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Mental Health Hour

Mental Health Hour

By Kayla Cooley & Caitriona Mc Mahon
Join us as we chat about all things life, work and mental health. Hosted by Kayla Cooley & Caitriona Mc Mahon. We're both postgrad researchers, Caitriona researching childhood trauma and Kayla researching suicide and the internet. We'll be engaging with experts, professionals, researchers and advocates to bring you fresh content weekly. Every week we take a theme or topic and bring you stories and insights around it.
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Episode 12 - Burnout, Addiction & Introversion with Siobhan Murray
In episode 12, Caitriona and Kayla are joined by Siobhan Murray psychotherapist, author and corporate speaker specialising in burnout. Siobhan shares her own personal story of burnout. Other topics discussed include wellbeing, alcohol dependency, prevention, imposter syndrome and returning to college as a mature student plus lots more. Siobhan is author of her book “ The Burnout Solution:12 Weeks to a Calmer You”. Books: The Burnout Solution:12 Weeks to a Calmer You- By Siobhan Murray Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking- By Susan Cain Links to resources mentioned Siobhan’s Website Siobhan Murray on celebrating 13 years of sobriety Over half of Irish workers experiencing burnout, survey finds Social Media handles mentioned https://twitter.com/Twistingthejar https://twitter.com/MentalHealth_Hr https://www.instagram.com/mentalhealthhour/ To learn more about the Mental Health Hour Podcast visit www.mentalhealthhour.ie Click support us on our website to “buy us a coffee” or help towards the cost of producing the podcast, thank you for listening! If you enjoy the podcast please rate us or share us with a friend, it really helps!
01:04:40
April 07, 2022
Episode 11 - Grief and Losing Someone we Love with Niamh Fitzpatrick
In episode 11, Caitriona and Kayla are joined by Niamh Fitzpatrick clinical psychologist, author, and previous agony aunt on The Anton Savage Show on Today fm. Niamh, Caitriona and Kayla discuss loss, grief, taboo’s around grief, death, the admin of grief, IVF, suicide bereavement and lots more. Working as a psychologist since 1991 Niamh’s passions lie in two areas achieving optimum mental health and optimum performance. As an accredited sports psychologist Niamh works with top performers to maintain high performance. Niamh is also the author of a book titled “Tell me the truth about loss: a psychologist’s personal story of loss, grief and finding hope”. In 2017, Niamh’s life changed forever overnight after her beloved sister Dara died in a helicopter crash. Life as Niamh knew it changed forever with her marriage ending a short time later. In her book Niamh speaks in a real and honest way about loss of all types and grief. Book recommendation: “Tell me the truth about loss: a psychologist's personal story of loss, grief and finding hope” Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tell-Truth-About-Loss-Psychologists/dp/071718384X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1648637576&sr=8-1 Links to resources mentioned Niamh’s Website : https://niamhfitzpatrickpsychology.ie/ The Irish Hospice Foundation: https://hospicefoundation.ie/ HUGG Suicide Bereavement: https://www.hugg.ie/ Book: The year of magical thinking by Joan Didion: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Magical-Thinking-Joan-Didion/dp/0007216858/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=joan+didion&qid=1648646259&s=books&sprefix=joan+%2Cstripbooks%2C935&sr=1-1 Social Media handles mentioned https://twitter.com/NFitzPsychology https://twitter.com/MentalHealth_Hr https://www.instagram.com/mentalhealthhour/ https://twitter.com/HUGGIreland https://twitter.com/IrishHospice To learn more about the Mental Health Hour Podcast visit www.mentalhealthhour.ie . Click support us on our website to “buy us a coffee” or help towards the cost of producing the podcast. Link: https://mentalhealthhour.ie/support-us/
01:12:16
March 31, 2022
Episode 10 - Mother's Day Special with Karen Sugrue
In episode 10, Caitriona and Kayla are joined by Karen Sugrue sociologist, psychotherapist, lecturer, activist and feminist to discuss Mother’s Day, gender roles, dual roles and biases. Quote cited “Those who do not do hands-on caring are free to advance their material and social status and enjoy more leisure • It is women’s unwaged care labour that frees men to be market citizens, political citizens and cultural citizens in ways that enable them to use their power, their money and cultural prestige to dominate women”- (Lynch, 2009) Book recommendation: 12 Rules for Academic Life by Tara Brabazon Links to resources mentioned https://people.ucd.ie/kathleen.lynch https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/22/children-divorce-resolution-survey-rather-parents-separate https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/relationships-love/a27790346/benefits-of-being-single/ https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2022/02/12/have-your-say-on-abortion/ https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/PublicConsultationOperationofAct2021 https://www.whoismytd.com/ https://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/ep/p-wamii/womenandmeninireland2019/health/ https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2016/08/single-people.pdf https://www.ted.com/talks/anne_marie_slaughter_can_we_all_have_it_all?language=en https://www.psychologytoday.com/ie/blog/suffer-the-children/201605/what-is-good-enough-mother https://chrysaliscenter-nc.com/showing-arena-look-brene-browns-work/ https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/what-is-helicopter-parenting/ https://socialsci.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Sociology/Introduction_to_Sociology/Book%3A_Sociology_(Boundless)/06%3A_Social_Groups_and_Organization/6.06%3A_Social_Structure_in_the_Global_Perspective/6.6A%3A_Durkheims_Mechanical_and_Organic_Solidarity https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190827-the-single-mums-who-live-together-on-mommune Lynch, K. (2009) Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
01:26:06
March 24, 2022
Episode 9 - What is Trauma?
In episode 9, Kayla puts Caitriona in the hot seat to speak about her research topic of childhood trauma. What is trauma? How can it impact us? Is it a death sentence? Caitriona states that Ireland’s fire fighting approach is not good enough. Action is needed now and it must start by training professionals to look inwards. Discussion includes: intergenerational trauma, trauma informed care, trauma literacy, relationships, protective factors, one good adult, ACE’s, the need for action now to prevent issues in 20 years time and lots more. Quotes mentioned Daniel Siegal defined it as “A trauma can be defined as an experience that threatens our physical survival or one that disrupts our sense of meaning”- Dan Siegel Peter Levine describes trauma as “not something that happens to us but rather what we contain inside of us in the absence of an empathetic witness (Levine, 2010) “ Yehuda and her team found that Jewish people who had experienced the holocaust , and their children shared similar genetic patterns. Specifically they found epigenetic tags on the very same part of the gene in both parent and child. It was attributed the the trauma the parents had experienced”. – cited in: It didn’t start with you by Mark Wolynn. Links to resources/articles mentioned - Levine, P. (2010) In An Unspoken Voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness, Calafornia: North Atlantic Books. - Siegel, D. and Bryson, P. T. (2020) The Power of Showing Up, available at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Showing-Up-parental-Parenting/dp/1912854716/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1645705125&sr=1-1 Books - What Happened to you – Bruce Perry/ Oprah - The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog - Conversations that make a difference for children and young people- Lisa Cherry - Childhood Disrupted- Donna Jackson Nakazawa - It didn't start with you – Mark Woylnn - The deepest well- Nadine Burke Harris www.caitrionamacmahon.com Driving Change Training & Consultancy To learn more about the Mental Health Hour Podcast visit www.mentalhealthhour.ie . Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin Support Services Samaritians Freephone 116 123
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February 24, 2022
Episode 8 - Sex, Loneliness & Powerful Women with Karen Sugrue
In episode 8, Caitriona and Kayla are joined by Karen Sugrue - sociologist, psychotherapist, lecturer, activist and feminist to discuss relationships, sex, gender stereotypes, and societal expectations . Discussion includes the difference between being alone and being lonely, challenging stereotypes, societies sexual scripts based on gender, Valentines Day and lots more.  Some special mentions to some wonderful people doing wonderful work throughout the episode. You'll find their work or their Twitter handles below! Links to resources mentioned https://people.ucd.ie/mary.mcaulif  https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-attachment-theory-2795337 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/22/children-divorce-resolution-survey-rather-parents-separate https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/relationships-love/a27790346/benefits-of-being-single/ https://www.thejournal.ie/panti-abbey-theatre-speech-1296471-Feb2014/ https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240030749 Twitter handles mentioned: https://twitter.com/CovidWomenVoice https://twitter.com/PantiBliss https://twitter.com/limerickslife https://twitter.com/GlennonDoyle https://twitter.com/together_safety https://twitter.com/KarSugrue https://twitter.com/LettersOfNote https://twitter.com/LmkWomensNet To learn more about the Mental Health Hour Podcast visit www.mentalhealthhour.ie . Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin
01:19:24
February 10, 2022
Episode 7 - Two Truths
This episode discusses suicide and harmful content online. Listener discretion is advised.  In episode 7, Caitriona interviews Kayla about her current postgraduate research which focuses on pro suicide websites. Having immersed herself in these spaces Kayla reveals what she has learnt to date, how her time in these spaces has revealed something unexpected and the role her research will play in informing frontline services and policy makers to prevent people entering these spaces moving forward. Quotes mentioned “Night hides many things and reveals others”- The secret letters of the monk who sold his ferrari by Robin Sharma Support Services Samaritians Freephone 116 123 Community Crisis Response Team crisis line 085 1777631 (5pm-6am 7 night a week) Links to resources mentioned www.kaylaccooley.com Driving Change Training & Consultancy To learn more about the Mental Health Hour Podcast visit www.mentalhealthhour.ie . Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin
36:21
January 27, 2022
Episode 6 - MiWadi & Self Awareness
In episode 6, we speak about professional self-awareness. How a lack of self-awareness may not only impact the professional, their work but also their clients/service users. We discuss the balancing of roles within a professional’s life and how additional stress in one area can place undue pressure on the rest. Caitriona highlights the importance of reflecting on our own trauma histories and attachment styles as professionals. Other aspects discussed include vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, trusting your gut and the bodies alarm system. Today's quote “How my actions, words and emotions affect myself and others” was tweeted to @MentalHealth_Hr by- Siobhan Murray (@Twistingthejar) motivational speaker and thought leader. Support Services Samaritians Freephone 116 123 Community Crisis Response Team crisis line 085 1777631 (5pm-6am 7 night a week) Links to resources mentioned Harry Ferguson-How Children Become Invisible in Child Protection Work: Findings from Research into Day-to-Day Social Work Practice https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/47/4/1007/2622323  www.kaylaccooley.com for more information on Kayla & her research. Learn more about Caitriona here. Driving Change Training & Consultancy for certified suicide intervention skills training delivered by Cat & Kayla Follow us on Twitter, Instagram  & Linkedin  To learn more about the Mental Health Hour Podcast visit www.mentalhealthhour.ie . Until next week!
30:46
January 20, 2022
Episode 5 - Suicide & Us
In the first episode of 2022 we wanted to take on something big and meaningful. Caitriona shares her experience of feeling suicidal, Kayla shares her experience of discovering her partner was suicidal and what that meant for both of them. This episode explores lots of hard feelings and gives a real life look at where mental ill health and suicide can sometimes meet.  This episode discusses suicide and may be upsetting for some listeners. If you feel like you need support the Samaritans can be contacted for free on 116 123. Community Crisis Response Team operate every night from 5pm to 6am. If you or someone you know has had or is having thoughts of suicide, the best place to start is by talking with your GP. 
41:50
January 06, 2022
Episode 4 - Unfollowed
This week Kayla Cooley & Caitriona McMahon talk about social media. Is social media using us or are we using social media? Kayla admits to being a social media hoe, we talk about the comparison problem and what happens when we let the algorithm dictate what we consume.  You can find Kayla on Twitter @Kayla_cooley and Caitriona is @Caitriona_Mac. You can follow Mental Health Hour on Twitter @MentalHealth_Hr.  As always thanks for listening and if you've enjoyed this episode we'd love if you shared it with someone!
31:02
December 16, 2021
Episode 3 - Strip it Back
This episode we talk about stripping things back and getting to the root of emotions, behaviors or problems as practitioners and friends.  We talk about staying curious as professionals, the rule of optimism and how it can blind our work and much more! We're on Instagram @mentalhealthhour We're on Twitter @MentalHealth_Hr
33:39
December 09, 2021
Episode 2 - Empathy & Chocolate Muffins
This week we wanted to talk a little bit about empathy and what empathetic responses look like. We talk about chocolate muffins (because why not?) and the pandemic.  New episodes weekly. If there's a topic or person you would like to hear on the podcast let us know!
30:14
December 02, 2021
Mental Health Hour - Episode 1 Relaunch
It has been four years since we have sat down and had a conversation with a microphone between us. Now we're back and we want to talk all things mental health. 
25:37
November 25, 2021