Season 3 – Episode 2 – Poverty Delusion

Official definition: a false belief of a person that he or she is impoverished or will be deprived of material possessions.

*A warning. This episode is about suicide and may not be suitable for everyone. Please use discretion.

Poverty Delusion by Nicolas Brasch

Sometimes you learn about things when you least expect to – and when you don’t want to. Have you ever heard of poverty delusion? It’s an official psychiatric condition. I hadn’t heard of it until … I wish I’d never heard of it. I hadn’t heard of it until … my sister had it. Until she took her life.

Nicolas is a writer, a teacher of writing, Chair of Writers Victoria, and the founder and host of Spirit of Punk, an open mic event for emerging writers.

You can find Nicolas on his website and Instagram.


Memoria is written,  produced, edited and presented by Natalie V.

Poverty Delusion is written and read by Nicolas Brasch. The story is sound edited by Jen Farrow.

Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions,   “Pat Dog” and “Heliotrope”.

Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.

Sound effects used in this episode by:

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