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One in Four

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Kōrero o te Tāniko -02-11-2022( 0:28:17)       
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For this episode, Matt chats to Dr Tracy Haitana (Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa) about her research into Māori living with bipolar disorder, including some kōrero about her journey through a PhD and kaupapa Māori approaches to research. Tracy works at the University of Otago, Christchurch, and is also a member of the Māori/Indigenous Health Innovation (MIHI) which works to improve health outcomes for Māori across Aotearoa.
Published: 2/11/2022 1:30:00 p.m.
Moving for mental health: One size does not fit all -05-10-2022( 0:28:15)       
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Matt chats to Dr Olivia Harrison about her ground-breaking research into the relationship between exercise and mental health. What sort of exercise and how much is good for mental health? Spoiler alert: We don’t fully know… yet. To ask about participating in Dr Harrison’s research, you can email her at
Published: 5/10/2022 4:12:42 p.m.
Older but not forsaken -07-09-2022( 0:27:51)       
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In this episode, Matt delves into research on the older side of the lifespan. Dr Yoram Barak explains why we should stop looking at the older generation as a burden, while Dr Sara Cotterall tells us some stories about her time volunteering for dementia book clubs around Wellington
Published: 8/09/2022 11:12:18 a.m.
The Kids are Alright -03-08-2022( 0:28:24)       
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For this episode, Matt has two guests in the studio. PhD students Mary Buchanan and Zara Mansoor are focusing on the early side of life: childhood and adolescence. Listen in to hear about their research, and the importance and impact of early life events and how we treat younger generations. Here’s an article by Zara on her research:
Published: 3/08/2022 1:30:00 p.m.
It’s all in the eyes: Treating PTSD with EMDR -06-07-2022( 0:28:25)       
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Matt chats to Dr Elliot Bell about an unorthodox therapy known as EMDR, and they discuss a project that investigates how EMDR might help people living with a serious mental illness overcome PTSD. • The study research article (open access): • Francine Shapiro’s book on EMDR ‘Getting Past Your Past’: • Movies and mental illness prejudice:
Published: 6/07/2022 1:30:00 p.m.
Diving into CBT and DBT -01-06-2022( 0:28:24)       
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This month, we’ll be chatting to Dr Emily Cooney about a couple of therapies - one well-known (CBT), the other less so (DBT). Emily discusses her research using DBT with collaborators from Tauawhi Mens Centre in Gisborne, Te Whānau o Te Maungarongo in Lower Hutt, and Kaitiaki Research in Wellington (among many others mentioned in the episode). To contact Emily about her research, you can email her at
Published: 1/06/2022 2:23:00 p.m.
Psychological Therapies 101 -04-05-2022( 0:28:18)       
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This month’s episode is the first of a few that will be focusing on therapies in mental health. As a general introduction to psychological therapies, Dr Paul Skirrow talks to Matt about what they are, and what they aren’t
Published: 4/05/2022 2:47:16 p.m.
Moving in the Margins -06-04-2022( 0:27:24)       
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Join Matt Jenkins as he discusses a piece of research he carried out with undergraduate student Ella Creagh over the summer, which investigated the positive impact that support for physical activity has had for clients of Wellington City Mission in the community.
Published: 6/04/2022 5:46:38 p.m.
Places of Healing -02-03-2022( 0:28:27)       
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Acute mental health wards are where people go for short-term immediate care, and should be places of respite when things are tough. How are these spaces designed, and do they serve their purpose? In this episode, Matt speaks to Dr Gabrielle Jenkin about her research into the state of acute mental health wards and their underlying architecture, and Emma Sherie, an advocate and poet with lived experience of staying in one of these wards.
Published: 2/03/2022 3:03:53 p.m.
The COVID episode -02-02-2022( 0:28:27)       
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COVID-19 is not going anywhere anytime soon. In this episode, Matt jumps in at the deep end with his first proper mental health research project - assessing the psychological outcomes of COVID on New Zealanders (spoiler alert - they aren’t all bad). Guests include Drs Susanna Every-Palmer, Caroline Bell, and Ben Beagehole, as well as some people he meets on his big north to south cycling trip.
Published: 2/02/2022 1:30:00 p.m.
What is mental health, anyway? -05-01-2022( 0:27:37)       
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Join Dr Matt Jenkins as he starts his journey to understand mental health research by asking the most basic of questions: What is mental health? Guests include Dr Mark Lawrence, Dr Paul Skirrow, Ryan Sixtus, members of staff at University of Otago, Wellington. In this first episode, Matt speaks to Dr Mark Lawrence, Dr Paul Skirrow, and Dr Ryan Sixtus.
Published: 11/01/2022 11:44:00 a.m.

What is mental health, and how do we look after and even enhance it? Join Matt Jenkins on his journey to understand mental health in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand by exploring the latest research and real stories that goes beyond the numbers.

Host: Matt Jenkins

Produced By: Matt Jenkins

Language: English

Category: Disability and Health

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