‘Thalassaemia Champions: The Mental Health Sessions’ is a brand new 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 the 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.