Since launching in 2020, Beyond Blue’s Not Alone podcast has addressed mental health issues such as overcoming trauma, redefining masculinity and dealing with isolation, and launching into it’s second season the podcast is set to explore the experiences of mental health from diverse communities across Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and multicultural spaces.
Hosted by Walkley-winning journalist, interviewer, author and documentarian Marc Fennell, Not Alone tackles difficult topics with everyday Australians and aims to reveal how common it is to struggle with mental health. The podcast works to curate open discussions and conversations that help to let people know that how they are feeling is okay and that they are not alone.
Beyond Blue reports that throughout last year and this year, they have had an increase of 25 per cent of visits and posts to their forum where members share their experiences of anxiety, depression and suicide. The increase in forum visits is a factor that Beyond Blue considers an example of why Australians need to feel connected to one another.
Not Alone podcast host Marc Fennell said, “This series has become so important to me. Every episode features courageous Australians getting very open and raw with me about their lives.
“But the really powerful part, for me at least, is how listeners have engaged with the series. Podcasting is still at its best when it’s intimate. I’ve had so many messages from people saying that they couldn’t help but hear their own challenges reflected in our guests. Ultimately, that’s what this project is really about: to remind you that no matter who you are or what you’re facing, you are not alone.”
To listen to episodes of Not Alone, search in your podcast app or visit https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/not-alone.