The Lived Experience Podcast

The Lived Experience Podcast

The lived experience podcast is about creating conversations around mental health and in particular stories surrounding growing up with a mental illness in the family. As a child of a single mother with BiPolar, I wanted to create interviews that would fill the content gap around this subject. Mental health awareness and advocacy goes far beyond depression and anxiety. I hope that these discussions shine a lot on issues you may not be aware of or even inform you to know that you are not alone. Make sure you subscribe or leave a rating to support the show.

Recent Episodes

Interview with award winning filmmaker Genevieve Bailey about her film Happy Sad Man

Nov. 28, 2022

Genevieve Bailey’s films have screened in 50 countries, winning over 30 awards to date. With a background in short drama, comedy, and music videos, I AM ELEVEN (2011), her ambitious first feature documentary, was shot in 15 …

Interview with Carly Evans about trauma and being in a relationship with someone who has Bipolar Disorder

Nov. 24, 2022

Carly Evans AKA Coach Carly, reached out to the podcast to share her story about her multiple experiences with mental health and illness. Carly was in a relationship for years with someone who had undiagnosed Bipolar Disorde…

Growing up with a mother who has Shizophrenia in the USA? Interview with listener, Missy Apple Knotts

Nov. 17, 2022

Missy is a listener of the podcast in the USA and reached out via email, so I invited her to share her experience of being raised by a mother with Schizophrenia. Missy, in this interview, provides excellent insights and pers…

Interview with Peter Wasielewski from the UK on beating addiction, mental illness and using his lived experience to help those in the criminal justice system

Nov. 13, 2022

Peter Wasielewski reached out to share his story about addiction, his mental health battle, and a different way to view recovery. Peter also uses his lived experience within the criminal justice system in the UK to help othe…

What does Kayne West and My Mum have in common?

Oct. 27, 2022

What do my mum and Kanye West have in common? In today's episode, I talk about some recent comments from Kanye West regarding his Bipolar Disorder and how what affects young carers everywhere is now playing out on a larger s…

Come and be a guest on the podcast and share your story to help others!

Oct. 26, 2022

If you like to be a guest on the podcast, please get in touch with me via Or via a message on my social media accounts. I am looking to share stories that aren't covered that o…

Recent Blog Posts

Interview with Michael Donehue about depression

Interview with Michael Donehue on the lived experience podcast with Joel Kleber speaking about his journey with depression and helping others.

Interview with TIACS and Trademutt founder, Ed Ross

How to build a social enterprise that makes an impact with Ed Ross founder of Trademutt and TIACS on the lived experience podcast with Joel Kleber.

Interview with Bipolar Australia founder, Susana Bluwol

Interview with Bipolar Australia founder, Susana Bluwol about all things Bipolar on the lived experience podcast with Joel Kleber.

About the Host

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Joel Kleber


Hi, I am Joel Kleber the host and creator of the lived experience podcast. The goal of the podcast is to create more conversations on mental health that go beyond depression and anxiety. There is so much more to mental health! My experience is growing up with a single mother with Bipolar Disorder 1 and it was an experience, to say the least! However, I have always been frustrated by the lack of content that there is online regarding this and other mental illnesses. My show consists of interviews and also solo episodes where I recount experiences to really emphasise the point that you are not alone out there and many people are affected by mental illness in the family unit.