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
Chris Jaeger talks about miscarriage with his cousin Jess. She tells a heartbreaking story of pregnancy loss. Miscarriage can inflict profound emotional wounds, often leading to a complex array of mental health challenges.
Chris Jaeger continues his conversation with paramedic Jason Kirkaldy. A front line paramedic, Jason experiences trauma daily. He speaks about the unique mental health challenges faced by first responders.
Chris Jaeger talks with paramedic Jason Kirkaldy who opens up about revealing mental health struggles in a workplace that sometimes demonstrates a culture of shame. Jason discusses trauma that stems from working on the frontline in paramedicine and how that can impact mental health.
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.
Artist, writer and poet, Mohammad Awad talks about being Muslim and queer. He discusses mental health consequences of marginalisation, advocating for acceptance, and creating a safe place where young Muslims can access culturally sensitive support.
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.
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.
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.
IAMF’s Leon Fernandes has faced deep trauma because of failings in mental health care. While awaiting a psychiatric hospital bed, Leon spent 12 terrifying nights in an open ward shared with people experiencing drug-induced psychosis. He discusses harm caused in psychiatric care with clinician and researcher, Dr Sophie Isobel.
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.