Episode 27: Mental health in the Punjabi community with Shuranjeet Singh, Taraki.uk

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In this new episode of the HeadStart podcast, I had the great pleasure of speaking to Shuranjeet Singh. Shuranjeet is a mental health advocate and campaigner, and the founder of Taraki, a service which works with the Punjabi community, and especially with men in that community, to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and to put members of the that community in touch with the support they need.

The conversation is a 'deep dive' into Shuranjeet's work with Taraki, the personal experiences that led to him creating the service, and to the cultural, religious and historical contexts that may lead to mental health being a taboo subject for men in the Punjabi community and Sikh Faith. The conversation is a reminder that a 'one size fits all' approach to tackling the stigma of mental health is unlikely to work; we need to understand the beliefs and cultural backgrounds of individuals in order to engage and support them effectively.

We hope you find the podcast to be a insightful and thought-provoking listen! Huge thanks to Shuranjeet for taking the time to speak to HeadStart.

Episode 26 - 'Fitting in, and Relationship Stresses' from Moreton School

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In this episode of the HeadStart Wolverhampton podcast, we're back at Moreton School. Tyler and Natasha from Year 8, and Lucy and Kameron from Year 9, are in charge of the mics in this episode and share their thoughts and ideas with enthusiasm, insight, and good humour!

The podcast was recorded at the end of last week in preparation for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 theme of "Stress: Are We Coping?" and explores themes including the challenges of 'fitting in', both online, and in school with peers, and the stresses caused by friendships and relationships with parents.

Huge thanks to Kameron, Lucy, Tyler and Natasha for doing such a great job of presenting the show, and for sharing their thoughts and ideas with our podcast audience. As always, please submit comments and feedback using the form below, or via Twitter @HeadStartFM.

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Bonus Episode: From the HeadStart Popup shop for Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 has the theme of "Stress: Are We Coping?, and to mark the start of the week, HeadStart opened a popup shop in The Mander Centre on Saturday 12th May.

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Visitors to the shop shared their experiences of stress, and participated in activities including LEGO, arts and crafts, a photobooth. They were also provided with information about HeadStart activities in their area, and had the opportunity to explore the HeadStart Support and Guidance site, which collects selected resources to support the wellbeing of young people on a range of topics.

Over 100 people visited during the day, and feedback was almost universally positive, with 96% of visitors rating the event as Good or better.

During the day, I recorded audio interviews with some of the visitors to the popup. In this special episode of the podcast, I've collected together some of these interviews. Topics that visitors discuss include: the impact of HeadStart activities on a young person, supporting family members who experience mental illness, tips for dealing with stress, and thank yous from visitors to the people in their lives who have supported them through difficult or stressful times.

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We've also compiled together some resources for young people on the theme of stress onto the HeadStart Support and Guidance site.

Episode 25: The 'Stress: are we coping?' podcast for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, from Moreton School

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In this episode of the HeadStart Wolverhampton podcast, we hand control of the mics over to four young people at Moreton School: Kyle and Amy from Year 9, and Millie and Libby from Year 8. Their podcast explores the topic of stress, which is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 from the 14th to 20th May, under the provocative question "Stress: Are We Coping?".

In the podcast, our teenage presenters explore questions such as:

  • What is stress?
  • Is stress normal?
  • What causes stress for young people?
  • When does it become a problem, and what are possible consequences?
  • What can we do to help ourselves?
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I was really nervous when we began to record the podcast, but as we went on, I became much more confident. I found it really helpful to talk about the issues.
— Millie, Year 8

Huge thanks to Kyle, Amy, Millie and Libby for doing such a great job of presenting the show, and for sharing their thoughts and ideas with our podcast audience. As always, please submit comments and feedback using the form below, or via Twitter @HeadStartFM.

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Episode 24: ‘Exam success with less of the stress’ at Moreton Community School

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For the latest episode of the HeadStart podcast, I visited Moreton School in Wolverhampton. Moreton is one of the Wolverhampton secondary schools where the HeadStart team are working very closely with the young people and staff on a range of well-being programmes, including SUMO, HEROs, and our mini Ambassadors programme.

April is National Stress Awareness month, and the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in May is ‘Stress: are we coping?’, so we decided to base our podcast around a common cause of stress in young people: taking exams.

The show is hosted by Curstan and Mackenzie from Y8 at Moreton,  and by Carmen and Hannah from Year 9. Thanks to them all for doing such a brilliant job!

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