Just Listen

Just Listen

Just Listen is a seven-part mental health podcast series, exploring how to support a person in serious and ongoing mental distress. Six New Zealanders and their support people share their mental health journey and challenges with journalist and host Juliette Sivertsen, with the final episode featuring an expert panel to discuss kindness, boundaries, mindfulness and self-care. These candid conversations aim to get people comfortable talking about mental health, to share stories of people living with a mental illness, and to discuss some of the helpful and not-so-helpful things some of us do and say when trying to help a person in distress. Together, we can work to better support people in our communities, and learn to just listen. Funded by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Like Minds Like Mine, supported by NZME.... Show More

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November 8, 2019 35 min
In this final episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with psychologist Anna Friis and psychiatrist Dr Tony Fernando.

Both Anna and Tony take a compassionate approach towards mental health and medicine. They discuss what self-care is really all about, what it means to be kind to yourself, whether mindfulness is all it’s cracked up to be, and how to be a compassionate friend to someone going ...
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November 8, 2019 60 min
In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with Newstalk ZB newsreader and marathon runner Niva Retimanu and how she learnt to live with depression.

Niva says she never dealt with the death of her parents in her early 20s, which resulted in depression. She had a ‘lightbulb moment’ about her health when one day she couldn’t tie her shoelaces. That moment propelled her into taking positiv...
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In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with sexual abuse survivor Tamara Waugh and her experience with post traumatic stress disorder, and dealing with multiple mental health diagnoses. Tamara is also the creator of the gratitude movement called ‘The Happiness Experiment.’

Tamara explains how PTSD can affect a person’s daily life, the pros and cons of hypervigilance, dealing with tru...
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In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks to Auckland man Mathew Nuttall about living with anxiety.

Mathew says at worst, he lost eight kilograms in two weeks due to his mental distress. He couldn’t concentrate, was throwing up and experienced an intense self-loathing.

He initially kept his struggles quiet, but has since learned that opening up to friends, employers and his personal tr...
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November 5, 2019 50 min
In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with entrepreneur Philip McDonald about his journey with depression.

Philip was working in a high-pressure job in the finance industry when stress began to take a toll on his mental health, especially during the Global Financial Crisis of 2007- 2008.

But it took some time for him and his partner to understand what he was going through, admitti...
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November 4, 2019 43 min
In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with Samantha Adams about navigating her life through grief, a bipolar diagnosis, depression, drug abuse and psychosis.

Her journey began after watching her father’s health deteriorate due to cancer, and the unresolved grief that followed after his death.

Samantha wants to share her story so others don’t feel so alone in their journey, and show t...
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November 3, 2019 67 min
In this episode of the Just Listen mental health podcast, host Juliette Sivertsen speaks with nutritionist Francesca Eldridge about living with and recovering from obsessive compulsive disorder, and how to support a partner with OCD.

To an outsider, Francesca’s excessive cleaning rituals at the height of her distress could have been interpreted as someone who had an intense phobia of dirt.

The 39-year-old has lived most of her life w...
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October 13, 2019 1 min
Just Listen is a seven-part mental health podcast series, exploring how to support a person in serious and ongoing mental distress.

Six New Zealanders and their support people share their mental health journey and challenges with journalist and host Juliette Sivertsen, with the final episode featuring an expert panel to discuss kindness, boundaries, mindfulness and self-care.

These candid conversations aim to get people comfortable t...
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