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Queensland Health's chart-topping podcast returns for season three

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Listening to a great podcast can be a beautiful thing—and it can be good for you

You can do other things—exercise, housework, gardening, work (ahem)—while you are amused or entertained, or you can just put your feet up, chill out, and listen.

You might even learn something new, which is actually one of the ways you can strengthen your mental wellbeing.

So, what exactly is mental wellbeing, why is it important? And how can we maintain it?

This latest season of My Amazing Body podcast is a breakout five-part series that explores mental health and wellbeing. It also dives into how mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder affect our brain and body.

Each episode has a guest interview from a medical expert and stories from real Queenslanders.

Regardless of how you like to listen to your podcasts, we hope you’ll enjoy this new season of our chart-topping podcast.

How to listen

The first three episodes are now streaming. Search for My Amazing Body on your favourite podcast app to get listening and subscribe/follow to get notified when new episodes drop.

You can also check out our video that shows you how to find and listen to a podcast.

Or, visit the My Amazing Body webpage, and stream the podcasts from there, as well as get access to the show notes, a transcript, and links to great mental health resources, such as the Queensland Health Dear Mind website.

Episodes

Episode 1: Mental Health and Wellbeing is about exactly that—an overview of mental health and wellbeing, what it is, how we can look after it, and why it’s so important. Our guest, mental wellbeing expert Tony Coggins takes us through it, and we also explore the six building blocks of mental wellbeing and head to the streets to find out what everyday Queenslanders know about it.

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Episode 2: Depression. In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, and in any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression. In this episode we explore depression. What is depression? Who does it affect and what does it do to your body? Our guest, Dr Daniel Gileppa, a mental health expert and psychiatrist at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, explains what depression is and how it affects your body. He also talks about the signs and symptoms of depression and the best ways to look after your mental wellbeing. Our other guest, Kasey, a Queensland woman, talks about her lived experience with depression.

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Episode 3: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety. Across Australia one in seven new mums and one in ten new dads experience postnatal depression each year, and postnatal anxiety is just as common. What is it, who does it affect, and what does it do to your body? Stacie Gill, perinatal mental health coordinator at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, explains what perinatal depression and anxiety is and how it affects your body. She also talks about the best ways to look after your mental wellbeing. Jen, a Queensland woman, talks about her lived experience with perinatal anxiety and depression.

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Coming soon - Episode 4: Anxiety. One quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime. What is anxiety? Who does it affect and what does it do to your body? Our guest is Dr Manaan Kar Ray, a psychiatrist and director for Adult Mental Health at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr Kar Ray explains what anxiety disorder is and how it affects your body. He also talks about the different types of anxiety and the best ways to look after your mental wellbeing. Our other guest, Michelle, a Queensland woman, talks about her lived experience with anxiety.

Coming soon - Episode 5: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a treatable anxiety disorder affecting around 3 million Australians at some time in their lives. What is it? Who does it affect and what does it do to your body?  Our guest is Natasha Briffa, a registered psychologist working in the allied health and therapies team for addiction and mental health services in Metro South Hospital and Health Service. In this episode she explains what PTSD is and who is affects. She also talks about the best ways to look after your mental wellbeing. Our other guest, Kev, a Queensland man, talks about his lived experience with PTSD.

More mental health and wellbeing resources

Queensland Health Dear Mind website - Taking some ‘me time’ is important. And it also helps strengthen your mental wellbeing. Having a healthy sense of mental wellbeing has many benefits. It lifts your mood, promotes resilience in difficult situations and helps you get the most out of life. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how you’re feeling – taking a few moments for yourself each day will help you be a happier and more resilient you.

Beyond Blue - provides information and support to help everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Queensland Health Help lines, counselling, and support groups – Including 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders.

Lifeline - a national charity who provide all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

If you or someone you know need support, book an appointment to see your GP and talk to them or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, and if it’s an emergency, please call 000 immediately.

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Last updated: 22 July 2021