‘Thalassaemia Champions: The Mental Health Sessions’ is an audio and video podcast series brought to you by the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) that discusses mental health topics related to patients, caregivers and the broader community of individuals affected by thalassaemia major, also known as transfusion-dependent thalassaemia (TDT).
With open dialogue-formatted episodes, featuring thalassaemia patient advocates, mental health professionals, and other special guests, this show explores everything from psychosocial anxiety and relationship issues to treatment-related fears, while striving to demystify all stereotypes and taboos associated with mental health. Stories from patients with lived experiences who overcame mental hurdles and easy-to-digest, expert advice round out each episode.
About Episode 3
Every individual has faced the rocky emotional terrain that a chronic illness, such as thalassaemia major, inevitably brings. In the 3rd and final segment of the ‘Thalassaemia Champions – Mental Health Series’ podcast, ´Learning Resources For Coping With Illness: How To Put Yourself in Control´, the audience’s questions are used to instigate dialogue among our hosts and guests and help shed light onto useful strategies that could help listeners put themselves in control over disease-related issues and situations.
About Episode 2
The second episode, ´Dealing With Worries About Current And Future Life Situations´, is all about helping patients cope with feelings of worry and anxiety about future and current life situations that can oftentimes be quite overwhelming. Discussing what patients themselves have brought up through their own questions, our hosts’ aim in this episode is to offer simple guidance and encouragement to help listeners break through negative thoughts and empower them to live their best life.
About Episode 1
In the first episode of this 3-part podcast series, entitled ‘Dealing With Psychological Distress’, Hosts George Constantinou, TIF Board Member, and Expert Thalassaemia Patient, and Maria Hadjidemetriou, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF) Board Member and Member of TIF’s Patient Advocate Group (TPAG), delve deeper into the psychological distress patients with thalassaemia of all ages often experience. Guest speakers, Dr Michael Angastiniotis, TIF Medical Advisor, and Dr Kathleen Durst, Clinical Social Worker, CAF, offer unique insights and practical advice to help listeners escape negative thought cycles and reduce their anxiety.