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Gemma Oaten and Living With an Eating Disorder

Gemma Oaten and Living With an Eating Disorder

August 2, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to actress and eating disorder campaigner Gemma Oaten. Gemma is known for playing Rachel Breckle in the popular soap opera Emmerdale. 

 

At age 10, Gemma discovered that she had an eating disorder, although due to a lack of clinical understanding, she continued to struggle for another 13 years. Now Gemma is the CEO of the charity SEED UK,  which aims to help those living with an eating disorder.

 

In this fascinating conversation, they spoke about the difficulties with getting a diagnosis, the severity of eating disorders and providing support for survivors.

 

Visit MQMentalHealth.org to learn more about MQ and mental health research.

 

If you, or someone you know, is affected by an eating disorder, then please reach out for advice and support from one of the following organisations:

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
https://eatingdisordersanonymous.org/
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Lily Bailey and Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Lily Bailey and Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

July 19, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to mental health activist and author Lily Bailey. At age 16, Lily was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, although her first experiences with OCD occurred during childhood. 

Recently, Lily released the children’s book, ‘When I See Blue’, about a young boy and his struggles with OCD.

In this thorough conversation, they discussed the misconceptions about OCD, whether writing can be cathartic, and the potential future of OCD treatments. 

Visit MQMentalHealth.org to learn more about MQ and mental health research.

Azeem Rafiq and the Impact of Racism on Mental Health

Azeem Rafiq and the Impact of Racism on Mental Health

July 5, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to MQ ambassador and cricket star, Azeem Rafiq. Azeem played cricket professionally in England for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

In 2020, Azeem shared his experiences of racism and bullying at Yorkshire, which became a major media story in the United Kingdom.

In this riveting conversation, they spoke about racism in sport, having a winner’s mindset, and using religion to improve your mental health.

Visit MQMentalHealth.org to learn more about MQ and mental health research.

James Downs and Embracing Lived Experience in Research

James Downs and Embracing Lived Experience in Research

June 21, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to MQ ambassador and yoga instructor, James Downs.

James is a member of the Gone Too Soon steering group, helping to shape the direction of MQ's next funding programme as an expert by experience. In this episode, we spoke about the prevalence of eating disorders, the inclusion of people with lived experience in research, and improving your mental health through yoga.

If you, or someone you know, is affected by an eating disorder, then please reach out for advice and support from one of the following organisations: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

https://eatingdisordersanonymous.org/

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ 

Amazin LeThi & Dr Jessica Schleider and Supporting LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Amazin LeThi & Dr Jessica Schleider and Supporting LGBTQ+ Mental Health

June 7, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to athlete and LGBTQ+ advocate, Amazin LeThi, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Stonybrook University, Dr Jessica Schleider. In this episode, they spoke about supporting the mental health of the LGBTQ+ community, the importance of representation, and the impact of meaningful moments on your mental health.

 

Learn more here https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/home/

Leigh Timmis and Finding Your Purpose in Life

Leigh Timmis and Finding Your Purpose in Life

May 24, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to speaker and Guinness world record holder, Leigh Timmis. They spoke about self-improvement, finding your purpose, and breaking records.

 

https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/home/

Dr Alexandra Pitman and Identifying Loneliness

Dr Alexandra Pitman and Identifying Loneliness

May 13, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to Associate Professor in Psychiatry at UCL and Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Alexandra Pitman. They spoke about loneliness, the importance of inclusive research, and enjoying solitude.

Links to the topics mentioned in the episode:

- https://www.bespokementalhealth.co.uk/mental-health-awareness-week

- https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/epidemiology-and-applied-clinical-research-department/loneliness-and-social-isolation

- https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=APITM02

- https://twitter.com/UCL_Loneliness/status/1511696881642000397

- https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/epidemiology-and-applied-clinical-research-department/loneliness-and-social-isolation-26 

Gemma Styles and the Importance of Doing Good

Gemma Styles and the Importance of Doing Good

May 10, 2022

In this episode, Professor Rory and Craig spoke to podcaster and journalist, Gemma Styles, to discuss doing good, the impact of social media on mental health, and raising money with sunglasses.

MQ Open Mind is back!

MQ Open Mind is back!

May 9, 2022

Join Professor Rory O'Connor and MQ's Craig Perryman in this rebooted version of the MQ Open Mind podcast! In today's episode, they discuss who they are and why they got into mental health research. 

Ep 12: Tackling the rise in self-harm among young people

Ep 12: Tackling the rise in self-harm among young people

January 15, 2020

[Trigger warning: podcast references suicide and self-harm]

Research suggests an increasing number of young people are self-harming – and more than half of them aren’t seeking help. It’s clear this issue is rising – but why? And what can we do about it? 

In this episode of MQ Open Mind, we talk to mental health campaigner Sian and researcher Ellen to try and get to the bottom of these questions.

Sian candidly shares her own experience of self-harm and explains why we must stop asking ‘how’ and start asking ‘why’ when it comes to speaking to people who are struggling. Through her research, Ellen’s doing exactly that. She tells us about her current project, the Card Sort Task for Self-Harm, and how it could one day become a valuable tool for clinicians to use during therapy.

Together, we discuss the most damaging myths surrounding self-harm, what it means to ‘recover’ and ways to find the best treatment for each person. Sian and Ellen also answer questions from MQ supporters about copycat behaviour and how best to approach someone you’re worried about. 

See the 'It's Okay to Talk About Self-Harm' leaflet Ellen references in this episode.

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