Queensland Health’s Creative, Social and Digital Media Manager and podcast host Elise Meakin said the new break-out series is part of the successful ‘My Amazing Body’ podcast, which has so far garnered over 320,000 listens.
“It’s been an intense year for a lot of Queenslanders, so we wanted to create something special to help support them,” Ms Meakin said.
“Our normal podcast format sees us explore a different body part each episode but for this breakout series we wanted to focus on mental health and wellbeing.
“By developing five specific podcast episodes that explore the physical and chemical reactions our bodies go through when we are experiencing mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, we hope to breakdown the stigma and open up conversations about mental health.”
Ms Meakin said recent data from a Queensland Health mental wellbeing survey revealed 69 per cent of Queenslanders had rated their mental wellbeing as only average.
“Our survey, which was conducted over a 12-month period, of 4800 Queenslanders, showed just 18 per cent indicated they had high mental resilience while 45 per cent of Queenslanders expressed low mental resilience when confronted with a highly disruptive situation,” she said.
“Additionally, just 14 per cent of Queenslanders rated their mental wellbeing as high; so we hope this new podcast will give Queenslanders some of the tools they need to help improve their mental wellbeing while reducing the stigma that still surrounds mental health conditions.”
Princess Alexandra Hospital Mental Health Director Dr Manaan Kar Ray said normalising and talking about mental health was the first step in addressing stigma around mental health. My Amazing Body – Mental Health and Wellbeing
“1 in 4 people are living with a mental health challenge worldwide, but the eyes can’t see what the mind doesn’t know,” Dr Kar Ray said.
“Knowledge is power and mental health podcasts deliver helpful information in a way that’s easy to digest.”
Media contact at Queensland Health: 07 3708 5376
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