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 every other Wednesday at 6am U.K time!

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Hosts: Ellie Page and Will Sadler present a fornightly show that is less about how we deal with our mental health problems, and more about how we understand them in the first place.

In our first season, we will be talking with Clinical Psychologist Karen Lowinger about High Functioning Mental Health problems, therapist and fellow podcaster Stuart Ralph about one of the most misunderstood of all mental health conditions: OCD, Professor William Tov about the definition of happiness, Jake Dunn about men’s mental health groups and the responsibility of communities to look after one another’s mental wellbeing, Dolly Sen about whether ‘mental illness’ even exists and Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen about how mental health intersects with spirituality and gender.

Will and Ellie speak about mental health entirely from their lived experiences. This podcast does not constitute medical or therapeutic advice and is not a replacement for seeking professional help. You can find signposting to support below.

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Latest Episodes

S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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S2E3- Tackling misinformation about OCD, with Matthew Antonelli and Stuart Ralph

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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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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