Masterchef… and men’s mental health

Masterchef… and men’s mental health

I’m a big Masterchef fan. I love food, I love stories, I love Melissa Leong’s choice in BIG earrings – what isn’t there to love?! So it was with some trepidation that I approached the last 15 minutes of tonight’s episode. Channel 10 had been promoting an emotional...
Interviewing with a lived experience

Interviewing with a lived experience

I’m a qualitative researcher by background and doing one-on-one interviews is my research happy place. I’m currently knee-deep in interviews across a couple of projects, and I’ve been reflecting on how my lived experience as a mental health consumer helps make me a...
Believe her

Believe her

When I was at university, I was sexually assaulted. I didn’t report it. I didn’t report it for a whole number of reasons. I was out of my comfort zone – overseas and leaving for home in the morning. I had been drunk. I was dressed in a short skirt. I...
Storytelling

Storytelling

Telling stories is well-established as a powerful marketing and communications tool. As human beings, we respond to stories that trigger our sympathy and empathy. But recently, I have been pondering about the ethics of the ‘narrativisation of trauma’. I...
Self-care for people who care

Self-care for people who care

‘Caring’ is one of the things that brings me most joy in my life. I am a fiercely political person who loves spending my ‘downtime’ working on new and exciting projects. In the past month, I’ve rallied, I’ve doorknocked, I’ve attended conferences and forums, I’ve met...