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Welcome to The Mental Health Connection. Hosted by Tristan Simmons this podcast is designed to raise awareness about mental illness, break down any stigma associated with it and share information about how we can all improve our overall mental health & well being. Tristan is joined by various guests who share their knowledge, experiences and thoughts which will not only inspire but also give you some extra resources to improve/maintain your mental health & wellbeing.
 
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In this episode Tristan is joined by Meg Van Deusen, PhD, who is a licensed clinical psychologist and mindfulness practitioner in private practice since 1994. Joining Tristan all the way from the US, Meg and Tristan talk about Megs latest book Stressed in the US which offers a fascinating glimpse into the alarming epidemic of stress not only in US …
 
We have all heard about the significant impact physical activity has for our mental health - but how much impact does it actually have? In the episode Tristan chats with Michael Murphy who is the founder of Beyond the Barbell. Beyond the Barbell aims to create a safe, welcoming and enjoyable space where men can come for a workout and benefit from a…
 
In this episode Tristan is joined by a member of his family Amy Simmons who shares her own mental health journey and how it led her to founding her own Mental Health organisation in Townsville called Be Kind. Amy is extremely honest about her journey with Anxiety, drug use, the isolation it caused and bullying she experienced is school and unfortun…
 
In this episode Tristan is joined by Nadine Kemp who has been with YMCA Victoria for 13 years and current manages almost 600 staff across various sites. Nadine shares her leadership journey, key learnings and how she balances her role with the Y and family life. Nadine and Tristan discuss the challenges the pandemic has created in their work enviro…
 
Courage comes in many different forms and in this episode Tristan is joined by Michael Keon to discuss the inspiration behind his new book The Path of Courage. Tristan and Michael unpack plenty in this episode including some of the takeaways in his new book, mindset, human connection and how courageous acts build and development us as humans.…
 
In this episode Tristan is joined by Jack Nagle, the founder of Real Drug Talk. Jack shares his inspirational story from being a former ice addict and suicide survivor to now being sober for over 9 years. Jack talks very openly about his addiction, hitting rock bottom, reconnection and how going to rehab helped turned his life around which has lead…
 
We all love to eat but have your ever wondered why an upset gut can effect you mentally? In this his episode Tristan is joined by Dr Denise Furness who is an award winning medical researcher, international speaker, author and a CSIRO trained Molecular Geneticist. Denise shares her knowledge on the link between gut health and mental health and the g…
 
Unfortunately 6 out of 8 suicides a day are men and everyone knows how passionate Tristan is about Men’s Mental Health and creating change. In this episode Tristan chats with Clinical Psychologist and director of Blokes Psychology Carl Nelms who is also trying to create change. Blokes Psychology is focused on improving the mental health and well be…
 
In this episode Tristan is joined by former AFL footballer, founder and CEO of Outside the Locker Room Jake Edwards. This episode is extremely raw with Jake sharing his journey with mental illness which lead to recreational drug use, alcohol, and a suicide attempt. Jake goes into detail about the help he received, the amazing support of his family …
 
This episode is one for the parents or parents to be as Tristan chats with Crystal Hardstaff - The Gentle Counsellor. Crystal shares the inspiration behind her becoming the Gentle Counsellor and how she fell in love with the attachment theory. Tristan and Crystal dive into what the attachment theory entails and how Crystal helps parents to alleviat…
 
In this episode, Tristan sits down with 4 mates Micheal Farrelly, Jack Elliot, Hayden Farrelly and Paul Johnson who have decided to embark on the run of a lifetime.... all for mental health. To sum up this episode - it’s 5 blokes honestly talking about mental health, how mental illness has touched them all in some way, the impact it’s had on their …
 
In this episode Tristan is joined by former NBA/NBL player, 2x Olympian and Australian Basketball icon Chris Anstey. Chris shares some of his journey throughout his professional career including being drafted to the NBA at 22. Tristan and Chris chat about leadership, self improvement, coaching, the importance of connection and how one thing doesn’t…
 
In this episode Tristan is joined by Louise Larkin who is the founder & CEO of Friend in Me who’s motto is No Child Left Behind. Lou discusses the amazing impact Friend in Me is having on children and how empowering them to celebrate their uniqueness and have the confidence and the tools to build their tribe so they can go forth with life when they…
 
In this episode Tristan sits down with Terry Cornick who shares his own journey which led him to founding the Mental Health Charity Mr Perfect. Terry also shares the impact Mr Perfect is having & how BBQs all over Australia are helping men reconnect & open up those conversations about mental health. The conversation is honest, casual, thoughtful an…
 
In this episode Tristan sits down with Christian Woodford (owner of WSSC) and Kerryn Melissa (Operations Manager of WSSC) Those who already follow Christian know he is extremely passionate & speaks from the heart. I can guarantee in this episode he isn’t any different. He shares his own personal mental health journey & the stresses of being a busin…
 
In this episode Tristan is joined by Michael Paske with the 2 just sitting down and hit record. Tristan & Michael covered plenty of ground in this episode including Michael's personal mental health journey, becoming more self aware & the challenges of acceptance. A very insightful episode not to be missed.…
 
In this episode Craig rejoins Tristan for the first episode of 2020. They sit down with no specific topic to discuss and end up spending the next hour talking about a variety of topics all related to the human experience. This episode is honest, raw and completely unedited. This chat was extremely fascinating!…
 
In this episode I sit down with Fiona Kriaris Fiona has been a prominent figure in the health & fitness industry for over 8 years now. Fiona has had many roles within the Y including various management roles and in currently the Health & Wellness Project Manager for YMCA Victoria. More recently Fiona has become a trained Mindfulness facilitator thr…
 
In this episode I’m joined by Leanne Butterworth who is a mum and entrepreneur who founded Lose Your Mind. A social enterprise that partners with organisations to provide mental health literacy training to staff, parents and volunteers. Leanne shares her mental health journey with Post Natal Depression and we have an engaging conversation about the…
 
Micheal or Faz as he is known and I talk about his coaching journey, being vulnerable, showing empathy and how a darker period in his life helped shape him into the man he is today. A very inspiring chat with some great insights on life including how encouraging a sporting team to hug built a culture of trust, communication and mateship.…
 
In this episode I sit down with Stacey Lapira who is the creator of Mummy Revival. As well as looking after Mummy Revival, Stacey is a mum herself with 2 young boys, wife and successful business woman. Her mission is to help as many mothers as she can to not only be awesome mums but to make sure they take time to look after themselves. We talk all …
 
In this episode I'm joined by a man who has reached the elite level as an athlete playing AFL, battled addiction and mental illness but took back control of his life and now helps 100s if not 1000s of people everyday who live with a Mental Health condition. Lance Picioane is the founder and CEO of Love Me Love You Foundation His journey is not only…
 
In this episode I had the pleasure of sitting down with Craig Harper who is host of The You Project, Exercise Scientist, Speaker, Mentor, Transformation specialist, Author, Life Changer, Thought Provoker and an awesome dude who knows his stuff. We discussed all things mental health, resilience, self sabotage, meta cognition and just being a human!…
 
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