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We’re back! And we’re so excited, in fact, that this episode is one trillion years long! You can listen to this until you literally perish in the inevitable heat death of the universe!

This month, we’re angry. We’re angry about Stephen Fry and his failure to engage in intersectionality; we’re angry about the worthlessness of awareness raising via Guy Pearce’s campaign with Beyond Blue; we’re angry about all the times Erin sang in this episode. We also talked about being in a relationship with another person with a mental illness, about talking to our pets, about Anna’s fear of failure, and about Justin Timberlake.

You can listen or subscribe via iTunes, or press play below (you can also download it below, if you love it so much). If you have another podcast player you want to use, this is the feed URL you need: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAnxietyShut-inHourPodcasts

** correction (25/4/16): six people per day die by suicide in Australia, on average [source]

Order Anna’s book: Readings | Booktopia | Amazon (Kindle)

Things we talked about

Stephen Fry says rape victims should ‘grow up’ (SMH)

Stephen Fry is not a mental illness ally (Anna’s blog)

beyondblue campaign raises awareness of anxiety as one in five believe people with anxiety ‘put it on’ to avoid uncomfortable situations

Helen Razer’s bit about Guy Pearce (Crikey)

Erin cheating on us with the Curvy Yoga podcast

Anna’s manifesto for a metaphorical death (spoken word, 2:00)

If you are interested in enjoying a romantic tryst with Erin, contact her at @erinaree

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For our first go round in 2016, we decided to have an informal chat about all the things we’ve got planned for this year (spoiler: video games, crumpets, sea breezes). Unfortunately for you, we also got massively sidetracked into having a long rant about workplace safety and mental health.

You can listen or subscribe via iTunes, or press play below (you can also download it below, if you love it so much). If you have another podcast player you want to use, this is the feed URL you need: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAnxietyShut-inHourPodcasts

Things to read

When it’s not enough to be your own beloved (Erin’s piece)

Good people have mental illnesses (Anna’s interview with Buzzfeed)

Why speaking up about mental illness is a privilege (Daily Life)

Transcript of Anna’s interview on RN’s Life Matters program

Anna’s original Facebook post

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This month, we invited our friend Kate Iselin to come and chat with us about the experience of being a person who is both extroverted and anxious. Sometimes it feels like “having a bad time” is a prerequisite for being a bona fide anxious person. It’s not true. Kate and Anna are both people who get energy from others, so they discussed why this can make it easy to have the anxiety experience invalidated.

We also answered a question about why income protection insurance (and other kinds of insurance) is so bad for people with mental illness, laughed loudly at inappropriate moments, talked about being the loser regular at the cafe, and pondered whether or not we even exist.

You can listen or subscribe via iTunes, or press play below (you can also download it below, if you love it so much). If you have another podcast player you want to use, this is the feed URL you need: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAnxietyShut-inHourPodcasts

Things to read

Because we had a special guest, we didn’t get time to talk about anything you can read.

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In Episode 5, which we did actually do (eventually) despite suggesting Anna might not be able to just stick at something for ten seconds at a time, we talked about what it means to know stuff about your illness. When you have a chronic illness, you can become pretty familiar with some of the jargon, and that can have an impact on the way you’re perceived as an unwell person, especially by professionals.

We also talked about how to care about someone with social anxiety, cost effective ways to seek mental health care, and a secret makeup tutorial YouTube channel that Erin and Anna are definitely* going to start.

Also, probably listen all the way to the end on this one. There’s a treat there. You can just fast-forward if you want.

You can listen or subscribe via iTunes, or press play below (you can also download it below, if you love it so much). If you have another podcast player you want to use, this is the feed URL you need: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAnxietyShut-inHourPodcasts

Things to read

Erin’s Liptember page

Erin’s blog about the refugee crisis – “The Cost of Apathy”

Support Anna writing for mental health awareness at Patreon

Anna: “What sending my kids to different schools taught me about parenting”

Hire or employ Anna

Andrew Johnson’s relaxation apps

This list of Erin’s mental shootout items in Evernote

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Visiting @EmergencyNorman

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In Episode 4, we talked about mental health and the workplace. This came off the back of this very lovely comment from Scott Morrison:

We talked at some length (sorry) about what it can be like to have a mental health issue and a job, why “getting a job” is the wrong focus, and what the government should really be doing in order to support people through their employment, not just the “get a job” bit.

We also talked about how to be assertive at work, how to find motivation for extracurricular activity when your brain isn’t on board, Anna’s dog’s eye, and stuff we’ve been worrying about this month.

You can listen or subscribe via iTunes, or press play below (you can also download it below, if you love it so much). If you have another podcast player you want to use, this is the feed URL you need: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAnxietyShut-inHourPodcasts

Things to read

Anna’s bit on The Guardian about mental health and work

Parts of Anna’s interview with headspace CEO Chris Tanti

Scott Morrison telling young people that welfare is not like “IKEA” because that’s what young people like

Some of the Twitter backlash to ScoMo’s comments (Pedestrian)

Other stuff we talked about:

Anna’s Patreon page

Pituitary tumours

Disney’s The Lion King, the musical

In Episode 3, we got a bit serious and talked about the link between creativity and mental illness. What does it mean to be a creative person? If you pursue a creative path, is having mental health issues inevitable? Plenty to read on that issue below!

We also talked about what it means to make friends as an adult, and useful things our psychs have told us. Then we ventured into adult colouring-in books, because we’re totally hip, and a little about why having a shithouse time of it can just be part of the true experience.

You can listen or subscribe via iTunes, or press play below (you can also download it below, if you love it so much). If you have another podcast player you want to use, this is the feed URL you need: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAnxietyShut-inHourPodcasts

Things to read

Tim Rogers reveals struggle with panic attacks | ABC TV

Secrets of the Creative Brain | The Atlantic

What Neuroscience Has to Say About the ‘Tortured Genius’ | HuffPost

Robin Williams’ Death Underscores Connection Between Creativity, Depression And Addiction | Forbes

Creativity and psychosis share a genetic source: study | AFP

The dark side of creativity: Depression + anxiety x madness = genius? | CNN

The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Brain Pickings

The Chicken Project | Stephanie H Convery

Things we talked about

What anxiety feels like in 9 photos

Flowy – a breathing game for anxiety

Buy these colouring-in books:

Querkles: A Puzzling Colour-by-Numbers Book – Thomas Pavitte

The Wallpaper Colouring Book – Jessica Stokes, Gemma Latimer, Natalia Price-Cabrera

Enchanted Forest – Johanna Basford

Turns out we have the motivation to record not one but two episodes of this podcast!

This month we talked about the Geelong Football Club, and the support they’ve shown to player Mitch Clark, who has depression. We also looked at some cool stuff Anna found on the internet, how to interpret emojis, mental health support in schools and things that might seem easy but sometimes aren’t.

Warning: this episode runs to an hour and 25 minutes. Sorry. We just had lots to say.

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Stuff we mentioned

Cats Rally Around Clark

Mindmatters – a resource from Beyond Blue for parents and teachers, to help them support their teens

Mind the Bump – an app for pre- and post-natal mums

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A text Anna sent to her mum:

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This is our first podcast! We were so excited to record it that we had a rap battle. That’s not all we did, though.

We also talked about Belle Gibson, and what it means when the media speculates about mental illness. Then we answered your listener questions in our Anxiety Aunts segment – things like, what are the most helpful things I can say to my anxious friend? and, how do I manage the small decisions?

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