What is Novel Feelings?
Novel Feelings is a podcast where we discuss representations of mental health issues in fiction. A mental health book club, basically.
As psychologists and book nerds, Priscilla and Elise know that a good book holds up a mirror to real life (even when wizards or robots are involved). A good book can also influence the way we think about ourselves and others. In this podcast, they take a closer look at what some works of fiction do well when portraying mental health issues on the page, and what can be done better. Through this process, they hope to challenge stereotypes and stigmas held against mental health issues, and include the voices of those with lived experiences wherever possible.
Priscilla is an early career psychologist. She works with individuals of all ages at a private practice and in schools. In her free time, she prefers books with Happily Ever Afters, magic, lady detectives, and characters figuring out who they really are, but will also read anything else that catches her interests.
Elise is an early career researcher, psychologist and PhD Candidate. Her PhD involves exploring strategies to reduce stigma against people living with complex mental health issues. Her favourite books usually involve elaborate fantasy and a touch of romance, but she loves contemporary fiction and everything in between.
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the co-hosts and should not be taken as therapeutic advice. If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available through your local health provider. More resources for mental health support in Australia can be found here. You can also visit our Mental Health Resources page.