Dana Meads

Dana Meads is a Melbourne-based writer.

Published by The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Dana is especially interested in health, psychology, politics and culture.

Dana’s articles include a FOCUS feature piece, ‘The Friend Within’, about her personal experience with adolescent bullying, suicide and depression. This article provides an example of how early life experiences have the potential to influence adult mental health – and how to overcome this. It was selected as The Age Editor’s Choice and was beautifully illustrated by Michael Leunig.

Dana loves crafting stories, interviewing, research, analysis, generating ideas and facilitating discussion. For RUOK? Day, Dana hosted a public talk and interview with Venerable Robina Courtin, 'Depression, Fear and Anxiety: How To Be Your Own Therapist'. The recording of this event has attracted over 150,000 you-tube views.

With a background in human rights work, Dana has lived and worked in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Fiji Islands. Her previous work included co-writing and editing two resource publications for engaging with international law special procedure mechanisms, that were launched at the United Nations Human Rights Council, in New York. This work included research and analysis of laws, policies and cultural trends throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Dana is currently completing Honours in Psychology at The University of Melbourne.

To work with Dana or to share your thoughts, contact Dana here.