Alternatives Melbourne (14 February)


This week on Brainwaves, the team talked to Sue Nunn and Leah McKenner of Alternatives Melbourne. Alternatives Melbourne are a group of individuals committed to sharing the Alternatives to Suicide approach in our communities. To support the work of Alternatives Melbourne, or to find out more about the upcoming Alternatives to Suicide events, please contact

Their upcoming events include the Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator training in Melbourne from March 5th-7th, and a community forum held on March 6th in Hawthorn. Please email for more information.

This episode of Brainwaves discusses suicide. For support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Wellways Helpline on 1300 111 500.

Panel – Lauren


Feed – Film Review (7 February)

This week on Brainwaves, the team reviews the film “Feed”; a film written, produced and starring Troian Bellisario which draws on her experience of anorexia as a teenager. The film portrays the downfall of 18-year-old Olivia as she deals with an eating disorder after the tragic death of her brother.

This episode contains spoilers for the film and discusses some of the heavy themes in the film including disordered eating, death, grief, and hospitalisation. If you require any support please contact Wellways’ Helpline on 1300 111 500 or The Butterfly Foundation online or on 1800 33 4673.

Panel – Lauren

Discussion featuring Lauren, Rebecca and Marni

Marching for pride at Midsumma (24 January)

Today on Brainwaves, the team talks to Charlie & Arthur on Wellways Australia’s work to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ+) and other sexuality and gender diverse people. 

Arthur has been part of Wellways Well Said community education program for 7 years where he shares his experiences of mental health issues and being a member of the LGBTIQ+ community.  He is also of a member of Wellways Well Proud network of LGBTIQ+ staff, consumers, carers, volunteer and allies and recently joined the Out Together project. Since 2010 Charlie has been a Wellways  participant, community educator, NDIS Support Worker, and Peer Worker and trainer in Tasmania. Charlie’s current role is LGBTIQ peer project manager, he is leading Wellways Out Together Project. 

For more information on Well Proud, read here. You can also find information on Out Together on the Wellways’ website here, or contact Charlie directly on 0438 421 471 or

Substance Abuse – Katherine Mills (17 January)

This week on Brainwaves, the team talks to Associate Professor Katherine Mills on the topic of substance abuse. Katherine works at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre where her research focuses on the co-existence of mental illness and substance use.