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Lively Minds, the UK Mental Health Podcast

Written by: Ellie Page & Will Sadler
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  • Led by people with lived experience, Lively Minds is a fortnightly UK-based podcast about mental health challenges that go beyond the ebb and flow of the everyday.

    With a new episode landing every other Wednesday at 6am UK time, hosts: Ellie Page and Will Sadler present a 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 - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, 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.

    To find out more about our show and for signposting to mental health support visit
    Ellie Page & Will Sadler
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  • S1E19 - What is Clinical Anxiety? With Karen Lowinger
    Nov 15 2023
    What 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 going through anxiety disorders, mood disorders and borderline personality disorder.

    She last spoke to us about high functioning mental health problems, which you can find at episode 5.

    In today’s episode we will be taking a deep dive into the world of clinical anxiety. We’ll begin by discussing what anxiety is, and what the difference is between everyday and clinical anxiety.

    We’re going to dig into the detail of how we understand anxiety, with a little ancient philosophy thrown in for good measure. We’ll explore the phenomena of catastrophisation and the ‘panic attack’, and we’ll explore some of the ways to treat anxiety.

    Will refers to an article about anxiety he’s written, which you can find here.
    The lecture by Martin Rossman that is referred to in the conversation can be found here.

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    Please note that this show does not constitute medical advice and is not a replacement for seeking professional help. You can find our more about the show and get signposting to support on our website
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    32 mins
  • S1E18 - Trauma and Neurodivergence, with Amanda Marples
    Nov 1 2023
    What 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 magazines, is the author of "The Healing Workbook" and operates a mentoring service for neurodivergent writers called Reconcile Creative.The last time we chatted to Amanda was in episode 14, when she spoke to us about trauma.If you haven’t heard that episode then we recommend you go back and have a listen - in today’s episode we are going to be talking specifically about the relationship between neurodivergence and trauma.Content Notes:We will be discussing the close relationship and interplay between trauma and neurodivergence - including for autistic people and those with ADHD.Neurodivergence is a term coined by sociologist Judith Singer in the 1990s, which promotes the idea that conditions, such as autism and ADHD, should be reframed as variations in human cognition rather than disorders or deficits.Whilst we will be discussing correlations between trauma and neurodivergence it is important to make clear that we aren't suggesting that all neurodivergent people have experienced trauma, or that trauma always leads to neurodivergent development.There will be brief references to sexual assault and bullying. We will also discuss the impact of early childhood trauma on brain development, and how having a higher sensitivity to sensory experiences can impact traumatic memories. It is also important to say that Neurodivergent identity has become a hugely helpful way for large numbers of people, including those with mental health problems, to reframe and understand their experiences in a more positive way.Take care whilst listening, and if anything comes up that you need help with right away, find signposting on our website to more information about topics raised in the podcast discussion.Please note: these links are provided in good faith and Lively Minds Podcast is not responsible for the content of third party websites.Amanda's article about the relationship between trauma and neurodivergenceThe research Amanda mentioned that suggests neurotypical brains are more alike than neurodivergent brains.Is it ADHD or Trauma? Why the symptoms are often confused, and how to avoid a misdiagnosisPost Traumatic Stress Disorder in Autistic PeopleNeurodiversity and BullyingEvidence that 9 out of 10 Autistic Women have been Victims of Sexual ViolenceChildhood adversity may increase the risk of neurodevelopmental conditions, including ADHDTrauma exposure in children with and without ADHD: prevalence and functional impairment in a community-based study of 6–8-year-old Australian childrenArticle about the impact of trauma on the developing brainAnother article about how stress can impact brain developmentScattered Minds - book by Gabor Mate
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    28 mins
  • S1E17 - Mental Health Hospital (Part 3), with Ellie Page
    Oct 18 2023
    What 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 this differed from her time as an inpatient, and what her hopes are for the future of mental health hospitals.

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    Please note that this show does not constitute medical advice and is not a replacement for seeking professional help. You can find our more about the show and get signposting to support on our website
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    24 mins

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