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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-22-06-2019 - Deb talks to Tom about Mental health and the Workplace.
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-15-06-2019 - Beth and Deb on Quiet Minds
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-08-06-2019 - Beth and Deb 0n "Who you gonna call" (in an emergency)
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-01-06-2019 - Mike on Music
Mental Health issues and stories
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Quiet Minds-25-05-2019 - Brett on Music for May
Brett plays some of his favorite music.
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Quiet Minds-18-05-2019 Kelly on Yin Yoga
Kelly on Yin Yoga
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Quiet Minds-11-05-2019 - Mental health and hormone replacement
Deb and Beth chat about mental health and hormone replacement
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Quiet Minds-04-05-2019 - What to do when the unthinkable happens
Deb and Beth contemplate what to do when the unthinkable happens
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Quiet Minds-27-04-2019 - The M H Inquiry and NGO funding challenges
Fiona chats about the M H Inquiry and NGO funding challenges.
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Quiet Minds-20-04-2019 - MHAPS point of difference
Health and wellbeing.
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Quiet Minds-13-04-2019 - Effects of Brain Injury on the family
Brett speaks with Bruce about effects of Brain Injury on the family.
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Quiet Minds-05-04-2019 - Effects of concussion on mental health
Bernie talks about the effects of concussion on mental health
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Quiet Minds-30-03-2019 - Creativity
Kat discusses "Creativity"
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Quiet Minds-23-03-2019 - What it's Like to Float
Kat discusses "What it's Like to Float"
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Quiet Minds-16-03-2019 - Divergence a Festival of Madness - Part 2
Mike chats to Hanna about Thriving Madly and Divergence a Festival of Madness
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Quiet Minds-09-03-2019 - Divergence a Festival of Madness - Part 1
Mike chats to Hanna about Thriving Madly and Divergence a Festival of Madness
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Quiet Minds-02-03-2019 Annie on Music
Annie shares her favourite tracks that help her get through testing times!
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Quiet Minds-16-02-2019 Annie on Music
Annie shares what music helps her through tough times.
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Quiet Minds-09-02-2019 Mental and Physical Health
Debbie chats with Darryn about his experience with recovering from a stroke
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Quiet Minds-02-02-2019 No More Resolutions
Debbie May and Beth chat about how you can have a productive New Year, without resolutions!
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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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