R U OK? PODCAST: THANKS FOR ASKING
Real people share times a heartfelt conversation changed someone’s life. You might laugh, you might cry but most importantly you’ll feel empowered because asking “are you ok? when someone’s struggling with life, could turn things around in ways you might not have imagined.
Episode 1: Post-traumatic stress reaction
Meet Simon Gillard an ex-police officer who like 10%, but possibly as high as 20%, of emergency service workers battles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of what they’ve dealt with on the job. In 2011, Simon hit rock bottom, but thankfully he found the help and support he needed. He’s now an advocate for others with PTSD, depression and anxiety in the emergency services, military and the wider community. This is his story.
Episode 2: After the fact
Six weeks after surviving the 2005 London terrorist bombing that killed 26 people on her train, Kristina Lawrence was on her way to work when she had a conversation with her mum that changed her life. Today, Kristina is the Event and Projects Manager for R U OK? This is her story.
Episode 3: What comes after the diagnosis?
Beata English was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008. She’d ridden a rollercoaster of highs and lows since her teens but found her initial diagnosis hard to accept. Today, she’s working to break down the negative perceptions people hold towards mental illness and has embraced the opportunity to become an R U OK? Ambassador and the voice behind her much-loved blog, Tickle My Mind. This is her story.
Episode 4: Riding the rollercoaster
To encourage people to talk, and with the hope it will help you or a friend in need, R U OK? Ambassador Craig Mack is sharing his story and how, with personal and professional support, he manages his depression.
Episode 5: The doctor is in
Dr Jan Orman is a GP with over 30 years experience. She's also a GP educator with the Black Dog Institute. She shares why she believes in the power of conversation and the treatment paths that individuals can choose to take for psychological issues, including visiting their GP and using e-mental health tools.