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Wellness Tea Time with Dr Rita

Wellness Tea Time with Dr Rita

By Body Mind Wellness

"Every week, join public health doctor Rita in conversation with guests from diverse backgrounds about their ideas, stories and unique perspectives and insights on mental health and the world we live in.

With empathy and a cup of tea, Dr. Rita aims to demystify mental health and the stigma surrounding it through sharing the stories and experiences of real people.

New episodes every Friday."

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The role of community psychology in enabling access to mental health support in underserved communities

Wellness Tea Time with Dr Rita

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Looking back at Season ones 25 Episodes of Wellness Tea Time conversations
Looking back at Season ones 25 Episodes of Wellness Tea Time conversations
In this season the Body Mind Wellness team reflected on Season 1 and the many wonderful conversations we had with guests. We reflected on the numerous lessons that emerged as we went through the season and the importance of sharing information through engaging with others to talk about Mental health and related issues. We learned so much from our diverse guests and cannot wait for season 2.
20:36
January 06, 2023
Managing thoughts and emotions for optimal mental health: the art and science of self-mastery
Managing thoughts and emotions for optimal mental health: the art and science of self-mastery
The ability to control one's thoughts and emotions is a critical skill for gaining control of one's mental health. In this fascinating conversation on SELF MASTERY, Queen B Nthite shared a variety of tips and ideas to help us understand the importance of controlling our thoughts and emotions. Self Mastery is about calming the storm from within, in order to better navigate through life's events.
17:29
December 30, 2022
A look at the relationship between financial wellness and mental health
A look at the relationship between financial wellness and mental health
As part of our Wellness Tea Time, Dr. Rita invited Mr. Gavin Mkhabela to discuss financial wellness and how it affects mental health. Through Gavin's extensive experience in assisting people on their financial wellness journeys, he shared some valuable insights regarding how people manage their personal finances based on their belief systems. During this conversation, we discussed how mental health and financial wellness are intertwined, and how understanding these is critical to eliminating bad personal finance habits.
16:51
December 23, 2022
Overcoming holiday season loneliness
Overcoming holiday season loneliness
In this insightful discussion, Dr Rita discussed holiday loneliness with psychologist Ms Nkatego Ndala Magoro, director of Pretoria Psychology Services. Even though this is a time for gatherings and celebrations, loneliness and loss can make the season challenging for some. Navigating through the holiday season is easier when we adopt new traditions and learn different coping mechanisms.
19:14
December 16, 2022
Financial well-being and mental health in couples
Financial well-being and mental health in couples
In this week's special episode, Dr. Rita was joined by Queen.B Nthite, who is a pastor, self-mastery coach, and motivational speaker. The conversation explored some of the difficulties facing some couples when it comes to finances and how this may affect their mental health. The early stages of a relationship are particularly important for addressing financial issues. If not addressed, these issues may bring about challenges that may be difficult to resolve, leading to an adverse impact on their relationship and mental health.
18:20
December 09, 2022
The Journey of Healing from the long-term impact of being bullied as a child
The Journey of Healing from the long-term impact of being bullied as a child
Author and financial wellness expert Gavin Mkhabela shared his moving account of being bullied as a child, and how this affected his life as an adult. Gavin shared valuable lessons and insights he has gained over the years after struggling with the negative impacts of those childhood incidents for more than thirty years. Stories like these are extremely helpful in highlighting the psychological consequences of bullying and why it is imperative to stop such acts immediately and to provide appropriate support to sufferers.
16:07
December 02, 2022
The Mental Health of Healthcare Professionals: Recognising the need for early intervention
The Mental Health of Healthcare Professionals: Recognising the need for early intervention
In their Wellness Tea Time, Dr. Rita and Dr. Danie Breedt discussed mental health for healthcare professionals. Mental health problems have become increasingly challenging over time due to medical professionals' reluctance to seek help. Dr. Danie provided some useful insights regarding ways to prevent burnout and build support systems. As Dr. Danie pointed out, it is very difficult to fill cups for others when one's own cup is drained.
14:40
November 25, 2022
The role of community psychology in enabling access to mental health support in underserved communities
The role of community psychology in enabling access to mental health support in underserved communities
We were honored to have Professor Maretha Visser join us and share her extensive experience and insights on this very relevant topic. She shared fascinating insights based on her extensive experience as a counseling psychologist and professor of community psychology. In this very engaging discussion, the issue of limited access to mental health services for South Africans without medical insurance was discussed.
15:50
November 18, 2022
The value of Group Therapy in Mental healthcare
The value of Group Therapy in Mental healthcare
We welcomed Dr. Danie Breedt, MD of Charis Psychological Services this morning as our very special guest to talk about the advantages of group treatment over individual therapy in the field of mental healthcare. Dr. Rita raises a number of concerns regarding confidentiality in this setting, and Danie offers some personal insights and recommendations on how to facilitate and plan for creating natural yet effective group therapies for everyone. 
14:32
November 11, 2022
Common Mental Health Challenges and risks among Varsity Students
Common Mental Health Challenges and risks among Varsity Students
Karabo Nonyani, a passionate activist of student mental health, joined Dr. Rita this morning to discuss Varsity Students’ Mental Health Risks and Common Mental Health Challenges. In order to identify issues and connect students and people in general to the required help, awareness-raising, early intervention, and screening are essential. Understanding varied backgrounds is necessary in order to know how to provide the necessary support that helps people to gain more control and limit risks to GBV or other traumatic events.
20:38
November 04, 2022
Mental health and Gender-based violence
Mental health and Gender-based violence
Dr. Rita asked Dr. Akinola to return to talk about the detrimental effects that gender-based violence has on mental health. Trauma affects each of us differently, and different triggers may result in varied emotions. Some reactions take time to materialize, but speaking one's feelings out loud aids in the healing process.
19:36
October 28, 2022
The role of Educational Psychologists in supporting Learners
The role of Educational Psychologists in supporting Learners
Zintle Mkrweqana, an educational psychologist, spoke with Dr. Rita about the role of psychologists in early diagnosis and support for children with mental health challenges. The conversation underscores the importance of parents monitoring their children's milestones and identifying potential difficulties.
13:58
October 21, 2022
Parental & Childhood trauma, Mental health vs Cultural norms
Parental & Childhood trauma, Mental health vs Cultural norms
This morning, Kamogelo Kwapa, a student registered counsellor and mental health advocate, gave us some insights on parental and childhood trauma. We discussed the impact of unresolved parental trauma on children's mental health and how a parent's modeling of appropriate behavior in stressful situations influences children's attitudes and behaviors.
17:05
October 14, 2022
Mental health challenges among Youth in Tertiary Institutions
Mental health challenges among Youth in Tertiary Institutions
We welcomed Chloe Emmanuel, a student registered counsellor to our wellness podcast today to discuss some of the Mental Health challenges Youth experience at University level. Open communication is essential to supporting youth on many levels and helping them to be more aware of their environment and potential risks. We explore various ways that parents can be more informed and mindful of how to build various skillsets to better equip these students.
16:06
October 07, 2022
Foster Fathering in Society; Raising well balanced Men
Foster Fathering in Society; Raising well balanced Men
Dr Akinola was the special guest on this morning's podcast. He is passionate about promoting community development through applied theater to encourage mental health awareness and solving problems in society. His and Dr Rita's discussion emphasizes the importance of perception and belief when it comes to recovery and finding the right balance between mind, body, and spirit. In addition, they discussed how to help young men raised in single parent homes find role models and consistent foster father figures.
19:49
September 30, 2022
Men's mental health challenges and difficulty with seeking help: Part 2
Men's mental health challenges and difficulty with seeking help: Part 2
We were delighted to have Briann Magwaza, psychologist from Charis Psychologists back for part 2 to delve a little deeper into some challenges young men, especially boys, face and he also provided us with some tips on how parents can be more aware and also help their children develop coping skills.
14:09
September 23, 2022
Men's mental health challenges and difficulty with seeking help: Part 1
Men's mental health challenges and difficulty with seeking help: Part 1
During this week's Wellness mornings podcast, Dr Rita spoke with Briann Magwaza (Psychologist) from the Charis Psychology Group about the various Men's mental health challenges and the difficulty Men have seeking help.
19:09
September 16, 2022
How Spiritual Wellbeing and Mental Health Intersect
How Spiritual Wellbeing and Mental Health Intersect
In our Wellness Tea time with Dr Rita and Pastor Angelique this morning we discussed whether spiritual wellbeing impacts our mental health and overall wellbeing. Pastor Angelique delved into suggestions on finding the right balance between Spiritual, Mental and Physical Wellbeing. 
15:12
September 09, 2022
Youth Mind Wellness Awareness
Youth Mind Wellness Awareness
This morning our guest with Dr Rita was Omphile Rashope who is a recent Psychology Graduate from SACAP, we discussed the importance of Mindfulness and intentionality in addressing Mental Health among Youth. 
10:46
September 06, 2022
Juggling multiple roles while maintaining mental health
Juggling multiple roles while maintaining mental health
Experiences of a working mother and wife are discussed in this engaging episode with Mrs. Palesa Kouako a.k.a. Queen Esther. She highlights creative ways of replenishing mental wellness while juggling multiple roles.
14:13
September 05, 2022
Experience of care giving to patients with mental illness
Experience of care giving to patients with mental illness
In this touching conversation with Praise Pachiti, an experienced care giver, talks about the importance of supporting the caregiver to a patient with mental illness. She further elaborates on the role of the family and how all should come together to ensure optimal care and support for the patient, family and the caregiver.
11:46
August 19, 2022
Gaining Insights on Mens perspectives on Mental Health
Gaining Insights on Mens perspectives on Mental Health
Gaining Insights on Men’s Perspectives on Mental Health  In this insightful interview with Mr Jabu Cindi, we explore a number of issues that may affect men's mental wellbeing and their ability to seek help. Men's responses to day-to-day stresses such as financial strain and expectations are influenced by their cultural upbringing.
12:58
August 12, 2022
Schools and Mental Health Challenges
Schools and Mental Health Challenges
A very insightful conversation with Ms Damali Nkosi, the founder and director at Christian Progressive College in Pretoria. Our conversation highlighted the urgency to implement school-based interventions that help learners to address mental health challenges.
14:19
August 05, 2022
Wellness Tea Time with Dr Rita
Wellness Tea Time with Dr Rita
This podcast is hosted by Dr Rita Sonko, a Public Health Doctor with extensive experience in addressing public health concerns with people, communities, and organizations. With a special focus on mental health, Wellness Teatime with Dr Rita features engaging conversations with guests. Mental health is a very important topic for individuals, families, and communities at large, and Dr Rita believes that more conversations are needed to increase awareness and action.
10:31
July 29, 2022