No Feel­ing Is Fi­nal

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POD­CAST OF THE WEEK

This Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week has seen all sorts of peo­ple open up and talk about their men­tal health jour­neys, which is al­ways a good thing. Just like how you should keep try­ing to use te reo even af­ter Maori Lan­guage Week has fin­ished, it’s worth think­ing about men­tal health the other 51 weeks of the year too. One easy way to do that is to sub­scribe to No Feel­ing Is Fi­nal.

Made for ABC Ra­dio in Aus­tralia, it’s an "au­dio mem­oir" (sounds pre­ten­tious, but it’s not) of young writer Honor Eastly’s past and on­go­ing strug­gles with the dark voices in her head. The in­ti­mate, di­ary-like pro­duc­tion draws you right along­side her as she de­scribes what it’s re­ally like with a mix of charm­ing hu­mour and bru­tal hon­esty. How does it feel when the re­al­ity of “just ask for help” turns out to be nowhere near as sim­ple as it sounds?

It’s in­tense, deep, per­sonal — prob­a­bly not the kind of pod­cast you want to lis­ten to on the el­lip­ti­cal ma­chine at the gym. Although, if that’s where you feel most re­laxed and con­tem­pla­tive, by all means go for it.

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