Episode 40 – LGBTQ+ Safety & Resources



In this episode, we introduce Molly as a new host, joined by Ash, Mack, Jay and Sassie to discuss LGBTQ+ community safety. We highlight the importance of safe spaces and how to create an accessible and comfortable environment for LGBTQ+ people. We also share experiences of feeling supported, genuine allyship and gestures of validation.

Gender dysphoria: a sense of unease that a person may have because of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity. (NHS)

Gender euphoria: comfort/ joy that happens when gender expression is aligned with identity.

Rainbow capitalism: when companies commercialise and claim to support the rights of the LGBTQ+ community (especially during Pride) mainly for profit and improved brand image.

Contact Rainbow Bedfordshire: elft.rainbowbedfordshire@nhs.net

Better Days for BLMK: @betterdaysblmk across all social media

Pride in Luton

https://prideinluton.org/

Luton Sexual Health

LGBTQ+

Q Youth

Youth Services

[00:00] Introductions
[01:40] What are Safe Spaces?
[05:15] Allyship and Activism, actual vs toxic
[12:47] Validation and Acceptance
[27:00] Fear of going out/ Non-Safe Spaces
[37:45] Local Safe Spaces
[42:40] Outro

Episode 39 – Autism in Females and Those Assigned Female at Birth



Co-hosts Marianne and Kim are joined by three young people, Maddie, Sam and Zoe, with lived experience of autism to discuss the misconceptions of autism in females and those assigned female at birth, experiences at school and tips on how to better support people with autism. They are also joined by Tyrone and Freya from the Mental Health Schools Team who work with young people in schools.

Abbreviations used throughout
ASC: Autism Spectrum Condition
ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder (Old Term)
MHST: Mental Health Schools Team
EHCP: Education, Health and Care Plan.
TA: Teaching Assistants

Immie Swain: How to spot signs of Autism in pupils https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8hrFwfhwNw

The Times Educational Supplement: ‘Lack of teacher training ‘hitting autistic pupils’ education’
https://www.tes.com/magazine/news/general/lack-teacher-training-hitting-autistic-pupils-education

[00:00:22] Introductions
[00:06:06] Misconceptions of Autism in Females
[00:11:19] Masking
[00:14:43] The Effects of Age of Diagnosis
[00:18:07] Autism Diagnosis and School Support
[00:23:30] Strategies for coping with Autism
[00:30:40] Sensory Overloads
[00:35:00] Bullying
[00:40:18] Special Interests
[00:43:04] Outro


Episode 38 – Mental Health in the Media



In this episode, we meet Kim, a participation support worker who joins Marianne, Molly and Maddie to discuss the representation of mental health in media. We also are joined by Kieran, to bring his clinical therapist in training perspective to the discussion.

 


Episode 37- Learning to Cope with Exams



In this episode we meet Marianne, who will be sharing CAMHSTalk hosting duties alongside Niki and Aisling moving forward, and discuss everyone’s favourite thing… exams! Marianne and Aisling are joined by Molly and Shana to share their experiences of exams (before and after COVID), the importance of looking after your mental health and share helpful advice as we head into exam season.

Aisling Callaghan- Participation Lead
Marianne Bahadur- Participation Worker
Shana- ex CAMHS service user
Molly- ex CAMHS service user


Episode 36- Living with Depression



Trigger warning: This episode explores depression and references suicide, please look after yourself and exercise self care when listening.

In this episode, Niki and Aisling are joined by Keeley, Ashleigh, Jay and Shana to discuss depression. We talk about our experiences of depression and how it has impacted our lives, including masking our feelings and symptoms our friends and family noticed. We also share helpful ways we have found to cope, what people can do to help and support, and our experiences accessing therapy and medication.

Niki Scott- CAMHS Participation Lead
Aisling Callaghan- CAMHS Participation Lead
Keeley- CAMHS service user
Ashleigh- CAMHS service user
Shana- ex CAMHS service user
Jay- ex CAMHS service user


Episode 35- Living with Dyslexia



In the latest edition of CAMHSTalk, Aisling is joined by Saskia, Shana and Kat to talk about dyslexia. We discuss what our dyslexia looks like, experiences of getting diagnosed and how it has impacted education. We also talk about all the things we are able to achieve as a result of our brain working slightly differently.

Aisling Callaghan- CAMHS Participation Lead
Kat Fusco- Professional Lead for Arts Therapies for CAMHS
Shana- CAMHS service user
Saskia- CAMHS service user


Episode 33 – User Participation and co-production



In the latest edition of our CAMHSTalk podcast Niki Scott, CAMHS Participation Lead is joined by Shana, Lucy, Safa and Molly for a discussion about participation and coproduction. In a bid to encourage other young people to get involved and have their say, our service users talk about the projects they have been involved in and how they have benefitted from having a platform to share their views and opinions.


Episode 32 – Music and Mental Health



Aisling, Sam and Shalhavit have worked together to develop a song and music video about mental health: Mental Obstacles Can Enlighten You. In this podcast, we explore the importance of sharing mental health support and information in a meaningful and relevant way and reflect on the process of song writing, editing and the importance of creativity and mental health.
Aisling- CAMHS Participation Lead
Shalhavit- Simcha Cohen- PhD researcher musician
Sam- CAMHS service user
Listen to the song and watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c9pd51DsPk

Episode 31 – Let’s talk about Dialectical Behavioural Therapy…



In this episode we explore Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, commonly known as DBT. We are joined by Sue Hollingsworth who discusses the therapy from a professional perspective, and Chloe who shares her insights as a young person who has experienced the therapy. We talk about what the therapy involves, who might access DBT and the different, our experiences and how it compares to other interventions. This episode explores treatment options within our CAMHS service and our personal experiences.

Sue Hollingsworth- CAMHS Practitioner
Chloe – CAMHS service user