Speak Out Loud: Stories of Strength

Welcome to “Speak Out Loud: Stories of Strength”. This is a community project sharing stories of strength and resilience as well as information about mental health and well-being that supports the communities of the Southern Downs in southern Queensland impacted by the 2019 and 2020 bushfires. Your host is Kathryn Walton, a Mental Health Social Worker based on the Southern Downs.

Season 1 includes conversations with local residents and health and community workers who generously share tips, strategies and resources to support your recovery journey.

Season 1 has been supported through funding from the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.


Season 2 includes conversations with local organisations and residents who help you connect with your local community and prepare for stressful events. Preparedness and connection to community are protective factors for mental health recovery.

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Season 2 has been jointly funded under the Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (2018)



The information shared in the podcast conversations and associated handouts is intended for general information only and is not necessarily the opinion of the producers, host and funding bodies. To the best of our knowledge, this information was correct at the time of publishing. Please consult with your doctor, health provider and relevant trained personnel for professional advice and support based on your individual needs.


To listen to an episode:

  • Scroll through the list of episodes and click on the one you want to listen to
  • Read the show notes for the episode by hovering / clicking on the “i” icon in the bottom right corner of the episode in the player
  • Click the play arrow to listen to your selected episode
  • You can also listen to this podcast using your favourite podcast app on your smart phone or tablet

There is a printable handout that supports each episode of the podcast. The handouts include a brief summary of the content of the episode and a list of resources and links mentioned in the episode. You are welcome to print and share the handouts with other people.

To download a handout:

  • Click / tap the handout you wish to read. You may need a PDF reader to view the handouts.