Understanding the Lived Experience

Understanding the Lived Experience

ESSA Mental Health ASK: Part 3 - The Lived Experience and Evaluating Practice: Understanding the Lived Experience  

This unit will explore lived experiences. Join us as we interview three people who have experienced a mental illness. 

    Interview 1: We talk to a former emergency services employee who has experienced PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and Substance Use Disorder.
    Interview 2: We talk to someone who has the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depression and Complex PTSD.
    Interview 3: We talk to Georgia Wilson, Australian Hockeyroo as she talks to us about her long battle with an Eating Disorder and how it impacted her life and ability to do the sport she loves.

Each interview will help you understand each person’s perspective on their own journey, how their life is impacted by the mental illness, how they found exercising during their illness, what their recovery has looked like, and what has been helpful to them.

Warning: These interviews contain graphic descriptions of events that listeners may find distressing or triggering. The interviews contain details of fatal accidents attended by emergency personnel, discussion around suicide and self-harm, as well as descriptions of eating disorder behaviours. If you or someone you know is impacted by these please call Lifeline: 13 11 14.

This is a pre-record professional development. 


These pre-recorded interviews contain voices of mental health consumers. To preserve anonymity where requested voices and names have been changed.

Rates per person

ESSA Member   $33.00 
Non-Member       $55.00
ESSA Student Member            $16.50
Student Non-Member    $27.50 
ESSA Member PD+   Complimentary
Non-Member PD+   Complimentary
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Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2  and/or Accredited Sports Scientist 

This unit is suitable for anyone with an interest in the lived experience of those who have experienced a mental illness.


Successful completion of an assessment, within 60 days is required to earn applicable CPD Points


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