Alternatives Melbourne (14 February)


This week on Brainwaves, the team talked to Sue Nunn and Leah McKenner of Alternatives Melbourne. Alternatives Melbourne are a group of individuals committed to sharing the Alternatives to Suicide approach in our communities. To support the work of Alternatives Melbourne, or to find out more about the upcoming Alternatives to Suicide events, please contact

Their upcoming events include the Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator training in Melbourne from March 5th-7th, and a community forum held on March 6th in Hawthorn. Please email for more information.

This episode of Brainwaves discusses suicide. For support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Wellways Helpline on 1300 111 500.

Panel – Lauren


Feed – Film Review (7 February)

This week on Brainwaves, the team reviews the film “Feed”; a film written, produced and starring Troian Bellisario which draws on her experience of anorexia as a teenager. The film portrays the downfall of 18-year-old Olivia as she deals with an eating disorder after the tragic death of her brother.

This episode contains spoilers for the film and discusses some of the heavy themes in the film including disordered eating, death, grief, and hospitalisation. If you require any support please contact Wellways’ Helpline on 1300 111 500 or The Butterfly Foundation online or on 1800 33 4673.

Panel – Lauren

Discussion featuring Lauren, Rebecca and Marni

Marching for pride at Midsumma (24 January)

Today on Brainwaves, the team talks to Charlie & Arthur on Wellways Australia’s work to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ+) and other sexuality and gender diverse people. 

Arthur has been part of Wellways Well Said community education program for 7 years where he shares his experiences of mental health issues and being a member of the LGBTIQ+ community.  He is also of a member of Wellways Well Proud network of LGBTIQ+ staff, consumers, carers, volunteer and allies and recently joined the Out Together project. Since 2010 Charlie has been a Wellways  participant, community educator, NDIS Support Worker, and Peer Worker and trainer in Tasmania. Charlie’s current role is LGBTIQ peer project manager, he is leading Wellways Out Together Project. 

For more information on Well Proud, read here. You can also find information on Out Together on the Wellways’ website here, or contact Charlie directly on 0438 421 471 or

Substance Abuse – Katherine Mills (17 January)

This week on Brainwaves, the team talks to Associate Professor Katherine Mills on the topic of substance abuse. Katherine works at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre where her research focuses on the co-existence of mental illness and substance use.

Brainwaves – 29 November – Wild at Heart!

We speak with Alice Kirkbride and Phil Heuzenroeder about their role in Wild at Heart. Tune in to hear live performances from the duo along with a special in studio performance by Samual Pakoti who has been with Wild at Heart for two years writing music!

Panel – Lauren

Interview – Allanah and Rebecca

Brainwaves – 22 November – Dr Neil Bailey – Mindfulness

This week on Brainwaves, the team talk to Dr Neil Bailey, neuroscientist and researcher at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. We talk all about mindfulness: what it is, what changes it can have on the brain, how to start practicing, and how much mindfulness is too much mindfulness.

Panel – Lauren



Brainwaves – 15/11/17 – Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week 2017

This week is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week (12th-18th November 2017). This year’s theme is “It happened to me”; raising awareness and spreading information about early warning signs to all expecting mothers and fathers. Today on Brainwaves we talk to Cathy Wyett, National Helpline & Programs Manager at PANDA and Dr Nicole Highet from COPE.

Brainwaves – 8/11/17 – The Equality Project – Jason Tuazon McCheyne

Today on Brainwaves the team talk to Jason Tuazon McCheyne, Executive Director of The Equality Project who are organising the Better Together Conference in January. Jason is a leading voice in the LGBTIQ community and came onto the show to talk about the marriage equality postal survey and the anticipation of the result next week.

For support please contact Switchboard on 1800 184 527.

Panel – Lauren

Interview – Allanah