Mental As – getting people talking

Mental As

I have been greatly impressed with the wide range of programs exploring mental health on the ABC network over the the week of October 5 to 12. While many television programs received attention – traditional press, workplace conversations, social media – I was thoroughly engaged with the diverse discussions on Triple J.

Driving to and from work each day, I heard people from all walks of life, professions and lifestyles prepared to share their personal situations about living with ill health, diagnosis, treatment and support.

Of particular interest for the classroom, and in light of Stefanie Lia’s recent mETAphor article Listening: the forgotten modeI created a list of podcasts. Consider these as the starting point for discussion with your students:

Breakfast with Matt and Alex http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/breakfast/podcast/

  • 09/10/2014 When alt-J turned us inside out … 18 mins in = Kristy Chambers discussing her experiences and book

It's Not You Geog

  •  08/10/2014 When Simon Hogan talked about sport and depression … 25 mins in
  • 06/10/2014 When Felicity Ward talked about anxiety … 23 mns in

Hack http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/ search under ‘Community and Society’

The Doctor http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/thedoctor/podcast/

  • 10/10/2014 57 minutes including Luke McGregor talks about obsessive compulsive disorder, as does Lena Dunham. David Pocock talks about body issues and eating disorders, while Jamie T discusses panic attacks. Augie March and Missy Higgins talk about depression, and Josh Thomas talks about what he felt like growing up with his mentally unwell mum.

Alternatively, watch The Doctor’s 2 minute Youtube clip and learn about different strategies for taking care of your mental health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzebqBs4ddA

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