There are so many mental health resources available to young people. There are books, websites, videos, TV programmes… but there’s one thing which we’ve never covered at Student Life: podcasts and radio programmes.
Listening means you’re able to do a couple of unique things, you can close your eyes and fully immerse yourself, or you can continue doing other things whilst you listen. This makes it a very versatile medium for getting advice on any issues you may be experiencing.
One programme I’ve found incredibly useful is BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks, starring Cel Spellman and Katie Thistleton. It’s live on Sundays from 4pm to 6pm. The show has a resident GP, Dr Radha, who provides professional advice on callers’ issues. When I first heard the show, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t found it before! It’s aimed at school, sixth form, college and uni students and covers a variety of topics, including revision, exam stress, mental health conditions, self-harm, relationships, and advice relating to day-to-day life. I’ve found the show incredibly helpful, and I’ve even featured on it as a revision coach through the BBC’s Mindset campaign.
I don’t think there’s another medium to touch radio in terms of convenience and accessibility. It’s on the BBC, so there’s no advertisements or distractions! The show also plays music just like any other radio show, of course. It’s really nice to have the discussions about important topics followed by a musical interlude to allow you to think about what’s been said. This means that whilst the advice is incredibly useful, it’s also not too hard-hitting or intense. Big topics can be discussed in a way which doesn’t feel too overwhelming. Plus, Cel and Katie have very friendly voices, you feel that they could be a friend! In short, the show is super enjoyable.
I would recommend that anybody our age listens to the show.
It creates a safe space for mental health to be discussed and, just like Student Life, you can ask your questions anonymously. You can get professional advice on what you’re struggling with, making it a really important platform for those of us who want to get a professional opinion, but live with problems with their confidence or mental health! Tune in every Sunday or listen on BBC Sounds!