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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.
S1 E6: Sex and Death: Tender Conversations

S1 E6: Sex and Death: Tender Conversations

Ageing Dementia Recovery Sex Sex Work Suicide

In today’s episode, we examine some of the things we hold near to our hearts but might be afraid to talk about. We talk openly about suicide from those with personal experience and what the research says. This is a story of hope, not despair.

We then have an interview we hope you’ll love as much as we do!

We interview a sex worker who specialises in working with clients who have dementia, living within aged care facilities. Though eye-opening, this is a story of tenderness, not titillation.

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S1 E5: Loneliness & Connection

S1 E5: Loneliness & Connection

Connection Loneliness &/or isolation Writing & poetry

Have you ever felt lonely? Are you lonely now? French writer, Honoré de Balzac wrote that “solitude is fine but sometimes you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” Ain’t that the truth! In this episode, we investigate what causes loneliness and how it is different from solitude. And where does our drive to connect come from? How and why do we connect, with words or without them? Though it can feel like it sometimes, you’re not alone. We promise!

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S1 E4: Religion, Spirit and Pride

S1 E4: Religion, Spirit and Pride

Atheism Homophobia LGBTI+ Sport, fitness and exercise Suicide

Is there a connection between religious involvement and mental health? Hell yeah! Though it is a long and complex relationship indeed. For some, religion and sport has been a source of deep joy and connection, whereas for others it has been an irritant. Of course, there are many shades in between. Funnily enough, the exact same thing could be said about sport. What do you reckon?

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S1 E3: Finding a Place

S1 E3: Finding a Place

Chronic Illness Disability Homelessness Youth

Episode Guests: Kylie Maslen Pam Barker

In this episode, we unearth the connection between invisible illness and its propensity to result in 50 shades of displacement — from friends, family, work, visibility in public discourse, and the home itself. Join in on our chats with SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: LIVING WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS author Kylie Maslen, and Yfoundations CEO Pam Barker.

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S1 E2: Youth

S1 E2: Youth

Youth

In this episode of It’s a Mind Field! We’re focusing on youth and some of the challenges that young people have faced in the past and still deal with today.

Our expert interview is with 2010’s Australian of the Year, Professor Pat McGorry. Pat is a psychiatrist known world-wide for his development of early intervention and youth mental health services and for mental health innovation, advocacy, and reform. Leon speaks to him about the difficulties navigated by young people and mental illness, as well as some of the wins we’ve seen today.

Caz convenes Club Mind with Bree, Jarod and John, a trio with lived experience of mental illness commenting on Pat’s interview and reflecting on how mental health struggles affected their own lives.

Samuel Leighton-Dore is a writer, screenwriter, director and visual artist based on the Gold Coast, where he lives with his production designer husband and two cats. Chris speak with him about changing his relationship with alcohol, and the unique efforts it presents.

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Introducing It’s A Mind Field!

Introducing It’s A Mind Field!

Mental Health

Episode Guests: N/A

Welcome to this 13 episode pilot season of ‘It’s A Mind Field!’ an audio-based multimedia community engagement project for, by and about Australians with lived experience of mental health challenges, launching on 23 July 2021.

We are Caroline Savransky, Chris Jaeger and Leon Fernandes – all experts by experience. Join us as we discuss the issues that matter to us all as we manage our lives through our challenges.

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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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