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Episode #016 with Adam Carney



In this enlightening episode, we sit down with Adam Carney, a dedicated mentor and advocate for mental health and disability support. Adam's journey from a challenging background in Southwest Sydney to becoming a beacon of hope for many young individuals is inspiring and educational. Throughout the conversation, Adam delves deep into the importance of understanding trauma, support systems' role, and social media's impact on mental health.


Adam's unique approach combines his personal experiences with formal education, emphasising the importance of genuine connections, empathy, and understanding the underlying causes of behavioural issues. His insights into the world of mentoring and disability support provide a fresh perspective on the challenges many face and the potential pathways to overcoming them.

10 Talking Points:

    1. (00:00) The significance of surrounding oneself with the right people for personal growth.
    2. (01:24) Addressing the profound impact of trauma on young adults.
    3. (04:25) An innovative project: Speed dating/matchmaking for people with disabilities.
    4. (14:21) The role of empathy in connecting with clients and understanding their challenges.
    5. (24:59) The iceberg analogy: Delving into the root causes of behavioural issues.
    6. (31:35) Adam's transformative journey was influenced by mentorship and positive role models.
    7. (45:33) The importance of early childhood education in mental health prevention.
    8. (48:38) Recognising and understanding attachment disorders in relationships.
    9. (56:12) Introduction to Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory and its relevance.
    10. (62:05) The double-edged sword of social media in promoting mental health awareness.

5 Deep Dive Topics:

Mentoring and Genuine Connections: Adam emphasises the importance of genuine connections in mentoring (14:21). He believes true understanding goes beyond sympathy and delves into empathy. By combining his personal experiences with formal education, Adam offers a unique approach to mentoring, ensuring that every individual feels seen, heard, and understood.

Addressing Trauma: At (24:59), Adam introduces the iceberg analogy, highlighting the need to address the underlying trauma causing behavioural issues. He stresses the importance of understanding the root causes rather than merely managing the symptoms. This deep dive into trauma provides a comprehensive understanding of its long-term effects and the necessary steps to healing.

The Role of Attachments in Relationships: Starting at (48:38), Adam delves into the world of attachment disorders. He explains the different types of attachments - safe, insecure, anxious, and avoidant - and their impact on adult relationships. Recognising one's attachment style and understanding its origins can improve relationships and personal well-being.

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory: At (56:12), Adam introduces the audience to Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory. This theory provides a holistic view of an individual's environment and support systems. Understanding the various systems and their influence can better address individual needs and provide comprehensive support.

Social Media's Impact on Mental Health: The conversation at (62:05) revolves around the pros and cons of social media in spreading mental health awareness. While social media has played a pivotal role in promoting awareness, it also presents challenges. Adam discusses the potential pitfalls of relying solely on social media for guidance and the importance of seeking professional help.