DrinkWise created the podcast series Bounce Back to help Australians facing adversity or feeling lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and presented by DrinkWise, Bounce Back features prominent Australians – including Olympians Anna Meares and Bronte Campbell, Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine, Afghanistan veteran and Paralympian Curtis McGrath, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and senior public servant Michael Coutts-Trotter – talking about how they showed resilience and overcame adversity.
Bounce Back is about promoting wellbeing and good mental health by showing that even in the most difficult times there are people you can turn to for support. As an advocate for encouraging positive change – whether that’s our attitude towards alcohol consumption or mental health – and recognising that a lot of us are feeling a bit lost or struggling at the moment, DrinkWise is proud to support this initiative.
Bounce Back was launched with a message of support from Prime Minister Scott Morrison:
“While the strength and resilience of everyday Australians has been on show over these last months, and we’ve been so proud, there’s no doubt that times have been terribly tough. This is a crisis like none any of us have seen before. We can’t underestimate the impact that it’s having on individuals and their well-being. And some more so than others. Listening to Bounce Back, and hearing how others have overcome tough times, might just provide the inspiration you need to stay strong, to stay positive and to stay resilient. I hope so.”
Listen to the Prime Minister’s full message here:
If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact:
Beyond Blue – Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service
Supporting your mental health and wellbeing – it’s free and available 24/7.
For online counselling, peer support and practical advice visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
Or talk it through with one of their trained counsellors on 1800 512 348
Further telephone and counselling services can be found here.
Listen to Bounce Back on your favourite podcast app or via the links below.
Bounce Back Special Episode: Prof. Gordon Parker – Black Dog Institute
In this special episode, Dr Rochford talks with Professor Gordon Parker of the Black Dog Institute about overcoming ‘burn out’ and ways to bounce back from COVID.
Professor Gordon Parker is one of Australia’s leading psychiatrists, nearly 20 years ago he founded the Black Dog Institute, as the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health from the early years, until later in life. Professor Gordon Parker is one of Australia’s foremost psychiatrists, Professor Parker has published more than 20 books and over 1,000 papers, focusing largely on depression burnout and strategies to come out stronger.
Bounce Back episode 13: Ben Crowe – Professional Mentor and Leadership Coach
In our final episode of Bounce Back, Dr Rochford speaks to Professional Mentor and Leadership Coach, Ben Crowe.
Ben’s work with professional athletes, sports teams and business leaders is renowned, having helped in the lives and performances of tennis champions Ash Barty and Andre Agassi, world surfing champion Stefanie Gilmour and more recently with the Australian Cricket Team.
Ben is the ideal final guest, bringing together the common themes of Bounce Back in a compelling mixture of insights and anecdotes that showcase the path to achieving happiness and confidence is underpinned by embracing vulnerability, being genuine and embracing imperfection.
Bounce Back episode 12: Jacquie Lambie – Senator for Tasmania
In episode 12 of Bounce Back, we hear from Tasmanian Senator, Jacqui Lambie.
The Jacqui Lambie journey is an unconventional one. Raising two boys while serving in the military, a debilitating back injury led to a medical discharge and a long battle with the Department of Veteran Affairs, alongside the personal challenges of substance abuse.
A suicide attempt led to a turning point in Jacqui’s life. After receiving support and getting her life on track, in 2013 Jacqui was elected to be a Tasmanian Senator. Jacqui struck a chord with thousands of Australians when, in 2015, she told Parliament that her son was addicted to ice. Forced to resign from parliament in the dual citizenship fiasco, Jacqui went on reality TV to finance her re-election campaign and was returned to the Senate in 2019.
A warning that this episode contains conversations about suicide. If this raises issues of concern for you, please consider calling Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 for immediate support.
Bounce Back episode 11: Rosie Batty – Campaigner against domestic violence, 2015 Australian of the Year
Episode 11 of Bounce Back features campaigner against domestic violence, Rosie Batty.
In February 2014, Rosie Batty’s 11-year-old son Luke had just finished cricket practice with his local team at a park on the outskirts of Melbourne, when he was brutally murdered by his father. It was the culmination of years of violence and abuse – most of which had been directed at Rosie.
The day after the murder, Rosie spoke out in the media about family violence, saying “I want to tell everybody family violence happens to everybody, no matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are. This has been an 11-year battle.”
Since then, Rosie has become one of the most prominent and successful domestic violence campaigners in Australia’s history. She created the Luke Batty foundation, advised governments, campaigned in Australian and international media and has been the recipient of many significant accolades including 2015 Australian of the Year.
Content warning, this episode contains references to family violence.
If this discussion raises issues for you, and you’d like to talk to someone, you can call/chat online with:
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Lifeline 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491
Bounce Back episode 10: Trent Cotchin – Captain, Richmond Football Club
Episode ten of Bounce Back features Richmond Captain, Trent Cotchin talking about the ups and downs of life at the Tigers.
In 2016, Richmond Football Club finished 13th on the ladder. Some footy fans had doubts about whether Trent Cotchin was cut out to be a leader, including Trent himself, who said: “I felt I was trapped under a black cloud at the end of that season. I got to the end of 2016 and that was probably rock bottom for me”.
One year later, Richmond broke a 37-year premiership drought. They followed up with another grand final victory last year.
Cotchin has won the Brownlow Medal – the AFL’s highest individual honour – and is a three-time Richmond best and fairest winner.
Bounce Back episode nine: Bronte Campbell – Olympic Champion Swimmer
Episode seven of Bounce Back features Olympic Champion, swimmer Bronte Campbell.
One of the best quotes in sport can be attributed to Bronte: “I am the third fastest swimmer in the world and yet I am the second-fastest swimmer in my family. It is ridiculous. It is not normal.”
Bronte has represented Australia at the London and Rio Olympics. Heading into Rio, Bronte was reigning 100m freestyle world champion and sister Cate was the world record holder. On the first night of the swimming in Rio, Bronte and her relay team (including her sister Cate) won gold in world record time. Expectations were high for the individual race. It’s safe to say that things didn’t go to plan. Bronte finished fourth, Cate came sixth. Then came the media barrage and the subsequent journey to retain their self-belief.
Bounce Back episode eight: Bill Shorten – Shadow Minister for the NDIS & Government Services
In the lead up to the 2019 election, most Australians and media outlets were expecting a Labor win and for Bill Shorten to become the next Australian Prime Minister – an expectation fuelled by two years of consistent poll predictions.
When the results came in on election night, it wasn’t to be. Bill Shorten announced his resignation as Labor leader, acknowledging that as captain of the team, he bore ultimate responsibility for the surprise loss.
It has been over a year since the election and Bill Shorten is now Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and for Government Services. In this episode of Bounce Back, Bill Shorten speaks to Dr Andrew Rochford about the lead up to the election and how he coped with the loss – that night and in the days and months following – as well as the importance of his support networks and what now keeps him motivated.
Bounce Back episode seven: Johnathan Thurston – Rugby League Immortal
In his early playing days, Johnathan Thurston was knocked back time and time again – told he didn’t have the right body type to pursue rugby league.
Now, many would consider him to be the NRL’s greatest ever player. He has won an unprecedented four Dally M medals – the highest individual award in the National Rugby League – and three World Golden Boot awards.
Last year, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to rugby league and as a role model, and in 2017 he was awarded the Human Rights Medal.
As Managing Director of the JT Academy, he’s making a difference in the lives of young Indigenous people, through wellbeing, education and employment programs.
Bounce Back episode six: Curtis McGrath – Paralympic Gold Medallist
On episode six of Bounce Back, we hear the inspiring story of former solider turned Paralympic Gold Medallist Curtis McGrath. McGrath was on active duty in Afghanistan when he stepped on a bomb.
Moments later and with both his legs gone, Curtis had to talk his team through the first aid needed to save his life. That’s right, to complicate matters, he was the person on the team with intensive first aid training.
Seeing the trauma on the faces of his team, he tried to lighten the mood as he was being carried away on a stretcher, calling out, “You’ll see me at the Paralympics.”
Fast forward four years and Curtis is Australia’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, having won gold in the men’s paracanoe KL2 division.
The journey of Curtis McGrath is an amazing one. This ten-time World Champion has strength, resilience and a will to win – but also knew the importance of reaching out for help when he needed it most.
Bounce Back episode five: Michael Coutts-Trotter – Secretary, NSW Department of Communities and Justice
Our guest for episode five of Bounce Back is Michael Coutts-Trotter, Secretary for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, the department in charge of NSW prisons.
Michael’s story is one of second chances, turning his life around after being imprisoned for almost three years for conspiracy to import heroin.
Michael speaks to Dr Andrew Rochford about how this experience shaped his life and how he turned his background into an asset, rather than a liability.
Owning his actions, when Michael took over running the state’s courts and jails, he emailed all 40,000 of his staff and told them that as a teenager he used and supplied drugs.
Bounce Back episode four: Nathan Buckley, AFL Coach
In episode four of Bounce Back, Andrew speaks to Nathan Buckley, Coach of Collingwood Football Club.
Buckley played 260 games with club, establishing one of the best football resumes in the game’s history. As captain of Collingwood between 1999 and 2007, he led his side to two AFL grand finals.
In an at-times controversial coaching transition, Buckley took on the senior coach role at Collingwood in 2012. While the football world adored Nathan Buckley the player when he was flying high and the team was winning, when the Pies were regularly losing under Buckley the coach, supporters began to question his value and whether being a great player really made him qualified for the coaching role.
Buckley speaks to these moments in his career and how changing his attitude and coaching style resulted in better player relationships, emerging successfully from a coaching review and winning him the respect of footy supporters across the code.
Bounce Back episode three: Anna Meares – Olympic Cycling Champion
Anna Meares is the only Australian to have won individual medals at four consecutive Olympics. In 2016 she became Australia’s most decorated Olympic cyclist in history.
But in January 2008, Anna nearly lost her career and almost her life when she broke her neck in a horrific track accident at the World Cup in Los Angeles.
Just ten days after her accident, wearing a neck brace, Anna got back on a stationary bike and pedalled for one minute. That afternoon she pedalled for five minutes. Seven months later at the Beijing Olympics she won silver in the sprint.
Bounce Back episodes one and two: Tim Paine – Australian Test Cricket Captain, parts one and two
In a special two-part episode to launch the podcast, Australian test cricket captain Tim Paine opened up about one of the darkest periods of his life -and how seeking professional support helped him beat his mental demons and save his cricket career.
The 35-year-old talks about how injury spiralled into a lack of self-confidence, almost ending his career.
“I was still loving training for cricket, I loved watching cricket, but when it came to my part in the game I just hated it, I would rather be anywhere else in the world because I was convinced I was going to fail,” Paine tells Bounce Back.
“I don’t think anyone knew that I was struggling at all, not my best mates, not even my partner. I remember times when I would be sitting at home, she’d be at work, and I would literally be sitting on the couch, not bawling my eyes out but I’d be crying…it was weird and really painful, it was hard to explain, but yeah I just thought I was letting so many people down.”