Brainwaves – 17 April – Heads Up – beyondblue

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.

Brainwaves -10 May – Chronic Pain & EMDR – Mark Grant

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.

Brainwaves – 3 May – The Bi-Polar Express – Ela Simon

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.

You can find out more about Ela and Natasha at their Facebook page and their website.

Brainwaves – 26 April – 13 Reasons Why

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.

If you need any help please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways’ Helpline on 1300 111 500 for support.

Panel – Lauren and Rebecca