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Melbourne’s drive-time radio show giving voice to people with mental illness. Produced and presented by people with lived experience of mental illness, Brainwaves brings you interesting guests, heart-warming stories, great information and some laughs as well.

Melbourne’s drive-time radio show giving voice to people with mental illness. Produced and presented by people with lived experience of mental illness, Brainwaves brings you interesting guests, heart-warming stories, great information and some laughs as well.
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Melbourne, VIC


Melbourne’s drive-time radio show giving voice to people with mental illness. Produced and presented by people with lived experience of mental illness, Brainwaves brings you interesting guests, heart-warming stories, great information and some laughs as well.






276 Heidelberg Rd Fairfield Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3078 +61 3 8486 4200


I CAN NETWORK (autism)

On this week's show Lauren interviewed Carla who is a mentor, network leader and speaker for the I Can Network.The I Can Network encourages people on the autism spectrum with an 'I Can' attitude. Carla tells us about her own experience and how through this service young people are being helped with training to enter the workforce after finishing school.

Duration: 00:17:28

Mental Health Week

On this week's special one hour show we feature our broadcast of the Mental Health Wellbeing Walk held on Sunday. We also keep all our listeners up to date with events being held for Mental Health Week 2017.Presented by Lauren, Allanah, Rebecca and Marni.

Duration: 00:54:26

Transformative storytelling - Fiona's story

In the third and final episode of our transformative storytelling series, we talk to Fiona Browning, who is a mental health consumer, advocate, and activist. Fiona shares how storytelling has allowed her to open up about her mental health journey.Next week is Mental Health Week and Brainwaves will be having a special one-hour long program. Stay tuned!

Duration: 00:23:46

Transformative storytelling - Annie's story

In the second episode of our transformative storytelling series, we talk to Annie Whitehead about her journey. Her story highlights the need for community inclusion, and how finding the right people can help you gain strength along the way.

Duration: 00:24:49

Transformative storytelling - Joel's story

Transformative storytelling is the act of listening to other individauls who share their expeirnce of mental illness and who may learn how harmful social exclusion and stigma can be. This week is our first episode of transformative stories and we talk to Joel about his journey with mental ilness.

Duration: 00:23:19

Suicide Prevention Week featuring Tullara Connors of RU OK? Day

This week Rebecca and Helen interviewed Tullara Connors who is an up and coming musician and an ambassador for RU OK? Day. The discussion was focussed around suicide awareness as this week is Suicide Prevention Week.If anything in the podcast brings up concerns for your mental wellbeing please contact Wellways Helpline on 1300 111 500, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or go to or click here.

Duration: 00:22:39

Mindfulness App Reviews

On today's show Lucy, Marni and Rebecca reviewed mindfulness mobile phone applications. Each reviewer tried a different app for three weeks prior to the show. Reviews were mixed and some had a better experience than others.Apps reviewed: Smiling Mind, Calm and Stop, Breathe & Think.

Duration: 00:27:52

Melanie Scott from 'Dogs 4 PTSD'

On tonight's show Rebecca and Alannah had the pleasure of interviewing Melanie Scott who is the founder and president of K9's 4 Valour. Talking about her own experience and how her dog Paddington helps her, Melanie informed us about PTSD, First Responders and the role of PTSD Service Dogs.For more information on the charity K9's 4 Valour please follow the links:

Duration: 00:27:06

Review of To The Bone

On tonight's show Allanah, Lucy and Rebecca discussed their opinions regarding the viewing of the film To The Bone. The drama is based on a young women's experience with anorexia. The film has been deemed controversial due to the content and the way it is targeted at a young audience.SPOILER ALERT!! - This audio does contain mentions of intregal plot points which may spoil the viewing pleasure for some.Trigger Warning!! This show also mentions eating disorders and miscarriage and could be...

Duration: 00:27:06

Dr Jo Robinson - Youth Suicide Prevention (Orygen)

On this week's episode of Brainwaves, the team talks to Dr Jo Robinson, head of Suicide Prevention Research at Orygen. Their newly released report, "Raising the bar for youth suicide prevention", calls for an overhaul of the current suicide prevention policies in light of the increasing suicide rates in young Australians. We talk to Jo about her research, the various factors contributing to youth suicide, and what can be done moving forward.This episode discusses suicide and self harm. If...

Duration: 00:25:57

The Black Dog: Shadows & Light - Emma Finch

This week on Brainwaves the team talks to art therapist Emma Finch about her upcoming art exhibition, 'The Black Dog: Shadows & Light'. If you're interested in getting involved you can register your artwork or enquire by contacting Emma by phone at 0415 278 580 or email her at The closing date for registration is on the 22nd of September, so if you're intersted in getting involved, don't forget to register ASAP.The Black Dog: Shadows & Light Exhibition runs from Friday...

Duration: 00:20:53

Wellways Helpline Launch

On Today's show we interviewed Elle Morrison who is the Wellways Helpline Coordinator. The Wellways Helpline provides information to people experiencing mental illness as well as family and friends. The Helpline is operated during the week and the hours have been extended! Wellways will now be taking calls from 9AM till 9PM Monday-Friday. Please call 1300 111 500 for support. For more information please visit

Duration: 00:24:11

Terri's presentation

In this episode we interview Brainwaves team member Terri. Terri recently returned from London, where she presented her lived experience of mental illness, at the House Of Lords. In this interview, Terri discusess what led her to this opportunity and the response she had from her audience.Content in this interview mentions childhood sexual abuse and trauma. If you require any further support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Wellways' Helpline at 1300 111 500.

Duration: 00:21:54

Sleep Awareness Week

This week on Brainwaves we spoke to Doctor Moira Junge who is a sleep psychologist from the Sleep Health Foundation who has worked in the sleep disorder field for 15 years. This week Sleep Awareness Week is from the 3rd of July till the 9th of July. Better Sleep = smarter, safer workplaces.To find out more about the Sleep Health Foundation head to thier website.

Duration: 00:24:53

NAIDOC Week - Niamh Whitford

In recognition of NAIDOC Week, this week on Brainwaves the team talks to Niamh Whitford, a young Nyulnyul woman who grew up in Nyoongar country. Niamh works with students at a college assiting them with their mental health, and also assists in the prison system with Indigenous inmates integrating them into society. We talk about community attidudes towards Indigenous incarceration, NAIDOC Week and mental illness. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this...

Duration: 00:27:32

Siblings Australia - Kate Strohm

On Brainwaves this week, the team talks to Kate Strohm, director of Siblings Australia. Her organisation is devoted to improving the resources available for siblings of individuals who live with mental illness or disability. To find out more about the organisation and to access resources, head to

Duration: 00:20:03

Dr Paul Fearne - Schizophrenia

This week on Brainwaves Dr Paul Fearne a published poet and philospher spoke to the team about his own lived experience of schizophrenia and how this shaped his poetry and his publications. If you are interested to know more about Paul Fearne and his work you can head to this link.

Duration: 00:24:36

Meet the volunteers! - RADIOTHON

You guessed it, this week's episode of Brainwaves is dedicated to Radiothon. This week we introduce some new volunteers to our family and talk to some long time team members to find out the reasons behind why they've hopped on board, and why they're passionate about mental health and Brainwaves.This year Brainwaves is aiming towards raising $1000. You can still donate by either calling 9419 8377 or going to Any donation is appreciated, and tax deductable. j

Duration: 00:22:00

Mental Health & Relationships

This week on Brainwaves, the team has a panel dicussion about mental health and the impact it can have on relationships. The team discusses their personal experiences and struggles when it comes to maintaining relationships, when should you disclose mental health issues, and how to be a friend while struggling with mental illness. Warning: this episode contains, lightheartedness, touching and inspiring stories, and lots of bad jokes.

Duration: 00:25:22

Mental Health First Aid - Nataly Bovopoulos

This week on the show, the team talks to Nataly Bovopoulos, CEO of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia. MHFA aims to bridge the gaps left in traditional first aid courses, and to teach others how to provide support for those in a mental health crisis. We talk about the courses MHFA Australia provides, the improvement of mental health literacy in Australia and the importance of training everyday people about various mental health issues. For more information on Mental Health First Aid,...

Duration: 00:30:53

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