Run Like a Woman

One in five young Australians say they are struggling with their mental health, and suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 15-24. So how do parents cope when it's their child who doesn't want to live? Run Like a Woman's co-host Penny Mulvey and her daughter Holly open up about their personal journey with anxiety and depression.

Show Notes

On the outside, Holly was a confident, quiet achiever and a perfectionist.

But on the inside, she had been living with anxiety from a very young age.

Holly didn't tell anyone that she was struggling with her mental health. 

Until, at age 18, she finally opened up to a friend and to her mum. She told them that she didn't want to live anymore.

This is a raw, honest and compelling look inside the struggle facing thousands of Aussie families.

Top two
Bec's recommendations: Ten Percent Happier podcast with Dan Harris; and Faith, Work & Rest podcast with Teena Dare
Penny's recommendations: Beyond Blue website and No Feeling is Final podcast with Honor Eastly
Holly's recommendation: Better Than Yesterday podcast with Osher Günsberg 

Parts of this discussion may be triggering or distressing for some listeners. If you need support, please contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

*Statistics on youth mental health taken from the Australia Talks National Survey 2021 and Suicide Prevention Australia.

What is Run Like a Woman?

Run Like a Woman shines a light on the experiences of ordinary Australian Christian women.

From stories of resilience to practical advice, women share about their lives and how their faith has guided, sustained and grown them.

Hosted by Penny Mulvey and Bec Abbott, Run Like a Woman is part of the Eternity Podcast Network, which thousands of listeners tune into every week.

We hope this podcast will offer you encouragement, community and inspiration.

“Hearing raw, honest stories from other Christian women is a truly powerful thing. Even if their experience is different to mine, I have found it relatable and often healing. It resonates with me for a long time afterwards." – a Run Like a Woman listener