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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.

Location:

Canada

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

2508613644


Episodes

Episode 41: Empathy

5/6/2022
Content warning: This episode discusses an abusive relationship and mentions assault. It's CMHA's Mental Health Week this week, and the theme this year is empathy. So, hosts Beki & Olivia thought it would be fitting to record an episode on the topic! You'll hear them discuss what empathy really is, why there's a bit of an anti-empathy movement, and what empathy misses are.

Duration:01:00:31

Episode 40 - Judging Others

3/24/2022
In this episode hosts, Beki and Olivia, discuss something that many of us do without even thinking - judging others. You’ll hear why it’s something so common, but also why judging others can be harmful to others as well as ourselves. From chatting about how our judgements come from deep down inside us to empathy being the antidote to judgement, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

Duration:00:56:01

Episode 39 - Humour

2/17/2022
Episode 39 focuses on the topic of humour! Beki and Olivia discuss ways that humour can be supportive for us, but also can be a way of us avoiding what’s going on for us. You’ll hear how some forms of humour and laughter can create good relationships, connection, and open perspectives. But also other forms of humour can be a way of shutting down vulnerability or not dealing with things. Check out this episode to hear the hosts share how they use humour, and how we can be aware of the type of...

Duration:00:50:38

Episode 38: Taking Your Own Advice

2/3/2022
In this episode, hosts Beki & Olivia discuss how it’s a lot easier to provide suggestions for someone than it is for us to take our own advice. You’ll hear conversations about enabling vs supporting, how our emotions make it harder, and that working in the mental health field can create some barriers or expectations when supporting our own mental health. Check out this episode for honest conversations from Olivia and Beki. About how they’re doing and how they, like everyone else, find it...

Duration:00:59:27

Episode 37: Physical & Mental Health

1/6/2022
In Episode 37, Beki & Olivia speak openly and honestly about how their physical health impacts their mental health. The two share the difficulty of supporting their mental health when they're experiencing long-term physical health issues, as well as sharing how they may need to work on accepting their experience, looking at their goals, and giving themselves time to grieve. You'll hear conversations about resentment, resilience, fear & experiences of medical discrimination.

Duration:00:50:30

Episode 36: Relationships 5 - Ending Relationships

12/9/2021
In the final episode of the Relationships Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia discuss a fitting topic - Ending Relationships. In this episode, the hosts discuss how a relationship coming to an end is never easy and can have an impact on our mental health and well-being. From things to consider when choosing to end a relationship, to how we can support ourselves through a relationship ending, this is an episode you don't want to miss!

Duration:01:00:08

Episode 35: Relationships Part 4 - Supportive Vs Not-So-Supportive Relationships

11/18/2021
Content Warning: This episode discusses relationships that are not supportive of our mental health, including abusive and toxic relationships. In part four of the Relationships Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia discuss what can make a relationship supportive, or what might make a relationship not-so-supportive. You'll hear the hosts discuss their personal experiences of what they have found helpful but also what has impacted their mental health in a relationship. Discussing important topics...

Duration:01:06:43

Episode 34: Relationships Part 3 - Boundaries

10/21/2021
In part 3 of the Relationship Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia discuss Boundaries and how they play an important role in all relationships. The hosts chat about understanding what’s ok and not ok for us, how they are based on our values, to recognizing everyone has their own boundaries. You’ll also hear about knowing a boundary from an ultimatum, thinking about what we do when others don’t respect our boundaries, or what we even do when our boundaries don’t align with those close to us.

Duration:00:57:52

Episode 33: Relationships Part 2 - Trust & Vulnerability

10/7/2021
In part 2 of the Relationships Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia delve into two incredibly hard yet important topics - vulnerability and trust. You’ll hear the co-hosts discuss what vulnerability and trust really means, and how we can’t have one without the other. From saying “I love you” first, to asking for help, to saying what we’re proud of, Beki and Olivia discuss the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure involved. This episode also includes why it can be so hard to rebuild trust when...

Duration:00:40:35

Episode 32: Relationships Part 1 - Communication

9/16/2021
We'd like to dedicate this episode, and the upcoming Relationships mini-series, to our wonderful colleague, Scott. Relationships can have a huge impact on our lives and can be incredibly important to our well-being. The topic of relationships is huge. So, Beki and Olivia are breaking it down into multiple episodes, with the focus of part 1 being all about communication. In episode 32, the hosts talk about their own platonic and non-platonic relationships, all while discussing how...

Duration:01:06:04

Episode 31: Languishing

9/2/2021
Over the past year and a half, languishing is something that is being spoken more and more about. Why? Because many of us are experiencing that “blah” feeling. In episode 31, Beki and Olivia discuss how they’ve been experiencing languishing recently. You’ll hear the hosts discuss in depth what languishing is, what it may feel like, why so many of us are experiencing it, and how it differs from depression and anxiety. The episode also covers some things we can do to support ourselves with...

Duration:00:40:07

Episode 30: Wildfire Mental Health (Live Episode)

8/19/2021
In this episode, hosts Beki and Olivia chat about the impact of the wildfire season on our mental health and how we can support ourselves and others in the short and long term with this. You'll also hear the hosts answering questions submitted live by the online audience! This episode was recorded and streamed live at Staples Studio in Kelowna, so the sound quality may differ from usual.

Duration:00:37:21

Episode 29: Get To Know Your Hosts

7/22/2021
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.

Duration:00:59:55

Episode 28: Peer Pressure

7/8/2021
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...

Duration:00:48:29

Episode 27: Mental Health For All

6/25/2021
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...

Duration:03:04:30

Episode 26: Guilt & Shame

6/10/2021
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...

Duration:00:45:55

Episode 25: Music

5/27/2021
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...

Duration:00:52:48

Episode 24: Mental Health Experiences as an Asian Person

5/13/2021
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...

Duration:00:35:36

Special: Mental Health Week - A Live Recording

5/6/2021
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...

Duration:00:38:40

Episode 23: Grief

4/29/2021
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....

Duration:00:56:25