/gettinghelp


    Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation:
    Website: mentalhealth.org.uk/
    Instagram: instagram.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Facebook: facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Twitter: twitter.com/mentalhealth
    Get in touch with us: online@mentalhealth.org.uk
    Our podcast is also available on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ment…sts/id665005881

    **Remember to rate, like, review and subscribe**

    Helplines
    If you are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.

    If you need someone to talk to then Samaritans are available on 116 123 (UK) for free, 24/7. They are there to talk to, listen and they won't judge or tell you what to do.

    C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.

    If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support. T

    • 45 min
    Let's talk about suicide prevention

    Let's talk about suicide prevention

    What is the Mental Health Foundation Podcast?

    This is the Mental Health Foundation podcast. A series in which we bring to you a range of mental health topics, real life stories, expert comments and mental health tips.

    Bethan Buswell is your producer and host. She has her own lived experience of mental health problems and with this podcast she and the Mental Health Foundation want to raise awareness, get people talking and provide support and hope.

    **Remember to rate, like, review and subscribe**

    ***Trigger warning: this episode discusses suicide**

    What is this episode about?

    Series four, episode five: Let’s talk about suicide prevention

    Bethan begins the episode by speaking to Byron Vincent, a writer, broadcaster and performance artist. Byron has lived experience of bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He shares stories about growing up in poverty, experiencing addiction, violence and attempting to take his own life.

    Bethan then speaks to Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. Mark speaks to Bethan about losing his brother to suicide, and how this loss fueled a career change that focused on fighting for good mental health for all and suicide prevention.

    The podcast ends with Bethan and Linda Liao, Digital Manager at the Mental Health Foundation discussing how suicide prevention is something we can all individually help with and how a short conversation with another person can sometimes make the difference between life and death for them.

    Who’s on the show today?
    Bethan Buswell: Producer and host, Digital Engagement Officer at the Mental Health Foudation
    Bio: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/bethan-buswell
    Byron Vincent: Guest, writer, broadcaster and performance artist
    Website: https://www.byronvincent.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themightybuzzard/?hl=en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/iambyronvincent?lang=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/byron.vincent.56/
    Mark Rowland: Guest, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation
    Bio: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/mark-rowland
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/markrowland77?lang=en
    Linda Liao: Guest, Digital Manager, Mental Health Foundation

    Podcast episode links:
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-schools-make-it-count
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/p/prevention-and-mental-health
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/70-years-embracing-challenge-prevention-mental-health
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/suicide-prevention-wait
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/gettinghelp

    Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation:
    Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
    Instagram: instagram.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Facebook: facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Twitter: twitter.com/mentalhealth
    Get in touch with us: contactus@mentalhealth.org.uk
    Our podcast is also available on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ment…sts/id665005881


    **Remember to rate, like, review and subscribe**

    Helplines
    If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.

    If you need someone to talk to then Samaritans are available on 116 123 (UK) for free, 24/7. They are there to talk to, listen and they won't judge or tell you what to do.

    C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.

    If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support. Text Shout to 85258.

    • 45 min
    Body image – how we think and feel about our bodies

    Body image – how we think and feel about our bodies

    In our fourth episode of this series we will be talking to you about body image, shame and mental health.

    Frances Shilito, a make up artist to the stars and eating disorders advisor discusses her experience of negative body image, anxiety and what society needs to do to reduce pressures put on young people today. Our expert Antonis Kousoulis will then discuss the findings of our UK wide ‘Body image survey and report’.

    Danny Bowman then talks about his own experience of body image issues, shame and how this manifested in an obsession with selfies and poor mental health. Our expert Jane Caro then explains what shame is and why it can impact our mental health.

    We finish the episode with a chat between two friends at the Mental Health Foundation; Linda and Bethan, who discuss practical ways to improve how you think and feel about your body.

    **Remember to rate, like, review and subscribe**

    (Apologies for the fizzy background we are working on the sound 😊)

    What is the Mental Health Foundation Feature Podcast?
    It is a podcast series that brings a range of mental health topics to you. We invite people to come on the show and talk about their own mental health experiences, experts to explain the what’s, why’s and how’s of mental health and end the show with tips about managing your mental health day to day.

    Who’s on the show today?
    Podcast host: Bethan Buswell - Digital Engagement Officer, Mental Health Foundation:
    www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/peop…ethan-buswell
    Podcast editor: Tim Butcher - film-maker, writer and producer - www.timbutcher.co.uk/
    Personal story: Frances Shilito
    Mental health expert: Dr. Antonis Kousoulis - Director of England and Wales, Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/peop…nis-kousoulis
    Personal story: Danny Bowman
    Mental health expert: Jane Caro – Programmes Lead, Families, Children and Young People & Psychotherapist https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/jane-caro

    Mental health tips guest: Linda Liao - Digital Manager, Mental Health Foundation

    Podcast notes:

    Stories:
    France’s story: how I think and feel about my body – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/stories/frances-story-how-i-think-and-feel-about-my-body
    Danny’s story: a fixation on body image and deep feelings of shame - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/stories/dannys-story-fixation-body-image-and-deep-feelings-shame
    Mental Health Awareness Week body image stories: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/stories

    Campaigns:
    Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 campaign. ‘Body image – how we think and feel about our bodies’ https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

    Reports:
    Body image: research report - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/body-image-report/exec-summary

    Guides:
    Body image: Tips for you - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/body-image-report/tips

    How to look after your mental health using exercise: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise

    Shame:
    Brene Brown: Listening to shame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0&feature=youtu.be

    Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation:
    Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
    Instagram: instagram.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Facebook: facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Twitter: twitter.com/mentalhealth
    Get in touch with us: contactus@mentalhealth.org.uk
    Our podcast is also available on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mental-health-foundation-podcasts/id665005881
    **Remember to rate, like, review and subscribe**

    Helplines

    If you need someone to talk to then Samaritans are available on 116 123 (UK) for free, 24/7. They are there to talk to, listen and they won't judge or tell you what to do.

    If you want to speak to a trained eating disorder helpline support worker then you can call Beat's helplin

    • 36 min
    Mental ill health prevention: the whats, whys and hows?

    Mental ill health prevention: the whats, whys and hows?

    Mental ill health and prevention. In our third episode of this series Bethan asks Dr. Antonis Kousoulis the BIG questions about mental health:
    - How has our view of mental health problems changed over the last 70 years?
    - What is the scale of the mental ill health problem we face today?
    - Why is the way we experience mental health problems so personal to each of us?
    - Why do we get mental health problems – how do external, internal factors and life events impact us?
    - Why are some of us at a higher risk of getting mental health problems than others?
    - What do we mean by we ALL have mental health?
    - Is mental ill health prevention possible?
    - Why is it needed right now?
    - And how can we achieve it?
    - How can our listeners get involved with spreading the message and lobbying for change?
    - Bethan and Linda close the podcast with a chat about simple ways that you can look after your mental health.

    If you have been impacted by anything in this episode remember that Samaritans are available to call 24/7 for free on 116 123.

    **Remember to rate, review and subscribe**


    Podcast host: Bethan Buswell - Digital Engagement Officer, Mental Health Foundation:
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/bethan-buswell
    Podcast editor: Tim Butcher - film-maker, writer and producer - www.timbutcher.co.uk/
    Main feature guest: Dr. Antonis Kousoulis - Director of England and Wales, Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/antonis-kousoulis
    Mental health tips guest: Linda Liao - Digital Manager, Mental Health Foundation


    Podcast notes:
    Blogs:
    A brief history of mental health and the Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/a-brief-history-mhf.pdf
    70 years on: embracing the challenge of prevention in mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/70-years-embracing-challenge-prevention-mental-health
    70 years on: do we understand prevention? https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/70-years-do-we-understand-prevention
    70 years on … no health without mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/70-years-no-health-without-mental-health

    Guides:
    How to look after your mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health
    Guides to investing in your relationships: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/guide-investing-your-relationships

    Campaigns:
    Mental Health Awareness Week: Body image – how we think and feel about our bodies https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
    Education campaign, Make it Count: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-schools-make-it-count
    Education campaign petition: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-schools-make-it-count/sign-our-petition-make-it-count-mental-health-schools

    Reports:
    Mental health and prevention: taking local action for better mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/mental-health-and-prevention-taking-local-action-better-mental-health
    Better mental health for all: A public health approach to mental health improvement: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/better-mental-health-all-public-health-approach-mental-health-improvement
    Parenting and mental health: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/parents-and-young-people

    Events:
    Curry & Chaat: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved/curry-and-chaat
    Tea & Talk: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved/tea-and-talk
    MHF Live: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved/mhf-live

    Programmes:
    Peer Education Project: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/projects/peer-education-project-pep
    BeMindful course: https://bemindful.co.uk/

    Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation:
    Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
    Instagram: instagram.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Facebook: facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Twitter: twitter.com/mentalh

    • 32 min
    Personal well-being networks and mental ill health

    Personal well-being networks and mental ill health

    In today's podcast the Mental Health Foundation and British Journal of Psychiatry discuss the study “Personal well-being networks, social capital and severe mental illness: exploratory study”. This looks into people's well-being networks through trying to understand the narratives of individual's lives. The study aims to find out what is important to people when measuring 'wellness', in regards to both their physical and mental health. It looks to understand how individuals use their networks and connections to manage this. Looking at the people, meaningful activities and places and spaces that sit within their networks.


    Research podcast host:
    Victoria Zamperoni - Senior Research Officer (Quantitative), Mental Health Foundation


    Main feature speakers:
    Derek Tracey – Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. He is a visiting lecturerer at King's College London 'Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience' and the department of Psychiatry at University College London. He also holds an editorial board position at the British Journal of Psychiatry.
    Vanessa Pinfold – Co-founder and Research Director of the McPin Foundation
    Liam Davies - Ex service user who currently does voluntary research work for Oxleas NHS Trust.


    Podcast notes:
    - To read the paper: “Personal well-being networks, social capital and severe mental illness: exploratory study” find the abstract here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28982657 and full-text here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320234695_Personal_well-being_networks_social_capital_and_severe_mental_illness_Exploratory_study .

    - To learn more about ongoing work using similar mapping approaches please visit the Community Navigator study: http://mcpin.org/community-navigator-study/ and the Connecting People Programme: http://mcpin.org/connecting-people-programme/
    - To learn more about the work being done by the McPin foundation on Wellbeing Networks and Mental Health please visit: http://mcpin.org/networks-and-mental-health/ and http://www.wellbeing-network.org/about-us/


    Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation:
    Website: mentalhealth.org.uk/
    Instagram: instagram.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Facebook: facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Twitter: twitter.com/mentalhealth

    Get in touch with us: contactus@mentalhealth.org.uk

    • 34 min
    How sleep and green space can help your mental health

    How sleep and green space can help your mental health

    In our second episode of this series Bethan speaks to Julie Dunn, a research scientist at the University of Liverpool, about her ‘Sleep Well’ garden. She designed this for the RHS Flower Show while she was on sick leave recovering from surgery. The garden was inspired by the importance of sleep, looking after your well-being, and green space for sustaining good mental health.

    Antonis Kousoulis, Associate Director of Research and Development and Linda Liao, Digital Manager at The Mental Health Foundation have a discussion with Bethan later in the podcast about tips for getting good sleep and how to incorporate green space into your routine to help look after your mental health.

    This airs ahead of World Sleep Day which is on Friday, 15th March 2019.

    If you have been impacted by anything in this episode remember that Samaritans are available to call 24/7 for free on 116 123.

    **Remember to rate, review and subscribe**

    Podcast host: Bethan Buswell - Digital Engagement Officer, Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/bethan-buswell
    Podcast editor: Tim Butcher - https://www.timbutcher.co.uk/

    Main feature guest: Julie Dunn: https://juliedunntattonshowgarden.wordpress.com/
    https://truggardendesign.co.uk/

    Review panel:
    Linda Liao - Digital Manager, Mental Health Foundation
    Antonis Kousoulis - Associate Director of Research and Development, Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/people/antonis-kousoulis


    Podcast notes:

    Main feature:
    Dr Chaterjee talks to BBC Breakfast about what Lifestyle Medicine is and training doctors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlTTJTY4NMU
    The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep your way to a Longer, Healthier Life: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35457841-the-4-pillar-plan
    Julie’s blog: https://juliedunntattonshowgarden.wordpress.com/
    Autism Together: http://www.autismtogether.co.uk/
    RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park
    Sleep Well Garden at RHS Flower Show: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park/Gardens/2018/sleep-well
    Julie Dunn, University of Liverpool: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/translational-medicine/staff/julie-dunn/
    Instagram, MHF Question Time, What place or space helps you with your mental health: https://www.instagram.com/p/BlsWIiIneZN/
    How to look after your mental health, free downloadable guide: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health
    Ness Botanic Gardens: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/ness-gardens/

    Advert:
    Be Mindful: https://www.bemindfulonline.com/

    Bethan, Linda, Antonis review:
    Ten top tips for good sleep: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/ten-top-tips-good-sleep
    How to sleep better guide: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-sleep-better
    What place or space helps your mental health blog: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/what-place-or-space-helps-your-mental-health
    Green space and mental health: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2016/11/09/green-space-mental-wellbeing-and-sustainable-communities/
    Trees and mental health: https://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/health-beauty/exeter-university-research%C2%A0reveals%C2%A0link-between-trees%C2%A0and%C2%A0mental%C2%A0heath
    How to look after your mental health using exercise: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise
    Guide to investing in your relationships: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/guide-investing-your-relationships


    Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation:
    Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
    Instagram: instagram.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Facebook: facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundation/
    Twitter: twitter.com/mentalhealth

    Get in touch with us: contactus@mentalhealth.org.uk

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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64 Ratings

64 Ratings

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A student alone

I am deeply alone in my studies with a tutor who is unfeeling and disconnected to me She makes me feel powerless. But maybe she trying to strengthen me . Bottom line is I had a dream filled with hope that has not gone I am just sharing it with someone who making the journey painful I just have to find a way around this it’s not easy And it effects me talking therapy limited impact But the grains of hope still shine in me I just gotta stay focused and not let one destroy the dream

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Fabulous Podcast

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