On today’s show, we talk to Sophie Howes from the Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service. We discuss what the service does, who it can help and your rights as a mental health service consumer. For more information you can visit www.imha.vic.gov.au or call 1300 947 820.
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Consumer consultant/advocate and researcher Alan Pinchez comes on the show to talk about his experience with mental health and how this drove him to join the consumer movement in an attempt to improve services. Alan talks about the value of peer workers and peer support, and the benefits of lived experience.
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Interviewers: Kathleen & Daniel
This week on Brainwaves, Minto Felix, founding member of Australians for Mental Health and Mental Health Programs Coordinator at Monash University, comes on the show to talk about the national advocacy campaign. Australians for Mental Health, aims to address the chronic shortage of funding and services for mental health in Australia, and help end the stigma and shame associated with seeking help for mental ill health. For more information, visit http://www.australiansformentalhealth.org.au/
This week, guest Sandy Jeffs reads from her two latest poetry collections “The Mad Poets Tea Party” and “poems from the Madhouse” relates her poetry as a documentation of her journey with mental illness. In particular Sandy discusses her experiences of, and research into, Larundel psychiatric facility, her work as an advocate and speaker on mental health issues.