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Trained psychologist Marion Elkin-Greener first hit the Oban FM airwaves in December 2019. Now – a pandemic later – Mental Health Musings by Mer is about to get a shake up with the busy mother of three from Barcaldine extending her reach through podcasting and social media and taking over a brand new slot on the radio.
Marion’s popular show will now air from 3pm to 5pm on a Sunday three times a month with regular podcasts on her Facebook and Instagram pages scheduled to begin in the autumn.
‘Everything was going well until Covid came along,’ she told us.
‘I took a bit of a break then but I’m back now and looking forward to the start of a new journey.
‘I have such a love of music myself I will be weaving some tunes in throughout the programme as well as focusing on mental health and wellness in general.
‘I will be talking a lot about how the pandemic and how coming out of it has affected people and what we can do to help ourselves.’
As well as the radio program Marion will be hitting social media hard and her Mental Health Muings by Mer can be found on both Facebook and Instagram.
Educated and trained in the US, Marion started work in the mental health and addiction field around 25 years ago. She is a licensed psychologist in mental health, addiction and trauma.
‘I have a huge passion in wanting to help others and also of taking away the stigma of mental health and getting people talking about it,’ she added.
‘Ideally, I would like people to talk about their mental wellbeing the same as they would with any physical ailment that they have. We have all struggled with our mental health at sometime or other so why shouldn’t we talk about it?
‘I think people have felt really isolated during the pandemic and are now worried about coming back out into the world. Everyone talks about the virus but you can’t physically see it and it’s very scary for a lot of people, so that is something I really want to start a conversation about.’
Looking ahead Marion is working to start her own business, taking Mental Health Musings to the next level.
Working with Glasgow-based branding company Smallfish Co, Marion is looking to take her work out to the community offering bespoke services to help more people understand mental health and to reduce the stigma.
‘I’m really excited about this,’ she told us. ‘My husband Steve has been urging me for years to do this and I have finally taken the leap.
‘I am hoping to work with children as well as adults. It’s very new and I’m only at the very early stages but I hope within the next couple of years I can get something of the ground.’
A mother of three, Marion is juggling her career around her seven-year-old son and very lively four-year-old twin boys so knows first hand how difficult and stressful life can get.
She told us: ‘It’s very important to me that my boys understand and talk about their emotions and be comfortable with it, and I would like to go into schools and talk about mental health with other children so that it becomes a normal conversation.
‘They need to know that it is OK to be angry, upset, sad or a bit lost but that it is OK to talk about it.’