DrinkWise presents Bounce Back, a new podcast series to help Australians who are facing adversity or feeling lost as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and presented by DrinkWise, Bounce Back will feature 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A new episode of Bounce Back will be released weekly – listen in your favourite podcast app, including Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.