Brainwaves – 21 June – Dr Paul Fearne – Schizophrenia

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.

Panel – Rebecca

Interviewers – Christine and Helen

Brainwaves – 13 June – Meet the volunteers! – RADIOTHON

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 Any donation is appreciated, and tax deductible..


Brainwaves – 6 June – Mental Health & Relationships

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.

Panel – Lauren

Discussion – Lauren, Rebecca and Susan

Brainwaves – 31 May – Mental Health First Aid – Nataly Bovopoulos

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

Panel – Lauren

Interviewers – Rebecca and Christine

Brainwaves – 24 May – Elana Grunberg – Art & Mental Illness

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.

Elana’s artworks can be found at the Bundoora Nebula Residency Program until June 4th. She will also be at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre on Saturday 27th May from 2-4pm, event here.

Panel – Lauren

Interviewers – Lauren and Rebecca


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

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

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