Mental health, wellbeing and resilience

Alone Australia's Kate Grarock sitting beside a stream in the bush smiling at the camera, with The Owl and TACT logos

When you’re young, all you want to do is fit in, but what I would encourage people to do is realise that there’s someone else who feels the same way as you, or is struggling with the same decision that you’re struggling with, and that’s where you can find your community

Dr Kate Grarock

This week’s episode of TACT is about mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

There’s a lot of pressures in young adulthood to live a fulfilling life when you may be juggling entering the workforce, finding your identity, travelling, studying, home life, meeting or making new friendships, becoming independent, and taking on new responsibilities. 

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is an ongoing process of finding the right balance to physical health, a sense of purpose, feeling connected with others, and feeling safe and supported.

The trait of resilience is embodied by Jen’s guest in this episode, Dr Kate Grarock. Kate is an ecologist, hiker, superstar of STEM, mum and YouTube creator.

Perhaps you’ve seen Kate on the SBS reality series Alone Australia, where Kate maintains a joyous respect for her environment and conditions despite being alone and reliant only on herself and her abilities, mental and physical, to survive.

Mental health, wellbeing and resilience

TACT is made possible thanks to a YWCA and Beyond Bank grant, and with the support of Women’s Health Matters, the voice for women’s health and wellbeing in the ACT; and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT. The series is produced in partnership with The Owl at the University of Canberra.

You can share your thoughts, ideas and feedback by email ( or via the TACT podcast Facebook page.

Our theme song is Satisfied Minds by the fabulous Canberra band Miroji.

If anything we’ve talked about has raised concerns for you, there are many free support services you can reach out to for help, including:

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