This week on Brainwaves Dr Paul Fearne a published poet and philospher spoke to the team about his own lived experience of schizophrenia and how this shaped his poetry and his publications. If you are interested to know more about Paul Fearne and his work you can head to this link.
You guessed it, this week’s episode of Brainwaves is dedicated to Radiothon. This week we introduce some new volunteers to our family and talk to some long time team members to find out the reasons behind why they’ve hopped on board, and why they’re passionate about mental health and Brainwaves.
This year Brainwaves is aiming towards raising $1000. You can still donate by either calling 9419 8377 or going to 3cr.org.au/donate. Any donation is appreciated, and tax deductible..
This week on Brainwaves, the team has a panel dicussion about mental health and the impact it can have on relationships. The team discusses their personal experiences and struggles when it comes to maintaining relationships, when should you disclose mental health issues, and how to be a friend while struggling with mental illness. Warning: this episode contains, lightheartedness, touching and inspiring stories, and lots of bad jokes.
This week on the show, the team talks to Nataly Bovopoulos, CEO of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia. MHFA aims to bridge the gaps left in traditional first aid courses, and to teach others how to provide support for those in a mental health crisis. We talk about the courses MHFA Australia provides, the improvement of mental health literacy in Australia and the importance of training everyday people about various mental health issues. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, or to find a course coming up near you, please visit www.mhfa.com.au.
This week on Brainwaves, the team talks to art student Elana Grunberg, who is currently an artist in residency at the Bundoora Art Centre. Elana has a lived experience of complex-PTSD and is very interested in breaking down the stigmas of mental health through art.
1 in 5 employees is likely to be experiencing a mental health condition at any given time. This week on Brainwaves, the team talks to Nick Arvanitis, head of Research and Resource Development at beyondblue. We chat about beyondblue’s new Heads Up initiative, which promotes mentally healthy workplaces for both employers and employees. For more information about Heads Up, you can visit www.headsup.org.au.
This week on Brainwaves, the team talks to Mark Grant, clinical psychologist and chronic pain expert. Mark is a strong advocate for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a method for dealing with both physical and metal pain, including chronic pain and PTSD. We talk about various advances in pain management, how EMDR can be used, and the future of mental health care including an app that he has developed.
For more information on Mark, you can visit his facebook page here, and also find out more about his upcoming free seminar here.
On today’s episode of Brainwaves, we talk to Ela Simon, co-author of The Bipolar Express. Written with her daughter Natasha, the book describes the “rollercoaster of mania and depression” as experienced by mother and daughter. We talk about what it’s like to care for a child with a mental illness, and also about her experience of writing a novel with her daughter and how the journey brought them together.
This week on Brainwaves, we discuss the highly criticised Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. The show has come under immense media scrutiny for its portrayal of mental health and suicide. We discuss the parts of the show that don’t sit well with us, and express our thoughts on comments from strangers on the internet and mental health organisations as well.
This episode of Brainwaves contains major spoilers for all thirteen episodes of the show, and discusses the heavy themes it presents such as suicide, self harm, bullying, and rape. You can read Headspace’s warning about the series here.
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.