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Challenging the mainstream, negative stereotypes of people with a mental illness ths program actively engages those living with a mental illness as researchers, interviewers, performers and program designers while promoting community mental health awareness.

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Autism & Sleep: Dr Emma Scriberras

This April is Autism Awareness Month, and to kick things off on Brainwaves this week we talked to Dr Emma Scriberras. Emma is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in psychology at Deakin University and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and her research aims to investigate whether improving sleep could benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.To find out more about the study or to participate head to sleepingsoundasd.com.au or contact the research team on (03) 9246 8937 or sleepingsound@deakin.edu.au.

4 Apr 2018

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WISE Ways to Work

This week on Brainwaves, the team discussed employment and mental health and the WISE Ways to Work program run by WISE Employment. The program is a new initiative that helps people living with mental illness prepare to enter the workforce and supports them throughout their journey to paid employment. Our guests this week were Elena Ashley, program manager at WISE Employment, and Terry Deacon, peer coach.To find out more information about the program or to register your interest, you can email wwtw@wiseemployment.com.au or call 0409 188 972.

29 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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Sarah's lived experience - borderline personality disorder

This week the team talk to Sarah, a volunteer for Wellways Helpline. Sarah shares a little about her lived experience with borderline personality disorder and how DBT therapy has been a part of her recorvery. Sarah also talks about what it's like to volunteer for the Wellways Helpline. Content warning: this episode contains mentions of suicide and self harm. If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, please get in contact with Lifeline on 13 11 14, Wellways Helpline on 1300 111 500, or in an emergency contact 000.

14 Nov 2018

Rank #3

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Kirsty's lived experience - holistic therapies

This week on Brainwaves, we talked to fellow team member Kirsty on her experience of mental health. She talked about her eating disorder and body dysmorphia, and the various methods of therapy she has utilised in her recovery including CBT, ACT, mindfulness, yoga and self-care. Content warning: this episode contains mentions of eating disorders and body dysmorphia. If you require assistance, please head to The Butterfly Foundation or call them on 1800 33 4673, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Wellways' Helpline on 1300 111 500.

3 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Sleep Awareness Week - Dr Moira Junge

This week on Brainwaves we talk to Dr Moira Junge from the Sleep Health Foundation for Sleep Awareness Week Oct 1 - 7. We talked about sleep disorders, what constitutes a good night's sleep and how this impacts on mental health. For factsheets on sleep related topics click HERE.

26 Sep 2018

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Jess' Lived Experience - Bipolar Disorder

This week we talk to Jess, a mental health advocate, psychology and sports science graduate, and honors researcher. Jess talks about her lived experience with bipolar disorder, the stigma that surrounds mental illnes, and seeking help.Content warning: this episode contains mentions of eating disorders and trauma. If you require assistance, please head to The Butterfly Foundation or call them on 1800 33 4673, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Wellways' Helpline on 1300 111 500.

5 Dec 2018

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Centres Against Sexual Assault - Carolyn Worth

This week on Brainwaves, the team talked to Carolyn Worth, convener of CASA forum and manager of the South Eastern Centre for Sexual Assault (SECASA) which provides support and interventions for survivors of sexual assault. We talked about what sexual assault is, the effects of the #MeToo movement, and the ways in which people respond to incidents of sexual harassment and assault.Content warning: this episode of Brainwaves discusses sexual assault and PTSD which may be triggering for some. If you require support please contact the Sexual Assault Crisis Line on 1800 806 292, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways' Helpline on 1300 111 500.

21 Mar 2018

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Review - How Mad Are You?

This week the Brainwaves team discusses the 2 part SBS documentary: How Mad Are You? Where 10 Australians from all backgrounds and ages spend a week together. Five have a history of mental illness, five do not. Three psychologists put their skills to the test to see who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Challenging labels, stereotypes and stigma.To watch the documentary click HERE

21 Nov 2018

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Dr Scott Blair-West

Today on the show we interviewed Dr Scott Blair-West, a consultant psychiatrist who specialises in anxiety disorders. We discussed what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is, how it presents itself and the interventions available for those affected by it. We also talked a little bit about the stigma that surrounds OCD and how it can negatively affect individuals.For more information on OCD and other anxiety disorders, please head to either the ARCVIC or ADAVIC websites. You can also use the Your Health In Mind website to find mental health information and psychiatrists in your area.

15 Aug 2018

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13 Reasons Why - Season 2

This week on Brainwaves, the team reviews season two of 13 Reasons Why. This episode discusses themes of sexual abuse, bullying, gun violence, that may be distressing to listeners. This episode of Brainwaves contains spoilers, and description of serious and sensitive issues. Listeners discretion is advised. 13 Reasons Why is a netflix original series based off the novel by Jay Asher, where main character Hannah Baker commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes. Season two focuses on the aftermath of Hannah's suicide and the impact it has on her family and friends.To find out more information about 13 Reasons Why you can head to their website here. If you or anyone you know are struggling please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways' Helpline on 1300 111 500.

28 Nov 2018

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Forensicare: Danny Sullivan

This week on Brainwaves, the team talked to Danny Sullivan, the Executive Director of Clinical Services at Forensicare, Victoria's largest provider of forensic mental health care services. To find out more about Forensicare head to their website here.

7 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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Year In Review - Mental Health in 2018

Today on Brainwaves the team discusses various topics related to Mental Health in 2018. Those topics include Resignation Syndrome in children on Nauru, The National Redress Scheme, Eating Disorder treatment Funding and lastly Celebrities sharing about their mental health to reduce stigma.Content warning: this episode contains mentions of eating disorders, sexual abuse and trauma. If you require assistance, please head to The Butterfly Foundation or call them on 1800 33 4673, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Wellways' Helpline on 1300 111 500.

30 Jan 2019

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Movember - Dr Nic Vogelpoel

This week on Brainwaves we talk to Dr Nic Vogelpoel about Movember and how we can make a difference for men's mental health.

7 Nov 2018

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Surviving The Holidays

The holidays can be difficult for some, and with that in mind this week the team talks about surviving the holidays. We discuss tips on how to maintain good mental health during the silly season.If you find yourself in need of extra support please contact Wellways Helpline on 1300 111 500 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

12 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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Returning to Study

This week on Brainwaves the team discuss their tips and lived experience of studying whilst maintaining good mental health.

20 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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Psychological Therapy Lived Experience

This week on Brainwaves the team discusses their own personal experiences with psychological therapy. We talk about how to find a psychologist what to look for in a good psychologist and how to get the most out of your mental health plan.

6 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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Self Care

This week on Brainwaves the team discusses self care, what it is, why it's important, and why we should all use it.

24 Oct 2018

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Criminalisation of Drug & Alcohol Use - Rob Stary & Marco Man

This week on the show, we talked to Australian Lawyers Rob Stary and Marco Man about the medical versus criminal model of reducing harm and costs to families, and society caused by substance abuse and addictions. A big thank you to Suzie for organising today's show, even though she couldn't be with us today.

31 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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Sue Anderson - World Bipolar Day

This Friday the 30th of April is World Bipolar Day, a chance to bring awareness to bipolar disorders and provide information and sensitivity to people around the world.On this week's episode of Brainwaves, the team talked to Sue Anderson, author of One Mind's Manifesto and passionate mental health advocate. We talk about her experience of bipolar disorder and sleep apnea, how the writing of her memoir came about, and her strategies for learning to cope with mental ill-health. To find out more about Sue and her book, head to www.sueanderson.net.

28 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Francesca Kuperman: Lived Experience Wellbeing Coach

This week on Brainwaves we talk to Francesca Kuperman, a lived experience wellbeing coach from the Steps to Wellbeing program. Francesca talks about the Steps to Wellbeing program, what it means to be a lived experience wellbeing coach, her passion and her experience in the mental health sector.

13 Feb 2019

Rank #20