Let's Talk About It Podcast

A real and honest conversation about mental health

About the Podcast

Former Nurse and TV personality Norah Casey is on a mission to get nurses and midwives talking about their mental health. Each week, Norah has a real and honest conversation with nurses and midwives as well as leading mental health experts, charities and services, as they discuss and share challenges experienced in the professions today.

You’ll hear truths, the highs and lows of the profession and get practical advice along the way.

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This week Norah talks to former nurse Kathleen Kinsella of Kinsella Management Solutions and founder of the Menopause Hub, Loretta Dignam about the impact menopause has on the wellbeing and mental health of nurses and midwives.

Ep. 5: Menopause, mental health and nursing

This week Norah talks to former nurse Kathleen Kinsella of Kinsella Management Solutions and founder of the Menopause Hub, Loretta Dignam about the impact menopause has on the wellbeing and mental health of nurses and midwives.

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Let's Talk About It Podcast - Ep 2, Myths & stigma around seeking support

In this episode, Norah Casey and guests talk about the myths and stigma around seeking support experienced by nurses and midwives in Ireland...

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Let's Talk About It Podcast - Ep 1, The wellbeing situation: Covid-19

In this episode, Norah Casey talks about the wellbeing of nurses and midwives today. Our guests take a deep dive into Let’s Talk About It re...

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Let's Talk About It Podcast - Ep 3, Self-compassion, ‘Is it ok to just get on with it?’

In episode 3, Norah talks to guests about self-care, self-compassion and if it is ok for nurses and midwives to ‘Just get on with it?’

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Let's Talk About It Podcast - Ep. 4: Starting the conversation on mental health

In this episode, our guest talk about starting a conversations on mental health and share real lived experience of eating disorders, depress...

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Let's Talk About It Podcast - Ep. 5: Menopause, mental health and nursing

. This week Norah talks to former nurse Kathleen Kinsella of Kinsella Management Solutions and founder of the Menopause Hub, Loretta Dignam ...

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Find out more about Let's Talk About It

Let's get nurses and midwives talking about mental health

The podcast objective

Let's normalise talking about mental health.

To explore the stigma associated with mental health, break barriers around seeking support and understand experiences of those in the profession, our Norah Casey will be joined by guests including those from the INMO community, groups involved in the initiative, and mental health experts.

This series will give a platform to various opinions, testimony, and perspectives on mental health matters in the nursing & midwifery profession. Let's normalise conversations around mental health among INMO members, fostering a spirit of community and self compassion.

What our research told us

Through our research project to inform the “Let’s Talk About It” initiative, we learned of the key occupational, social and Covid 19 related stressors that exist in the nursing & midwifery profession, and the consequences these can have on the physical and mental health of nurses & midwives.

There is a degree of stigma around discussing mental health issues and certain barriers to seeking help when the need arises, such as a “just get on with it” culture and a lack of awareness of how to access support services.

In our shape this initiative survey*, 26% of respondents noted they adopt a “just get on with it” approach when feeling stressed, anxious or under pressure in work, as opposed to talking to a friend, colleague or manager. Less than 1% of our survey respondents said they would seek help from a professional.

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*Source: Cornmarket’s Shape the Initiative Survey, March 2021, based on 1,134 responses from INMO Income Protection Scheme.

Let’s Talk About It, a mental health collective for INMO members, is brought you by INMO and Cornmarket.