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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-03-11-2018 The Peer Led Paradigm Shift
Mental health radio.
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Quiet Minds-20-10-2018 Maori Leadership Summit
Debbie May chats with Kelly Ann about her experience at the recent Maori Leadership Summit.
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Quiet Minds-13-10-2018 Kelly Ann: Work Life Balance
Debbie May is joined by Kelly Ann, who shares her journey of juggling full time work, part time study, being a mother, and mental health.
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Quiet Minds-10-11-2018 Lewid Mehl Madrona's Perspective on Holistic Healing
Mental health radio.
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Quiet Minds-22-09-2018 Postnatal Depression Canterbury with Erin
Brett chats to Erin about Postnatal Depression Canterbury and what they are doing to help.
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Quiet Minds-15-09-2018 Auditory Processing Disorder
Learn about this very common, but not widely known, disorder.
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Quiet Minds-08-09-2018 Disability Assistance Dogs
Learn about the dogs. Who is eligible for one? How can you get one?
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Quiet Minds-06-10-2018 Singh's Story
Brett chats with Singh about his journey with mental illness.
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Quiet Minds-01-09-2018 Katie's Experience with Post Natal Depression
Michael chats with Katie, about her experiences having three young children, surprise twins, and Post Natal Depression.
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Quiet Minds-25-08-2018 Using Online Peer Support Groups
For someone feeling isolated due to dis-associative experiences, how do online support groups help?
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Quiet Minds-18-08-2018 Hepatitis C: A Personal Journey Part 2
Hepatitis C: A Personal Journey Part 2
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Quiet Minds-11-08-2018 Hepatitis C: A Personal Journey Part 1
Hepatitis C: A Personal Journey Part 1
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Quiet Minds-04-08-2018 Mental Health Inquiry
Beth from MHAPS talks about the Mental Health Inquiry visit to Christchurch
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Quiet Minds-28-07-2018 Damian Talks Recovery Part 2

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Quiet Minds-21-07-2018 Damian Talks Recovery Part 1
Damian Talks Recovery
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Quiet Minds-14-07-2018 Open Dialogue
Lisa and an open Dialogue
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Quiet Minds-07-07-2018 A Personal Story
Lisa's Personal Story
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Quiet Minds-30-06-2018 Mental Health Inquiry Submission: Part 2
Mental Health Inquiry Submission: Part 2
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Quiet Minds-23-06-2018 Mental Health Inquiry Submission: Part 1
Mental Health Inquiry Submission: Part 1
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Quiet Minds-16-06-2018 Healing Music
Debbie shares some music chosen by people close to the Quiet Minds show.
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Quiet Minds-10-12-2016-Anne Scott and the Child Custody Project

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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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