Season 6, Episode 28 – Yumi Stynes

From being ‘canceled’, to alcoholism and post-natal depression, Yumi Stynes knows how to get vulnerable in the Vulnerabilitea House.

Starting as a magnetic, music presenter on Channel V, Yumi’s career spans more than 20 years on our screens, on the radio, or in the very successful books she’s written. However as she shares with Hugh, Ryan and Josh, there were times when the phone simply didn’t ring and her career felt like it was at a stand-still.

In this episode, Yumi shares stories from her childhood, from feelings of isolation; to being the victim of racism in 1980s Swan Hill; we discuss the loss of her father and how that experience shaped her perspective on life; to what it was actually like being ‘cancelled’ and the role friendship played in her lowest moments; above all, Yumi tells us of her struggles with alcohol, and how her decision to quit transformed her life.

So buckle up for a big one! We know you’ll love this chat as much as we did!

Things to read

‘Welcome To…’ book series

The Food Fix (Garlic Honey Soy Chicken recipe)

Things to watch

The Circle ‘cancelling’ moment

For help & support with post natal depression

Call Panda on 1300 726 306 or visit

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit

For further research and learning visit Mumspace –

For help & support with alcohol abuse

Call Alcoholics Anonymous on 1300 222 222 or visit

Call the National Drug & Alcohol Hotline on 1800 250 015 or visit

The Imperfects is not a licensed mental health service and is not a substitute for professional mental health advice, treatment or assessment. The advice given in this episode is general in nature, but if you’re struggling, please see a healthcare professional, or call lifeline on 13 11 14.

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