Youth Mental Health – ‘Young Minds – the Highs & Lows’ and ‘I Hurt Myself – the secrecy of self harm’All in the Mind

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Authors: WINNER: Lynne Malcolm (Producer and Presenter)ORGANISATION: ABC Radio National

Year: 2013

Event: 2013 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NSW

Award level: Winner

Award category: Broadcast

Abstract: This entry consists of 2 programs focussing on raising awareness about the science, the best treatment and the reality of mental health issues affecting young people, as well as breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues. The first “I hurt myself – the secrecy of self harm” traces a young woman’s personal experience and insight into her own self harming behaviour and the working relationship she has developed with a psychiatrist who specialises in the field. Together they are working to improve the understanding and treatment of people who self harm. We also hear about the biological and psychological processes involved in the behaviour. The second program “Young Minds, the Highs and Lows” acknowledges that adolescence and young adulthood is the time when people are at greatest risk of developing a mental illness. We hear the personal stories of two young men and how they have been helped by the early intervention mental health services – Headspace and Orygen Youth Health. The latest theories, emphases and approaches to youth mental health are discussed by leading figures in the field. Lynne Malcolm is Executive Producer of Radio National’s Science Unit. She is also producer and presenter of the program All in the Mind. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Education from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from the University of Technology Sydney. She has worked in radio journalism, production and feature making for over 25 years across a range of different subject matters – but her passion is broadcasting about the human stories connected to the mind, the brain and behaviour. Lynne has received a number of awards for her work in radio including Bronze & Gold Medals in the New York Radio Festivals International Awards, the Michael Daley Award for Journalism in Science, finalist status in the Eureka Awards and she has won the radio award from the NSW Mental Health Services for a 2 part series on Schizophrenia.

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