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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 34: Relationships Part 3 - Boundaries

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.


Episode 33: Relationships Part 2 - Trust & Vulnerability

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...


Episode 32: Relationships Part 1 - Communication

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...


Episode 31: Languishing

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...


Episode 30: Wildfire Mental Health (Live Episode)

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.


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...