Wellbeing at Christmas

Wellbeing at Christmas
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast
Wellbeing at Christmas

Dec 14 2020 | 00:29:50

Episode 21 December 14, 2020 00:29:50

Show Notes

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, Wellbeing at Christmas, our hosts Dr. Andrew Tresidder and Dr. Peter Bagshaw are joined by Hazel Barron from Mind in Somerset and BBC Somerset Poet of the Year, Liv Torc to discuss how Christmas can affect our wellbeing. During the conversation, they discuss why Christmas can be really difficult for some people, the “An Antidote to the Xmas Blues” event held on the 18th of December 2021 and Liv Torc performs her new hilarious, yet poignant, poem “What If Everything Tastes Like Sprouts”.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew TresidderDr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Sarah Coope. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

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Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated


Liv Torc – Liv Torc is a performance poet who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition. A Radio 4 Slam Winner, a former Bard of Exeter and current co-host of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack. Liv runs the spoken word stage at WOMAD and the Hip Yak Poetry School. Her first published book ‘Show Me Life’ was released by Burning Eye in 2015.


Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email [email protected] for support


Somerset Emotional Wellbeing – Do you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset? Whatever you are going through, the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Colleague Resilience Hub is here for you. The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing website is here to connect you with wellbeing support when you need it. Simply enter where you work, or how you are feeling on our homepage to discover and connect with local and national support options that are open to you. 

If you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset and need to talk, you can call our dedicated, confidential Colleague Telephone Line for help with a trained professional. If you need further support after your initial conversation you can be referred for a one-off rapid access counselling session with a psychologist or counsellor. No waiting list. If you need further help we will make sure you see the right person. Call us now on 0300 124 5595 (available six days a week, from 09:00 to 17:00)

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