59 episodes

What’s it like to live with a mental health condition, or a disability, or both? How can we make life better for people who face these complex challenges in their lives? Get Real presents frank and fearless conversations about mental health and disability, including people with lived experience, frontline workers in the industry, as well as policy-makers and advocates. Hosted by Robyn Haydon and Karenza Louis-Smith & produced by Emily Webb, on behalf of ermha365 Complex Mental Health and Disability Services (https://www.ermha.org/). Listed #2 on Feedspot’s Top 20 best Australian Mental Health podcasts 2021, and in the Clarity Clinic (Chicago) list of 13 best mental health podcasts of 2021, Sarah Kelly of Clarity Clinic says “….this podcast is validating for those who live with disabilities, and those who are hoping to learn more about that experience.”

Get Real: Talking mental health & disability The team at ermha365

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What’s it like to live with a mental health condition, or a disability, or both? How can we make life better for people who face these complex challenges in their lives? Get Real presents frank and fearless conversations about mental health and disability, including people with lived experience, frontline workers in the industry, as well as policy-makers and advocates. Hosted by Robyn Haydon and Karenza Louis-Smith & produced by Emily Webb, on behalf of ermha365 Complex Mental Health and Disability Services (https://www.ermha.org/). Listed #2 on Feedspot’s Top 20 best Australian Mental Health podcasts 2021, and in the Clarity Clinic (Chicago) list of 13 best mental health podcasts of 2021, Sarah Kelly of Clarity Clinic says “….this podcast is validating for those who live with disabilities, and those who are hoping to learn more about that experience.”

    Lived Experience (Part 23) Nyibil Amum: My quest for more support for South Sudanese youth after losing my son to suicide

    Lived Experience (Part 23) Nyibil Amum: My quest for more support for South Sudanese youth after losing my son to suicide

    LISTENER NOTE:  conversations on this podcast contain discussions of mental health including trauma, post-traumatic stress and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

    Nyibil Amum, is one of ermha365’s awesome mental health support workers.
    Nyibil recently completed a 1000 kilometre walk to Canberra and Sydney to raise awareness of mental health, youth suicide prevention and the need for more services and support for culturally diverese young Australians, including in his own South Sudanese community.
    Nyibil embarked on this powerful journey in honour of his son Oyiti, who took his own life in 2021.
    This tragedy exposed to Nyibil and his family that there needs to be more mental health support and education that’s relevant to young people like Oyiti, and that there is work to do within culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia, to shed stigmas about mental health and seeking support. And Nyibil is determined to help make this happen.

    Find out more about Nyibil's vision and the Oyiti Foundation for Mutlicultural Youth on Facebook.

    Stories about Nyibil's 1000km walk and his mental health advocacy:
    Walk dad spreads powerful message'Opening up' on mental healthWalk for lifeIf you have been affected by anything discussed in these episodes contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. There are free translation services available.

     13 YARN on 13 92 76 is 24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    ermha365 provides support for people with complex mental health and disability in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

    • 34 min
    Episode 54: 40 years of ermha365 - reflections and celebrations

    Episode 54: 40 years of ermha365 - reflections and celebrations

    2022 sees complex mental health and disability services provider ermha365 turn 40! ermha365 produces this podcast.

    We wanted to reflect on and recognise how ermha365 has grown over these four decades in Victoria and beyond, supporting people with complex mental health and disability.

    Our special guests are two of ermha’s long-standing employees who’ve witnessed – and experienced - how ermha has evolved and adapted, in particular over the past 20 years. 
    Guests:
    Dennise Rossetti – who recently retired after 20 years at ermha365 as Assistant Finance Manager and has seen a lot of change at ermha over that time.

    Ellen Maple -  ermha365’s Project Manager for Carer Respite & Field Education. Ellen joined ermha as a graduate social worker in 2004 and has worked in a number of roles over the years.
    ermha365 CEO Karenza Louis-Smith hosts this episode.

    Produced by Emily Webb, Advocacy and External Communications Advisor.

    ermha365 history
    Ermha was established forty years ago in Melbourne’s south east suburbs by consumers, their families and a psychiatrist who were concerned about the lack of support services for their loved ones who were experiencing a mental illness, especially after a hospital stay.

    Ermha, then known as Eastern Region Mental Health Association, met a huge gap at that time. Today, we deliver services in Victoria and the Northern Territory. The ‘365’ was added to our name to highlight that many of our services are provided 24/7, 365 days a year. 
    If you are affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
    LIFELINE on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)Q LIFE  on 1800 184 527 anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referralIf you’d like to know more about the work we do at ermha365 please visit our website ermha.org.au or follow us on social media:
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    • 35 min
    Episode 53: Lived Experience (Part 22) Dr Fred Moss: flipping his script on how to treat mental health

    Episode 53: Lived Experience (Part 22) Dr Fred Moss: flipping his script on how to treat mental health

    For this episode we are talking to Dr Fred Moss, a psychiatrist of more than 30 years who is based in California. He’s consulted, not only with patients, but with other medical professionals, prisons, nursing homes, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, shelters and more. He also has extensive experience as an expert witness for court cases.

    Dr Fred calls himself an “un-diagnosing psychiatrist”, or a "recovering psychiatrist" and we’ll explore what that means with him in this conversation because has strong views on the traditional psychiatric model and medication. He does not prescribe medication as part of his practice and makes clear his reasons for this.

    LISTENER NOTE: People take psychiatric medications for a variety of conditions and for varying lengths of time – sometimes indefinitely.  So it is not unusual for some people to consider coming off their medication, especially if they are feeling better or the side effects are making life difficult.  Ultimately the decision to stop taking psychiatric medication is a personal choice involving a process weighing up the risks and benefits for each individual. We would urge anyone considering this to talk with their doctor and treating practitioners as part of that process. Being actively involved in your treatment can make a real difference in your recovery. Talking honestly with your doctor or treating practitioner is a big part of that process. If you discuss your concerns and learn about your options, you are much more likely to come up with a plan that works well for you and for the life you want to create, whether that include the use of medication to manage your symptoms or other means. 
    Dr Fred’s practice centres on conversation, communication, creativity and deep human connection as a tool to help people live their best lives possible.

    Fred says his work and vision, that he’s branded WELCOME TO HUMANITY is that each and every person will know that their voice is heard. That who they are and what they do matters.

    Fred’s podcast is called Welcome to Humanity with Dr Fred Moss and it’s available on the usual listening platforms. Find out more about Fred at welcometohumanity.net

    If you have been affected by anything discussed in these episodes please contact (in Australia):
    Lifeline on 13 11 14Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 46713 YARN  on 13 92 76 (24/7 national crisis support line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)QLIFE on 1800 184 527  (anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral) 
    If you are outside Australia please contact your country-specific mental health helpline/s or services including:
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (USA listeners) Samaritans (UK listeners)The Canada Suicide Prevention Service (Canadian listeners)Your hosts are Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO ermha365 and Emily Webb, Advocacy and External Communications Advisor.

    ermha365 provides a range of mental health services designed to help people experiencing mental health challenges to thrive in the community.

    • 44 min
    Episode 52: Lived Experience (Part 21) Dr Kieran Allen - healthcare professionals and mental health (Part 2)

    Episode 52: Lived Experience (Part 21) Dr Kieran Allen - healthcare professionals and mental health (Part 2)

    LISTENER NOTE: The conversations on this podcast contain discussions of trauma, post traumatic stress, mental health and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.
    For this episode we talk to Dr Kieran Allen. Kieran is a senior psychiatric registrar in Melbourne and he’s a passionate and prominent advocate for the mental health of healthcare professionals.  Kieran’s passion in this space comes from his own experience with his mental health. Kieran first experienced challenges with his mental health during adolescence, and during his time at university studying medicine, his mental health declined to a point it threatened his life.

    Kieran co-founded Hand-n-Hand Peer Support Network in 2020. Hand-n-Hand was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, where it became clear that healthcare workers needed support.

    You can follow Kieran on Twitter @DrKieranAllen
    Kieran contributed his personal story to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. You can read his story here and his submission here.
    ermha365 provides a range of mental health services designed to help people experiencing mental health challenges to thrive in the community.

    Your hosts are Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO ermha365 and Emily Webb, Advocacy and External Communications Advisor.

    If you have been affected by anything discussed in these episodes please contact (in Australia) Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If you are outside Australia please contact your country-specific mental health helpline/s or services.

    • 38 min
    Episode 51: Helping healthcare professionals with their mental health (Part 1) - Heather Pickard

    Episode 51: Helping healthcare professionals with their mental health (Part 1) - Heather Pickard

    In this episode we meet Heather Pickard. Heather is the Chief Executive Officer of SHARC - Self Help Addiction Resource Centre, based in Melbourne, which supports people with addiction to alcohol, other drugs and gambling. 

    SHARC has been around for 25 years, founded on the belief that people are experts in their own recovery, and the lived experience of those affected by addiction is central to SHARC’s programs and services.
    Heather is a registered nurse and after working in various roles - and after a time away from the profession, which she’ll tell us about - she moved into in to the alcohol and other drugs sector. 

    Heather has lived experience with addiction and long-tern recovery and founded the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program of Victoria which meets a need to address sensitive health issues around drug and alcohol use experienced by nurses and midwives.  

    Heather brings to her work a mixture of clinical skills, governance expertise, and her own personal lived experience of long-term recovery. 
    She’s currently the NMHPV’s Chair of the Board, and a Board Director at Ballarat Health Services.

    Episode hosted by ermha365 CEO Karenza Louis-Smith and Emily Webb, Advocacy and External Communications Advisor.

    For more information on SHARC visit https://www.sharc.org.au/ or phone (03) 9573 1700

    For more information on  the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program of Victoria visit https://www.nmhp.org.au/ or phone  03 9415 7551.

    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode, you can call: 
    Lifeline on 13 11 14 or go to https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 
    ermha365 provides a range of mental health services designed to help people experiencing mental health challenges to thrive in the community.  
     

    • 43 min
    Episode 50 Lived Experience (Part 19) Zoe Simmons – living with chronic pain, surviving a natural disaster and writing to smash stigmas

    Episode 50 Lived Experience (Part 19) Zoe Simmons – living with chronic pain, surviving a natural disaster and writing to smash stigmas

    This is the nineteenth episode in our Lived Experience series, where we are speaking with some remarkable people who have experienced and overcome adversity, and who are sharing their stories in a way that might help other people in need of support.
    It's also our 50th episode!

    In this episode of GET REAL we meet Zoe Simmons, a journalist and writer who lives with bipolar, anxiety and chronic pain and speaks candidly about symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which emerged after Zoe survived the natural disaster known as the Black Summer bushfires in New South Wales which burned over several months in 2019 and 2020. Zoe is currently working on a book detailing lived experiences that emerged from those fires and the support needed for people and communities who have experienced bushfires. 
    Zoe is also a dedicated advocate for people with mental health and disability, in particular sharing about the invisible barriers of living with these so that awareness and conditions in society can change.

    For our listeners, if you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    You can find out more about Zoe and her work at her website zoesimmons.com.au

    Zoe is on Twitter @ItbeginswithZ 
     


     

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