Max Simensen

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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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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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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