Brainwaves – 7 December – My Mum Has Depression

On today’s show we talk to Nina Mitchell, author of the children’s book My Mum Has Depression. Nina was prompted to write the book after realising that she and many other parents who suffer from depression have difficulty explaining the subject to their children.

More information can be found at

Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewer: Christine


Brainwaves – 31 November – Wild at Heart: Life is a Song

On today’s show, our guests are from Wild at Heart- Founder and Director, Phil and participant, Sarah. Wild at Heart is a community arts organisation for people who experience mental illness, disability or disadvantage. It provides opportunities to make art- music, dance, video and performance. Life is a Song is one of the many programs offered by Wild at Heart. Life is a Song uses autobiographical information as a source for song writing. Sarah, who has a lived experience of mental illness, talks about how her involvement with Wild at Heart has had a positive influence on her life. For more information: Wild at Heart 

Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewers:Rebecca and Christine


Brainwaves – November 22 – Headspace Reword Campaign

Today on Brainwaves, we talk to the head of clinical practice at Headspace National, Vickki Ryall about cyber bullying.  To help prevent online bullying, Headspace has partnered with Reword to support the creation of a tool that identifies insulting words and statements, by putting a line through the word, making users reconsider what they’re writing. The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre estimates that over 450,000 Australian children were victims of cyber bullying in 2013.

To find out more information about Reword you can do so by going to their website, or by downloading their app via:

If you or someone you know are experiencing online bullying. You are not alone. To seek help please visit your nearest Headspace centre. Or talk to someone you trust.

To find your nearest centre go to:

Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewer: Rebecca


Brainwaves – November 16 – Perinatal Depression Week

This week is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Week, a chance to raise awareness about mental health issues arising before and after childbirth. Today on the show we have Nicole from the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), a non-profit organisation which aims to provide help to those struggling emotionally during pregnancy and early parenthood.

Fore more information on perinatal health please visit

Panel Operator – Lauren

Interviewers – Lauren and Rebecca


Brainwaves – November 9 – Movember Foundation

Today on Brainwaves we talk to Rhett Corker, the Men’s Health Program Manager at The Movember Foundation. Each November, men all around the world are challenged to grow a mustache in order to raise money and awareness for three key areas of men’s health: testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Rhett tells us about how the foundation evolved and some of the new initiatives it has started, as well as the role masculinity plays in speaking up about health problems. If you’d like to join the Movember cause, you can find more information at the Movember Australia Facebook page or donate at

Panel Operator – Lauren

Interviewers – Lauren and Christine


Brainwaves – 2 November – Launch Housing

This week we speak to Andi Jones, a volunteer coordinator from Launch Housing Melbourne. Launch Housing is a not-for-profit organisation which was formed from the merger of two of Melbourne’s largest and most respected homelessness services. Launch Housing believes that every individual has a right to have a home and it is their goal is to put an end to homelessness, whilst providing support to those who are struggling with a housing crisis.

If you like to find out more information about Launch Housing you can visit their website at:

If you are experiencing a housing crisis and need assistance you can contact Launch Housing 24/7 at 1800 825 955.

If you are interested in volunteering at Launch Housing you can contact: (03) 9288 9600 or

Panel Operator: Christine

Interviewers: Rebecca and Yvanna


Brainwaves – 26 October – Dr. James McLure

This week we speak with Dr James McLure, peer support worker with Pathways Mental Health and Wellbeing Services and author of Eight Stones: My Journey Through Schizophrenia and Depression.

James, a former AFL footballer with a PHD in clinical pharmacology, discusses everyfrom from his lived experience with mental illness to his role with the with the support group GROW, as well as his stance on mental health and football.

Interviewer: Chiara


Brainwaves – 19 October – Hannah’s Lived Experience – Bulimia Nervosa

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 show contains material that may be distressing to some listeners. If you are or anyone you care about is struggling with their mental health, you can contact the MI Fellowship Helpline on (03) 8486 4222 or The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders National Helpline on 1800 334 673.

Interviewers: Terri and Christine

Panel Operator: Kate

Brainwaves – 12 October – Mental Health Week – Phil Crooks

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.

Feel free to contact Senswide for more information at or (03)86207155.

Panel Operator: Lauren

Interviewers: Rebecca and Kate


Brainwaves – 5 October – BPD Awareness Week – Barb Mullen

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.

To find out more information about BPD go to:

Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewers: Rebecca and Christine

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