On this week’s episode of Brainwaves, Hannah shares her lived experience of Bulimia Nervosa. Hannah talks about factors that contributed to her developing the disorder, her behaviours and feelings when she was unwell, and how she managed to recover. She also discusses her experience with major depression and anxiety, and a serious physical illness.
This week is Mental Health Week, and in honour of this years theme – “Where To From Here?” – the Brainwaves team speaks to Phil Crooks from Senswide Employment. For many people, wellness and recovery goes hand in hand with meaningful employment. Phil chats about what it’s like for people with mental illness to find employment through a disability employment service.
This week is BPD Awareness Week (October 1st – October 7th). In honour of that, the Brainwaves team talks to Barb Mullen from the BPD Community. BPD otherwise known as Borderline Personality Disorder is a common mental illness. It is characterised by poor control of emotions and impulses, unstable interpersonal relationships and unstable self-image.
On today’s show, the Brainwaves team talk to sisters Rachael and Jenna about the organisation they founded- Run4mind. Run4mind aims to increase awareness about mental illness and raise funds for mental health organisations through ultra running campaigns. Both girls have a background in the fitness industry and a lived experience of mental illness, and they talk about the importance of exercise in managing mental health. The sisters also discuss their upcoming Run4mind event in Tasmania (funds raised are being donated to MI Fellowship). To donate or find out more information go to www.run4mind.com
On today’s show, we talk to Brainwaves team member Rebecca on her experience of rehab and returning to everyday life. Rebecca tells us a little about how she ended up in rehab, what it was like while she was there, and how she got to where she is now in life.
This episode of Brainwaves discusses heavy topics including self harm and suicide. If you or anyone you care about is struggling with their mental health, you can contact MI Fellowship’s Helpline on 03 8486 4222 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Art therapist Emma Finch talks to the Brainwaves team about art therapy and how art can be used as a way of expressing the experience of mental illness. Emma also talks about The Black Dog Art Exhibition which is running from Friday 30th September to Satruday 1st October 2016. This exhibition uses the creative therapies to explore what it is like to live with mental health issues as the “elephant in the room”, with a focus on depression and anxiety. Artworks will be for sale to raise funds for ongoing mental health support groups. The exhibition is being hosted by Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (34 Amaroo St, Chadstone) and it is a free event. For more information on the event, visit: https://1010.org.au/events/black-dog-elephant-room . If you wnould like to submit your own piece of art for the exhibition, please contact Emma on 0415 278 580
Richard Hill is a psychotherapist who began his career as a professional actor for 25 years, but returned to university at 45 to do a BA in linguistics and went on to complete three Masters degrees with a focus on neurobiology and neuroscience. Richard is interested in how to apply developments in neuroscience into therapeutic practice and what techniques practitioners can utilise to help clients change. On today’s show Richard shares with the Brainwaves team: what is the Curiosity Approach, how the Curiosity Approach can help with people with mental illness, how individuals turn their curiosity on and off what is his Winner/Loser World Theory, how individuals can apply these concepts to therapeutic practice.
MI Fellowship has partnered with three avid walkers who will undertake El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the most famous pilgrimage in the world, to raise awareness of mental health and the impacts of mental illness on individuals and families. MI Fellowship supporters Cheryl McInnes, Kym Murphy and Tony Whyte will embark on ‘one million steps for mental health’ in August of this year, commencing their 500-mile journey from the French Pyrenees to the northwest of Spain. Follow Cheryl, Kym and Tony at http://www.travelpod.com/members/camino16 from August 26 onwards on their Camino journey.
Interviewers: Terry & Lauren
Panel Operator: Lauren
Over the last century, Australia has taken a huge step forward for the human rights of those with a mental illness by working towards deinstitutionalization, taking into account the ineffectiveness of institutional care along with the possibilities of abuse and neglect in long-term institutionalization. Shifting mental health care into the community has become a priority for governing bodies. However, despite the closure of all traditional asylums an alarming number of individuals are incarcerated with treatable mental illnesses. Often these individuals needs and symptoms are poorly understood by law enforcement leading to unnecessarily traumatic conditions, poor support structures and ultimately exacerbated health conditions. Today, Brainwaves chats with Brett Collins of the unique prisoner advocacy organisation Justice Action about the great work they do to restore some balance into the system. For more information on the work Justice Action does visit http://www.justiceaction.org.au/.