Episode 32: In conversation with Jai Patel - Mental wellbeing, Dance, Hinduism and being LGBT in the Gujurati community

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The latest HeadStart podcast is an in-depth conversation with Jai Patel from Jaivant Patel Dance. Jai is a dancer, performer and choreographer, and a member of the Gujarati community in Wolverhampton. He is also an openly homosexual Hindu in a community where that is uncommon.

Topics in the conversation include:

  • Attitudes to mental health and to LGBT people in the Gujurati community and Hinduism

  • Dance and physical activity as tools for improving mental wellbeing and mental health

  • How re-engaging with the fundamental philosophies and ideas of Jai’s faith has supported him

Huge thanks to Jai for sharing his thoughts and ideas with HeadStart: we hope that you find the conversation to be both interesting and thought-provoking.

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Episode 31: Mental health in Black African communities with Deanson Senda

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Deanson is one of HeadStart Wolverhampton’s School Support Coordinators, and works with school students and staff in two of HeadStart target areas in the city: Bilston East; and All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall.

Deanson was born in Zimbabwe, and has studied and worked in mental health in several African countries before moving to the UK and Wolverhampton. In this podcast conversation we discuss a wide range of topics, including: perceptions of mental health in Black African communities, and the impact of racism on mental health.

We hope you find the show to be an interesting listen. As always, please drop us a line @HeadStartFM or submit a comment below with any thoughts!

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Episode 30: In conversation with Zohra Khaku, Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline

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In the show today, we’re going to hear a conversation I recorded a couple of weeks ago with Zohra Khaku. Zohra is the Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline, a national award-winning charity helpline that provides free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services to young Muslims around the UK.

Huge thanks to Zohra for sitting down with me; I hope you find the conversation to be interesting and thought-provoking.

You can find out more about MYH on their website at www.myh.org.uk.


Episode 29: 'A SUMO Special' from Trinity CE Primary

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In this episode of the HeadStart podcast, we're back at Trinity CE Primary school for a 'SUMO Special'. SUMO stands for 'Stop, Understand, Move On' and is a set of strategies created and explained by author and speaker Paul McGee in his book of the same name. Megan, Adi and Olivia from Year 5 and Year 6 at Trinity did a fantastic job of explaining the basics of SUMO. In the podcast, our young presenters explore the first four SUMO themes of:

  • Change Your T-Shirt

  • Fruity Thinking

  • Hippo Time Is OK

  • Remember The Beachball

Thanks to Mr. Nelson at Trinity CE Primary for organising the recording and to our three young presenters for being fantastic hosts!

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Episode 28: The World Mental Health Day podcast from Trinity CE Primary

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October 10th was World Mental Health Day, and the following day HeadStart was in one of our partner primary schools, Trinity CE Primary, to record a podcast with three young people from Year 5 and Year 6.


Yara, Amitoj and Mason did a great job of sharing information and their thoughts on questions such as: "What is mental health?", "What can affect our mental health?" and "What can we do to support our mental health?". They also shared some of their personal experiences.

Thanks to Mr. Nelson at Trinity CE Primary for organising the recording and to our three young presenters for being fantastic hosts!

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