9 episodes

WINNER BEST EPISODIC PODCAST: VOYAGER MEDIA AWARDS 2020.
From Stuff’s podcast team, a series of true stories about mental health. In each episode one person talks to journalist Adam Dudding about their life, and the view from inside their head.

You’ll learn what it’s like to hear voices or see things that no one else can; about the reality of living with anxiety or postnatal depression; about the lows and highs of bipolar disorder.

These first-person dispatches from the front lines of mental health are powerfully moving, yet also full of moments of surprise, tenderness and humour.

Out of My Mind Stuff

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 3 Ratings

WINNER BEST EPISODIC PODCAST: VOYAGER MEDIA AWARDS 2020.
From Stuff’s podcast team, a series of true stories about mental health. In each episode one person talks to journalist Adam Dudding about their life, and the view from inside their head.

You’ll learn what it’s like to hear voices or see things that no one else can; about the reality of living with anxiety or postnatal depression; about the lows and highs of bipolar disorder.

These first-person dispatches from the front lines of mental health are powerfully moving, yet also full of moments of surprise, tenderness and humour.

    Introducing The Commune: Sex, drugs – and a guru called Bert

    Introducing The Commune: Sex, drugs – and a guru called Bert

    Listen to the first episode of Stuff’s major new podcast, The Commune, a 12-part investigation into the notorious free-love commune, Centrepoint. There are crimes. But this isn’t a whodunnit. It’s a whydunnit. Subscribe at www.stuff.co.nz/thecommune

    • 40 min
    Barbed wire

    Barbed wire

    “I was never in the same institution twice. One was like the best Betty Ford Clinic – all tempura fish and espressos and people walking around with floaty scarves. And then there was the other extreme, with padded walls and barbed-wire fences.”

    In her 20s, Taimi Allan is told she faces a life of institutionalisation and crippling psychiatric drugs. She’s not so sure about that.

    * Content warning: Discussion of suicide.
    * If you want to talk to a trained counsellor, call or text for free to 1737.
    * www.stuff.co.nz/outofmymind
    * Taimi is CEO of mental health charity Changing Minds. Learn more at changingminds.org.nz 9biu9iz9

    • 34 min
    Harvey Milk and the dinosaurs

    Harvey Milk and the dinosaurs

    “The Foreign Legion parachute out of aeroplanes, fight wars and slither through jungles, and for some people that might have some appeal. But for me it was an opportunity to reboot and start again.”

    – Andy Cawston decides that abandoning his family, his home and his career to take up arms abroad will solve all his problems. It takes a while to figure out that the answers in fact lie much closer to home.

    * Content warning: Discussion of suicide.
    * If you want to talk to a trained counsellor, call or text for free to 1737.
    * www.stuff.co.nz/outofmymind

    • 29 min
    Another realm

    Another realm

    “When my father arrived his face morphed into something really devil-like. People that I loved shape-shifted right in front of me. And you can't stop it just because you don't believe it's true.”

    — Karlo Mila is overcome by terrifying visions and voices while visiting Tonga, and is told it is psychosis. Many years later, though, she starts to question what was really going on when her reality fractured.

    * Content warning: Strong language; discussion of suicide.
    * If you want to talk to a trained counsellor, call or text for free to 1737.
    * www.stuff.co.nz/outofmymind

    • 38 min
    Fight or flight

    Fight or flight

    “We put ourselves in glossy brochures looking the perfect picture of what we want the public to believe we are. It wasn't until it all exploded that I really realised what was going on in my head.”

    – Senior politician Jami-Lee Ross’s breakdown in late 2018 was played out in the glare of constant media attention. He walks us through his year from hell.

    * Content warning: Strong language; discussion of suicide.
    * If you want to talk to a trained counsellor, call or text for free to 1737.
    * www.stuff.co.nz/outofmymind

    • 38 min
    Crossing the lines

    Crossing the lines

    “That damned voice was going round and round in my head: ‘Why can't you do this? Plenty of other mothers manage to defrost chicken without burning down the house. And sure, they get angry at their kids but they don't lash out.’”

    – “Hanna” holds it together after the birth of her first child, but when a second arrives, hormonal swings, relationship stresses and past traumas push her to the brink of catastrophe.

    * Content warning: Strong language; discussion of suicide.
    * If you want to talk to a trained counsellor, call or text for free to 1737.
    * More info on post-natal depression at tinyurl.com/pnd-info
    * www.stuff.co.nz/outofmymind

    • 38 min

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