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The Mozart Effect
25 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Mental illness over the lifespan and romantic relationships
In this talk I cover both sides of dating with a mental illness. Dating someone with a mental illness and dating when you have a mental illness. Above all, I look at the importance of independence, autonomy and self-empowerment. As well as keeping your relationship separate from the management of your mental illness.Contact us or subscribe to our newsletter. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)
32 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
BONUS: World Mental Health Day - music and mental health special with “in earnest” band.
The 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Studies conducted on pandemic habits show that different creative pursuits have been really important for people in lockdown, with listening to music ranked as the most effective activity for making participants feel more positive. So for this episode I wanted to come back to my roots and revisit the wonderful relationship between music and mental mental health. in earnest are a Southend-on-Sea (UK) trio fuelled by the songwriting of front-couple Sarah Holburn and Tom Eatherton, and joined by instrumentalist Toby Shaer. ‘reasons to stay alive’ tackles topics such as despair, gratitude, suicidal thoughts and the climate crisis. More than just a collection of songs, the six tracks flow seamlessly into one another to create a 22-minute composition that loops back round into an infinite piece of art. Diving deeper and even more unflinchingly into their thematic content, in earnestshowcase a unique blend of indie, folk and post-rock with progressive tendencies. During our interview, in earnest explained that their new EP “took its title from a book by Matt Haig, which originally inspired us to talk so openly about mental illness. We wrote these songs to document our personal highs and lows over the past couple of years; the whole record is cyclical to reflect how most of us have felt stuck in an endless loop.” You can catch the album on the band’s website and Spotify.Subscribe to our newsletter or contact us here. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)
65 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Mental illness is serious, so why does mental health get all the attention? Interview with Tarika Powell, PTSD advocate.
We talk a lot about “mental health” these days, and less about mental illness. From Instagram to large non profits and government service providers, the message and focus is on being well, taking time for self-care, and recovering. This is a positive step forward for some. But what about people who live with mental illness all their lives? In this conversation with Tarika Powell, we look at how the shifting nomenclature might be increasing stigma associated with people with severe and persistent mental illness and excluding them from meaningful discussions about mental illness and mental health.Tarika Powell lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is an advocate for increasing public education around mental health. Tarika is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. She also holds a Masters of Education and undergraduate degrees in English and African-American Studies from Oberlin College.Tarika is also a policy analyst and speaker in the fields of fossil fuel infrastructure development, public safety, land use management, and equity. For the past six years, she has helped lead Northwest opposition movements to false clean energy solutions like fracked gas. This work has made her a regional expert on energy policy. If you are a watcher rather than a listener, you can find the full podcast with video on YouTube here.You can find out more about Tarika at https://instagram.com/tarikapowell or https://linktr.ee/tarikapowell Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)
48 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Interview with author of My Friend Fox, Heidi Everett: medical and social models of disability and the Arts.
Heidi Everett is an artist, creative workshop facilitator, mental health recovery advocate, social impact facilitator, and projects and events innovator in Melbourne, Australia. My Friend Fox is her first book.'My version of events that happened to me involves things that the mental health system will never understand because to understand, it needs to take its pointy shoes off and walk softly through the grass. Through this book I want people to see that those of us in psych wards and on the streets have deep and ancient trenches etched into our lifelines. We need to stop looking suspiciously at people’s damaged hands and read the story they hold preciously in their palms’. In My Friend Fox Everett has reclaimed the story that was always hers to tell; retracing her life up to, during and after her time in Australia’s medical system. Lyrical and poignant, Everett’s words, accompanied by her exquisite line drawings, allow the fullness of her experiences to be seen highlighting the ways in which Everett is more than the diagnoses that comprise a facet of who she is.Subscribe to our newsletter or learn more about Mostly Mad Music. Read more about My Friend Fox at Ultimo Press. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)
27 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
The confessional: narrative therapy, Sylvia Plath and the emergence of “my truth”.
In today's talk, I cover the links between narrative therapy, confessional poetry and the emergence of the phrase “My Truth”.Subscribe to our newsletter or leave us a comment here. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)
29 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
The News, empathy and vicarious trauma.
The recent world events and subsequent bombardment of graphic tragedy in real-time have got me thinking once again, about the news, why I feel compelled to watch it, and what the (long term) negative implications might be. This week I look a closer look at vicarious trauma (VT), ‘the negative transformation in the helper that results (across time) from empathic engagement with trauma survivors and their traumatic material, combined with a commitment or responsibility to help them’ (Pearlman and Caringi, 2009, 202-203). The greater the exposure to traumatic material, the greater the risk of vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma results from witnessing and engaging at an empathic level with those affected. And while the phenomenon of vicarious trauma is widely acknowledged, it can be challenging to recognise and deal with it. Its dynamics and `ripple effects’ are complex, pervasive and damaging. Risk of vicarious trauma can be reduced by lessening exposure to distressing material and using music and other strategies to help you take time out, relax, distract or channel low mood.If you are feeling edgy, irritable, teary, sleeping worse and/or ruminating, maybe take a break from the news. Find out more about us here: https://linktr.ee/mostlymadmusic Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)
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