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Your Mental Health: University Podcasts and more…
It’s something that has been on our minds now more than ever. As April marks nearly 30 years as National Stress Awareness Month; we wanted to highlight some of the ways Universities across the UK are working to blend information and creativity to reach and support their students.
Podcasts are a great source of entertainment – for your walk home. Also for heading back to campus after your morning lecture or to put on as you drift off to sleep. You can always find something to listen to that suits your mood.
As we all take strides back into a semblance of normality, our mental health can seemingly be trailing behind. We all need a bit of support to help it catch up; so here is a look at what is currently on trend in the audio digital world…
Bristol University – Your amazing mind podcast.
The University of Bristol’s newest weekly podcast series aims to equip students with the most effective methods to improve and maintain their mental health.
Each episode will feature a student talking about their experience and challenges with certain issues. Which will then be discussed with a special guest, alongside podcast host Michael Pearson, head of Bristol University’s counselling service.
The first episode aired on April 5th with guest Miz Cracker (of Rupaul’s Drag Race fame) giving her advice on how she deals with her anxiety.
“Your Amazing Mind will explore anxiety, body image, LGBTQ+ issues, marginalisation, bereavement and depression in a deep, relatable and honest way that normalises experiences and gives people lift at the same time.”’ – (Michael Pearson, Bristol.ac.uk)
You can check it out here. New episodes are released every Monday.
University of Oxford – Podcast series on Mental Health.
The University of Oxford is known for its impressive archives – and their podcast selection is no exception. The university have reached out to people across the world to build an impressive archive covering all manner of topics.
With newer episodes including “Managing Depression and Low Mood”, and “Overcoming Sleep Problems”, you can take a more in depth look at present mental health concerns and how experts look to best manage them.
Oxford also have a Counselling Service podcast series that has stemmed from concerns raised by students at the university at counselling sessions. They recommend listening in a quiet space for you to reflect in peace.
Cardiff University – Piece of Mind Podcast.
Cardiff University host a collaborative podcast with the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH). Framing the discussion around latest mental health developments and research.
Episode 5 talks about sleep, insomnia, and mental health. Many of their other episodes do delve into necessary but sensitive topics.
NCMH share links to research papers mentioned and other useful links and resources on their website if you wish to delve further.
Additional recommendations…TED Talk.
We are so grateful to TED talk for taking the mundane format of a conference and making it entertaining. They are to the point, feature interesting people and cover a wide range of topics. And most are less than 20 minutes each, they are the perfect burst of information no matter the time of day.
Talks like ‘Why students should have mental health days’:
and ‘Is Social Media hurting your mental health?’ are very effective in understanding what we can do to find a healthy balance between our online life and off.
Your university doesn’t have its own podcast dedicated to mental health? Think about starting one – it doesn’t have to be crazy professional; even just getting your friends or fellow students together to discuss different matters weekly can be beneficial.
April is Stress Awareness Month. How are you getting on with the Stress Buster 30-Day Challenge? Learn more here.
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