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Season 2 is here!....

Leon, Hannah and Chris have rounded up wise, quirky and courageous characters for Season 2 episodes.
Guests and presenters share diverse experiences of life on the mental health rollercoaster.
S2 E13 Wisdom of Elders

S2 E13 Wisdom of Elders

Episode Guests: Greg Leon Fernandes

Leon Fernandes chats with Greg, a wise elder with fascinating life-insights. For Leon, the conversation was life-changing. 

Greg tells the story of his struggles with being accepted as a gay man when he came out decades ago. Unlike most experiences today, back then coming out was often a journey marked by profound trauma and societal rejection

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S2 E9 War on Emotional Suppression

S2 E9 War on Emotional Suppression

LGBTI+ Mental Health Religion Sexual Identity & Orientation

After 10 years in the mental health sector supporting patients, and being a patient himself, Max Simensen believes there is a better way to approach treatment.

Max speaks up against emotional suppression and discusses how people with mental health issues find a need to perform ‘unwellness’ in order to access the treatment they need.

Over the last two years, Max has led NSW’s first operational SafeHaven – a drop-in service, offering an alternative to Emergency Departments for people in suicidal distress. SafeHaven is staffed by peer workers who have their own lived experience of suicidality.

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S2 E7: Psychologists Need Therapy Too!

S2 E7: Psychologists Need Therapy Too!

Harm reduction Mental Health Psychotherapy

Episode Guests: Leon Fernandes Meg

Leon Fernandes talks with Meg, a clinical psychologist who reveals how stigma and shame inhibit members of her profession from discussing and seeking treatment for their own mental health issues. Meg’s perspective is shaped by having faced mental health trauma and the uncomfortable reactions exhibited when communicating her experiences to colleagues. Leon, who has for a long time been in therapy with Meg, talks about the comfort that he feels from knowing that his therapist truly understands what it’s like to walk in his shoes.

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S2 E6: Big Feelings – Part II

S2 E6: Big Feelings – Part II

Harm reduction Mental Health Psychotherapy

Episode Guests: Chris Jaeger Natalie Toal

Chris Jaeger introduces Natalie Toal – a ‘super feeler’ who advocates for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy in managing big feelings. Natalie explains what is involved in the therapy, and outlines its benefits. Natalie relies on DBT herself, and as a peer worker in mental health, she is involved in helping others who are dealing with overwhelming feelings. Chris and Natalie also discuss the burden of stigma faced by people with big feelings and diagnoses of borderline personality disorders.

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S2 E5: Big Feelings – Part I

S2 E5: Big Feelings – Part I

Harm reduction Mental Health Psychotherapy

After 10 years in psychotherapy, Hannah Achelles has learned how to navigate big feelings. In this interview with co-host Chris Jaeger, Hannah talks about how she recognises and befriends emotions as a tactic to prevent them from becoming overwhelming and degenerating into depression. For those who experience extreme emotions, managing those feelings can be a complex and lifelong journey of self-awareness.

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Season 2

In Season 2, over 13 episodes, we'll more closely explore topics from the perspective of those with lived experience. We'd love you to join us for these fascinating insights into the wide variety of mental challenges, so that we can learn more about ourselves and those around us.

Hugs! Chris, Leon and Hannah

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