Mental Health

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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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 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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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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