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Podcasts as therapy: mental health nursing student’s vision to support service users

Stephen Greenwood of University of Salford uses radio training to open up discussion of sensitive subjects
Mental health nursing student Stephen Greenwood with radio DJ Caroline Cardillo. Stephen set up a podcast training course to help service users explore difficult subjects

Stephen Greenwood of University of Salford uses radio training to open up discussion of sensitive subjects

A nursing student is setting up a not-for-profit business to help people with mental health conditions, via podcast and broadcast training.

Third-year mental health nursing student, Stephen Greenwood, began running the Alive podcast course in February 2018.

Participants learn how to make a podcast or radio show about a variety of topics, including mental health.

Courses can expand thanks to university and health trust grant

Now 2,400 of funding from the University of Salford and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, to launch Alive Podcast programme as a not-for-profit business, will enable Mr Greenwood hold more courses.

Stephen Greenwood of University of Salford uses radio training to open up discussion of sensitive subjects


Stephen Greenwood with radio DJ and trainer Caroline Cardillo.

A nursing student is setting up a not-for-profit business to help people with mental health conditions, via podcast and broadcast training.

Third-year mental health nursing student, Stephen Greenwood, began running the Alive podcast course in February 2018.

Participants learn how to make a podcast or radio show about a variety of topics, including mental health.

Courses can expand thanks to university and health trust grant

Now £2,400 of funding from the University of Salford and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, to launch Alive Podcast programme as a not-for-profit business, will enable Mr Greenwood hold more courses.

He said one of the service users who had made a podcast was able to share it with their family to have conversations about mental health, something they struggled to do before.

‘It improved some people’s confidence,’ he said.

Training innovation shows commitment to improving mental health

Lecturer in mental health nursing at the University of Salford, Liz Burns, said that Mr Greenwood is an inspiring student.

‘It is a fantastic achievement to see his commitment to improve public mental health through radio presenting and podcasting come to fruition,’ she said.

In the future, Mr Greenwood would like to set up a website to publish the podcasts created on the course.  


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