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Lively Minds: The Mental Health Podcast

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.

Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.

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, 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.

The trailer launches today, with Episodes 1 & 2 arriving on Wednesday 3 May.

For more information and for signposting to mental health services, please visit our website, and help us to make Season 2 (which we are already very excited about) over at Buy Me A Coffee.

What do you think of the first couple of episodes? Who would you like to see on Season 2? Let us know by tweeting @LivelyMindsPod

Exploring Collections: Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection

(Image: Primrose Pathway by James Price. Credit: The Whitworth Art Gallery) It is with great excitement that I can announce that applications are open from now until 9am Monday 9th January to take part in Outside In’s Step Up: Exploring Collections; a wonderful 10-week course I have been developing over …

Introduction To Zine-Making @ the Nothing About Us Without Us Exhibition Launch

Inspired by new exhibition Nothing About Us Without Us (on show until 16 October 2023), join this intimate workshop to learn about zines; what they are, how to make them, and how to (mass) produce your own mini zine. We will be looking at the role zines have played historically as well as …

Hearing Voices Manchester: Relaunch Event with Film Screening & Panel Discussion

I will be speaking about my most recent research into the experiences of Hearing Voices Group Facilitators over the pandemic on a panel alongside some legendary speakers, and would love for you to come and join. The Hearing Voices Approach was brought to the UK by voice hearers and allies …

‘Our Homes’ by Saoirse Felix Addams & Ellie Ora Page – Exhibition & Zine Launch Event

Announcing: Our Homes exhibition and zine launch event! Monday 11 April between 5-9pm, at Contact and online 💫💕 I was commissioned alongside the wonderful Saoirse Felix Addams to create some new art on the theme of ‘home’ by Drawn Poorly, Short Supply and Contact MCR. There will be a hybrid …

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Stories For Us – Julian Gray Solo Exhibition & Weekly Drawing Club @ The Lowry

I’m very excited that a solo exhibition of my wonderful spoonie friend’s is now open at The Lowry!

‘Stories For Us’ by the very talented Julian Gray launched this week, along with a number of amazing (& wheelchair accessible, ofc) workshops, events and weekly drawing clubs.

Image Description: A hand-drawn sketch of two men. One is facing forward, looking ahead with a concerned expression. Behind him are some vague figures, and the second man, who is drawn from the side, with his arms folded, looking down.

Stories For Us Weekly Drawing Club

Still ill OK is very excited to be facilitating a weekly Drawing Club at The Lowry for the duration of the exhibition. These free drawing socials will be held every Wednesday 6-7pm in the (wheelchair accessible) Gallery A space at The Lowry. Some materials will be provided, but you are both welcome and encouraged to bring anything you’re currently working on, or your own sketchbook and tools.

Please note that you will need to book your free space online by clicking here in order to attend the Drawing Club

Free weekly drawing socials for artists who feel their stories are rarely represented in mainstream media, including but not limited to creatives who are trans, queer, disabled, neurodiverse, and/or people of colour. Chat and draw in a relaxed space.

Drawing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Artists working in any form of media, whether digital or traditional, are welcome. Sessions are facilitated by Ellie Page (i.e. Yours Truly) who is a queer, disabled, arts practitioner.

Image Description: A black and white panel from Julian’s comic, The Invalid’s Valet. The perspective is from a front porch, showing the back of the main character, a male, sat on a wicker chair with a coat and scarf facing forward. He is looking at a tall man holding a garden rake, having a conversation with a woman wearing an apron. The setting is autumnal; a tree with leaves dropping, and a large expanse of grass with trees along the skyline.

Events

There are some very exciting events alongside the exhibition, so we really hope to see you there!

Wednesday 23rd March – 27th April – WEEKLY ‘STORIES FOR US’ DRAWING CLUB

Thursday 24th March – COMIC CREATORS IN-CONVERSATION: OLIVIA HICKS & JULIAN GRAY

Saturday 9th April – CREATING COMICS FOR BEGINNERS: WORKSHOP BY JULIAN GRAY

Thursday 28th April – CREATIVE MATCHMAKING: WRITERS AND ARTISTS ASSEMBLE!

New Job Announcement!

It is with much excitement that I can announce that I will be working for Venture Arts, Outside In and The Whitworth in the shiny, brand new role of Regional Artist Development Officer! I’ll be working to engage learning disabled, neurodivergent and excluded artists across Greater Manchester and the North …

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