Creative Health Stories

Laura Bailey

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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Mark Kilbey & Sarah Winn on male mental health and verbatim theatre
Mar 22 2024
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 OffNo one Here Is MePortrait TheatreWellbeing in the ArtsSocials:@sarahwinnactor@dreamwinn@TakeOff_charityIf 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 problemNational Suicide Prevention helpline: Call 0800 689 5652SOS Silence of Suicide Call 0300 1020 505Samaritans Call 116 123Childline (under 19s) Call 0800 1111If you fear for someone's immediate safety, guide them to Accident and Emergency or dial 999 for immediate assistance Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Christopher Bailey shares his global and personal view of arts and health
Feb 23 2024
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 PatreonLinksWHO Arts and HealthJameel Arts & Health LabCreative Brain WeekHealing Arts ScotlandNeuroArts BlueprintDaisy FancourtSocialsChristopher’s LinkedIn@baileychristophet@creativehealthpodPodcast PatreonEdited by @podcastpenny Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Kiz Manley on trauma informed Hip Hop, creative writing and using her own experiences to help others
Feb 9 2024
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 ProgrammeCoordinator’ 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 HEALSKiz 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 hereMobilising Community Assets to Tackle Health Inequalities programmeSocials:@hiphophealsukKiz/Kiran's LinkedInThis episode was edited by Penny Bell @podcastpenny Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Can London be a creative health capital city?
Jan 17 2024
Can London be a creative health capital city?
On the 27th November, London Arts and Health invited everyone interested in the intersections of health and culture to come together for a day of exchange, reflection, boundary pushing and action planning. Together, we imagined London as a creative health capital city, laying the building blocks to see it become reality. Creative and health organisations and practitioners all see health and culture working together to address health needs across the UK’s capital city, however, for too many Londoners these activities are out of reach.I spent the day asking people what creative health means to them, what they think about London as creative health city, how to make it a reality and what difference it would make to their work. The conversations highlight the opportunities and challenges and offer perspectives from people working on the ground with communities, across many forms of creativity.The event was an initiative developed and funded by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, delivered in partnership with London Arts and Health.If you’d like to make a podcast or audio story about your work, your organisation, for an event, project, exhibition, or installation, please get in touch.Interviewees in order:Anna Woolf London Arts and HealthJide Ashimi Raw Material Music & Media, SLaMShadé Joseph Writerz & ScribezLydia Rose Freelance ArtistMarley Starsky Butler Freelance, New Town Culture, Hospital RoomsMah Rana, Artist & AcademicDr. Paul Gilluley NHS North East LondonLaura Godfrey Isaacs Artist & Midwife, Maternal JournalJoanna Latimer London Arts and HealthTarek Iskander Battersea Arts CentreLewis Pickles & Elise Harbord The Road ZineLwandile Nkosi & Donald Boujar Queen Mary University of LondonMarlo Savin & Kirsty Collander-Brown The Albany & Sounds Like ChaosElizabeth Lynch CADARichard Ings Arts Council England Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Daniel Fulvio on his arts career journey, creativity in the queer community and dancing for health
Jan 12 2024
Daniel Fulvio on his arts career journey, creativity in the queer community and dancing for health
Daniel Fulvio is currently Deputy Director of Audiences (Community) at Rambert contemporary dance company, where he leads the learning and participation programme. Prior to Rambert Daniel’s roles have included leading the participation programme at Camden People’s Theatre and a producer of innovative, new queer performance projects with Opening Doors London and The Albany. He’s also been an award-winning journalist featured in the Guardian and the Times and was Deputy Editor of Attitude magazine. In this episode Daniel discusses his experiences of bullying at school and how art and performing saved him from this. He describes how as a queer kid growing up in the 90s, who didn't feel like he fitted in, he used art and culture as a form of escapism.  Daniel also discusses the loss of his brother by suicide as a trigger for helping others through creativity.  We go on to discuss why creativity and expression is important for LGBTQ+ people as a form of empowerment, confidence, creating community and the sharing of ideas with like-minded people.  We chat about the importance of dance, not just for physical health but also for self-expression and connecting through culture. He discusses the work of Rambert, making contemporary dance accessible and practitioner wellbeing. We also chat about Rambert’s pilot work with Greater Manchester Combined Authority on a movement project to support physical development and gross motor skills in early years.  We finish with Daniel sharing the ways he supports his own wellbeing which enables him to continue supporting others. Links: Rambert – contemporary dance company Greater Manchester Creative Health Strategy Socials:@rambertdance @daniel_fulvio Daniel’s LinkedIn  This episode was edited by Penny Bell @podcastpenny Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Natasha Reid on why the design of buildings and spaces matters for our health and wellbeing
Nov 17 2023
Natasha Reid on why the design of buildings and spaces matters for our health and wellbeing
Natasha Reid is founder of MATTER . SPACE . SOUL, a specialist design consultancy shaping places for health, wellbeing and social sustainability. She focuses on the social, psychological and emotional impacts of places and often speaks at conferences on forward-thinking approaches to pressing urban issues.She a “Healthy Places and Inclusive Design” expert for the Redbridge Council design review panel, an associate of the Quality of Life Foundation, a sounding board member for Future of London’s Health and Housing impact network and formerly a fellow of think tank the Centre for Conscious Design. She is an advocate for the power of design to create change that matters, recognised in international publications such as Wallpaper* and Elle Decoration, as a "Groundbreaker" and "Women to Watch".  In our conversation we unpick why the design of the built environment – buildings and public spaces - matters to people's health and wellbeing and how it contributes to the wider social determinants of health and keeping people well. She explains biophilic and human centred design and why artists are important in designing public spaces and engaging communities in the process  Natasha looks after her own wellbeing through painting and being in nature. Links: MATTER . SPACE . SOUL Place Quality Model Michael Chang’s book: Public Health Spatial Planning in Practice Quality of Life Foundation    Creative Health Podcast is hosted and produced by Laura Bailey. To get in touch email laura@creative-health.co.uk  Socials:Creative Health Podcast @creativehealthpod Penny Bell @podcastpenny @matter.space.soul @natashareid_creates Natasha’s LinkedIn  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.