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Let's Talk by the University of Edinburgh

24 EpisodesProduced by University of Edinburgh Website

When we are struggling with our mental health, often we will feel as if no one else is feeling as we are. It can be a huge relief to discover that you are not alone in these struggles. The Let's Talk podcast is a new series hosted by our Chaplain, Harriet Harris, bringing together different members… read more

24 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Let’s Talk: Overcoming mental-health stigma, 10bigideas Scotland

April 26th, 2021


Overcoming Mental Health Stigma, 10bigideas Scotland: Ailie Ross-Oliver, 3rd year Politics undergraduate, joins Harriet Harris, to talk about her …

Let's Talk- Islamophobia Awareness

November 30th, 2020


In this episode, I am joined by staff member Umar Malik and PhD student Estifa’a Zaid, for a special recording made in Islamophobia Awareness Month. Estifa’a and Umar talk about their experiences of growing up as …

Let's Talk, Life in Lockdown- Fitness workouts when self-isolating

October 21st, 2020


In this podcast, recorded especially in hybrid times when many students are self-isolating in their halls and flats, and doing their learning …

Life in lockdown- episode 14: Holly, returning home to profoundly deaf parents, and sharing BSL signs

September 11th, 2020


Holly McConnell is a 2nd year PE undergraduate, who began university at the age of 16, and in lockdown is combining university work with supporting …

Life in lockdown- episode 13: Alison &Lockdown as a British Sign Language speaker

August 22nd, 2020


Alison Hendry is the British Sign Language Development Officer with the University of Edinburgh Student Disability Service. She is joined for this podcast by her BSL interpreter Anna Spence.

Alison tells us about the …

Life in lockdown- episode 12: Heather, student mental health and influencing public policy

August 18th, 2020


Heather McAdam, a third year undergraduate intercalating with Global Health, and soon to return to the Medical School, is also the Student …

Life in lockdown- episode 11: Martha, Dementia and lockdown

July 14th, 2020


Martha Pollard, a PhD student in Alzheimer and Dementia Research at the University of Edinburgh tells us about the challenges of lockdown for those …

Life in lockdown- episode 10: Anthony, maintaining academic connections with students and researchers

July 1st, 2020


Dr Anthony Newton,  Senior Tutor in the School of GeoSciences, talks about the changes that lockdown is bringing within his School, from missing the …

Life in lockdown- episode 9: Liz, Global Health and Global Healing

June 24th, 2020


Professor Liz Grant, Director of the Global Health Academy and Co-Director of the University of Edinburgh Global Compassion Initiative, gives us a global perspective on the pandemic, and its effects on lower income …

Life in lockdown- episode 8: Eva, self-compassion has turned the fear of being alone into a joyful solitude

June 17th, 2020


Eva Mutua, a Vet School Masters student from Kenya, is finding things to be grateful for during lockdown. Eva describes how a compassion workshop and …

Life in lockdown- episode 7: Alan, support for depression during lockdown

June 5th, 2020


Alan Murray, Professor of Engineering, and Assistant Principal, Academic Support, talks about support for depression during lockdown, how powerful …

Life in lockdown- episode 6: Amanda, finishing your degree and starting a job

June 3rd, 2020


What is like finishing up your degree and starting your new job, unable to see anyone outside your own flat? Amanda Scully, 4th year International …

Life in lockdown- episode 5: Rosie, family estrangement and OCD in lockdown

May 25th, 2020


Rosie Taylor is coming to the end of her 3rd year as a Biology undergraduate. She is the outgoing LGBT+ Officer with the Student Association, and a …

Life in Lockdown- episode 4: Marti- Compassion is vital

May 15th, 2020


Dr Marti Balaam from the Medical School and Nursing Studies talks about how compassion for ourselves as well as for others is so needed during the …

Life in Lockdown- episode 3: Donna- Life on the Emergency Wards

May 8th, 2020


Dr Donna Dalgetty, a former PhD student, and former Medical and Nursing Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, is now an emergency doctor on the Isle of Wight. She gives us some amazing insights into life on the wards …

Let's Talk- Life in Lockdown episode 2

April 23rd, 2020


Sam and Jenny, childcare support for NHS workers

Sam Bresland and Jenny Pewsey are 5th year medics seeing the cohort in the year above fast-tracked through graduation. This experience has propelled them to find ways to …

Let's Talk- Life in Lockdown episode 1

April 23rd, 2020


Welcome to the Let’s Talk: Life in Lockdown series of podcasts from the UoE and Edinburgh Student Association, keeping us together and sharing experiences in this extraordinary period of Covid19 social distancing. The …

Stress, burn out, and recovery

December 19th, 2019


For this podcast I am joined by James Saville, who is the Director of HR.

James talks about his own experience of stress and burn out, and from a perspective of someone who is used to achieving and operating at a senior …

Suicidality and finding life again

December 12th, 2019


In this podcast I am joined by 3rd year Medical undergraduate, Heather McAdam (President & founder of WellMed, for Medical students at UoE). We talk about the mental pain that can lead someone to try to end their …

Fear of failure, perfectionism, impost syndrome and living life each moment

December 5th, 2019


Sharing their personal experiences, and their musical tastes, in this podcast are 3rd year undergraduate Stephanie McNair, and Assistant Principal and Professor of Engineering, Alan Murray.

Together, we talk about the …

Grief, loss and appreciation

November 28th, 2019


Talking with me about her experience of grief and loss is 3rd year biology undergraduate Isobel Cordrey. Izzy describes the shock of hearing that her …

Loneliness, isolation, and the courage to make friends

November 21st, 2019


Two undergraduates, Rosie Taylor and Stephanie McNair, come together for this podcast to talk about loneliness. More and more people, of all ages, are reporting feeling lonely, and we know that this is bad for our …

Anxiety, depression and ‘leaning in’

November 14th, 2019


Joining me for this podcast are 3rd year Zoology undergraduate Rosie Taylor, and Assistant Principal and Professor of Engineering Alan Murray.

Rosie …

Introduction to the series

November 14th, 2019


Welcome to the Let’s Talk series of podcasts from the UoE, where we talk about life and all that it may throw at you at University, focussing on our mental health.

I’m Harriet Harris, The University Chaplain, and each …

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