#425 Mental: Part I


Over the next two episodes, 10 producers present their takes on the theme “mental”, with stories tackling stigmatised sources of joy and pain.

These stories were produced by Master of Journalism students at The University of Melbourne.

‘Fan Girls’ by Fia Walsh

When you think of fangirls, what words come to mind? Cringey? Un-hinged? Hysterical? Fia Walsh explains why fangirls might not be as crazy as you think.

Producer: Fia Walsh

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

Music: ‘(You Drive Me) Crazy’ by Britney Spears, ‘(You Drive Me) Crazy Instrumental’ by Britney Spears: ‘You and I (live at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2014)’ by One Direction, ‘Roads’ by Portishead, ‘Fear of the Dark – Live ‘01’ by Iron Maiden, ‘Boys in the Band (boy band anthem)’ by New Kids on the Block.

‘Exposure’ by Ashleigh Barraclough

Ashleigh moved interstate. Lucy watched videos of people vomiting. These are stories of young Australians confronting their anxieties. They say you can die from exposure, but can it also make you stronger?

Producer: Ashleigh Barraclough

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

Music: ‘Life on the Shore’ by David Celeste.

‘Vinyl Lovers’ by Yangfan Xu

Yangfan shares his lifelong passion for collecting vinyl records.

Producer: Yangfan Xu

Supervising Producer: Eugenia Zoubtchenko

Music: ‘Just Like Your Tenderness’ by Tsai Chin, ‘No Regrets’ by Faye Wong, ‘Remember by Earth’ by Wind & Free, ‘Golden Hour’ by Kacey Musgraves.

‘Ornithophobia’ by Xiao Zhu

Joshua has Ornithophobia. He is living in a village with his grandparents. They feed two hens in the backyard, and it’s like his nightmare.

Ornithophobia is an abnormal and irrational fear of birds. Sufferers from ornithophobia experience undue anxiety about encountering birds, although they may realize their fears are quite irrational.

Producer: Xiao Zhu

Supervising Producer: Lee Robinson

Music: ‘Mad Summer’ by Joe Hisaishi, ‘Stay With Me’ by 찬열, 펀치 CHANYEOL, PUNCH, ‘Summer’ by Bensound.

‘Happy State of Mind’ by Prealene Khera

During her childhood, Prealene’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune neurological disease. While the sickness festers in her brain and chains it down, Prealene knows her mother’s mind will always be free.

Producer: Preleane Khera

Supervising Producer: Britta Jorgensen

Music: Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head by B.J. Thomas.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Episode Mix and Compile: Ryan Pemberton

Host: Maddy Macquine

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Mika Baumeister via Unsplash