18 episodes

Why are creativity, art and culture so good for our health and wellbeing? What kinds of creative practice are good for us? What specific health issues can creativity help? How does creativity support our general health and wellbeing? How can people be creative in their everyday lives and at home? These are the kinds of questions that Laura Bailey explores in each episode with creative or health professionals, academics or people with lived experience.
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Creative Health Stories Laura Bailey

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Why are creativity, art and culture so good for our health and wellbeing? What kinds of creative practice are good for us? What specific health issues can creativity help? How does creativity support our general health and wellbeing? How can people be creative in their everyday lives and at home? These are the kinds of questions that Laura Bailey explores in each episode with creative or health professionals, academics or people with lived experience.
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    Share Your Own Creative Health Stories

    Share Your Own Creative Health Stories

    I'm taking a short break over April. In the meantime, I want you to send me your creative health story!
    Do you have a creative health story you'd like to share which could inspire other people? Send me an audio recording, no more than 5 minutes long, about how you're engaging with creativity for health or wellbeing to include on the podcast. Or write it down in no more that 750 words and I may read it out.
    Tell me about you and what you do: 
    Your name (anonymous is fine too), maybe where you live, your age, your gender, your ethnicity, your job, anything else interesting about you (all optional).
    Describe what creative activities you do and the impact they have on your health or wellbeing.
    You don't have to be professionally trained and your creative activity can be anything from cooking and gardening through to dance, writing, body art and everything in between. Anything creative! 
    Record your story on your phone (e.g. Voice Memos on iPhone or Voice Recorder app on Android) and send it via email with the subject 'My Creative Health Story' to: laura@creative-health.co.uk
    By sending me your audio recording and images you agree for them to be edited and published in part or full on my website, podcast, socials or part of an associated project. 
    Creative Health Stories website
    @creativehealthstories


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    • 3 min
    Mark Kilbey & Sarah Winn on male mental health and verbatim theatre

    Mark Kilbey & Sarah Winn on male mental health and verbatim theatre

    Mark Kilbey is former police officer and detective who retired from the force after 20 years through mental ill-health after which followed a long period of mental illness including suicide attempts. He set up the peer-led mental health charity Take Off to support people in similar situations. Sarah Winn is a theatre maker who works with young offenders, vulnerable adults and diverse communities . After the loss of her cousin by suicide, Sarah set out to create a piece of verbatim theatre to highlight the issues around male mental health and suicide.
    In this episode Mark and Sarah share their own stories and how they came together to make the play called 'No one Here Is Me', the impact of the process and the performance, and how the process has forged an incredible friendship between them.
    *** Please note, the episode includes discussions around severe mental illness and suicide ***
    Links:
    Take Off
    No one Here Is Me
    Portrait Theatre
    Wellbeing in the Arts
    Socials:
    @sarahwinnactor
    @dreamwinn
    @TakeOff_charity
    If you're struggling with your own mental health, or you're having suicidal thoughts, or you know someone else who is, please seek help.
    Places you can contact include:
    Mind - Seeking help for a mental health problem
    National Suicide Prevention helpline: Call 0800 689 5652
    SOS Silence of Suicide Call 0300 1020 505
    Samaritans Call 116 123
    Childline (under 19s) Call 0800 1111
    If you fear for someone's immediate safety, guide them to Accident and Emergency or dial 999 for immediate assistance

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    • 53 min
    Amal Lad on creative health from GP and musician perspective

    Amal Lad on creative health from GP and musician perspective

    Amal Lad is a GP and musician from Birmingham who has made a career out of exploring the intersection between art and medicine. His ability to reveal the connection between music and well-being has been recognised by the BBC and TEDxNHS, as well as countless listeners around the globe. He is the host of the Creative Medicine podcast, which also explores how people use creativity to improve health and wellbeing. Along with being a GP and podcast host Amal composes and releases his own music and is studying for a Masters in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL.
    Our conversation covers 'self medicating', the role of a GP and the challenges faced in general practice and the wider NHS, along with Amal's own passion for the healing power of music and the arts. He's a super motivated and compassionate human being.
    Please consider supporting the making of this podcast via Patreon
    Links:
    Website: https://www.amallad.com
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/amal-lad
    Socials:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/amalladmusic
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amal.lad
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/AmalLadMusic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amal.lad.music
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/AmalLadMusic
    @creativehealthstories
    Edited by @podcastpenny


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    • 43 min
    Christopher Bailey shares his global and personal view of arts and health

    Christopher Bailey shares his global and personal view of arts and health

    Christopher Bailey is the Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization and a co-founder of the Jameel Arts and Health Lab.  
    Educated at Columbia and Oxford Universities as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, after a career as a professional actor and playwright, Christopher worked at the Rockefeller Foundation before joining the WHO.
    Christopher has also performed original pieces such as Stage 4: Cancer and the Imagination, and The Vanishing Point: A journey into Blindness and Perception.
    Our conversation covers Christopher’s journey to his current role (which he created), philosophy, theatre, and how arts and health fit into the aims of the WHO. We talk about the effects of art from neuroscience, public health, and preventative perspectives, along with the effects of awe, shock and wonder and the deep aesthetic experience. 
    We cover the UK’s influence in this field but also the lack of investment. Christopher shares how the WHO influences health policy around the world to be inclusive of the arts and lets us in on his own creative health world.
    Please consider supporting the making of this podcast via Patreon
    Links
    WHO Arts and Health
    Jameel Arts & Health Lab
    Creative Brain Week
    Healing Arts Scotland
    NeuroArts Blueprint
    Daisy Fancourt
    Socials
    Christopher’s LinkedIn
    @baileychristophet
    @creativehealthpod
    Podcast Patreon
    Edited by @podcastpenny

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    • 59 min
    Kiz Manley on trauma informed Hip Hop, creative writing and using her own experiences to help others

    Kiz Manley on trauma informed Hip Hop, creative writing and using her own experiences to help others

    Kiran 'Kiz' Manley is the UK’s first Hip Hop Therapist. In 2012 she set up Hip Hop HEALS, a mental health social enterprise that spreads knowledge and research about Trauma-Informed Hip Hop. She hosts and produces her own podcast called 'Glowwiththeflow' on therapeutic Hip Hop, offering radical solutions to homelessness and mental ill health. The work stems from her own lived experiences of loss and grief and she now uses this to amplify the voices of others and people powered change to improve health systems. Kiz also works as the ‘Lived Experience and Programme
    Coordinator’ at UCL for a big research programme called Mobilising Community Assets to Tackle Health Inequalities. 
    ***Please note, in this episode Kiz discusses the loss of her sister in a car crash and the resulting grief and acute trauma responses. She also talks about the loss of her father, how grief is dealt with differently in different cultures and the inequities in the health system faced by global majority people in the UK***
    Our conversation covers the whole spectrum of emotions - grief and sadness, but also lots of humour, frustration, happiness and joy.
    Links:
    Hip Hop HEALS
    Kiz shared her experiences in a new book 'Music for Inclusion and Healing in Schools and Beyond'
    Kiz’s own podcast is Glowitheflow and you can watch podcast footage here
    Mobilising Community Assets to Tackle Health Inequalities programme
    Socials:
    @hiphophealsuk
    Kiz/Kiran's LinkedIn
    This episode was edited by Penny Bell @podcastpenny

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    • 58 min
    Sian Stevenson on her DIY journey into theatre and keeping older women well though movement and performance.

    Sian Stevenson on her DIY journey into theatre and keeping older women well though movement and performance.

    Sian Stevenson is Creative Director of Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company. Sian has worked in theatre, opera and participatory arts for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in applied theatre, with specialist knowledge in movement, inclusivity, and disability. Her  work with Moving Memory is focused on the creation and promotion of a distinctive, movement-based, peer-led, collaborative, creative practice which enables people (especially women aged 50+) to tell their own stories and express their individual identity.  
    In this episode Sian discusses her own rebellious and DIY journey into theatre and performance, teaching, and working freelance. She explains how she learnt that ‘showing off is actually just showing yourself’ and the importance of being allowed to ‘play.’ We talk about why Moving Memory exists; about challenging ageism in society, the fear of getting older and, sharing and celebrating the stories, experiences and creativity of older people through performance.
    Links:
    Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company
    Sian’s LinkedIn
    Socials:
    @moving_memory

    This episode was edited by Penny Bell @podcastpenny 

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    • 51 min

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