'Take It From Us: Our mental health radio'

Award winning mental health radio, Take It From Us broadcasts every Tuesday at 12.30pm on PlanetFM104.6 and is funded by Framework Trust. Take It From Us has changed its focus recently: empowering mental health is our theme and we are emphasizing hope, recovery, positivity, and therapies such as mindfulness and meditation.

For more than two decades, this mental health show – the longest running radio in New Zealand to delve into “psych stuff” – nails the key issues in mental health, and identifies ambassadors for hope and recovery. A key priority is to drive home just how damaging people’s judgments and prejudices can be. That’s called discrimination, and it’s the biggest barrier to people getting better…seeking housing…finding work…gaining independence, being included in their communities… and getting well and staying well. Hosted by mental health advocate and broadcaster Sheldon Brown, shows are available here on framework.org.nz/take-it-from-us or can be accessed live on PlanetFM104.6, via live streaming on www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus, or can be downloaded from planetaudio.org.nz. The four most recent shows are available too on the planetaudio website, as are specially selected broadcasts in the archive.


Latest Shows from Take It From Us Radio

Sue Ricketts, the retiring general manager of Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support – MHAPS for short –talks about a tough few years for Christchurch and Canterbury, and addresses  the challenges for Cantabrians since the earthquakes, and the impact on their mental health?

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Berni McBride and Jane Galea-Singer, two project co-ordinators at Smokefree for mental health and addiction clients, promote a kickbutt message to smokers in this interview. Smoking has been an issue for users of mental health and addiction services for years, and some of that addiction was probably generated by the services themselves. Cigarettes were used as a vehicle to encourage good behaviour and co-operation in psychiatric hospitals and rehabilitation services in the past.

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We talk to Glenda Schnell, executive director of the 24 hour telephone counselling service Lifeline, which had to be rescued itself at the end of last year after contract negotiations which didn’t favour the organisation.  Lifeline is now partnered with Presbyterian Support Northern so let’s here how the merger is benefiting Lifeline and sustaining its critical telephone services for Kiwis going through tough times.

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