MentalMusic helps teenagers talk about mental health

Brisbane 4000
A Brisbane high school student has created a radio program to help his friends open up and talk more about their mental health.Jordan O’dell-Fontana along with a group of year nine students from Brisbane State High School launched the program MentalMusic.The team wanted to create a platform where young people could tune in and feel included, while also listening to music produced by their peers.The project, which started as an English assignment in social entrepreneurship, grew quickly into a weekly podcast.”We take music and stories from teenagers and combine it with expert advice into a 30-minute podcast that we release weekly,” Jordan said.”It’s a music-based podcast that caters for 14 to 19-year-olds and looks at teenage mental health issues.”
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Hear the first episode of MentalMusic
Jordan said he wanted to get his fellow peers involved in the project to help them talk about anxiety and mental health.”I chose mental health as it was an issue that myself and my friends had experience with and it’s really important that we as a society talk about it more.”More than 100 listeners tuned into the first episode that was released last week hosted by students Gordon Loughlin and Grace Pitch.Gordon said being teenagers themselves, talking to teenagers, allowed the group to explain things in a way their audience would understand.”It’s a great way to vent about what we have to say, to an audience we get,” he said.”When they have similar problems to us they can relate to us as well.”Using music to help battle anxietyJordan said music had helped him deal with his own anxiety in the school yard.The program focused on music composed and uploaded by other students.”For many, music is a great outlet to write and produce music and helps with their own mental health,” he said.”We want to celebrate and show that as we’re trying really hard to show a teenage perspective and having music can be a great help.”
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Pitching the idea to investors To get the idea off the ground, the group pitched the concept to a room full of Queensland investors at Brisbane incubator lab Little Tokyo Two.”While it was quite nerve-racking to pitch it to investors, we had to pitch it at school in a smaller competition so I had done it a couple of times before,” Jordan said.The MentalMusic team recorded much of the program at the incubator’s recording studios in Brisbane’s CBD.Jordan said he hoped the program would continue to grow as the team aimed to release a new episode each week.”I don’t have huge expectations with what might happen with it, I just want to create something that helps others.”
ABC Radio Brisbane


Jessica Hinchliffe


February 15, 2017 12:33:55

Grace Pitch, Gordon Loughlin and Jordan O’dell-Fontana at the Little Tokyo Two recording studios. (Supplied: MentalMusic)

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Eight-year-old pet turtle Skipper can expect to live many more years after surviving his great adventure. (ABC Riverland: Catherine Heuzenroeder)
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He can stay inside now,” Mr Watson said with a laugh.Having shown he can squeeze through wire mesh, sneak past the dog and escape his backyard either under a small gap in the fence or the floor of the transportable house, he may have earned himself a new name.”I should start to call him Houdini now. (ABC Riverland: Catherine Heuzenroeder)
Pet recognised by distinctive markJesse Watson discovered Skipper missing from his Renmark North property on Friday morning.”I went to go feed him Friday morning and turn some [water] misters on as it was going to be 45 degrees,” Mr Watson said.”He wasn’t there when I went to feed him. I thought this is a long shot. I freaked out a little bit and thought worst case scenario, he’s dead.”I posted on Facebook ‘Rest in peace, Skipper’. I still don’t know how he got out,” Mr Watson said.Skipper’s safe return has given plenty of cause for celebration.”I think the girlfriend is about to go buy him something special,” Mr Watson said. External Link:

Skipper covered about 2km over two days

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Facebook post about turtle reunion
Before his reunion, there had been plans to release Skipper into a nearby creek or the River Murray, but Mr Watson doubts the turtle would have survived.”He’s not a local species,” he said.Skipper has now been returned to his tank and is unlikely to win back his outdoor privileges.”I will put fish in there. But no, it’s him … I still can’t get over it,” Mr Watson said.Skipper has a distinctive thumb-shaped indent on the back of his shell where Mr Watson pressed too hard when he was little.”That’s how I recognised him, and knew he was mine,” he said.Pet reunions that defy the oddsThere have been some remarkable reunions between pets and their owners.There was the Queensland family reunited with their cat three years after it went missing, thanks to a lost and found page on Facebook.And the two beloved pooches who went exploring while their owner was away on holiday in Bali and were returned three years later using their microchips.Then there was the implausible-sounding account of a pet turtle found locked in the storeroom of a house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 30 years after she went missing. Photo:
Jesse Watson with Skipper among the vines the turtle most likely walked on his great adventure. (ABC Riverland: Catherine Heuzenroeder)
On Tuesday morning Mr Watson scrolled through a Riverland pets forum on Facebook and saw a post from a woman who had found a turtle in her driveway.”I was a bit sceptical to start with. I’ve had him for eight years … he’s like a dog for me, he’s my pet.”After cleaning out the pond and swimming pool filters to check for his turtle, Mr Watson resigned himself to life without Skipper. A pet turtle who escaped his backyard pond to navigate country roads and vineyards during soaring temperatures has been reunited with his owner through social media.Skipper the turtle covered about 2 kilometres in two days, in Renmark, South Australia.Keeping up the steady pace of the tortoise rather than the hare, it gave him an average speed of 41 metres each hour, or 70 centimetres each minute.His small dinner-plate shell helped him survive 45-degree heat, and good instincts had him follow water from a wine grape dripper system.But it was sheer luck that led him to safely dodge cars and avoid predators, before being rescued by a woman and finally reunited with his owner through a post on a Facebook pets forum five days after he went missing. Photo:
The odds were against Skipper finding his way home when he set off on a trek through Riverland vineyards.