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Episode 50 - Laura Griffin -What is making male suicide the only option for some

Episode 50 - Laura Griffin -What is making male suicide the only option for some

May 10, 2022

This week’s guest currently works as a counsellor and a yoga teacher, with a particular interest in addiction.

She spent many years working in drug and alcohol rehabilitation settings, where she learnt from her clients (rather than from formal education) the true origin of addiction, which is trauma and emotional pain management.

Recently completed an Honours in Psychology at Victoria University where her thesis subject was on masculinity and its relationship to suicidal ideation, satisfying a longstanding curiosity about men’s mental health.

She is soon to become a first-time mum and have discovered the fascinating world of natural birth practices.


Episode 49 - Megan McLaren - Me First, Me Second, Me Third

Episode 49 - Megan McLaren - Me First, Me Second, Me Third

May 3, 2022

This week’s guest is a mother of twin girls born in 2019 and a stepmother or 2 other children

She has 8+ years of clinical and community social work and has a strong mental health background, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and am a trained Behavioural Health Consultant working with patients (ages 0-100) on symptom reduction, achieving success in both their mental and physical health.

In 2020 was the hardest year of her life, suffering from PPD and PPA shortly after the emergency birth of my daughters and a week-long NICU stay.

She used the same tools that she uses with my patients to pull myself through the darkest time of my life while exercising healthy boundaries, severing toxic ties, and prioritizing myself and my mental health.

Today she supports mothers on their journey telling them that it’s, “me first, me second, me third.”


Episode 48 - Dr Joseph Garcia -Baby Sign Language

Episode 48 - Dr Joseph Garcia -Baby Sign Language

April 26, 2022

This week I have the Grandfather of Baby Sign Language, is one of the world’s leading experts in the baby sign language revolution. In his highly acclaimed books Toddler Talk (1994) and SIGN with your BABY (1999),

Dr. Garcia explores the miracle of how young babies are able to communicate with their parents using signing, sometimes before 6 months of age. He’s worked with more than 5,000 babies and their families through community, hospital and national education programs. help parents and caregivers find it easy to learn and use more signs than they thought possible (while still having fun).

Find Dr Joseph Garcia here


Episode 47 - Gotcha4life - Gus Worland

Episode 47 - Gotcha4life - Gus Worland

April 19, 2022

This week’s guest is a Family man. Friend. Sports fan. Founder. Australian radio host and TV personality and the driving force behind mental fitness charity Gotcha4Life.

A compassionate bloke, my guest heart was shattered the day news arrived that Angus - his friend, mentor, and father figure - had taken his life. Angus seemed to have it all but he had something else too. Inner worries that were eating away at him. And he never told anyone about it.


My guest set up the not-for-profit foundation in 2017 to help people develop the emotional muscle, resilience and social connections needed to build mental fitness and prevent suicide.

Gotcha4Life is Australia’s leading mental fitness charity, working to end suicide through delivering programs that build emotional muscle, resilience and social connection in individuals, families, and local communities.

This is close to my heart as 8 years ago I lost a very good friend at 52 to suicide, it was sudden, everyone was left wondering why, we were angry he didn’t reach out and we all where wondering how could we have prevented it

Where to find Gus and Gotch4life

Episode 46 - Lisa Jayne - How to empower and connect with your teen

Episode 46 - Lisa Jayne - How to empower and connect with your teen

April 12, 2022

An Educator, Speaker and Author of “The Emotionally Powerful Mother", this week guest helps guide mothers to parent differently, so they can feel more empowered and connected to their 8–16-year-old daughters, while helping them to grow authentically and learn the emotional life skills necessary for the 21st century and build deeply satisfying connection.

Her 5 keys formula, developed through her work with thousands of individuals provide a practical pathway to the power of the true self - the diamond within, that once activated delivers clarity, strength, and quality of relationship.

She is also a mother of 4 and loves elephants, poetry, and the beach but not necessarily in that order

Where to find Lisa Jayne


Episode 45 - Jen Maria Cliff - Vagina Conferences

Episode 45 - Jen Maria Cliff - Vagina Conferences

April 5, 2022

This week’s guest is a multi-passionate mompreneur who loves to help women "shine within." She believes in living and leading with the heart (versus the mind) through energetic healing, intuitive development, holistic self-care, and creative expression.

Her nursing experience taught her a lot about the vulnerability in times of trauma, chaos, and tragedy. During her time in the critical care unit, she volunteered free Reiki sessions for her colleagues. It was during this period when she realized how much she loved providing gentle healing and balancing to the human spirit. 

VAG CON envisions a shift in cultural perspectives by rising up and celebrating the divine feminine through the acceptance of women of all backgrounds. We see a gathering of soul sisters who are ready to ignite the divine feminine within us and around the world. We find new meaning to womanhood and femininity through a holistic approach by recruiting experts from the health, wellness, spiritual, business, and creative industries.

The goal of this first VAG CON is to bring together diverse women of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious or spiritual beliefs, political and socioeconomic backgrounds. We believe in the divine feminine, a sacred energy force that stands for justice, peace, unity, creativity, love, and light. It is time to raise women’s voices through education, connection, and inspiration.

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Episode 44 - Aaron Huey - ADHD Superman

Episode 44 - Aaron Huey - ADHD Superman

March 29, 2022

This week’s guest is one of the founders of a residential mental health, trauma and dependency treatment centre for teens in Colorado, he is a parent interventionist, and a family coach.. he is also an addict in long term recovery and has ADHD which he calls his Superpower.

He has been a single father, an absent father, a recovered father, a bonus (step) father, and he understand what it’s like to have an absent father who did everything wrong, and a stepdad who did everything right.

He offers step by step guidance on how to avoid the risky choices and behaviours of teens and strategies to confront rough stuff, and so much more.

Where to find Aaron


Episode 43 - Sharón Lynn Wyeth - Neimology - Knowing the Meaning of Names

Episode 43 - Sharón Lynn Wyeth - Neimology - Knowing the Meaning of Names

March 22, 2022

This weeks guest is an International name expert and the Founder/creator of Neimology® Science, the study of the placement of the letters in a name, after 15 years of research followed by 3 years of testing in over 70 countries. She has evaluated thousands of names since 1995. Her bestselling book, Know the Name; Know the Person is the first in the sequence, followed by Know the Name; Know the Spirit and Know the Name; Know How to Connect. You may have seen her on Good Day LA, New York City’s Fox News, Good Morning Arizona, and in various other cities on NBC, CBS, & ABC or have heard her interviewed on any one of hundreds of radio shows.

Today she is hired by Human Resource Departments in choosing appropriate candidates to interview, lawyers in how to present cases to judges, and individuals who wish to know themselves better and maximize their ability to connect with others. She also assists nationally and internationally in naming new businesses, new products, and when people wish to change their names

Where to find Sharón


Episode 42 - Megan Sweet - A solo parenting life

Episode 42 - Megan Sweet - A solo parenting life

March 15, 2022

This week’s guest is an expert in leading community-driven education transformation in high-need schools and districts. With more than 25 years of experience in education, and 15 years directly leading changes in schools, districts, and state-wide in California.

She is a single parent and has been one since her son was 1 and he is now 12.

Episode 41 - Michelle Mitchell - Everyday Resilience

Episode 41 - Michelle Mitchell - Everyday Resilience

March 8, 2022

This week’s guest began her career as a classroom teacher but soon discovered a special interest in wellbeing.

In 2000 she quit teaching and established a harm prevention charity, called Youth Excel. Her days were filled with running small group support programs for girls ‘at risk’ of dropping out of education, and she soon became well known for successful outcomes with tweens and teenagers who did not flourish under more traditional forms of therapy.

Over the next 20 years, Youth Excel continued to grow and expand. The Youth Excel Centre was established – a multi-disciplinary clinic offering psychology, counselling, mentoring for children and teenagers.

Today she uses her experience to write and speak in schools, community events and through media. Her best-selling parenting and children’s resources, including the highly popular Everyday Resilience Journal, have sold over 100 000 copies worldwide and have been translated into several languages.

She has been termed the ‘teenage expert’ by the media and is sought after for her compassionate, and grounded advice. Her innovative work has been featured on The Today Show, Today Tonight and Channel 10 Morning News and Sky News, as well as countless print media including The Age, The Courier Mail and The Daily Telegraph.  You can hear her on radio in Australia on a weekly basis.

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