Olivia talks to the Charlie Waller Trust
In this episode, Olivia Gorvett speaks to Abigal Hirshman, the Director of Workplace at the Charlie Waller Trust. The Trust works with young people, parents and carers, schools, colleges, universities, and employers. Their overriding aim is to give people the confidence and skills to look after their mental health. Among many things, the pair discuss transitioning from education to work, the power of lived experience, and people's differing motivations when choosing their workplace.
The Trust is well-established, widely respected, and has been the driver of huge positive change in the mental health space. It was set up by Charlie Wallers' family in response to Charlie taking his own life, aged 28 and suffering from depression. His family founded the Charlie Waller Trust, hoping to open up the conversation around mental health and determined to ensure his death would not be in vain. Charlie sits at the heart of the trust's story, vision, and purpose.
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Olivia talks to The University of Oxford’s TOPIC research group
Welcome back to another episode! This time, Olivia Gorvett is joined by Dr. Polly Waite, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Amy McCall, an MRC-funded DPhil student.
Both Polly and Amy work at the University of Oxford within the TOPIC research group. TOPIC aims to improve psychological interventions, designed to prevent and treat common mental health problems in young people. In this episode, we talk about their work in anxiety and panic disorders, discuss their current research focus, hopes for the future, and the importance of co-production! It was a pleasure to welcome both Polly and Amy onto the podcast.
We hope you enjoy the episode!
If you’d like to find out more about the research project and discover opportunities to get involved, please follow https://linktr.ee/panic.project
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Olivia talks to Dr. Faith Matcham about her career in digital tech and mental health
Camhs.Digital is back.. and this time we were able to record our first in person episode!
You will hear Olivia Gorvett speaking to Dr Faith Matcham, an education and research lecturer working at the University of Sussex. Faith explores how digital technologies can support those with chronic illnesses, with a focus on the interaction between mental and physical health.
Among other things, we hear the two discuss the misconceptions of working in research, the rate at which technology is advancing and how not knowing what you want to do can lead to a very fulfilling career.
If you’d like to learn more about CAMHS.digital, visit our website at camhs.digital. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram at @camhs_digital. Follow up with Dr Faith Matcham by getting in touch with us or by googling and reading up on her exciting portfolio of research… we really recommend you do!
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8: Olivia talks to Miricyl about making accessing mental health support easier
In this episode, we welcome Alex Conway and Caitlin Jilbert from Miricyl. Miricyl is developing an online platform that enables young people to access mental health support and resources with ease. Their ultimate vision is for the world to be free from mental illness and the stigma attached. They aim to fund research and campaign for infants, children, young people, and their families affected by mental illness. We first hear Olivia Gorvett speak to Alex Conway about his role as CEO and Caitlin Jilbert on her transition from intern to heading up Miricyl’s Marketing. Later in the episode, we hear more about the inspiration behind Miricyl, how it works, the development process, and the exciting official launch on July 5th (save the date!). As mentioned in the episode, you can find Miricyls Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/create-a-miricyl-for-young-peoples-mental-health.
If you’d like any more information or would like to follow up on anything you’ve heard in the episode, please drop Miricyl an email at firstname.lastname@example.org You also can find Mirciyl on Twitter (@Miricylhealth), Instagram (@Miricyl), LinkedIn (Mircyl) and Tiktok (@Miricyl). They are, of course, also online at https://www.miricyl.org/ too. Please note, Miricyl is a registered charity(scio nmber: SC047522).
If you’d like to learn more about CAMHS.digital, visit our website at camhs.digital. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram at @camhs_digital. Thank you for listening!
Our CAMHS.Digital podcast trailer!
We’ve put together a little compilation to give you an insight into some of the guests we’ve welcomed onto our podcast! We’ve spoken to leading professionals in the field, charities & much more. We hope you enjoy! Please visit https://camhs.digital for more information. Alternatively, find us on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @camhs_digital
7: Claire talks to Emma & Debbie about OCD (CO-ASSIST)
In this episode, we hear Claire Muller chatting with Emma Sowden and Debbie Robinson. Emma is a Project Researcher and Debbie is a Parent Co-Researcher working on a project called CO-ASSIST, which aims to undertake development work to better support parents/carers of children with OCD. Among other things, they chat about the nature of the illness, the realities of supporting a child with OCD and their research findings for the project.
CAMHS Digital is a research unit within the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS foundation trust. Our focus is in developing digital technologies aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families. If you’d like to learn more about CAMHS.digital, visit our website. Thank you for listening!
As mentioned in the episode, you can find more information and the contact details of OCD-related charities and support groups below:
OCD-UK are a service user-led charity and provide support for all people affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Whether you are directly suffering yourself, or you care for and love someone who is, we are here to help.
- Anxiety UK
Anxiety UK, established in 1970, provides a range of information and support services for anyone affected by Anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression.
- OCD Action
OCD Action’s Helplines are here to provide information and support around OCD and related conditions, their treatments and how to access them. We support anyone affected by OCD and related conditions, including loved ones. OCD Action also provides a range of online/phone peer support groups. Details of these can be found on the OCD Action website: ocdaction.org.uk
0300 636 5478
Youth e-Helpline (ages 14-25)
This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme of part of the NIHR (Grant Reference Number: NIHR2000720). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.
6: Olivia talks to the Samaritans
Call the Samaritans on 116123 free of charge at any time. Alternatively, visit https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ to find other ways to contact The Samaritans. In this episode we hear Olivia Gorvett chatting to Melody King, who is a Self Help Product Manager at the Samaritans. We hear them talk about The Samaritans Self Help app the the importance of looking after your mental health. The Self Help app is an amazing app and aims to help users keep track of how they’re feeling, and get recommendations for things they can do to help themselves cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis. Later in the episode we hear from several young adults about the things they do to look after their mental health. With the exception of Amelia Taylor, Chloe Farrant and Jed Brown, all other young adults haven chosen to remain anonymous. A huge thank you to all who contributed. Please visit CAMHS.digital for more information about our research unit. Thank you for listening!
Lucy talks to Steve Furber
This Manchester supercomputer imitates your brain!
Professor Steve Furber, creator of SpiNNaker, talks about the machine and other examples of biology inspired computing. Interviewing him is Lucy Porte, computer science student and biology nerd. If you enjoy scientific waffle and unrestrained technobabble this one’s for you!
4: Homirah talks to Jenni Jardine
Dr Jenni Jardine (a CAMHS Psychologist and former CAMHS.Digital researcher) is interviewed by Homirah.
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3: Olivia talks to Rory Byrne
In this episode we hear Olivia Gorvett, an Undergraduate Psychology student, chatting with Rory Byrne. Rory is a Postdoctoral User-Researcher working at The Psychosis Research Unit within the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Among other things, he chats about how he came to land his role as a User-Researcher, the impact of his own experience with psychosis and the importance of future research. If you’d like to learn more about CAMHS.digital, visit our website at camhs.digital. Thank you for listening!
2: Kavita talks to Paul Smitton
We meet with Paul, a software engineer within the Digital Health Software team at the University of Manchester. We discuss the processes behind therapeutic digital interventions, how projects progress from idea to reality and top tips for how to pursue a fascinating career within this field.
1: CAMHS.Digital interviews Charlie Stockton Powdrell
Finding out more about the lives of everyone around us, from the professionals within digital health and mental health. Find us on social media: Instagram @camhs.digital & Twitter @camhs_digital!
Emma Robinson is a 2nd year psychology student at the University of Manchester and a CAMHS.Digital Research Advisor, here she interviews our special guest: Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell.
Emma also has a blog, link here! https://emtalks.blog
Charlotte (likes to be known as Charlie) is a Senior Project Manager within the Digital Software Team at the University of Manchester. Charlie’s role involves overseeing a number of digital health projects covering disease areas including mental health, cancer screening and other long-term health conditions.