Brainwaves – 30 August – Mindfulness App Reviews

On today’s show Lucy, Marni and Rebecca reviewed mindfulness mobile phone applications. Each reviewer tried a different app for three weeks prior to the show. Reviews were mixed and some had a better experience than others.

Apps reviewed: Smiling Mind, Calm and Stop, Breathe & Think.

Panel – Lauren

Discussion – Lucy, Marni and Rebecca

Brainwaves – 23 August – Melanie Scott from Dogs 4 PTSD

On tonight’s show Rebecca and Alannah had the pleasure of interviewing Melanie Scott who is the founder and president of K9’s 4 Valour. Talking about her own experience and how her dog Paddington helps her, Melanie informed us about PTSD, First Responders and the role of PTSD Service Dogs.

For more information on the charity K9’s 4 Valour please follow the links:

https://www.k9s4valour.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8zXVhFi1Zg&t=13s

https://www.facebook.com/k9s4valour/

Panel – Marni

Interviewers – Rebecca and Alannah

 

Brainwaves – 16 August – Review of To The Bone

On tonight’s show Allanah, Lucy and Rebecca discussed their opinions regarding the viewing of the film To The Bone. The drama is based on a young women’s experience with anorexia. The film has been deemed controversial due to the content and the way it is targeted at a young audience.

SPOILER ALERT!! – This audio does contain mentions of intregal plot points which may spoil the viewing pleasure for some.

Trigger Warning!! This show also mentions eating disorders and miscarriage and could be distressing for some listeners.

If this show has upset you in any way you can call the Butterfly hotline on 1800 33 4673 and visit https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/

For help dealing with the grief associated with miscarriage please reach out by calling 1300 072 673 or head to http://www.sands.org.au/

Brainwaves – 9 August – Dr Jo Robinson – Youth Suicide Prevention (Orygen)

On this week’s episode of Brainwaves, the team talks to Dr Jo Robinson, head of Suicide Prevention Research at Orygen. Their newly released report, “Raising the bar for youth suicide prevention”, calls for an overhaul of the current suicide prevention policies in light of the increasing suicide rates in young Australians. We talk to Jo about her research, the various factors contributing to youth suicide, and what can be done moving forward.

This episode discusses suicide and self harm. If you require any further support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways’ Helpline at 1300 111 500. You can also talk to someone online through eheadspace.

Panel – Lauren

Interview – Lucy and Marni

Brainwaves – 2 August – The Black Dog: Shadows & Light – Emma Finch

This week on Brainwaves the team talks to art therapist Emma Finch about her upcoming art exhibition, ‘The Black Dog: Shadows & Light’. If you’re interested in getting involved you can register your artwork or enquire by contacting Emma by phone at 0415 278 580 or email her at epfinch64@gmail.com. The closing date for registration is on the 22nd of September, so if you’re intersted in getting involved, don’t forget to register ASAP.

The Black Dog: Shadows & Light Exhibition runs from Friday 6th October – Saturday 7th October 2017, at 9 AM – 4 PM at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Amaroo Street, Chadstone, Victoria, 3148.

Panel – Rebecca

Interview – Lucy and Terri

Brainwaves – 26 July – Wellways Helpline Launch

On Today’s show we interviewed Elle Morrison who is the Wellways Helpline Coordinator. The Wellways Helpline provides information to people experiencing mental illness as well as family and friends. The Helpline is operated during the week and the hours have been extended! Wellways will now be taking calls from 9AM till 9PM Monday-Friday.  Please call 1300 111 500 for support. For more information please visit www.wellways.org/helpline

Panel – Christine

Interview – Allanah and Marni

Brainwaves – 19 July – Terri’s Presentation

In this episode we interview Brainwaves team member Terri. Terri recently returned from London, where she presented her lived experience of mental illness, at the House Of Lords. In this interview, Terri discusess what led her to this opportunity and the response she had from her audience.

Content in this interview mentions childhood sexual abuse and trauma. If you require any further support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways’ Helpline at 1300 111 500.

Panel – Lauren

Interviewers – Marni and Allanah

 

Brainwaves – 12 July – Doctor Moira Junge – Sleep Awareness Week

This week on Brainwaves we spoke to Doctor Moira Junge who is a sleep psychologist from the Sleep Health Foundation who has worked in the sleep disorder field for 15 years.

This week Sleep Awareness Week is from the 3rd of July till the 9th of July. Better Sleep = smarter, safer workplaces.

To find out more about the Sleep Health Foundation head to their website.

Panel – Rebecca

Interview – Lauren

Brainwaves – 5 July – NAIDOC Week – Niamh Whitford

In recognition of NAIDOC Week, this week on Brainwaves the team talks to Niamh Whitford, a young Nyulnyul woman who grew up in Nyoongar country. Niamh works with students at a college assiting them with their mental health, and also assists in the prison system with Indigenous inmates integrating them into society. We talk about community attidudes towards Indigenous incarceration, NAIDOC Week and mental illness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this podcast may contain some distressing discussions. For more assistance, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Wellways’ Helpline on 1300 111 500.

 

Brainwaves – 28 June – Siblings Australia – Kate Strohm

On Brainwaves this week, the team talks to Kate Strohm, director of Siblings Australia. Her organisation is devoted to improving the resources available for siblings of individuals who live with mental illness or disability. To find out more about the organisation and to access resources, head to siblingsaustralia.org.au.

Panel – Lauren