Brainwaves – 19 April – Evan Bichara – Culture & Mental Health

On this week’s Brainwaves we talk to Evan Bichara, Consumer Advocate for the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit. Evan is a long time mental health advocate and has worked across Australia in the field utilising his personal lived experience and his Greek-Egyptian background. We talk about the role that culture plays in mental illness and the ways in which our communities can shape our experiences of mental ill-health.

Panel – Lauren

Interviewer – Terri


Brainwaves – 12 April – Self Harm & Recovery – Rebecca


This week on Brainwaves, volunteer Rebecca bravely talks about her experience of self harm and her journey through recovery. Rebecca describes her seven-year long progress and the various methods that helped her along the way.

This episode of Brainwaves discusses self harm. Please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways’ Helpline on 1300 111 500 for support.

Panel – Lauren

Interviewer – Sarah


Brainwaves – 5 April – World Bipolar Day – Nicci Wall

World Bipolar Day was celebrated last week on Thursday the 30th of March. To honour the day, Brainwaves spoke to Nicci Wall of This Is My Reality on her lived experience of bipolar disorder. We talk about some of the turning points in Nicci’s recovery, the damaging stigmatisation of the disorder, and how advocacy has helped shape her view of the world.

For more information, please visit Bipolar Life Victoria or Nicci’s website

Brainwaves – 29 March – Opening Doors Leadership Program – Alex Mills

On today’s show the Brainwaves teams talks to Alex Mills from the Opening Doors Leadership Program. The program helps promote community involvement and decreases social isolation leading to poor physical and mental wellbeing.

To find out more information on Opening Doors you can visit their facebook page at: or you can contact Alex via email at:

Brainwaves – 15 March – Split – Mental Health In Film

This week on Brainwaves, the team discusses the newly released film “Split”. The movie has come under criticism for its negative portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder and mental health in general. We discuss some of the themes in the movie and the implications of stigma in the film industry.

This podcast does contain spoilers for the movie, and also mentions some heavily distressing issues in the film. If any of the topics raised are troubling for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways’ Helpline on 1300 111 500.

Brainwaves – 1 March – Discussion on mental health and education

On today’s episode of Brainwaves, the team has a panel discussion on education and mental health. With university going back over the next couple weeks, we discuss the pressures of being a student, including how to manage study, work, friends and your own mental health. We also talk about the many resources out there for when being a student becomes just too much, and all the coping mechanisms we use ourselves to combat stress and stay on top of our workloads.

Presenters – Rebecca, Lauren and Christine


Brainwaves – 22 February – Indonesian Delegates discuss mental health in Australia

Today on Brainwaves, we talk to Anto and Marina, two delegates from Indonesia. The pair have travelled to Australia in order to observe our mental health care system and advocate for safer practices in their home country. We discuss the differences between our mental health care systems, the problems people face in relation to stigma, and their future goals for mental health care in Indonesia.

Panel: Chiara

Interviewer: Rebecca


Brainwaves – February 8 – Hoarding Disorder – Dr Christopher Mogan

Today on Brainwaves, we talk to clinical psychologist Dr Christopher Mogan about hoarding disorder. The Anxiety Clinic defines Hoarding Disorder as a formal psychiatric disorder which is estimated to affect up to 5% of the population. Dr Mogan talks to the Brainwaves team about this disorder and the impact, his research, and ways people can receive help. To find out more information on Hoarding Disorder or to seek assistance, you can contact The Anxiety & OCD Clinic Melbourne at: 03 9420 1424, or visit their website at

Panel – Lauren

Interviewers – Rebecca and Lauren