Mind and Soul Matters

Through conversations with everyday people, Mind and Soul Matters aims to broaden our understanding of mental health and spirituality and to deepen our insights into the challenges and meaning of our lives.

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Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Positive relationships are the greatest predictor of our happiness, health and wellbeing. But how do we go about achieving these positive, fulfilling relationships? Family therapist, Nilly Cope, shares tips and strategies on how we can build relationships that are free of tension and stress in order to create a more peaceful and happy home. Nilly also explains why and when we should consider engaging in family therapy and what do we do if our partner or family member doesn’t want to come along to therapy?
More information on the steps of conflict resolution shared by Nilly can be found at: 

Sunday Oct 01, 2023

In Part 3 of Exploring Social Justice, Dr Wibke Timmerman gives an  informative and eye-opening presentation on human rights and mental health.

Friday Sep 08, 2023

In part 2 of Exploring Social Justice, Peter Lyndon-James, founder of Shalom house shares his heartfelt story of overcoming severe personal circumstances, childhood trauma and an imperfect judicial system, transforming himself and establishing an organisation which now helps hundreds of others to rehabilitate and reintegrate back into society. This episode is suitable for adults only and if you find any of the content disturbing please link in with your mental health support network or contact lifeline on 131114.   

Friday Sep 01, 2023

In Part 1 of Exploring Social Justice, Bayan Meshgin a criminal defence lawyer with numerous years of working with those in the justice system who struggle with mental health challenges, helps us understand some of the shortcomings of the current system. In this live forum presentation, Bayan highlights these challenges in relation to the legal system in Western Australia, many of which are relevant to other areas in the world. 

Tuesday Aug 01, 2023

Shadi Toloui-Wallace, candidly shares her struggles of juggling her roles as a  mother, musician, wife and creator.  She describes how her Faith, creativity and openness to seeking professional help has aided her through some of the challenges of life. We also discuss her latest project, Tiny Souls, which incorporates her passion for nurturing values in children and her musicality to create content with meaningful songs and resources that uplift and inspire tiny souls and stimulate young growing minds. For more information on this fabulous App, visit www.tinysoulsmedia.com . Tiny Souls can also be accessed via the App Store.

Saturday Jul 01, 2023

A Baha'i, a Hindu and a Christian - Dr Kynan Feeney (oncologist), Dr Ashwini Davray (palliative care physician) and Dr Michael Couch (general practitioner) explore the role of their respective Faiths in their practice as medical doctors. They share insights on how their patients' faiths can impact their journey and discuss the integration of medicine and spirituality.

Thursday Jun 01, 2023

Guest host, Kalinz McPharlin, poses questions to a group of children to help us see the world through their eyes. Love, gratitude, friendship, worries and happiness are some of the topics explored. Our in-house clinical psychologist also shares insights on how we can nurture the mental and spiritual health of our children.

Monday May 01, 2023

We all want the best for our children - mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. Dr Jasmine Bell, coordinator of the program for the spiritual education of children in Western Australia, outlines the elements of an education curriculum aimed at bringing out the best in every child, and explores how children, parents and communities can benefit from this program. We also discuss whether a spiritual education program can contribute positively to our children's mental health.
More information about this international program can be found via the Baha'i community website in your country, and in Australia via 

Tuesday Apr 11, 2023

In Part 2 of our Trauma series, Clive Morrison shares his story. Clive, a Noongar elder is a member of the stolen generations. As an Indigenous Australian, Clive was taken from his family as a child based on past government policies and practices. He shares his story of displacement and trauma through poetry and music. A heartfelt episode that must be heard and shared.

Saturday Apr 01, 2023

In Part 1 of our Trauma series, Dr Tarmala Caple, a former police officer and founder of The Wellbeing Psychologist, helps us understand trauma as a wound that has not been healed. In this live forum presentation, Dr Caple explores the different types of trauma, how trauma impacts us, explains why some people recover while others go on to develop psychological and physical problems, and how holistic therapy and support can lead to healing.

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