Listen to real stories and informed thinking around mental health.

The Mental Health Podcasts series is a joint Communities of Practice initiative between nurse leaders from SA Health and academics from the University of South Australia’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research and Education Group. It is designed to share fresh thinking in contemporary mental health practice and will involve hearing the voices of consumers, carers, practitioners and policymakers revealing what they think, feel, say and do to achieve best practice. New podcasts will be available approximately every two months.

Listeners are invited to add comments and reflection on the podcast episodes after listening.


Podcast episodes

Get involved in the Mental Health Podcasts series

Would you like to tell the story of your mental health care experience or practice?

We are looking for both consumers and carers and practitioners and policymakers who are interested in telling the story of what they say, do, think and feel when they experience or deliver what they believe to be best practice in mental health care. The podcast will be heard by practitioners and policymakers interested in learning more about practice, as well as the next generation of mental health nursing students and interested consumers and carers.

What is involved?

Participation in the Mental Health Podcasts series is completely voluntary. Consumers, carers, practitioners and policy makers who choose to be involved will attend an interview with a member of the Mental Health Podcasts team at the University of South Australia or another neutral venue, with example questions provided in advance. The interview will be recorded and edited into a 15-20 minute podcast in collaboration with the interviewee and will become available online via the UniSA website.

If you would like to be involved in the Mental Health Podcasts series, please contact us at Alternatively, telephone Dr Mark Loughhead on 08 8302 1267.

What are 'Communities of Practice'?

Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis. Communities of Practice often involve people that don’t necessarily work together every day, but meet because they find value in their interactions. As they spend time together, they typically share information, insight, and advice. They help each other solve problems by discussing their situations, their aspirations, and their needs; they ponder common issues, explore ideas and act as sounding boards. They may create tools, standards, and other documents, or they may simply develop a tacit understanding that they share with each other.

The Mental Health Podcasts series was developed by a community of our members from the Shared Learning in Clinical Practice initiative.