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

32:28 | Apr 10th

Mental ill health and prevention. In our fourth 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...Show More
Personal well-being networks and mental ill health

34:27 | Mar 21st

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 tryi...Show More
How sleep and green space can help your mental health

30:20 | Mar 11th

In our third 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 ga...Show More
Talking about medication, exercise, weight gain and mental health

46:02 | Feb 25th

In our second episode of this series: (Intro) we discuss social media and its responsibility to address content that may trigger mental ill health or suicide.(Main feature) We look into medication, weight gain and exercise in people experiencing psyc...Show More
2019: Looking after mental health in a year of change and 70 years of the Mental Health Foundation

45:35 | Jan 22nd

In our first episode of the new year, we talk to Mark Rowland, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation, and Antonis Kousoulis, who leads our programmes work. Mark and Antonis discuss 2019 as being a year of change and how we can look after our mental hea...Show More
How to look after your mental health at Christmas

21:10 | Dec 20th, 2018

On our latest episode, Stuart and Bethan discuss mental health at Christmas. In what ways Christmas can be good for your mental health, and what things can impact your mental health around this time of year. They speak to Ed Davie, Communities Le...Show More
The stiff upper lip, mental health in school and Thrive London

46:16 | Dec 11th, 2018

On our latest podcast episode, Stuart and Bethan discuss the stiff upper lip mantra, our Christmas appeal and our new report with ThriveLDN. Joining them, is co-chair of the ThriveLDN steering group, Jacqui Dyer and Ed Davie, Communities Lead at t...Show More
Ben Norris: Relationships and mental health

1:00:42 | Nov 27th, 2018

In this episode Ben Norris chats to Bethan Buswell openly, frankly and honestly about his family and relationships, how he recovered when his life took an unexpected turn and shares day to day tips on looking after his mental health. ~~~~ Ben Norri...Show More
Four men talk about mental health

59:46 | Nov 13th, 2018

This November at the Mental Health Foundation, we're focusing on men's mental health. So, in this podcast episode, we decided to invite three men to join Stuart to talk about various topics relating to mental health. The panelists were comedian Dave ...Show More
Could visiting museums help us ward off dementia?

32:57 | Oct 30th, 2018

Visiting museums could help us slow our rate of cognitive decline, according to a new paper published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. In this episode, we speak to one of the authors of that paper, Daisy Fancourt, about the research and why it s...Show More
Being a doctor, life on a psychiatric ward, recovery and creativity

52:48 | Oct 19th, 2018

Ali Blatcher was a a junior doctor, and a year ago she was admitted to a psychiatric ward. She talks to Stuart about the stress that accompanies the medical profession, what support is needed to change this, her experience of a psychiatric ward, how ...Show More
World Mental Health Day 2018: children's mental health

23:38 | Oct 9th, 2018

What state is children's mental health in? What are the issues facing young people and their mental health? What can schools, parents, friends and society do to help? Our latest podcast episode comes on World Mental Health Day 2018, the theme of whic...Show More
What is the best way to analyse mental health treatments?

42:34 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Many of us have received treatments for our mental health. These can range from a drug, to talking therapy and, at the extreme end, to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). But how often do we think about why we're getting that treatment and what the evid...Show More
Jonathan Bartley: Mental health and the economy

47:07 | Sep 11th, 2018

On this episode, Stuart Hill speaks to Jonathan Bartley - activist, campaigner and co-leader of the Green Party. Jonathan talks about the economy and how he thinks it's affecting our wellbeing. What could be done to improve things? Jonathan is a k...Show More
Learning Disability Hate Crime - Pat's Story Part 2

03:01 | Sep 11th, 2018

Part of the ‘A Life without Fear?’ report by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities #stoplearningdisabilitieshatecrime
Learning Disability Hate Crime - Mark's Story

04:37 | Sep 11th, 2018

Part of the ‘A Life without Fear?’ report by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities #stoplearningdisabilitieshatecrime
Learning Disability Hate Crime - Pat's Story Part 1

04:30 | Sep 11th, 2018

Part of the ‘A Life without Fear?’ report by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities #stoplearningdisabilitieshatecrime
Learning Disability Hate Crime - Michelle's Story

03:36 | Sep 11th, 2018

Part of the ‘A Life without Fear?’ report by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities #stoplearningdisabilitieshatecrime
How a damaging work culture can affect mental health

47:08 | Sep 3rd, 2018

How a damaging work culture can affect mental health by Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

35:38 | May 15th, 2018

It's Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 and so on the podcast we're talking to our Director of Communications and Fundraising Mark Rowland. Mark discusses why we're focusing on stress, the findings from our new survey on stress and what we can do to t...Show More
Byron Vincent and Tim Clare talk openly about their mental health

38:40 | Feb 5th, 2018

In this episode Byron Vincent; a performance artist with lived experience of bipolar disorder, talks openly to his friends about their own experience of mental ill health. He talks to his friend Tim Clare; author, poet and podcaster, about his li...Show More
While your back was turned: The mental health of young women and girls

09:53 | Jan 24th, 2018

On this episode we speak to Dr Amy Pollard of the Mental Health Foundation's policy team. Amy recently wrote a paper about the mental health of young women and girls. The paper found that things are deteriorating and, even worse, that the issue ha...Show More
Johann Hari: What causes depression?

38:52 | Jan 12th, 2018

We interviewed Johann Hari who has recently made a highly-publicised contribution to the conversation on mental health with his book Lost Connections. The book has received endorsements from names as diverse as Hilary Clinton, Elton John and Alis...Show More
Discussing the health expectancy of people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

23:52 | Oct 31st, 2017

Mental Health Foundation and The British Journal of Psychiatry podcast This episode discusses themes around the paper: ‘Mortality gap for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia: UK-based cohort study’ found in The British Journal of Psych...Show More
Overcoming the psychological scars of a knife attack

14:55 | Sep 4th, 2017

In our latest podcast, we spoke to Will Flint. Bodybuilder Will was stabbed 12 times in the early hours of 1 January 2017. He sustained serious physical injuries and his life was at risk. He fought through it and survived, but he also experienced sig...Show More
How much can increasing spending improve mental health care?

33:08 | Aug 22nd, 2017

In the latest of our podcasts in partnership with the British Journal of Psychiatry, we discuss a recent paper on government spending on mental health. And for the first time in the series, we have the paper's author with us. Dr Tatiana Taylor Sal...Show More
Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy

21:31 | Jul 18th, 2017

What is computerised cognitive behavioural therapy? Who is it aimed at? Does it fill a gap? Who does it work for? Who doesn't it work for? Why? We discuss all this in the latest of our series with the British Journal of Psychiatry. On the panel fo...Show More
Three-minute mindfulness breathing space

04:10 | May 9th, 2017

This podcast is a free 3-minute breathing space narrated by Ed Halliwell – one of the world's leading teachers of mindfulness. You can listen to it whenever you feel tense and it is a simple and great way to calm your mind and body down. It also giv...Show More
Mental Health Awareness Week preview

19:43 | May 4th, 2017

With Mental Health Awareness Week fast approaching, the Mental Health Foundation's Director of Fundraising and Communications Mark Rowland joins us to discuss this year's theme of Surviving or Thriving? To find out more about Mental Health Awarene...Show More
Mental health in students

22:22 | Apr 13th, 2017

A recent study looking at the mental health of medical students found that over 27% of medical students in 47 countries showed symptoms of depression. Why is this? Does it translate to the rest of the student population? What can we do to prevent it?...Show More
Internet gaming? Good or bad for our mental health?

15:36 | Feb 14th, 2017

In this episode, our panel look at so-called internet gaming disorder, prompted by a recent academic study. They discuss internet gaming, the potential risks, but also the benefits that gaming can bring, both to life in general (children doing maths ...Show More
Improving the lives of young parents and their children

09:37 | Dec 6th, 2016

Naomi tells her inspirational story of how she changed her life with the help of the Mental Health Foundation's Young Mums Together project. Naomi, mum to four-year-old Zach, had a tough upbringing, spending time in the care system and experiencin...Show More
Traumatic events: how far do the effects spread?

21:22 | Dec 5th, 2016

In this episode, our panel look at traumatic events and how the effects may not just be localised to where the attacks take place. They look at some interesting evidence in the context of 9/11 which suggests that the psychological effects can travel ...Show More
Depression: are the right people being treated?

29:01 | Dec 5th, 2016

In this podcast, our panel have a lively discussion on the treatment of depression and look at why some people may not be getting the treatment they need and why some people are being treated when they shouldn't be. This is the first in our series...Show More
Mental health and poverty

06:12 | Oct 24th, 2016

Dr Iris Elliott, Head of Policy and Research at the Mental Health Foundation talks to us about the link between poverty and mental health, just how damaging poverty can be for mental health and how we might go about addressing the problem, with 1 in ...Show More
Challenging discrimination against people with mental health problems

08:24 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Our president Dinesh Bhugra talks about fighting discrimination against people with mental health problems around the world as part of World Mind Matters Day. Dinesh talks about different attitudes towards mental health around the globe; discusses hi...Show More
10 years of the Scottish Mental Health, Arts and Film Festival

09:09 | Aug 8th, 2016

Gail Aldam, Manager of the Mental Health Foundation's Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF), tells us about the 10th year of the festival, explaining how it has become so popular and what we can expect in this landmark year. You c...Show More
"Oh I'm so OCD": Challenging the myths around obsessive compulsive disorder

18:33 | Jul 20th, 2016

Writer and model Lily Bailey talks to us about her experience with obsessive compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD. Lily challenges some of the misconceptions around OCD - such as it's just about being tidy and that it's desirable in some way. ...Show More
Mental health care in the community: lessons from India

17:23 | Jul 6th, 2016

Manoj Kumar, talks about his work in providing community mental health care for the poor people in the Indian state of Kerala. He talks about the success of his project and the importance of community buy in, also offering lessons that the UK could t...Show More
Jonny Benjamin: relationships are a massive part of my recovery

12:47 | May 20th, 2016

Inspirational mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin talks about relationships and how they are key in his recovery from mental ill health. Jonny talks about his relationship with his family and Neil Laybourn, the man who persuaded him not to take h...Show More
Dave Chawner: Comedy and living with an eating disorder

10:45 | Feb 18th, 2016

Stand up comedian Dave Chawner talks about his experience of living with anorexia nervosa, how he manages it and how comedy has proved very cathartic for him.
New Year's Resolutions - A Healthy Diet

10:57 | Dec 23rd, 2011

In this podcast we'll look at how diet affects our mental health, and teach you some techniques to help make small changes to your eating habits and improve your overall mental and physical wellbeing.
New Year's Resolutions - Exercise

09:24 | Dec 23rd, 2011

In this podcast, we’ll look at how exercise benefits both your mental health as well as physical health and teach you some techniques to help you create and stick to a programme of regular exercise.
Wellbeing and Nutrition

14:40 | Jul 6th, 2011

Presented by Dr David Peters, this podcast is intended to give the listener an introduction into how a good nutritious diet can help mental health.
Exercise and Mental Health

09:31 | Jul 6th, 2011

This podcast is narrated by Jonty Heaversedge, one of the BBC's Street Doctors. He explains how everyone can look after their mental health using exercise.
Stress and the Mind - Full Works

17:09 | Jul 6th, 2011

In this podcast presented by Dr David Peters, he takes you through a guided meditation, which focuses on positive emotions and imagery to ease pressure and feelings of stress. Why not try noting down how you feel before and after the meditation, a...Show More
Stress and the Mind - Quick Fix Relaxation Exercise

06:52 | Jul 6th, 2011

This podcast presented by Dr David Peters has some quick relaxation and breathing exercises which you can do anywhere to help clear your mind, reduce stress, and improve your mental health. Why not try noting down how you feel before and after the...Show More
Wellbeing and Sleep - Quick Fix Relaxation Exercise

06:41 | Jul 4th, 2011

This podcast is presented by Dr David Peters and has a number of short breathing techniques which can help relax and reduce stress before you go to bed.
Wellbeing and Positive Thinking

11:44 | Jul 4th, 2011

Presented by Dr David Peters, this podcast introduces positive thinking as a way of reducing anxiety and encouraging focus and goal setting.
Wellbeing and Relaxation

16:31 | Jun 13th, 2011

Presented by Dr David Peters, this podcast gives the listener a short and easy form of meditation which can be effective in relaxing and reducing stress. Why not try noting down how you feel before and after the meditation, and see if it has a po...Show More
Stress and Relaxation - Full Works

14:18 | Jun 13th, 2011

This podcast is presented by Dr David Peters and gives the listener stress management techniques which can help relieve pressure from daily life. Why not try noting down how you feel before and after the meditation, and see if it has a positive im...Show More
Wellbeing and Sleep - Full Works

07:38 | Jun 13th, 2011

This podcast is presented by Dr David Peters and is intended to be listened to in bed. It can help you relax and get ready to go to sleep.
Stress and Relaxation - Quick Fix Breathing Exercise

04:50 | Jun 13th, 2011

This podcast is presented by Dr David Peters and can be listened to whenever you feel stress or tension and is a simple and great way to calm your mind and body down. Why not try noting down how you feel before and after the meditation, and see if...Show More
Mindfulness - 10 Minute Practice Exercise

09:49 | Jun 13th, 2011

This relaxation exercise is narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques.
What is Mindfulness?

13:49 | Jun 13th, 2011

This podcast gives you an introduction to Mindfulness and its benefits. It is narrated by Dr Jonty Heaversedge, with contributions from Mindfulness expert Dr Mark Williams and Kathy, who practices Mindfulness.
Sleep relaxation

11:05 | Jun 13th, 2011

This podcast shows you how to use a technique called progressive relaxation for better sleep. It is narrated by Professor Colin Espie. The podcast was produced with Sleepio for Mental Health Awareness Week 2011.
How to overcome fear and anxiety podcast

09:36 | Apr 8th, 2009

This podcast was produced as part of Mental Health Action Week 2009. The podcast outlines ways to overcome fear and anxiety and is also available as a booklet.