Open Minded podcast

Open Minded

Mentemia Ltd

There’s never been a more important time to take care of and fully understand mental wellbeing.

Sir John Kirwan, All Black legend, mental health advocate and Co-founder of Mentemia sits down for intimate conversations with incredible and inspiring leaders from all walks of life.

JK, who has been the face of mental health in New Zealand for over 20 years, gets in-depth with every guest on their own wellbeing stories, what keeps them well, and how they are prioritising and championing wellbeing in their organisations and communities.

Sure to entertain, inspire and provoke ideas, JK tackles mental wellbeing in the only way he can. Welcome to Open Minded.

Connect with us on social media for weekly content at @getmentemia.

Mentemia podcast disclaimer: The Mentemia 'Open Minded' podcast may contain content that might be objectionable. The views and opinions expressed in the Open Minded podcast episodes are those of the individuals interviewed and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mentemia. Some episodes are for mature audiences and include language and subject matter that may not be suitable for young listeners. Listener Discretion is advised.

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24 Episoden

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    #23. Emerging from lockdown: re-entry anxiety


    In this special Open Minded podcast episode, we share the recent live chat between Sir John Kirwan and Dr Fiona Crichton as they tackle the topic of re-entry anxiety, sharing tools and strategies to help us emerge from lockdown and transition well back into the workplace and our communities. As public spaces open up across many parts of Australia and New Zealand while we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, it's no surprise that the prospect of re-entering the world might leave you feeling anxious.Tune in as Sir JK and Fiona provide some practical advice for managing re-entry anxiety in different situations, how to support those around you who are struggling, what to do to better cope with heightened anxiety, fear and stress during this time, and how to encourage supportive conversations around the topic of re-entry anxiety with the people in your life.The full video recording of this live chat is available in the Mentemia app.Explore Mentemia as your workplace wellbeing solution here --> See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #22. Self compassion & self acceptance with Dr. Russ Harris


    Following the release of the 2nd edition of his hugely successful international best-selling self-help book, ‘The Happiness Trap’, Dr. Russ Harris joins Sir JK on Open Minded to discuss his journey with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and some of the techniques you can put into your day.With a background in medicine as a GP, Dr. Russ became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions. Ultimately this interest led to a total career change. He now works in two different, yet complementary roles – as an ACT therapist and as a coach.In episode 22 of Open Minded, Russ and JK explore some of the basic principles of ACT, and ways you can begin to apply these to your toolbox to live a values-driven life where you feel more comfortable and in control of your thoughts and feelings. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #21. Stephen Hinshaw | [Part 2] Another kind of madness


    In Episode 21 of Open Minded, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, renowned psychologist and expert on mental health and stigma speaks to Sir John Kirwan about mental health disclosure and inclusion in the workplace. Our first repeat guest on Open Minded, he draws on his years of experience as a professor and his research on children’s behaviour. Dr Stephen and JK explore the parallels of successful modern schooling and how these same strategies and developments can be applied to the workplace. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #20. Dr Siale Foliaki | Moving beyond lockdown - coping well, staying well


    This special episode of Open Minded is taken from a recent live chat with Dr Siale Foliaki. With changing alert levels and lockdowns still affecting many of us in Australia and New Zealand, Sir John Kirwan caught up with Dr Siale on how they are both currently feeling, their advice on how to stay well and prioritise your wellbeing, the quality of sincerity in the workplace, with plenty of Q&A from the live audience.Dr Siale has over 20 years experience as a psychiatrist, primarily with Counties Manukau District Health Board in New Zealand and sits on the Clinical Advisory Group at Mentemia. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #19. Eroni Clarke | Come back to the truth of who you are


    In this episode Sir JK chats to Eroni Clarke, the former New Zealand rugby union player who played for Auckland, the Blues, the Highlanders and the All Blacks at international level. Eroni gives a deep insight into the protective factors for mental health in the Pasifika community, the impact lockdown is having, the need for courageous conversations and cultural competency, plus a wonderful answer on how his son Caleb copes with being compared to him, as the 21st former All Black whose son also represented the team. Eroni was appointed as New Zealand Rugby's first Pasifika engagement manager in August 2020, and updates on how that is going and what success looks like. A deeply inspiring, educational episode - another must listen! See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #18. Lockdown coping strategies & the importance of checking in | RU Ok Day 2021


    With ongoing lockdown levels and restrictions across many parts of Australia and New Zealand, it is normal to be feeling anxiety, overwhelm or maybe even some burnout symptoms with juggling home and work life.This special episode was taken from our live chats as part of our support of RU Ok Day 2021. Sir John Kirwan checks in with the incredible Shantelle Thompson OAM on how she is going and how she stays well and her coping strategies through lockdown. They also remind us of the importance of checking in, and practical ways we can do that with friends, loved ones and work colleagues.About Shantelle Thompson OAMKnown as the Barkindji Warrior in her community, Shantelle Thompson is a 3x Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world champion and was NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year 2019. In 2021 she received the Medal in the Order of Australia for services to the Indigenous community of Victoria.A proud Aboriginal woman, Shantelle is passionate about inclusion, diversity, and mental wellbeing. She has an incredible story of courage and resilience, having overcome challenges like bullying, adversity and abuse in her life. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #17. Sam Webb | Self care, checking in and moving on from the outdated versions of masculinity


    In support of RU Ok Day 2021, Sir John Kirwan checks in with Australian actor, speaker and entrepreneur Sam Webb. Well known from Neighbours, Home & Away and a popular contestant on Survivor, Sam shares why he always prioritises self care, the tips he has for practicing vulnerability, how to really check in with a mate and the incredible story and work he is doing with Livin, the mental health charity he co-founded in 2013.This chat is packed full of advice for practicing vulnerability and being the safest version of ourselves. Enjoy!Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ review and share the podcast with your friends! You can connect with us on social media at @getmentemia. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #16. Georgie Harman, CEO of Beyond Blue | Vulnerability is your superpower


    Beyond Blue is Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organisation, focused on supporting people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. They are the ‘Big Blue Door’ for many in the community: a safe and reliable place for millions of people to access information, advice and support, no matter where they are on the mental health continuum.Beyond Blue has huge awareness with almost 90 per cent of Australians knowing about Beyond Blue, and 13 million people reaching out each year. They are often the first place that people go if they are struggling. As CEO of this incredible organisation, Georgie Harman shares her insights on 'vulnerability is your superpower' as a leader, what she has learnt leading an organisation through the Covid-19 pandemic, and advice for leaders looking to make mental wellbeing a priority in their organisation. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #15. Leading well through these times | Panel discussion


    As a leader or manager in any business, it can be incredibly tough and overwhelming to lead in these times right now. This special episode of the Open Minded podcast was taken from a recent live panel discussion with Sir JK about where to focus right now as a leader. Incredible perspectives from Dr Hillary Bennett from Leading Safety, Dave Wilson - Global Sales Leader at CISCO, Hamish White - CEO of NOW, and Sohail Choudhry, Chief International Business Officer & Chief Data and Technology Officer at New Zealand Post. We hope this helps with some fresh ideas and perspectives to help in these times, regardless of what size team you are leading. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    #14. Return to Level 4 lockdown - reaction & coping strategies


    With New Zealand returning to Level 4 lockdown with the spread of the Delta variant of Covid, this special episode was taken from a live chat between Sir John Kirwan and Dr Fiona Crichton, a health psychology specialist and Clinical Team Lead at Mentemia. Here they spoke about how they are feeling right now, what they are doing to cope with anxiety and uncertainty, and insights on what we can be doing to care for ourselves and those around us. We hope this chat helps and wherever you are, gives some coping strategies. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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