Get Real: Talking mental health & disability

I drove drunk, became paralysed and found my purpose with Brianna Pauuwe

February 21, 2023 The team at ermha365 Season 4 Episode 74
Get Real: Talking mental health & disability
I drove drunk, became paralysed and found my purpose with Brianna Pauuwe
Show Notes

Our guest for this episode is Brianna Pauuwe who lives in the United States and advocates for and supports people with disabilities, with a focus on fitness, wellbeing and community for people who use wheelchairs.

Brianna herself uses a wheelchair, after a life-altering car crash in 2011 when she drove under the influence of alcohol. She owns this experience and says she thinks it actually saved her life and gave her a purpose.

She now works for the Wheel with Me Foundation that supports people with disabilities, including through the world's first fitness app Wheel With Me Fitness - made for wheelchair users by wheelchair users. We’ll have details in the show notes so you can find out more.

And Brianna is passionate about accessibility and doing the things she loves like attending music festivals…and encouraging others to do the same.

She is also really open in talking about relationships and intimacy for people with disabilities.  You can find Brianna on:


If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • 13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

FREE mental health support is available in Victoria through Mental Health and Wellbeing Local services. All support is free, and you do not need a referral from your doctor to access help.  ermha365, in partnership with Barwon Health, Wellways Australia  and Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative provide services in the Greater Geelong-Queenscliffe area, 12-14 Thompson Road, North Geelong. Find your local service provider https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/mhwlocal#find-your-nearest-service

CREDITS
Produced and hosted by Emily Webb, ermha365 Advocacy and External Communications Advisor with Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO ermha365.

ermha365 provides mental health and disability support for people in Victoria and the Northern Territory. Find out more about our services at our website.

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