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Osher Günsberg Is Back After The (Psychotic) Break

By August 24, 2023No Comments
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Episode #775



Even in the darkest moments, there exists the potential for redemption, rebuilding, and the reclamation of one’s life.

Today’s guest is a living embodiment of this truth.

Meet Osher Günsberg—one of the most (if not the most) celebrated television hosts and media personalities in Australia. Over the course of his career, he’s hosted Australian Idol, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia, and The Masked Singer Australia. He narrates the Australian TV series Bondi Rescue and he hosts the podcast Better Than Yesterday.

Longtime listeners may recall Osher’s first appearance on the podcast over nine years ago where we discussed his journey to the big stage and his transformation from being a chubby kid to a plant-powered, marathon-running host of Australian Idol.

Shortly after that conversation, Osher experienced a public psychotic breakdown that left him terrified, distressed and convinced the world was coming to an end. But rather than hide this experience and internalize his struggles with his mental health and drug and alcohol use, Osher bravely began to talk openly about his recovery.

“Sometimes, the only way out of the flames is through them.”


Today he shares that terrifying experience in vivid detail, what happened, how he clawed his way back to sanity, and the hard-earned lessons he’s garnered along the way—which you can also read about in his powerful memoir, Back, After The Break. 

The visually inclined can this episode on YouTube. As always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Note: Today we discuss suicidal thoughts and ideation. If that subject is too confronting, perhaps skip this episode.If you are struggling, please raise your hand and reach out for help. You can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP and if you are experiencing suicidal ideation, know you’re not alone. I encourage you to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1(800) 273-TALK.

Osher demonstrated a huge amount of courage and vulnerability to share his harrowing brush with mental illness. My hope is that his narrative serves as a powerful reminder that taking responsibility for your mental health is crucial.

You are not alone, and the bravest thing you can do is ask for help.

Peace + Plants,

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