Alternatives Melbourne (14 February)


This week on Brainwaves, the team talked to Sue Nunn and Leah McKenner of Alternatives Melbourne. Alternatives Melbourne are a group of individuals committed to sharing the Alternatives to Suicide approach in our communities. To support the work of Alternatives Melbourne, or to find out more about the upcoming Alternatives to Suicide events, please contact

Their upcoming events include the Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator training in Melbourne from March 5th-7th, and a community forum held on March 6th in Hawthorn. Please email for more information.

This episode of Brainwaves discusses suicide. For support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Wellways Helpline on 1300 111 500.

Panel – Lauren


Brainwaves – 13 September – Suicide Prevention Week featuring Tullara Connors of RU OK? Day

On Brainwaves this week, the team interviewed Sylvia Gray, president and co-founder of Hero Town Geelong. The organisation aims to empower individuals to develop their best selves and become an everyday hero. You can find out more about Hero Town at their website and Facebook page.

Panel – Marni

Interviewer – Rebecca and Helen

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 – 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 – November 9 – Movember Foundation

Today on Brainwaves we talk to Rhett Corker, the Men’s Health Program Manager at The Movember Foundation. Each November, men all around the world are challenged to grow a mustache in order to raise money and awareness for three key areas of men’s health: testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Rhett tells us about how the foundation evolved and some of the new initiatives it has started, as well as the role masculinity plays in speaking up about health problems. If you’d like to join the Movember cause, you can find more information at the Movember Australia Facebook page or donate at

Panel Operator – Lauren

Interviewers – Lauren and Christine


Brainwaves – 8 July – Living with Suicidal Feelings

Guests Annie Murphy, Liz Scarfe and Lara discuss the “Living With Suicidal Feelings” support group. Topics include why this group matters, their intention and motivation, and the value of peer support. A typical format is outlined – who attends and what is discussed and how the group support one another, and the importance of self care. And finally, where to find information re the group if you want to attend.  There is also a Face Book page to check out: Living With Suicidal Feelings.

Panel Operator: Kathy
Interviewers: Kate and Rose