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Quiet Minds

Quiet Minds is a small group of consumers (mental health service users) who set up a radio show in June 2004 after attending a training day at Plains FM. Prior to Quiet Minds, most of the group had no previous broadcasting experience at all.

The Quiet Minds team is made up of empathetic people with an anti-discriminatory attitude and a dogged sense of social justice.
Our programmes are a broad mixture of interviews with:
- ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences
- extraordinary people with courageous stories
- professional people who have useful information
- controversial people who disagree with professional people
- artists, writers and musicians whose mental illness informs their work

Programmes have covered topics like depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, electro-convulsive therapy, NGO’s, post-natal depression, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health awareness week and mental health issues faced by refugees.

A copy of each programme is stored at “MHAPS – Mental Health Advocacy And Peer Support”and podcast on the Plains FM website. This means that consumers or health professionals in the network who have missed an episode of Quiet Minds can borrow a copy and listen to it in their own time. This is a very popular and widely used resource.

“Quiet Minds gives me an awareness of issues and offers insights, experiences and support. Having a radio programme that so professionally and warmly opens up understanding of mental health issues is such an asset for the Canterbury community.” Jane Demeter

“It opens up a world of holistic help and information – both for those facing emotional crises in their lives, and for their supporters and whanau.” Eric Biddington

“This programme deserves a high award for its ability to inform, entertain, ensure the participation of those with mental illness and in recovery, and generally contribute to the de-stigmatisation of mental illness.” Dr Sue Bagshaw 
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Quiet Minds-16-11-2019 - Deb, Annie and Sean re Planned Respite goes peer
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-09-11-2019 - Deb's musings: Maybe I'm Normal
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-26-10-2019 - Annie - ACE - Childhood Trauma
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-19-10-2019 - Deb shares a TED talk: Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-12-10-2019 - Deb shares a TED talk: Emily Levine, How I Made Friends with Reality
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-07-10-2019 - Krissy chats to Brad about his Toastmasters Journey
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-28-09-2019 - Brett and Kat chat about "Highly Sensitive Personality Trait"- part 2
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-21-09-2019 - Brett and Kat chat about "Highly Sensitive Personality Trait"- part 1
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-14-09-2019 - Brett chats with Nina about her personal story.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-07-09-2019 - Brett talks about music and mental health with Nina.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-31-08-2019 - Shame and Vulnerability.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-24-08-2019 - Anxiety Slayer.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-17-08-2019 - All Right Campaign.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-10-08-2019 - Beth shares a ted talk about "The Best Way Help You Listen".
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-03-08-2019 - Beth shares a ted talk about "High Functioning Anxiety".
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-27-07-2019 - Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-20-07-2019 - Deb chats with Grant Cooper from Otago Mental Health Support Trust.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-13-07-2019 - Divergence festival 2020
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-06-07-2019 - Results of Divergence, a Festival of Madness 2019
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-29-06-2019 - Beth shares a talk about ADHD
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-22-06-2019 - Deb talks to Tom about Mental health and the Workplace.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Host: Debbie May, Brett Adams, and Beth Nobes Category: Health and Disability Language: English Website: Visit Programme Website Email:

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This programme is sponsored by:
Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support (MHAPS)

We assist people who experience mental distress, mental illness and / or substance addiction through their choice of services towards recovery. We offer a warm welcome and comfortable place where people are accepted and listened to.
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