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 E3: Loneliness

S2 E3: Loneliness

Loneliness &/or isolation

Loneliness is a silent epidemic affecting one in three of us. It can negatively impact our mental and physical health.

Producer/presenter Chris Jaeger gives us his personal take on loneliness as he delves into the roles played by friendship, romantic connections, and loss.

Dr Michell Lim, Chair of Ending Loneliness Together, is an expert on the subject. She shares a scientific viewpoint, and in this conversation with Leon Fernandes, explains her mission to elevate awareness, and encourage actions, to address loneliness.

For more information on the Ending Loneliness campaign, visit – https://endingloneliness.com.au/

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S2 E2:  Suicide & Bereavement

S2 E2: Suicide & Bereavement

Bereavement Suicide

Episode Guests: Jane and Gab

In this episode, we hear the stories of two people whose loved ones have died by suicide.

It’s heavy stuff, involving big emotions. As presenter Leon Fernandes says in the interview, “There are places where words can’t reach and that darkness [of suicide] is absolutely one of them.”

Jane talks about the loss of husband Jez, and how she continues to struggle to make sense of his suicide, with gutsy honesty and deep compassion.

Gab’s experience happened at just 14 when her beloved brother took his life. Many years later, Gab would lose a second family member to suicide when her father chose to end his life.

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S2 E1:  Hearing Voices

S2 E1: Hearing Voices

Drugs Hearing Voices LGBTI+ Mental Health Psychiatry

Episode Guests: Ruah Grace

In this mesmerising opening episode of season two, Leon Fernandes is joined by Ruah Grace who talked about her life-long experience of hearing voices. A deeply spiritual character, Ruah recently departed this life after suffering a short illness. This episode is dedicated with love, to Ruah, her partner, family, and friends.

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S1 E13:  Uncomfortable Terrain

S1 E13: Uncomfortable Terrain

Sex Sexual Health Stigma & self stigma Suicide

How comfortable are you in talking about sex and suicide? No matter what, we each have a close relationship with and strong opinions about sex and suicide. Talking candidly about them can be difficult – with each they can fill us with unease, bring up distressing memories, force us to sit with uncertainty and with fear.

Stella Anna Sonnenbaum MPH CSSE is a Somatic Sexologist and Certified Somatic Sex Educator with a busy practice in Central London, UK, and on Zoom. Originally a licensed pharmacist from Berlin, she initially took up Tantra training over 15 years ago when seeking help and advice about how to create more intimacy in the sexless relationship she was in.

She founded her company, Stella with Love, in 2014, with the aim of helping couples and individuals to find more intimacy with each other, and added her certifications in 2015 and 2016 to gain professional expertise in helping clients address and overcome sexual issues, in person, and online. She feels she has found her love and vocation, and gives workshops, lectures and presentations in order to make this very effective body-based approach better known, and to enable people to find more love and pleasure in their lives and relationships.

Following Stella’s interview, Caz speaks sex with Club Mind participants, Steffi and Dave about all things intimacy and sex.

Lastly, we hear the first episode of Leon’s new podcast, The Suicide Chronicles.

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S1 E12: Madness and History

S1 E12: Madness and History

History Medicine Mental Health Psychiatry

For most of human history, mental illness has been largely untreatable. Sufferers lived their lives – if they survived – in and out of asylums, accumulating life’s wreckage around them.

In 1948, all that changed when an Australian doctor and recently returned prisoner of war, working alone in a disused kitchen, set about an experimental treatment for one of the scourges of mankind – manic depression, or bipolar disorder. That doctor was John Cade and in that small kitchen he stirred up a miracle.

John Cade discovered a treatment that has become the gold standard for bipolar disorder – lithium. It has stopped more people from committing suicide than a thousand help lines.

Lithium is the penicillin story of mental health – the first effective medication discovered for the treatment of a mental illness – and it is, without doubt, Australia’s greatest mental health story.

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S1 E11: Reframing suicide

S1 E11: Reframing suicide

Recovery Stigma & self stigma Suicide

Episode Guests: Max Simensen

Many people across Australia and the world are afraid to talk about suicide. A common misconception is that talking about it will encourage and lead to suicide.

In episode 11 of It’s A Mind Field!, we start the conversation about suicide and some of the myths around it. We take a first-hand look at the factors that drive suicidal thinking and behaviour and reveal the powerful effect that holding space for someone going through this can have.

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S1 E10: Sink or swim: sports, mental health & overcoming trauma

S1 E10: Sink or swim: sports, mental health & overcoming trauma

Sport, fitness and exercise Stress & Anxiety Trauma

Australia is a country that lives for sport; in the 2021 lockdown, millions of people were glued to the Olympics in Tokyo and football grand finals. But what about the mental health of athletes when they’re off the field? Renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Ranjit Menon joins It’s A Mind Field! to discuss the mental health of high-performance athletes.

On December 14 2012, the world watched in horror as a deadly school shooting unfolded at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in the United States. It was the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in US History. Darren Wagner has extensive experience working with mass trauma after supporting his community of Sandy Hook through a school shooting and joins It’s a Mind Field! to discuss post-traumatic growth.

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S1 E9: Indigenous Voices

S1 E9: Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Sport, fitness and exercise Suicide

Episode Nine of It’s A Mind Field! explores Aboriginal mental health and suicide. Research shows that Indigenous people in Australia are twice as likely to die by suicide than non-Indigenous Australians. The suicide rate of Indigenous Australian children is amongst the highest in the world and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged between 15 and 24 are almost four times more likely to commit suicide than non-Indigenous people of the same age.

In today’s episode, we hear the voices of Aboriginal Australians talking about mental health.

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S1 E7: Drugs

S1 E7: Drugs

Drugs Grief Harm reduction Stigma & self stigma

Drugs destroy lives. . . or do they? Everyone has an opinion about drugs, and usually a robust one.
For some people living with mental health issues, the impacts of drug use can be devastating and even fatal. However, for some, intoxication can also be a source of joy, inspiration, and self-knowledge. What do you reckon? This episode features two of Australia’s most prominent and influential voices around all things related to drugs, and their opinions might not be the ones you expect.

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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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