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