Have you ever thought about how routine maintenance on a motorbike is similar to continual work on our mental health? We hadn't either until guest Travis joined this episode to discuss men's mental health!

In Episode 13, hosts Beki and Olivia chat with Travis about his personal experiences, including how his perception of mental health has changed and how it can be hard talking about mental health as a man. From how to start good conversations, to crafting supportive friendships, this episode is not one you want to miss. 

For further resources and support regarding men's mental health, click here

Want to know more about Travis? Travis lives in Kelowna BC and splits his time as equally as possible between working at a growing tech startup, riding motorcycles, and teaching others to play Dungeons and Dragons as the co-host of his own podcast on the subject. Use the link to check out more about his podcast! www.hookandchance.com/linktree

Sometimes in life there are events or situations that we may anticipate as being tough to deal with. It could be a test, an anniversary, festivities, or maybe it's something else. So how do we support ourselves with this in a healthy way?

In Episode 12, Beki and Olivia discuss what it means to prepare for what we anticipate will be a hard time, without being deterministic or predicting the overall outcome. They chat about times when they have felt anxious and out of control about an upcoming event, and what steps they took to support themselves. 

The hosts offer some tips on how to switch our mind's narrative, focus on what's in our control, and a step-by-step walkthrough of a supportive action plan, while also acknowledging that there is a limit to our preparedness.

What Really Works? would like to thank Staples Studio for kindly donating the use of their podcast recording booth for this episode.

NOTE: This episode names some rated R movies, discussing problematic and stigmatizing storylines from these movies.  

In this Halloween Special, hosts Beki and Olivia take a break from their usual format of chatting about how we can support our mental health. 

Instead, you will hear them chat about their pet peeves of the horror genre and why they find them frustrating. Whether that be incorrect terminology, sensationalization, or how mental health is portrayed impacts those living with a mental health challenge. The hosts finish by talking about how we can still enjoy the horror genre, as many people do! We just need to critically engage with it and reflect on how it impacts our views.

Have a safe and happy Halloween! 

What Really Works? would like to thank Staples Studio for kindly donating the use of their podcast recording booth for this episode. 

Winter is coming, and for some of us, this season can have a big impact on our well-being. 

Hosts Beki and Olivia are both beginning to feel the effects of Autumn and Winter creeping closer, so in Episode 11 they discuss the Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D), acknowledging the difference between the two.

You’ll also hear ways to support ourselves with the Winter Blues and S.A.D. Including tips and tricks such as lightboxes, sleep routines, good conversations and even giving ourselves a break. 

What Really Works? would like to thank Staples Studio for kindly donating the use of their podcast recording booth for this episode.

October 15, 2020

Episode 10: Procrastination

Everyone procrastinates on some level, but why do we do it when it makes completing a task harder and more stressful?

In Episode 10, hosts Beki and Olivia share how they both have a hard time with procrastination and discuss the panic and anxiety they’ve experienced because of this. You’ll hear the hosts talk about how the ‘instant gratification monkey’ makes it so easy to distract ourselves, and why these distractions aren’t even that gratifying or fun. As well as chatting about how the ‘panic monster’ means we might get things done last minute, but how this can take its toll on us mentally, physically, and our life goals.

Different ways to tackle procrastination are also discussed. From how we can ‘zoom in’ on huge tasks to make them more manageable, to having accountability buddies, and to understanding the difference between having a break and procrastination.

What Really Works? would like to thank Staples Studio for kindly donating the use of their podcast recording booth for this episode.

We all have questions about Mental Health, but sometimes it can be hard knowing where to find helpful answers and where to ask!

In this episode of What Really Works? hosts, Beki and Olivia, use their lived and learned experience to answer some common mental health questions. 

So, if you’ve ever wondered about the difference between sadness and depression, the best terms to use, and how to best support our mental health, we have some answers for you! You’ll also learn how mental health and well-being intersect, as well as why the word recovery isn’t always the best word to use. 

What Really Works? would like to thank Staples Studio for kindly donating the use of their podcast booth for this episode.

Note: This episode discusses the use of substances.

Going back to school can be a stressful time, and with the pandemic, some of us might be finding this transition harder to manage. 

In this episode, Beki and Olivia are joined by Cassy to chat about expectations students could be facing on their return to school and how that impacts them. The group takes time to discuss some healthy coping strategies we might use to manage expectations and uncertainty, along with unhealthy ones that may also arise. 

Ways to seek out support are also discussed, as we don't need to manage everything on our own. For the resource list mentioned in the episode, click here

Want to know more about guest Cassy? Cassy Lukey works for ARC Programs within the Changes Program as the Targeted Prevention/Early Intervention Counsellor for the middle schools in Kelowna. She works with youth dealing with low-moderate substance use and youth negatively impacted by substance use either by friends or family. If you want to get in touch with her, you can email her at clukey@arcprograms.com 

September 2, 2020

Episode 7: People Pleasing

People pleasing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Mental Health topics, but as you listen to this episode you’ll discover how people pleasing can have a large impact on your well-being.

In Episode 7, hosts Beki and Olivia are joined by guest Sonyia, who shares her experience with people pleasing. The group discusses why we try to people please and explores how constantly trying to make others happy can negatively affect us. 

Ways we can support ourselves are also shared. Tips like how to recognize our own needs, learning to say no, and moving from criticizing ourselves to affirming ourselves will all be discussed.

What Really Works? would like to thank Staples Studio for kindly donating the use of their podcast recording booth for this episode.

In this episode, Beki and Olivia are joined by Keneisha to discuss the positive and negative impact that social media has had and continues to have on Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Keneisha discusses the importance of the social justice movement as well as sharing their experience of how social media impacts their Mental Health and how to recognize burnout. The group also shares some great tips on self-care for sustainable activism and what true allyship is.

Want to know more about Keneisha? Keneisha Charles (she/they) is a Black lesbian activist and poet currently studying Social Work at Ryerson University. Talk to them about Black liberation and environmental justice on Instagram @Keneisha.Charles.

Keneisha has also compiled a list of some of their favourite Instagram accounts about Black Mental Health, click here to view.

Starting conversations about Mental Health can feel scary, especially when there is stigma involved. So how do we begin to talk about Mental Health?

In today’s episode, Beki and Olivia take time to address the stigma that surrounds Mental Health and how this makes it a difficult topic to talk about with some people. The two hosts share their personal experiences of conversations about Mental Health, taking time to talk about the conversations that went well and others that went not-so-well. The episode also shares tips on how to start conversations about how we’re feeling or if we notice a friend’s behaviour seems to be changing. 

What Really Works? would like to thank Staples Studio for kindly donating the use of their podcast recording booth for this episode.

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