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.
On today’s show, Reid Maxwell, president of the Melbourne Bipolar Network and manager of MindWorks, comes on the show to talk about Bipolar Disorder. In light of World Bipolar Day, March 30th 2016, the team speak about what is Bipolar Disorder, common myths, recovery for individuals with Bipolar and how the community can be more understanding and aware. For those interested in finding out more information about MindWorks, visit http://mindworksaustralia.com.au/
Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Serena & Terri
Carlo Laruccia is a passionate mental health and wellbeing advocate, and today on the show Carlo talks about his lived experience of mental health, recovery and human connection.
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Interviewers: Chiara & Kathy
Carlo and the Brainwaves team!
This week, author of the children’s book “My Happy Sad Mummy” comes on the show to talk about her picture book that aims at educating young children about what it is like to live with a parent with Bipolar Disorder. The book serves as a useful tool for parents, teachers, childcare workers, librarians and psychologists to help to explain the impact of this experience from the eyes of a young child. The book will be the first in a line of books aimed at educating children and helping to start the conversation about mental health issues from a young age. For more information about Michelle, her book and other books she has in the works, please visit http://www.michellevasiliu.com/.
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Interviewers: Chris & Chiara
Michelle and the Brainwaves team
Neil Cole has a long and storied career history. After founding the Flemington Legal Service and working to support the local community for seven years, he then ran for, and won, the seat of Melbourne in federal parliament. In 1993, Neil received a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which was leaked to the public by his political enemies, forcing him to resign his position and be open about his lived experiences. Since leaving federal politics, Neil Cole has continued his advocacy through work with the Monash medical school, Melbourne University’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and by serving as a member on the national advisory committee of mental health. Neil also shares his story creative, having penned 25 plays and one novel, he has been awarded the Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting and the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and literature.
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Interviewers: Rose & James
Neil Cole and the Brainwaves team!
Dan McGuiness, Mick Seymour and Adam Pollock from the BiPolar Bears in the Wild@heART Community showcase their music, discuss the origins of the band, their influences and how music and arts can be used as an outlet for recovery from mental health issues.
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Interviewers: Daniel & Tu
The Bipolar Bears and the Brainwaves team
This week, guest Jacqui talks about her personal experience of Bipolar 2 Disorder.
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Interviewers: Kate and Kathy
Andrea Taylor, Fergus Browne & Ben Rinaudo host Destination Bipolar with special guests Michael Taylor (Andreas father) & Marg Quon on supporting loved ones through recovery.
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Interviewers: Andrea & Fergus