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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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 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 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 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 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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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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