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What Really Works? A Mental Health Podcast for Young People

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Welcome to “What Really Works?” where we share real experiences, humour and plenty of mental health tips for Young People! Join Beki (she/her) and Olivia (she/her) to learn about mental health and how we can support our well-being in a down to earth practical way. We remove the ‘clinical’ jargon and just chat honestly about our experiences and what we’ve found to work.

Welcome to “What Really Works?” where we share real experiences, humour and plenty of mental health tips for Young People! Join Beki (she/her) and Olivia (she/her) to learn about mental health and how we can support our well-being in a down to earth practical way. We remove the ‘clinical’ jargon and just chat honestly about our experiences and what we’ve found to work.




Welcome to “What Really Works?” where we share real experiences, humour and plenty of mental health tips for Young People! Join Beki (she/her) and Olivia (she/her) to learn about mental health and how we can support our well-being in a down to earth practical way. We remove the ‘clinical’ jargon and just chat honestly about our experiences and what we’ve found to work.






Episode 29: Get To Know Your Hosts

What Really Works? has been going for just over a year, so Beki and Olivia thought this would be a great time for you to get to know your podcast hosts better! In episode 29 hosts, Beki and Olivia, answer questions submitted by listeners - some questions related to mental health, or questions not so much! Check out the episode for some lighthearted conversation, laughs, and knowledge building.


Episode 28: Peer Pressure

Many of us have experienced peer pressure and the uncomfortable feelings that come alongside it. But why do so many of us experience it and how can it impact us? In episode 28 of What Really Works? hosts, Beki and Olivia, discuss Peer Pressure and how it impacts them both. They chat about forms of direct and indirect peer pressure. As well as the consequences of peer pressure and judgement on ourselves, as well as those around us. You’ll hear about how boundaries, asking questions and...


Episode 27: Mental Health For All

In Episode 27 of What Really Works? hosts Beki and Olivia are joined by guest Dela, to discuss the topic of Mental Health for all. Dela chats with the group about advocating for a mentally healthy community and that this cannot happen until we reckon with system inequalities in our communities and healthcare system. You’ll hear discussions about barriers people from marginalised communities face in healthcare settings, creating safe and informed spaces to discuss personal experiences, the...


Episode 26: Guilt & Shame

At the start of this episode, hosts Beki and Olivia, take a moment to pause, reflect and discuss the need for tangible acts of reconciliation, even more so after the discovery of the 215 Indigenous children buried at the Kamloops residential school. Following taking some silence, the hosts discuss guilt and shame, how these emotions can be tough to experience and move forward from. You’ll hear Beki and Olivia discuss where guilt and shame arise from, what can perpetuate these uncomfortable...


Episode 25: Music

Many of us have experienced a song that gets us pumped, or maybe felt sad from a piece of music, or even really connected with a song - in fact, music can have a huge impact on our physical, emotional, and mental health! In this episode, hosts Beki and Olivia, focus on music and how it can be a great tool to support our wellbeing! You’ll hear how music can increase our levels of dopamine, support us to recognise and process our emotions, and create connections with others. The hosts share...


Episode 24: Mental Health Experiences as an Asian Person

In Episode 24, hosts Beki and Olivia are joined by guest, Salena, to talk about her experiences as a second-generation Asian Person living in Canada. Salena chats openly and honestly about living with the duality of western culture and her traditional culture, her experience of mental health and stigma, what it took for her to reach out for support, and the pressure she experienced as a young person. Salena also discusses the impact of microaggressions, racism, and anti-Asian hate crime on...


Special: Mental Health Week - A Live Recording

To celebrate and kick-off Mental Health Week 2021, What Really Works? hosted our first-ever live recording! This special podcast episode is the audio stream of this event. In this special episode, you’ll hear Beki and Olivia chat about this year’s Mental Health Week topic - Naming it, Not Numbing it. The hosts discuss what emotions are, why naming our emotions is so important, and how we can support ourselves to name our emotions. You’ll also hear hosts answering questions submitted live...


Episode 23: Grief

IMPORTANT NOTE: This episode discusses grief and what may lead to this emotion. The hosts share personal experiences of why they have experienced grief, including speaking about the death of a loved one, suicide, and overdose. What Really Works? encourages all listeners to take care of themselves when listening to this episode and reach out for support if you need it. A link for additional resources and supports related to grief are included below. Grief is a complex and tough emotion....


Episode 22: Climate Anxiety

Anxiety related to climate change and ecological events is something that lots of people experience but isn’t always spoken about. In episode 22, Beki and Olivia discuss climate anxiety, what it is, and why we might experience it. In the second half of the episode, the hosts discuss how we can support ourselves when we’re being impacted by climate anxiety. You’ll hear about climate education, a sense of control, sustainable activism, and the importance of dialogue over debate.


Episode 21: Rejection

Experiencing rejection can be tough and hit us hard, but why does rejection feel like that and why does it affect each of us so differently? In episode 21, hosts Beki and Olivia are joined by guest Malusi to talk about the many faces of rejection. You’ll hear conversations about the impact of rejection on our self-worth, values, and the issues we may face from fear of rejection and regret. The group chats also openly about how they’ve learned or tried to cope with rejection. They share...


Episode 20: Body Image

NOTE: This episode mentions disordered eating and unhealthy exercise/diet habits. With summer starting to get closer, we’re already seeing social media posts about getting ‘beach body ready’ and adverts for diets. So hosts, Olivia and Beki, thought now would be an important time to discuss body image. In the Body Image episode, you can expect a discussion about what body image is before the hosts delve into some of the things that can impact our body image - from society to social media to...


Episode 19: Overcoming Failure - Part 2

In this follow-up episode, Beki and Olivia are joined by guest, Jessica, who talks about her own perspectives and experiences of failure, and how this has impacted her. Listen to Overcoming Failure - Part 2 to delve further into the topic of failure and hear discussions about failure culture vs blame culture, why we might laugh at others when we see them ‘fail’, and how to start talking about failure with others, all while reclaiming the word ‘failure’. Want to know more about Jessica?...


Episode 18: Toxic Environments

NOTE: This episode mentions sexual harassment in the workplace. In episode 18, hosts Beki and Olivia, are joined by guest Karen to talk all about toxic work and school environments. Karen shares her knowledge of what can contribute to toxic environments, from gossiping to cultures of fear to limited communication. You’ll hear tips to recognize when we’re in a toxic environment and strategies we can use to support ourselves. Click here for the list of resources mentioned in the podcast...


Episode 17: Overcoming Failure - Part 1

Failure is a word that's used often, but what does failure really mean or look like? In this episode, hosts Beki and Olivia discuss what the word failure means to them. You can expect to hear an honest chat about failure and success while understanding alternative ways of thinking about the terms. Beki and Olivia also share what they find supportive when thinking about overcoming and managing the times when we get things wrong, including talking about accountability, being realistic, and...


Episode 16: Burnout

In this episode, hosts Beki and Olivia, talk openly and honestly about how they’re experiencing burnout. They talk about how with pandemic and other world events, it can feel increasingly hard and fatiguing to support our well-being during this time. The hosts share their experiences and a few things they have been leaning into for support including humour, talking, and music. Episode 16 of What Really Works? sends a message of support and community to everyone experiencing burnout because...


Episode 15: The Pressures and Expectations of New Year's Resolutions

Many people set New Year’s Resolutions, but how do we ensure that these resolutions are supportive and things we actually want to work towards, without applying pressure on ourselves? In the first episode of 2021, Beki and Olivia delve into the culture and expectation of setting New Year’s Resolutions. The hosts consider when New Year’s Resolutions become problematic and how we need to check in with ourselves to understand if we want to set goals - because it's ok if we don't want to set...


Episode 14: Mental Health and the Holiday Season

With the holiday season fast approaching, we can begin to experience the pressure of festive expectations. In Episode 14, hosts Beki and Olivia chat about why the holiday season can be stressful and filled with tough emotions, especially this year. From grief to hardships, to our personal expectations of festivities, you'll hear not only validation of why this time of the year can be difficult for some, but also what tools we can use to support ourselves. Whether you're excited about the...


Episode 13: Men's Mental Health

Have you ever thought about how routine maintenance on a motorbike is similar to continual work on our mental health? We hadn't either until guest Travis joined this episode to discuss men's mental health! In Episode 13, hosts Beki and Olivia chat with Travis about his personal experiences, including how his perception of mental health has changed and how it can be hard talking about mental health as a man. From how to start good conversations, to crafting supportive friendships, this...


Episode 12: Feeling Prepared For Tough Days

Sometimes in life there are events or situations that we may anticipate as being tough to deal with. It could be a test, an anniversary, festivities, or maybe it's something else. So how do we support ourselves with this in a healthy way? In Episode 12, Beki and Olivia discuss what it means to prepare for what we anticipate will be a hard time, without being deterministic or predicting the overall outcome. They chat about times when they have felt anxious and out of control about an...


Halloween Special: Horror Movies & Mental Health Portrayal

NOTE: This episode names some rated R movies, discussing problematic and stigmatizing storylines from these movies. In this Halloween Special, hosts Beki and Olivia take a break from their usual format of chatting about how we can support our mental health. Instead, you will hear them chat about their pet peeves of the horror genre and why they find them frustrating. Whether that be incorrect terminology, sensationalization, or how mental health is portrayed impacts those living with a...