521 episodes

Welcome to the Mental Elf podcast, which features interviews with leading experts in mental health: researchers, clinicians, practitioners and experts by experience.
I will help you keep up to date with the latest reliable mental health research.
Our podcasts are recorded at major mental health events and conferences, and explore a wide range of topics relevant to people who work in mental health and related fields.
Check out the Mental Elf website for thousands of free blogs summarising the latest reliable mental health research.

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The Mental Elf The Mental Elf

    • Science

Welcome to the Mental Elf podcast, which features interviews with leading experts in mental health: researchers, clinicians, practitioners and experts by experience.
I will help you keep up to date with the latest reliable mental health research.
Our podcasts are recorded at major mental health events and conferences, and explore a wide range of topics relevant to people who work in mental health and related fields.
Check out the Mental Elf website for thousands of free blogs summarising the latest reliable mental health research.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Episode 3: Movement and Monitoring - Wellcome Whatever Works #ActiveIngredientsMH

    Episode 3: Movement and Monitoring - Wellcome Whatever Works #ActiveIngredientsMH

    Can physical activity prevent or treat youth anxiety or depression?How can remote measurement technologies help with youth mental health?
    In this half hour panel discussion, Dr Alan Bailey (Melbourne, Australia), Fiyory Ghezae, and Dr Annie Walsh (London/Birmingham) explore the links between physical activity, exercise and good mental health, and consider the future possibilities of wearable technology as a way to monitor our physical activity and physiology and self-manage our mental health.

    00:48 Introductions02:08 What is physical activity?03:05 Is exercise good for our mental health?03:51 Can physical activity help to prevent mental illness?04:58 Can physical activity treat youth depression or anxiety?06:13 How can we promote physical activity to youth?11:58 Does physical activity have any adverse effects?13:28 Do we know why physical activity helps people with depression?16:54 What are remote measurement technologies?18:30 What does your work tell us about remote measurement technologies?23:28 Is mental health research always playing catch up?
    Watch the video version of this show on the Mental Elf YouTube channel.
    Find out more about Wellcome Mental Health:
    https://wellcome.org/what-we-do/mental-health

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    • 25 min
    Episode 2: Sleep and Development - Wellcome Whatever Works #ActiveIngredientsMH

    Episode 2: Sleep and Development - Wellcome Whatever Works #ActiveIngredientsMH

    Why is sleep so important for youth mental health?
    In this half hour panel discussion, Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (Cambridge, UK), Prof Russell Foster (Oxford, UK) and Prof Ian Hickie (Sydney, Australia) explore the relationship between sleep and youth anxiety and depression. They explain why sleep is so important during adolescence and present some of the ways that young people can learn more about sleep, which can have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

    00:38 Introductions01:08 What happens to our brains during puberty?02:12 Why are adolescents so at risk of mental illness?04:17 Why is sleep so important for youth mental health?06:57 This is a tractable problem. Why aren't we doing more about it?08:14 Why do young people have different sleep patterns?11:30 For young people, what may improve sleep?19:14 What are the likely pathways between poor sleep and poor mental health?23:11 Why is it important to treat everyone as an individual?
    Watch the video version of this show on the Mental Elf YouTube channel.
    Find out more about Wellcome Mental Health:
    https://wellcome.org/what-we-do/mental-health

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    • 25 min
    Episode 1: Beliefs and Purpose - Wellcome Whatever Works #ActiveIngredientsMH

    Episode 1: Beliefs and Purpose - Wellcome Whatever Works #ActiveIngredientsMH

    Can having a sense of purpose in life help with youth mental health?How can spiritual and religious beliefs help us to stay mentally healthy?
    In this half hour panel discussion, Dr Emily Hielscher (Brisbane, Australia), Prof Christopher Cook (Durham, UK) and Dr Shilpa Aggarwal (Mumbai, India) explore the links between religion, sprituality, sense of purpose and youth mental health.

    01:17 Introductions02:28 How does sense of purpose affect youth mental health?05:54 What are the key components of sense of purpose interventions?07:13 How does sense of purpose help youth mental health?08:43 Do spiritual and religious beliefs affect youth mental health?13:14 How do spiritual and religious beliefs help youth mental health?18:30 What are the adverse effects of spirituality and religion?21:39 Who will deliver these interventions to young people?23:09 Will interventions work across different countries?
    Watch the video version of this show on the Mental Elf YouTube channel.
    Find out more about Wellcome Mental Health: 
    https://wellcome.org/what-we-do/mental/-health

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    • 25 min
    Warren Binford

    Warren Binford

    Warren Binford is an internationally recognized children’s rights scholar and advocate who is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of children’s issues, including 21st century forms of child abuse, exploitation, and neglect. She founded the Child and Family Advocacy Law Clinic at Willamette Law School and has provided legal expertise to many international organizations, including Save the Children and the International Red Cross, as well as major media outlets, including the New York Times, the BBC, the New Yorker, and CNN.
    Professor Binford was selected as both a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa in 2012 and the inaugural Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness at the University of Calgary in 2015. She joined the University of Colorado faculty in 2020 after 15 years as a law school professor and administrator. From 2017-2020, she interviewed children and families at detention centers along the U.S.-Mexican border. She started a GoFundMe to raise money for other volunteers to document the children’s experiences and co-founded Project Amplify to raise public awareness about the mistreatment of children arriving to the U.S. She recently compiled the award-winning children’s book Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz, which describes the experiences of children arriving to the U.S. in their own words.

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    • 15 min
    Nadha Hassen

    Nadha Hassen

    Nadha Hassen is a PhD Candidate at York University in Toronto. In this short podcast interview, recorded at the #Together4Action2022 conference in Baltimore, she talks about her "Park Perceptions and Racialized Realities" community-based participatory research (CBPR) dissertation, which explores the experiences of people of color in greenspaces in two underserved neighborhoods in Toronto, Canada, to examine issues of mental health, wellbeing, equity and inclusivity.Adapting the photovoice process, 18 participants went on over 35 greenspace visits and collected over 200 photos. Recommendations and insights on engaging meaningfully, collaboratively, and iteratively through CBPR and adapting to online methods will be shared.
    Find out more at: nadhahassen.com

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    • 8 min
    Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen

    Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen

    Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen is the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. He is a transgender policy, advocacy, and messaging expert. As a transgender man, his wide-ranging experience in the LGBTQ movement has covered field organizing, leadership development, fundraising, and media advocacy. He previously worked with Freedom for All Americans, GLAAD, the Transgender Law Center, Gender Justice LA, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.
    In this interview, following his keynote talk at the #Together4Action2022 conference in Baltimore, Rodrigo talks about the health disparities facing the LGBTQ+ community and what health professionals and advocates can do to support people.


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    • 11 min

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