Lively Minds

Led by people with lived experience, Lively Minds is a UK-based podcast about mental health challenges that go beyond the ebb and flow of the everyday.

We release a new episode on the first Friday of every month!

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Lively Minds is a podcast about mental health challenges that go beyond the ebb and flow of the everyday. 

Led by people with lived experience, the show looks at how developing an understanding of our mental health, influences how we address the challenges we face.

The Hosts:

Ellie Page is a freelance artist, producer, editor and access consultant based in Manchester. An experienced youth worker and mental health practitioner, Ellie had to step down her Social Work practice following worsening mobility difficulties. This led to a successful freelance career which she continues alongside her other work. She worked enthusiastically as Project Coordinator of the UK Disability Arts Alliance, and is a co-founder of TRIAD³, a collaborative arts studio set-up thanks to funding from ACE. Ellie recently received a Merit award in her MSc Psychology, as well as Dissertation of the Year 2022. She manages the North West Hub for Outside In, working with artists who face significant barriers to the arts world, and continues to work as a freelance writer, book designer & arts and mental health practitioner.

Will Sadler is a filmmaker, radio & podcast producer, with over twenty years’ experience working with the heritage, cultural, charitable and public sectors. He is co-founder and Development Director of Beacon Films, a multi-award winning production company that supports disabled and neurodivergent filmmakers. He has experienced clinical anxiety and OCD since his teenage years.

New to the show? Why not start with one of these:

Australia’s nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Matt Ottley talked to us about his work of pictures, words and music which takes audiences on a journey through his experiences of Bipolar. | Listen here

Through a 5-episode mini series, our very own Ellie Page tells the story of her experiences of both working in, and being admitted to, mental health hospital. | Listen here

There are a few episodes about OCD – in a conversation with Stuart Ralph of the OCD Stories podcast we talk about “Pure O”, how it differs from traditional understandings of OCD and why it is so contested | Listen here

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Latest Episodes

UPDATE – Why we are reducing the frequency of our show to monthly

S2E7 – Funerals and mental health, with Andy Jones

twitterfacebookinstagramlinkedin“Sometimes, people just need to be really very sad together” In this episode, we will be talking with funeral celebrant - or ‘funeralist’ - Andy Jones about funerals and mental health.  We ask Andy what ingredients he thinks a funeral...

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S2E6 – What is dramatherapy? With Ciara McClelland

twitterfacebookinstagramlinkedin What is Dramatherapy? How does it work? And how can it help us make better sense of our mental health? In this episode, Ellie and Will chat with Ciara McClelland of Dream Together, who is a registered dramatherapist and social worker....

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S1E19 – What is Clinical Anxiety? With Karen Lowinger

twitterfacebookWhat is clinical anxiety? And how does it differ from everyday anxiety? We are delighted to welcome back to the show Karen Lowinger, who is a clinical psychologist from Panama. For fourteen years now, Karen has been working with teenagers and adults...

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S1E18 – Trauma and Neurodivergence, with Amanda Marples

twitterfacebookWhat is the relationship between neurodivergence and trauma? In today’s episode we are chatting again to Amanda Marples, who is a writer, social worker and mentor with over twenty years experience in community mental health. She has written for numerous...

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S1E17 – Mental Health Hospital (part 3), with Ellie Page

twitterfacebookWhat are Ellie's hopes for the future of mental health hospitals in the UK? In the third and final part of this three part mini-series, Will chats to Ellie about her experiences of running creative workshops and events within mental health hospitals, how...

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S1E16 – Mental Health Hospital (part 2), with Ellie Page

twitterfacebookWhat is it like to be an inpatient on a mental health ward? In the second of this three part mini-series, Will shall be chatting to Ellie about her experiences of both being admitted to and working in mental health hospitals. In the UK, a mental health...

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S1E15 – Mental Health Hospital (part 1), with Ellie Page

twitterfacebookWhat is it like to be admitted to mental health hospital? What does it mean to be “sectioned”?  Over the next three episodes, Will shall be chatting to Ellie about her experiences of both being admitted to and working in mental health hospitals. In the...

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UPDATE – Why we are reducing the frequency of our show to monthly

S1E14 – Trauma, with Amanda Marples

twitterfacebookWhat is Trauma? In today’s episode we are chatting to Amanda Marples, who is a writer, social worker and mentor with over twenty years experience in community mental health.  We will be discussing her new book: "The Healing Workbook". Published...

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S1E11 – Decolonising mental health, with Dr Arya Thampuran

twitterfacebookIn a world dominated by Western approaches to psychiatric health, what does the non-Western world offer in terms of alternative interpretations of our mental health experiences? In today’s episode we are talking to Dr. Arya Thampuran, a researcher from...

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S1E10 – Avoiding anxious situations

twitterfacebook Is it OK to avoid everyday situations that make us anxious? Or should we always find a way to cope? In this episode we are going to be talking about avoiding anxiety-inducing situations. For people with mental health problems, this question is...

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S1E9 – Comedy and mental health, with Hal Branson

twitterfacebook Why do so many stand up comedians have mental health problems?? In this episode, we chat with Hal Branson about the connection between stand-up comedy and mental health. Hal is a comedian and live comedy co-ordinator who has worked in the industry for...

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S1E8 (Bonus) – Podcast Update

twitterfacebook Wondering where this week's episode of Lively Minds is? Here's a podcast update! Follow us on Twitter and more at https://www.bio.link/livelyminds Find out more about our show at https://www.anyamedia.net/livelyminds Lively Minds is an Anya...

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S1E8 – Ellie and Will reflect on the show so far

twitterfacebook On this episode of Lively Minds, the Mental Health Podcast, Ellie and Will reflect on their most memorable moments from the conversations so far and discuss why they resonate. If you haven’t heard some of the episodes we discuss, don’t worry, we’ll...

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S1E6 – What is happiness? With Professor William Tov

twitterfacebook It turns out that there is no one way to measure 'happiness' and what it actually means depends a lot on where we live in the world. In today's episode we'll be talking with William Tov who is Associate Professor of Psychology at Singapore Management...

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S1E4 – Men’s mental health groups, with Jake Dunn

twitterfacebook Speaking during men's mental health week 2022, mental health advocate Jake Dunn discusses his own mental health story, his involvement with men's mental health groups and what role volunteering and peer-support has in providing mental health care at a...

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S1E3 – Does “mental illness” exist? With Dolly Sen

twitterfacebook "We will label you. We will punish you. And this is true of women in Victorian times who were labelled as 'hysterical'. [In the UK] being Gay was a 'mental illness' until the 1970s" Artist, poet, writer, activist, filmmaker and professional...

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S1E2 – Why is OCD so misunderstood? With Stuart Ralph

twitterfacebookWill and Ellie chat to therapist and fellow podcaster: Stuart Ralph about what is perhaps one of the most misunderstood of all mental health conditions: OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Often misrepresented in popular culture as a ‘personality...

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S1E1 – What is “Mental Health?”

twitterfacebook    In episode 1 of our brand new series: Lively Minds: the mental health podcast, Ellie and Will ask 'what is mental health?' Drawing on their own personal and professional experience, they discuss how they frame and understand their own mental...

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Lively Minds: The Trailer

twitterfacebook Led by people with lived experience, Lively Minds is a UK-based podcast about mental health challenges that go beyond the ebb and flow of the everyday.Hosts: Ellie Page and Will Sadler present a show that is less about how we deal with our mental health...

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Lively Minds is an Anya Media //// Still Ill OK co-production

I make podcasts

I have co-produced and mixed programmes for the BBC. I help people and organisations to make their own shows.

I make films

I make video trailers for podcasts, events and websites and create short films to excite, educate and inform.

I make podcasts

I have co-produced and mixed programmes for the BBC. I help people and organisations to create their own shows.

I make films

I make video trailers for podcasts, events and websites and create short films to excite, educate and inform.

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