#1 A passion for community

This podcast is part of the ‘When the Critics don’t Count’ Series of talks which explores whether there is a line between constructive criticism and dream catchers. How we might focus on our supporters instead of our critics to ensure we’re not held back.

Pam Ellerman has been deeply involved in volunteering her time to the community for many, many years. She is a vivacious energy who speaks from the heart and is passionate about growing a vibrant community in Deniliquin. In her talk you will feel her energy as she goes all over the place to explain why it’s ok just to be yourself, get on with it, taking an idea and running with it and most importantly not worry about what other people in the community might think.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114.

#2 Living with a disability

This podcast is part of the ‘Are we in the Age of Anxiety’ Series of talks which explores how we identify with anxiety in today’s day and age and the practical ways we can help ourselves and each other manage anxiety when it rears its head to stop you in your tracks.

This is the story of Narelle Whitham in her own words. She is diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, is dyslexic and to top it off Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CPOD). But she doesn’t let this define her. Narelle is a talented artist who draws inspiration from her various diagnoses and is working to break down the stigma and encourage acceptance in rural communities of people with disabilities.  In this talk she explores what it has been like for her to grow up in regional Australia in an era where diagnosis was not very common and how it feels to suffer from social anxiety. Note: When you hear her refer to “Abbey” she is her assistance dog who was with Narelle for this presentation.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114.

#3 The influence of social media on anxiety

This podcast is part of the ‘Are we in the Age of Anxiety’ Series of talks which explores how we identify with anxiety in today’s day and age and the practical ways we can help ourselves and each other manage anxiety when it rears its head to stop you in your tracks.

Lourene Liebenberg is a woman of many talents, an Occupational Therapist and a practicing councillor with 30 years’ experience in mental health. With a specific focus on mental health in regional VIC and NSW, Lourene brings a thought provoking conversation around the influence of abundant media in our lives and its impact on our mental health. In this talk she talks about how social media keeps our minds in a state of constant over stimulation and the differences between relaxation and distraction. This episode is a great insight in anxiety in today’s day and age.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114.

#4 Toxic workplace relationships & lessons learnt

This podcast is part of the ‘Taming Toxic Relationships’ Series of talks which explores how you identify a toxic relationship, what it is like to be in it and how to get yourself both in and out of it. In each talk a unique perspective is bought to the table.  

That’s right, it’s me, Hayley Purbrick, like so many of you I have also been in and experienced toxic relationships. In this talk I explore my own experiences of toxic relationships in the workplace and the lessons I learnt along the way. While painful at the time like with many toxic workplace relationships once you make the decision to empower yourself you can choose to actively change the situation you are in.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114.

#5 When anxiety morphs into post natal depression

This podcast is part of the ‘Are we in the Age of Anxiety’ Series of talks which explores how we identify with anxiety in today’s day and age and the practical ways we can help ourselves and each other manage anxiety when it rears its head to stop you in your tracks.

Fiona Waters, a vivacious energy, an absolute character who will have you laughing out loud in moments.  A teacher by trade she has recently gone out on her own to start her own business Messy Mind Education to help parents and their children cope better with their learning challenges. In this talk Fiona shares in her hilarious style the realities of having your first baby, post-natal depression and coping with her anxiety.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114.

#6 When life throws you a curve ball

This podcast is part of the ‘When the Critics don’t Count’ Series of talks which explores whether there is a line between constructive criticism and dream catchers. How we might focus on our supporters instead of our critics to ensure we’re not held back.

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you have to make that decision, one which will change your life forever. This is what happened to Catherine Newman. Excited to find out her and her husband were expecting their second child only to find out this baby was not to be as straight forward as the last.

In her talk she shares the challenges of believing in yourself and your decisions and not letting what other people might think stop you from doing what in your heart you know to be true.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114.

#7 The blueprint to our extraordinary human life

This podcast is part of the ‘Taming Toxic Relationships’ Series of talks which explores how you identify a toxic relationship, what it is like to be in it and how to get yourself both in and out of it. In each talk a unique perspective is bought to the table.  

Angela Peris was born in Sri Lanka migrating to Australia in 1974. Shortly after her arrival she started her training to be a Registered Nurse at Concord Repatriation Hospital, Sydney. She gained knowledge and skills in many areas as a critical care nurse, working in some of the leading teaching hospitals in metropolitan Sydney.

Following her father’s death in 1980, Angela searched for the spiritual answers to what our life journey is all about. She realised that life is a meaningful experience and we all have a purpose – it was then that she explored and revealed the blueprint to our extraordinary human life; her most recent book.

In this talk she shares her insights into the conscious and sub conscious mind and how everyone has the power to influence their mind to manifest change.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114.

#8 Changing the pattern of domestic violence

This podcast is part of the ‘When the Critics don’t Count’ Series of talks which explores whether there is a line between constructive criticism and dream catchers. How we might focus on our supporters instead of our critics to ensure we’re not held back.

When you meet Sitiamon Geaus you can’t help but be caught by her infectious smile and warm glow. Yet on meeting her, her story is not one you would expect. She has experienced first-hand what it is like to find yourself in a situation you are struggling to escape from.

In her talk she shares her personal story of domestic violence, a challenging childhood and seeking a better life for herself and her family; a story which is all too common among the many households of Regional Australia.

If this story triggers any uncomfortable emotions and you need to talk please reach out to Lifeline 131114 or Domestic Violence support 1800RESPECT.