Mindyourmind: Connecting music to mental health

chelsey hallihan"I feel if we don't talk about mental health, the stigma will never go away."  Chelsey Hallihan, a third-year Honours Arts and Business student, majoring in Speech Communication, has always been passionate about mental health advocacy.  A few months ago, Chelsey got the opportunity to contribute to mental health advocacy in the Waterloo community!

While applying for co-op, it came to her attention that a youth mental health program, mindyourmind, was interested in hiring a communications student to create a podcast series.  Chelsey was thrilled to accept the challenge and start a podcast! 

In the first season of the podcast series, mindyourmind featured interviews with musicians who they had interviewed in the past for the organization.  "My inspiration for each podcast episode came from the responses of the artist that we featured in that episode, as well as my ability to connect to the content, so that I could ensure that the youth can relate to the advice given," she says. 

Each episode of the first season either featured a replay of a full past interview, or a main question about mental health with the responses of from many artists, such as Down With Webster and Alyssa Reid.  The episodes are unique because they feature the responses of several different artists speaking openly about the mental health struggles that they have faced.

mindyourmind podcast audioThe podcast was primarily Chelsey’s project, which allowed her to use skills that she’s learned in class and previous co-op positions to create a communication strategy.  Having the freedom to decide how the podcast should look and feel was incredible; it allowed Chelsey’s authentic tone and voice to come through.  Of course, like most projects, there were some struggles at first as she tried to determine what to do, and how to do it.  However, she was always supported by the amazing mindyourmind team.

The mindyourmind podcast series helps build a sense of community in the online world. "If your favourite band, or a music superstar talks about something they have been through or are going through and you are also going through that, it creates a new realm of connectedness. Not only do you feel like you can connect to their music, now you feel like you can connect to a more private part of them as a person, not a performer," Chelsey says.  Feeling more connected to a featured artist in their podcast, and realizing that your musical inspirations are also human beings who have struggled is how she believes the mindyourmind podcast can build a community online. 

Overall, Chelsey believes that being able to create the mindyourmind podcast allowed for her to grow in more ways than she initially thought!
If you’d like to listen to the mindyourmind podcast, it’s available on the mindyourmind website, their Soundcloud, YouTube, and on iTunes.  To start you off, take a listen to "Advice to Young People."

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about mental health and wellness check out the mindyourmind website, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily posts that are focused on youth (ages 14-29) mental health and wellness.

For on-campus resources, refer to Campus Wellness

  1. 2018 (56)
    1. December (1)
    2. November (5)
    3. October (7)
    4. September (4)
    5. August (1)
    6. July (2)
    7. June (5)
    8. May (8)
    9. April (3)
    10. March (7)
    11. February (5)
    12. January (8)
  2. 2017 (62)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (7)
    3. October (7)
    4. September (4)
    5. July (4)
    6. June (7)
    7. May (7)
    8. April (3)
    9. March (8)
    10. February (7)
    11. January (5)
  3. 2016 (73)
    1. December (2)
    2. November (5)
    3. October (6)
    4. September (6)
    5. August (4)
    6. July (6)
    7. June (8)
    8. May (9)
    9. April (6)
    10. March (9)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (5)
  4. 2015 (65)
    1. December (5)
    2. November (6)
    3. October (3)
    4. September (4)
    5. August (4)
    6. July (4)
    7. June (5)
    8. May (6)
    9. April (5)
    10. March (9)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (7)
  5. 2014 (88)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (8)
    3. October (9)
    4. September (8)
    5. August (4)
    6. July (9)
    7. June (8)
    8. May (9)
    9. April (7)
    10. March (8)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (8)
  6. 2013 (38)
    1. December (4)
    2. November (8)
    3. October (10)
    4. September (8)
    5. August (8)