• Emotional hygiene

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    We all need to practice emotional first aid

    We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

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  • How to make stress your friend

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    Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

  • How to overcome fear and anxiety

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    This podcast was produced by the UK Mental Health Foundation as part of Mental Health Action Week 2009. – See more at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/how-overcome-fear-and-anxiety#sthash.y0ooELTj.dpuf

  • I had a black dog, his name was depression

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    YouTube video based on the book by Matthew Johnstone. At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.

    I had a black dog, his name was depression

  • Mindfulness – 10 Minute Practice Exercise

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    This relaxation exercise is narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques. This is brought to you by the UK Mental Health Foundation. See more at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/mindfulness-10-minute-practice-exercise#sthash.zfgGhRyF.dpuf

  • Mindfulness CD

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    A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world.

    CD available in your local library.

    Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In “Mindfulness,” Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxious, stressful, and exhausting life. Based on the techniques of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, the unique program developed by Williams and his colleagues, the book offers simple and straightforward forms of mindfulness meditation that can be done by anyone and it can take just 10 to 20 minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed.

  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability CD

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    : Talks with your Therapist.

    CD Available in your local library.

    This CD is based on the book: Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. The CD includes a series of nine talks by clinical psychologist Dr William Davies.  It explores how anger and irritability affects us in different ways and sets out effective strategies to reduce feelings of irritability and become less angry.

  • Overcoming Low Self-esteem CD

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    CD available in local library. Talks with Your Therapist

    Low self-esteem and negative self-image cause great distress, can severely affect relationships and have many other negative impacts on one's life. They can, however, be effectively treated using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, the basis of this series of talks from Dr Melanie Fennell, one of the UK's leading experts on low self-esteem. Learn what causes low self-esteem and why it sometimes persists, explore how to stop self-criticism in its tracks, challenge negative self-beliefs and develop new self-acceptance. The talks are focused on the following themes: The nature and effects of low self-esteem. What maintains it. Self-criticism and negative beliefs. Enhancing self-acceptance.

  • Quiet Minds

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    Quiet Minds is a small group of consumers (mental health service users) who set up a radio show in June 2004 after attending a training day at Plains FM. Prior to Quiet Minds, most of the group had no previous broadcasting experience at all. The Quiet Minds team is made up of empathetic people with an anti-discriminatory attitude and a dogged sense of social justice. Our programmes are a broad mixture of interviews with: – ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences – extraordinary people with courageous stories – professional people who have useful information – controversial people who disagree with professional people – artists, writers and musicians whose mental illness informs their work Programmes have covered topics like depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, electro-convulsive therapy, NGO’s, post-natal depression, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health awareness week and mental health issues faced by refugees. A copy of each programme is stored at “MHAPS – Mental Health Advocacy And Peer Support”and podcast on the Plains FM website. This means that consumers or health professionals in the network who have missed an episode of Quiet Minds can borrow a copy and listen to it in their own time. This is a very popular and widely used resource. “Quiet Minds gives me an awareness of issues and offers insights, experiences and support. Having a radio programme that so professionally and warmly opens up understanding of mental health issues is such an asset for the Canterbury community.” Jane Demeter “It opens up a world of holistic help and information – both for those facing emotional crises in their lives, and for their supporters and whanau.” Eric Biddington “This programme deserves a high award for its ability to inform, entertain, ensure the participation of those with mental illness and in recovery, and generally contribute to the de-stigmatisation of mental illness.” Dr Sue Bagshaw

  • Stress and Relaxation Podcast

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    This podcast is presented by Dr David Peters and gives the listener stress management techniques which can help relieve pressure from daily life. By the UK Mental Health Foundation. See more at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/stress-and-relaxation-full-works#sthash.4NMBkQWo.dpuf

  • When Happiness is not Enough?

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    What do you need to become happier? It may be the opposite to what you think!

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