On the Same Wavelength

On the Same Wavelength

Releasing on 20 July 2023, On the Same Wavelength is new podcast focusing on how we can improve outcomes for people living with complex mental health conditions in Australia, and smash the stigma. Each episode, hear from real people who share their raw experiences – what goes right, and what goes wrong helping us get on the same wavelength. Their stories are honest, confronting, but hopeful.

The six-episode series is the culmination of a PhD project by Elise Carrotte, investigating mental health stigma and the benefits of co-design with those who have lived experience of complex mental health.  Read more about her research in Overcoming stigma by connecting with lived experience on Pursuit.

Listen to the trailer on Omny

Where to listen

Listen to the trailer and find new episodes on your favourite podcast platform - and remember to like and subscribe! New episodes will release fortnightly from 20 July.

Episode 1: True connections

How can we effectively support others with their mental health? Through his story, Evan (he/him) explores how intimate partners, friends, family, and multicultural communities react to complex mental health conditions. Amaya Alvarez (she/her) from Mental Health Carers Australia and Tandem Carers, also reflects on her experiences as a family carer.

Episode 2: Schools, unis and mental health

Are schools and universities effectively supporting their students? Jeanette (she/they) speaks about the journey through high school and university, while navigating severe anxiety and an emerging eating disorder. Vivienne Browne (she/her) from Orygen also overviews some of the ways that universities can foster supportive environments.

Episode 3: What the media gets right (and wrong)

How much does the media influence our attitudes around complex mental health conditions? Sandy (she/her), advocate and poet, highlights negative stereotypes about schizophrenia seen in both fiction and non-fiction media. This episode also features Dr Elizabeth Paton (she/her) from Everymind around how the media can talk about mental health more responsibly.

Episode 4: Doctors get unwell, too

Coming soon: Thursday, 17 August

Episode 5: A mentally healthy workplace

Coming soon: Thursday, 31 August

Episode 6: Just ask for help?

Coming soon: Thursday, 14 September


On the Same Wavelength is a collaboration between the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, and SANE, Australia’s leading national mental health organisation for people with complex mental health needs, with the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

  • Host: Elise Carrotte
  • Editor: Chris Hatzis

This podcast was recorded on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin nation. We wish to pay respects to elders past and present, and extend our respects to any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander listeners.