Today we speak with Nicole Gibson, founder of an organisation called Love Out Loud, and author of a book by the same name. Unlike most previous guests on this podcast, Nicole isn’t an academic. She does however, have impressive experience and expertise regarding mental health. Following her lived experience with anorexia, Nicole started a non-profit at 18, then spent a year and a half living in a van and travelling to 300 communities around Australia delivering workshops and presentations. Then at 21, she was elected as a Commonwealth Commissioner for Mental Health, the youngest person to serve in that position.
In this conversation, we talk about the role of love and community in creating the possibility for positive change and get an outsider’s perspective on the field.
1:10 – On Nicole’s background.
7:05 – How did Nicole’s understanding of society’s needs around mental health evolve during her time as National Mental Health Commissioner?
10:15 – How was her perspective received during her time as National Mental Health Commissioner?
19:15 – What is it about a facilitator or therapist that allows them to effectively support change in a client?
25:15 – What advice would Nicole have for people to support the mental health of others?
29:10 – About Nicole’s organisation, Love Out Loud.
38:00 – On love as a clichéd message.
40:30 – On the approach and philosophy of Love Out Loud retreats.
53:35 – On how work on embodiment goes with work on narrative.
1:03:30 – What is coming up next for Nicole and Love Out Loud?
1:05:20 – Advice for those working in, or moving towards a career in, mental health.