Puka Up with Wayne Schwass (AUS)

Wayne is a respected AFL and VFL legend playing 282 games with North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans Football Clubs. In 2006, he announced he had suffered depression for more than ten of his fourteen-year playing career and since his retirement in 2002 has become one of the country's leading mental health advocates culminating in the creation of his new social enterprise, PukaUp 

"Pukka" is a Hindi word which means authentic and genuine. Having authentic and genuine conversations about mental health and emotional well-being helps to normalise these types of conditions. In this series, Wayne talks to well-known people and leaders about their experience of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues or their work in their chosen field. Guests including former Prime Minister & chair of Beyond Blue Julia Gillard, Sydney Swans Coach John Longmire, Olympic Gold Medalist Libby Trickett, Host of the Bachelor Australia and Bachelorette; Osher GŁnsberg, Olympic Hurdle Finalist Kyle Vander Kuyp, Australian Diamonds Caitlin Thwaites, Australian of the Year Pat McGorry, Dally M Winner Preston Campbell, Former Richmond Coach Danny Frawley and Will McMahon & Woody Whitelaw from Hit92.9 Heidi, Will & Woody.

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Puka Up with Wayne Schwass (AUS)

Diet vs Nutrition - Simone Austin

How can food help reduce inflammation and impact mental health conditions? Can small incremental daily changes to your nutrition lead to life changing results? Wayne speaks with dietician, Simone Austin about the difference between nutrition and diet, why diets are destined to fail and why a focus on health is key. Simone Austin is a qualified dietician, she has worked with the Australian Cricket Team, Hawthorn Football Club and Swisse. In this episode we discuss: The relationship between our diet and our mental health Diet should focus on health instead of weight loss The role stress plays in the way we eat Nutrition can be a preventative strategy in our wellbeing The connection between our gut health and mood 3 Things you can do today to help yourself www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:45:18 12/6/2018

Past Episodes

Understanding the difference between a Psychologist and Psychiatrist can be confusing; types of treatments, differences in strategies, knowing when to engage one over the other and are there times they work together. In this episode, Wayne sits down with Dr Tim Sharp, a qualified psychologist to explain the key differences so you can make more informed decisions about treating professionals. Dr Tim Sharp is the founder & 'Chief Happiness Officer' of the Happiness Institute. In this episode we discuss: The difference between a Psychologist & Psychiatrist The types of treatments Psychologists & Psychiatrists offer Trust and why it's important for the patient and professional Importance of finding a professional you connect with Psychologists are not there to judge you 3 Things you can do today to help yourself www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:45:53 11/29/2018
Doctors play such an important role in your mental health and Wayne believes it's vital you find a GP that you connect with and trust to help you manage and maintain your wellbeing. In this episode, Wayne sits down with Harry Unglik. Harry has been Wayne's doctor for more than 30 years helping him through some very difficult stages in his life and continues to play an important role in Wayne's mental health and wellbeing journey. In this episode we discuss: The role a GP plays in helping people with mental health conditions The difference between a Psychologist & Psychiatrist Mental Health Plans Medication The importance of exercise, sleep, diet and having fun Why it's important to look after your mental health when caring for another person Why you shouldn't make any big life decisions when dealing with mental health conditions www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:43:49 11/22/2018
Wayne Schwass introduces season two of Puka Up
00:01:32 11/15/2018
In this bonus episode, Wayne sat down with good friend Danny Frawley. A former captain of his beloved St Kilda Football Club, former coach of the Richmond Football Club, previous CEO of the AFL Coaches Association and a fun loving wise cracking larger than life AFL media performer and identity Spud talks openly about how the Essendon Supplements saga tipped him over the edge, the day he rang his wife from the carpark of the MCG unable to remember how to get home, his nervous breakdown while juggling multiple responsibilities during a tumultuous period in his life, locking himself inside his house and being unable to answer the door when concerned friends visited and eventually his long road to recovery and how his conditions have given him a new perspective on life.

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00:47:23 3/4/2018
Brendan Fevola played 204 AFL games with the Carlton and Brisbane Lions football clubs over a twelve year period. His career included 623 goals, two Coleman Medals, being a three time All Australian and leading goal scorer with the Carlton Football Club for seven consecutive years. In this episode 'Fev' explains why he has no regrets choosing to accept that things happened for a reason and that he needed to go through difficult times to get to where he is today, and why he struggled to open up and tell people what he was going through.

'Fev' talks candidly about how his way of dealing with boredom was to use alcohol and gambling, openly admitting he gambled away an entire year's salary. This larger than life personality still can't explain why he would spend hours reading on-line football forums every night for years looking for approval without recognising the significantly negative impact this was having on his health, wellbeing and importantly his ability to perform as an AFL athlete. A 68 day stay in a mental health facility whilst still being a contracted AFL player with the Brisbane Lions Football Club, going on to win "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here" and his eventual move to Yarrawonga to play local football were key decisions that helped him change his life. Brendan also speaks about the influence his ex-wife now fiancee, Alex has had on his life.

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00:48:29 11/15/2017
Osher GŁnsberg is one of Australia's most recognisable media personalities best known as the host of 'The Bachelor Australia' and 'The Bachelorette Australia'. He has forged a successful media career on both television and radio while living with and managing mental health conditions.

In this episode, Osher speaks candidly about his journey with social anxiety, generalised anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. He looks back on the day his brain 'broke' and his experience with psychosis while living in California. This confronting experience was a significant turning point in Osher's life which lead to his sobriety and helped him realise that ultimately his mental health was his responsibility. He accepted that he needed to take medication each day to help manage his health and that finding the right balance between the benefits of medication and the side affects took time. Osher's pragmatic approach towards his on-going management of his mental health is both refreshing and inspiring.

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00:55:18 11/8/2017
Heidi Anderson is now part of the successful Perth breakfast radio show on hit92.9. Heidi has a successful radio career, was a former contestant on Big Brother in 2013, is a columnist for Perth Now and Mamamia, a blogger, podcaster and a proud ambassador for Fearless Activewear. But behind the smile and bubbly and infectious personality is a strong woman who has bravely battled anxiety for as long as she can remember, has overcome crippling body image issues, self-esteem and eating disorder challenges which contributed to her constant search for approval and acceptance from others. The turning point for Heidi was deciding to speak openly for the first time about her anxiety on air in 2016. It was a defining moment in this inspiring story of self-development, acceptance and learning to love herself as a whole person. Heidi Anderson is an energetic, enthusiastic, passionate crusader for other people living with mental health conditions.

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00:59:51 11/2/2017
Kyle Vander Kuyp is Australias most successful male athlete in the 110m hurdles and still holds the record for the fastest time by an Australian for this event. An Olympic finalist, 4 time Commonwealth Games participant and holder of 12 Australian records, Kyle talks about his adopted mother, reconnecting with his biological mother and his Aboriginal heritage. Kyle also discusses the difficulties he faced in 2004 which included missing out on selection for the Athens Olympics, the breakdown of a relationship and financial loss. A training partner of Kyles encouraged him to see a doctor and about mental burnout which was eventually diagnosed as depression. Applying the same principles that made him a successful athlete, Kyle was able to make a full recovery from his mental health experience.

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00:41:31 10/11/2017
In this episode Wayne talks with Australian Diamonds Netballer, Caitlin Thwaites. In this candid interview, Caitlin talks about her long journey with depression and anxiety, how her eventual diagnosis was a huge relief that helped explain why she felt the way she was feeling, that there was a name for the feelings and emotions she was experiencing. She also explains why she refused to follow the advice she was given to have time away from her sport to allow her to deal with her conditions and how she has learnt to manage her mental health through this experience. A revealing, thoughtful and honest conversation with one of Australian Netball's most accurate goal scorers.

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00:49:00 10/4/2017
Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw are part of the successful Perth breakfast radio show on hit92.9, "Heidi, Will & Woody". Will & Woody are best mates; the strength of their relationship was captured in a raw and powerful video earlier this year which saw them sit down and talk openly about Will's struggles with mental health conditions and the challenges Woody faced trying to understand what depression was when he became aware of the seriousness of what his best friend was going through. It's a great story of friendship and how these men were able to support each other in a loving and caring way and how both have grown and developed as a result of this journey.

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00:54:00 9/27/2017

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