Careers & Mental Health Conversations Podcast

The Careers & Mental Health Conversations Podcast discusses a range of topics focused on the modern work environment, career guidance & mental health in Australia

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2019 Episodes

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Episode 38 – Our Focus In 2019 – More On The Topics, People & Stories We Want To Cover & Share

We are back in 2019, and in our first podcast we run through just a little bit about some of the topics we want to focus on and share more about who we want to hear from.

We look forward to speaking with more amazing people and covering the hot and relevant topics in career and mental health in Australia and across the World

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Episode 39 – How To Respond To Someone That Opens Up To You About Their Mental Illness

Tina runs through the different ways that you can acknowledge and respond to someone that confides in you that they have a mental health illness and may need support

Episode 40 – It’s Reality TV Season – Are Some Of The Contestants Setup For Failure? Friday Rant

In our first Friday Rant for 2019, Pat & Sally discuss some of the things they have noticed in regards to contestants on reality tv shows, and ask if they are equipped to deal with the backlash, including bullying, trolling, public shaming, online smear campaigns and the potential impact to their mental health.

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Episode 41 – Heather Gibson – From Broken To Bodybuilding At 40+ – Her Story Of Mental Health Recovery

Heather Gibson, the founder of ‘Live Life Limitless’ shares her story of mental health recovery and talks about her experience suffering a mental health breakdown at the age of 40 to becoming an athlete by the age of 42.

Learn more about Heather and her journey at:

Episode 42 – James Hill – Mental Health Advocate At Energy QLD & Beyond Blue Speaker

James Hill is one of Australia’s first ever full time Mental Health Advocates, working for Energy QLD helping put in positive mental health programs and training for their employees.

James is also a passionate speaker for Beyond Blue, and talks to Tina bout how his role came about, his day to day duties, working with Aaron (who helped co-create the role), helping roll out ‘Mates In Energy’ and much more.

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Episode 43 – Donna Thistlethwaite – From Attempted Suicide Survivor & To Inspirational Speaker & Career Coach

Donna sits down with Sally to share her amazing story regarding the lead up events to attempting suicide right through to her recovery process.

Donna shares with us her ability to undertake activities to improve her mental and physical health including the reframing of negative thoughts and engaging in regular self acceptance and gratitude practices to ensure she can thrive and be shining light and example to others in her personal and professional career.

Disclaimer: For some people the conversation in this podcast may be confronting, and if you aren’t feeling at your optimal mental health, you may not want to listen to this episode.

If you or someone you know is in crisis please get help immediately. Call lifeline on 13 11 14 or 000 if life is in danger.

Episode 44 – Odell Harris – Recognising & Overcoming Anxiety Attacks At Work & In Social Situations & The Impact Of Podcasting

Odell Harris is your typical ‘mans man’. He loves rugby, trains in jiu jitsu and feels at peace in the ocean surfing.

However it wasn’t until Odell reached out to a close mate for help that he realised that he was experiencing anxiety.

We discuss how Odell identified and overcome his anxiety attacks, as well as talk about his passion for podcasting and the impact that setting up a podcast that touches on mental health has had on him personally.

You can follow Odell on Instagram @senseiodell and learn more about his own podcasts at:

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Episode 45 – Michael Weston – The Former Mine Worker Inspiring Thousands Globally With His Mental Health Story

Michael shares his journey from workplace stress to brain injury and beyond.
Michael was working as a Maintenance Superintendent in the mining industry in an extremely demanding and stressful environment, when in April 2013, life for Michael and his family changed forever.
Michael tells us about living with an acquired brain injury, along with being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety & Depression.
Michael’s motivation in sharing his personal lived experience story has reached over 100 Countries and helps provide HOPE to people who have had a similar experience, or potentially prevent a similar incident as he has experienced.
HOPE – Hold On, Pain Ends.
You can find out about Michael’s current work here:

Episode 46 – Harley Fox – The Mental Health & Strength Required For Completing Ultra Beast Obstacle Courses, Muay Thai Fighting & Training Bootcamps

Harley Fox is a competitive beast. Over his career in the fitness, boxing & training industry he has completed 3 x professional Muay Thai fights, finished 1 x 54km and 2 x Ultra Beast 42 km Obstacle Courses (and completes smaller ones for fun) & is about to graduate with a Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Harley talks to Pat about how we overcomes fear and anxiety before a big fight or event which includes tips to beat self-sabotage. He also discusses the mental stamina required in order to never quit no matter how gruelling the event is, getting zoned in and his thoughts on the links between & importance of strong mental health as well as with physical health for all competitors
If you are in SEQLD and want to contact Harley about training your teams or yourself for a big event. find out more at:
Or contact Harley on Facebook at:
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Episode 47 – Why Did We Create Australia’s First Online Mental Health Induction?

Tina and Pat discuss why we created Australia’s first online Workplace Mental Health Induction, the benefits to organisations, the importance of mental wellness programs and how to get a free demonstration at

Episode 48 – Our View On Why Millennials Can’t Last 90 Days At Work? Friday Rant

Sally & Pat debate a recent report which outlines why millennial’s can’t last 90 days at work. We discuss if they are entitled and lazy, or if management needs to offer better on-boarding, training and consider emotional intelligence in this weeks Friday Rant.

Read the full news report at:

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Episode 49 – Tips & Strategies From Our Creating Mentally Well Workplaces Seminar

Pat and Tina discuss some of the key strategies, tips and topics learnt and covered from our recent ‘ Creating Mentally Well Workplaces’ Seminar, including advice from our guest speakers Matthew Little from Visionstream and James Hill from Energy QLD

Episode 50 – Dino Hira – The Reality TV Star Talks About His Mental Health Journey, His New Book & Helping Miners, Meditation & More

On our 50th episode, Tina talks to recent reality TV star Dino Hira, about his current work and the release of his new book “A Miner Who Wins Inner Peace’. Dino discusses moving to Australia on his own and how he found and uses meditation and visualisation to grow to his benefit, and how it has helped him through his own mental health and journey.

You can purchase Dino’s new book at:

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Episode 51 – Simon Blake, The CEO of MHFA England

Simon Blake (OBE) talks to Tina about a range of topics including the need for affordable mental health training for all employees, helping employers implement mental health & wellbeing initiatives, a need for legislative change, the ‘Where’s Your Head At UK’ campaign, the importance of self care and much more.
You can learn more about Simon’s appointment as the CEO of Mental Health First Aid England via:

Episode 52 – Mitch Wallis – Founder of the Heart On My Sleeve Movement

Mitch Wallis opens up about creating a social community and how founding the Heart On My Sleeve Movement has changed his life. Mitch also discusses the importance of creating healthy connected relationships, authentic connections and EQ based conversations and much more.
You can learn more about this movement and Mitch by visiting
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Episode 53 – Josh Quarmby – Founder Of Blokepedia On Creating Positive Mental Health Conversations For Men

Josh Quarmby talks to Tina about how working in a FIFO role & learning hard lessons from an early business failure lead to him founding Blokedpedia.
Blokepedia delivers engaging programs and events to communities and businesses that promote and encourage positive discussion around the health and wellbeing of Australian men.
Josh also talks about the importance of self care, physical exercise and social connections for all men and women across Australia.
Find out more about Blokepedia and the great work they do at:

Episode 54 – Allan Sparkes, CV, OAM, VA, FRSN – A Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW Shares His Lived Experience With PTSD & 4 Simple Principles For Better Mental Health

Allan Sparkes shares his lived experience of how continual chronic stress lead to PTSD, depression & suicidal thoughts. Allan talks about the warning signs as well as the simple principles he now lives by including the importance of sleep, nutrition, diet and using technology to help, not harm.
Allan’s previous career in the police force is remarkable, he’s been awarded the Cross of Valor, OAM and a Commendation for brave conduct. Allan is a survivor of PTSD and an advocate for the inclusion of lived experience in areas of mental health awareness and suicide prevention in Australia.
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Episode 55 – Katherine Newton – The new CEO of R U OK?

Katherine talks to Tina about her journey to becoming the new CEO of R U OK?

They also discuss important conversation starter steps, how & why it’s important to ask R U OK?, as well as the importance of engaging & listening to your community & using feedback to promote behavioural change.

Find out more about R U OK by visiting: