Brainwaves – 7 December – My Mum Has Depression

On today’s show we talk to Nina Mitchell, author of the children’s book My Mum Has Depression. Nina was prompted to write the book after realising that she and many other parents who suffer from depression have difficulty explaining the subject to their children.

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Panel Operator: Chiara

Interviewer: Christine


Brainwaves – 26 October – Dr. James McLure

This week we speak with Dr James McLure, peer support worker with Pathways Mental Health and Wellbeing Services and author of Eight Stones: My Journey Through Schizophrenia and Depression.

James, a former AFL footballer with a PHD in clinical pharmacology, discusses everyfrom from his lived experience with mental illness to his role with the with the support group GROW, as well as his stance on mental health and football.

Interviewer: Chiara


Brainwaves – 27 April – Resilience and Wellbeing

On today’s show, Matthew Johnstone, author, illustrator, ambassador and creative director at the Black Dog Institute talks about resilience and wellbeing. Matthew discusses his short video “I had a Black Dog…his name was Depression”, the motivation behind the video and the message it conveys. Check out the video here: For more information about the Black Dog institute and useful resources visit

Panel Operator: Chiara
Interviewers: Terri & Serena


Brainwaves – 2 March – The Good Greek Girl

On this week’s show, Maria Katsonis, policy adviser, mental health advocate and writer of “The Good Greek Girl” comes on the show to discuss her memoir about coming out as gay and mentally ill to a conservative Greek family.

Panel Operator: Mark
Interviewers: Kathy & Chiara

“From the halls of Harvard, to the beds of the psych ward”

Brainwaves – 27 January – Diet and Mood Disorders

This week Brainwaves has Felice Jacka on the show, Associate Professor at Deakin University and President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research and the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders. Felice discusses her research around the role of diet and nutrition as it relates to mental health disorders. Felice also explains the ways in which people’s mood is impacted by what they ear and how her research looks at utilizing Dietary Improvement as a treatment strategy for Major Depression. Click here to read Felice’s latest research on diet and depression.

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewers: Rose & Kathleen

Felice Jacka

Brainwaves – 23 December – Ray of Light Documentary

Guest director Jay Richards comes on the show this week to talk about his documentary Ray of Light. The Ray of Light documentary looks to shine a light on youth anxiety, depression and suicide. The documentary reveals the world of today’s teenagers by openly exploring the issues of schoolyard and social media bullying, depression, anxiety, self- harm and cutting, rejection, social isolation, sexual identity, drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and family trauma to getting appropriate help, counselling and treatment that lead to positive and lasting recoveries. Trigger warning: This show discusses suicide which may be a sensitive topic for some. To watch the Ray of Light documentary trailer, visit

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewers: Rose & Kathy

Brainwaves – 18 November – Suzanne Hurley, PANDA

Suzanne Hurley, a senior counsellor from PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) comes on the show in light of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Week (Nov 15-22). Suzanne explains the differences between perinatal, antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression, supports and resources available for people who may be experiencing problems, friends and family, early warning signs and the support services provided by PANDA. Visit for more information or call the PANDA Helpline on 1300 726 306.

Interviewers: Chiara & Tu
Panel Operator: Tu

Suzanne and the Brainwaves team!

Brainwaves – 28 October – Exploring mental health perspectives

In the last of the Headspace curated series of shows, this week’s program explores the lived experience of two young men, exploring mental health from 2 unique perspectives. In Part 1 of the program Mark explores self care when managing depression and anxiety, and in Part 2 Damian discusses mental health and healing in the context of family.

Panel Operator: Tu
Interviewers: Kathy, Mark, Lucy


Luke, Damian, Mark, Lucy, Canon and the Brainwaves team!

Brainwaves – 26 August – MAprc and De Costella Fun Run

Dr Rebecca Segrave talks about her research as research fellow and clinical neuropsychologist at the Monash and Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre into TMS, DBS and tDCS in the treatment of refractory major depression. Rebecca also talks about details for the De Costella Fun Run on August 30th, proceeds of which go to MAPrc research programs.

Panel Operator: Rose
Interviewers: Kate & Kathy