8 episodes

Just Listen is a seven-part mental health podcast series, exploring how to support a person in serious and ongoing mental distress.

Six New Zealanders and their support people share their mental health journey and challenges with journalist and host Juliette Sivertsen, with the final episode featuring an expert panel to discuss kindness, boundaries, mindfulness and self-care.

These candid conversations aim to get people comfortable talking about mental health, to share stories of people living with a mental illness, and to discuss some of the helpful and not-so-helpful things some of us do and say when trying to help a person in distress.

Together, we can work to better support people in our communities, and learn to just listen.

Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

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Just Listen is a seven-part mental health podcast series, exploring how to support a person in serious and ongoing mental distress.

Six New Zealanders and their support people share their mental health journey and challenges with journalist and host Juliette Sivertsen, with the final episode featuring an expert panel to discuss kindness, boundaries, mindfulness and self-care.

These candid conversations aim to get people comfortable talking about mental health, to share stories of people living with a mental illness, and to discuss some of the helpful and not-so-helpful things some of us do and say when trying to help a person in distress.

Together, we can work to better support people in our communities, and learn to just listen.

Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

    What does self-care really mean?

    What does self-care really mean?

    In this final episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with psychologist Anna Friis and psychiatrist Dr Tony Fernando.

    Both Anna and Tony take a compassionate approach towards mental health and medicine. They discuss what self-care is really all about, what it means to be kind to yourself, whether mindfulness is all it’s cracked up to be, and how to be a compassionate friend to someone going through a tough time.

    They also challenge stereotypes about mental health and where the gaps are in New Zealand’s mental health system.

    Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

    You can follow host Juliette Sivertsen on social media through her Twitter at @j_sivertsen

    • 35 min
    When grief leads to depression

    When grief leads to depression

    In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with Newstalk ZB newsreader and marathon runner Niva Retimanu and how she learnt to live with depression.

    Niva says she never dealt with the death of her parents in her early 20s, which resulted in depression. She had a ‘lightbulb moment’ about her health when one day she couldn’t tie her shoelaces. That moment propelled her into taking positive action to improve both her physical and mental health.

    She’s now a passionate advocate for talk therapy (and will tell anyone who will listen), being open about her journey and encouraging others to do the same.

    Her personal trainer Alex Flint, who’s helped train her to complete marathons all over the world, joins Juliette at the end of this podcast about his role as Niva’s support person.

    Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

    You can follow host Juliette Sivertsen on social media through her Twitter at @j_sivertsen

    • 1 hr
    Navigating relationships when one person has PTSD

    Navigating relationships when one person has PTSD

    In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with sexual abuse survivor Tamara Waugh and her experience with post traumatic stress disorder, and dealing with multiple mental health diagnoses. Tamara is also the creator of the gratitude movement called ‘The Happiness Experiment.’

    Tamara explains how PTSD can affect a person’s daily life, the pros and cons of hypervigilance, dealing with trust issues after abuse and the difficulties of navigating a sexual relationship when one party has trauma in their history. She also talks about how she used meditation and gratitude to transform her life after a drug overdose.

    Tamara’s friend, psychologist Dr Paul Wood joins Juliette at the end of this podcast to talk about how he offers support to Tamara, why we need to stop trying to ‘fix’ a person when they’re struggling, and what to say (or not say) instead.

    Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

    You can follow host Juliette Sivertsen on social media through her Twitter at @j_sivertsen

    • 1 hr
    The difference between feeling anxious and anxiety

    The difference between feeling anxious and anxiety

    In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks to Auckland man Mathew Nuttall about living with anxiety.

    Mathew says at worst, he lost eight kilograms in two weeks due to his mental distress. He couldn’t concentrate, was throwing up and experienced an intense self-loathing.

    He initially kept his struggles quiet, but has since learned that opening up to friends, employers and his personal trainer, is the best thing to help him on his path to recovery, as well as fighting the stigma around mental illness.

    His trainer Mark Shaw is now one of his key support people. Mark speaks to Juliette at the end of this podcast about the benefits of showing vulnerability.

    Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

    You can follow host Juliette Sivertsen on social media through her Twitter at @j_sivertsen

    • 43 min
    What is high-functioning depression?

    What is high-functioning depression?

    In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with entrepreneur Philip McDonald about his journey with depression.

    Philip was working in a high-pressure job in the finance industry when stress began to take a toll on his mental health, especially during the Global Financial Crisis of 2007- 2008.

    But it took some time for him and his partner to understand what he was going through, admitting his behaviour may have come across as grumpiness, rather than depression.

    His partner Kate joins host Juliette at the end of this podcast to share her experience, how her personal understanding of mental distress has now changed, and shares some tips on being a support person.

    Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

    You can follow host Juliette Sivertsen on social media through her Twitter at @j_sivertsen

    • 50 min
    Bipolar disorder is just a label

    Bipolar disorder is just a label

    In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with Samantha Adams about navigating her life through grief, a bipolar diagnosis, depression, drug abuse and psychosis.

    Her journey began after watching her father’s health deteriorate due to cancer, and the unresolved grief that followed after his death.

    Samantha wants to share her story so others don’t feel so alone in their journey, and show that with the right support, a personal in serious distress can learn to flourish and be well.

    Her husband Chris joins Juliette in the latter part of the interview with what he does to ensure he’s being a good support person, while maintaining his own mental health and wellbeing.

    Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.

    You can follow host Juliette Sivertsen on social media through her Twitter at @j_sivertsen

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

EllenMB23 ,

Everyone should listen...

Really enjoyed Juliette’s ‘Just Listen’ podcast series, a sensitive and thought-provoking look into mental distress issues that affect all of us in one way or another. I’ve learned a lot from the people who were brave enough to tell us of their own struggles, but more particularly from the partners and those who support them, about how we as friends and family can help by just being there, being kind and compassionate during the dark times, and by realising that we can’t ‘fix’ the problems. While all the episodes were interesting, I found the final about self-care more especially so, with the acknowledgement that everyone has periods when we are depressed, anxious and stressed, so before we can help others going through these issues, we need to make sure we’re well enough to be there for them, but more importantly, to just listen.

Well done and thank you Juliette - I’m sure everyone who listens to your series will learn from the insights you’ve provided.

Louise HB ,

Great podcast

Excellent series - great to hear real life stories from everyday people - mental health such an important part of who we are and affects us all in different ways. Very helpful well done

The Only Demise ,

Mental Health-anxiety the invisible disease

Great to finally see a journalist who is looking past your everyday news and digging deeper into something that effects almost everyone’s family-mental health has since the earlier 80’s been swept under a rug in NZ-it has struck a hard blow for a lot of my family and at times I had no one to turn to for help when it got bad.

Anxiety is a silent disease and effects everyone albeit in different ways, although there is some help available now, there are a whole lot of people who have gone undiagnosed and become stuck in a system that just wants to try and use them to trial new drugs-this is a viscous cycle which can cause tremendous pain if you have family members going through this.

Opening the lid on how the pharmaceutical companies work with the mental health boards will scare the bravest of them.

Congratulations Juliette-on talking about it and bringing awareness to people who suffer from different types of mental illness-sometimes they are right under your nose and you would not know with out showing some empathy and learning to delve deeper and ask if someone is ok.

Keep up the good work.

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