Conversations with mental health experts. We speak to psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, doctors, therapists and more. Their stories highlight the importance of thinking and talking about the mind - both for ourselves and to better understand those close to us.
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I Shot Myself at 16 and Survived - Emma Benoit’s Story
At 16 Emma attempted suicide and was left paralyzed. Now, at 21, Emma is a passionate mental health advocate. She take us on a journey of what led up to her attempt and her thought processes immediately before, during and after and ultimately her recovery. Emma reflects on meaningful ways in which to reach out and support someone that may be at risk. She now uses her story as a powerful instrument to support others.
Emma’s story is particularly relevant this week as it’s suicide prevention week.
You can reach out to Emma’s team as well as finding out how to watch her incredible documentary My Ascension here:
For emergency support contact:
13 11 14 in Australia for Lifeline, a crisis support and suicide prevention service
1800 273 8255 in the USA for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Can Poor Sleep Cause Mental Illness? with Prof Sean Drummond
Today we continue speaking with Professor Sean Drummond, a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University.
In part 2 of our conversation, we explore the relationship between poor sleep and mental illnesses - how one can be caused by the other. We talk about cognitive based therapy for insomnia (CBTI), the current gold standard for the treatment of poor sleep, medication for insomnia and the role that it has in treatment. Finally we circle around to the resources available to help people with poor sleep, and some tips to achieve better quality sleep.
The Australasian Sleep Association (offers a list of providers)
The Sleep Health Foundation
Four Tips for Better Sleep with Sleep Expert Prof Sean Drummond
Today we’re speaking with Professor Sean Drummond, a sleep expert, Cognitive Neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University.
We have split this conversation into 2 parts, in this, part 1 we cover the mechanics of sleep, how much sleep do we need, how much we actually get, the price for insufficient sleep, Sleep patterns, Caffeine and alcohol and how they impact sleep, Insomnia and sleep apnoea. We touch on 4 key things that you can do to improve your sleep.
How Culture Effects Trauma with Dr. Jarrod White
Today we’re speaking with Dr. Jarrod White, a Clinical Psychologist working in private practice at The Viewpoint clinic in Caulfield Melbourne. During Dr. White's research he had the opportunity to conduct face to face interviews with holocaust survivors and Sudanese genocide survivors. During our conversation, Dr. White shares some of his research and the key themes of how trauma is processed and expressed differently within different cultures.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Prof Paul Fitzgerald
Today we speak with Professor Paul Fitzgerald who has been involved in the development, evaluation and clinical implementation of new treatments for mental health disorders for 2 decades. He pioneered the use of TMS in Australia and is internationally renowned as a leader in the field of brain stimulation and device based treatments in psychiatry.
In our conversation we discuss what TMS is, the mechanisms of how we believe it works, we discuss how it’s administered, side effects, it’s efficacy and the costs and funding available in Australia.
This conversation was recorded in November of 2021, since this time the Australian government has added TMS to the rebate scheme as Prof. Fitzgerald mentioned.
Professor Paul Fitzgerald has been the Director of Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH) but is currently in the process of transitioning to a role as Director of the School of Medicine and Psychology at ANU through which you can connect with him.
You can find a list of TMS relevant publications by Prof Fitzgerald on his website at paulbfitzgerald.com/
If You Fall In Love With Your Therapist with Phil Armstrong of the ACA
Today we talk to Phil Armstrong, CEO of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), about the ethics of client patient dynamics and what happens when a clinician develops romantic feelings towards their client or visa versa. Phil, as the head of the ACA, is in the perfect position to provide some guidance and boundaries on these sorts of ethical questions. As you’ll hear from our conversation, Phil draws on his own clinical experience as well as that of their 7000 members.