Being On The Inside
A new podcast unpacking issues of Mental Health and Well Being, Spirituality, Race, Social Justice and Culture. Conversations with cake and compassion. From the ordinary to the extraordinary stories of amazing people.
info_outline Episode Twenty One: Gender Equality In Sport: Playing The Long Game 07/27/2021
Episode Twenty One: Gender Equality In Sport: Playing The Long Game In this episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Bethan Taylor Swaine. Bethan is a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London where she studies the representations and identities of women in ultra running. This episode we delve into what it means to be a woman in sport, the history of how we are encouraged to participate. How men are better facilitated to achieve success. That essentially men still dominate sport and are also the gatekeepers to it.
info_outline Episode Twenty: Creative Nature for Wellbeing, SMHAF 2021 06/17/2021
Episode Twenty: Creative Nature for Wellbeing, SMHAF 2021 This episode is a collaboration with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021. I chat with Kate Stevens, the Creative Learning Co-ordinator, at the Beacons arts centre, a contemporary theatre and arts venue in the heart of Inverclyde. Kate's one of the workshop facilitators of a series called, creative nature for wellbeing that ran during this year's festival. I get to try out a couple of these exercises with Kate, exploring the connection between our mental health and our relationship with nature
info_outline Episode Nineteen: ROOM ON THE BOARD FOR EVERYONE: International Surf Therapy 05/18/2021
Episode Nineteen: ROOM ON THE BOARD FOR EVERYONE: International Surf Therapy In this episode I meet and share space with Kris Primacio, who currently serves as the CEO of the International Surf Therapy Organisation (ISTO), a Nonprofit she co-founded in 2017 in Cape Town. You are going to hear stories about sea otters, dolphins, the healing power of mother ocean, about how surf therapy can both heal and unite in a common goal. We also chat about belonging, access, equity and inclusion in the water including racism and historic segregation and why this needs to be addressed.
info_outline Episode Eighteen: RACIST BRITAIN, Tales From a Small Island 03/26/2021
Episode Eighteen: RACIST BRITAIN, Tales From a Small Island In this episode I chat with artist and activist Karlie Wu, her work delves into the identity of being British/Scottish-Chinese. Karlie is one of the founding members of besea.n, a non-profit, anti-racism grassroots organisation that tackles negative stereotypes and advocates positive media representation of East and South East Asian people in the UK.
info_outline Episode Seventeen: Dermatillomania- PICKING RECOVERY 03/01/2021
Episode Seventeen: Dermatillomania- PICKING RECOVERY Kirsty Alexander is a teacher on the Applied Gender Studies programme at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and a gardener at Ochil Tower School in Auchterarder. She talks with me about living with Dermatillomania. Otherwise known as Excoriation or skin picking disorder. Kirsty’s allows us to hear her journey from diagnosis to acceptance and parts of what came before and after. We talk about behaviours that are developed because of anxiety following catastrophic events as a way of coping.
info_outline Episode Sixteen: Home School Dropout 02/03/2021
Episode Sixteen: Home School Dropout In this episode I chat to Viana Maya and Karsten Huttenhain both of pRESPECT, an organisation that through the ethos of Respect, Empowerment and Empathy aim to is to empower minority ethnic and other marginalised people into meaningful employment. This podcast episode will not tell you how to ‘home school’ properly, it's not about study tips and goal setting but, about giving space and time to acknowledge how we are approaching, surviving, not coping with this winter lockdown.
info_outline Episode Fifteen: WE GO OUTSIDE TOO 11/20/2020
Episode Fifteen: WE GO OUTSIDE TOO In the episode, I chat to Marlon Patrice founder of Wegooutsidetoo, a UK-based organisation that hopes to encourage, support, and inspire the black community into outdoor activity, exercise, and the multiple benefits of nature.
info_outline Episode Fourteen: MENTAL HEALTH SWIMS 10/22/2020
Episode Fourteen: MENTAL HEALTH SWIMS In part five of a mini-series on wild swimming health and healing. I chat with Rachel Ashe the founder of mental health swims. A UK based organisation encouraging people to dive into outdoor swimming, supporting people gain the benefits of cold water and community.
info_outline Episode Thirteen: DO YOU BELIEVE? 09/29/2020
Episode Thirteen: DO YOU BELIEVE? In this episode you are invited to join my newly formed coven of amateur Edinburgh witches. I am fascinated by the practices of Witchcraft, Wicca, Shamanism, magic and the connection between nature and spirituality. I am curious if rituals in our daily life connect and or disconnect us from our spirituality. A group of friends and I experiment with ancient rituals. We perform a Celtic Cacao ceremony and a Fire ceremony and some tarot cards, you get to hear how some of our beliefs have been formed.
info_outline Episode Twelve: Ain´t Nobody Loves Me Better 08/07/2020
Episode Twelve: Ain´t Nobody Loves Me Better This podcast is all about the relationship we have with our physical bodies. It’s about Fatphobia, the body positivity movement, fat bias, demonising of the bigger body in our media, in our advertising. Where that comes from, how its internalised in our own core beliefs relating to our body and how we then interact with the world. I chat to Danni Gordon the founder of the Chachi Power Project, she’s a body-positive activist, body image and body confidence advocate & speaker based in Scotland.
info_outline Episode Eleven: Swimming, Stereotypes And Society. A Film Called Blacks Can´t Swim 07/15/2020
Episode Eleven: Swimming, Stereotypes And Society. A Film Called Blacks Can´t Swim Still, in lockdown, this episode was recorded whilst indoor pools were closed, but swimming outside was possible but not doable for all. Recording the podcast still on Zoom from a distance being the new normal. I chat with Ed Accura who has recently released a film called blacks can´t swim. You hear what prompted him to learn to swim, how his first swimming lesson went, and what inspired him to make a film about his story. There is a disproportionate amount of non-swimmers in the BAME communities.
info_outline Episode Ten: YOUR SPACE OR MINE, Creative Lockdown COVID-19 06/15/2020
Episode Ten: YOUR SPACE OR MINE, Creative Lockdown COVID-19 This episode is a collaboration with The Scottish Mental Health arts festivals online program. I meet with Emma Jayne Park off cultured mongrel whom along with Emily Furneaux and other artists have brought us Eat, Move, Sleep, repeat. This is a creative collaboration that was developed as a response to Covid-19 as part of the festival. Emma as part of her practice curates spaces, and in this conversation we examine how those spaces effect us physically, emotionally and how they impact our connections.
info_outline Episode Nine: BE THE CHANGE. Mindful Lockdown, COVID-19 05/13/2020
Episode Nine: BE THE CHANGE. Mindful Lockdown, COVID-19 Lockdown has brought an endless amount of emotional reactions and our mental health is under strain. I was curious how mindfulness practices could be part of our coping strategies.
info_outline Episode Eight: Landlocked Lockdown. COVID-19 05/02/2020
Episode Eight: Landlocked Lockdown. COVID-19 Covid-19 has brought group and organised swimming to a standstill. In this episode I chat remotely to Jenny Waring, ex competitive outdoor swimmer. We chat about how lockdown has effected our swimming and Jenny´s return to the NHS during the pandemic. You will hear about feelings of guilt, overwhelm, loneliness, trauma and grief and the anxiety that had arisen for us during this time. Jenny´s swimming group also share how they are individually finding their ways to cope without group outdoor swimming.
info_outline Episode Seven: There must be something in the water 03/16/2020
Episode Seven: There must be something in the water In this episode I meet, swim, chat, share cake with Itamar Nitzan the founder of Dip your Toes in Wild Swimming Facebook page. I also invited my wonderful friend Eilidh to take a dip.
info_outline Episode Four: Out of Sight Out of Mind, BEING HEARD 11/13/2019
Episode Four: Out of Sight Out of Mind, BEING HEARD Out of Sight Out of Mind is a art exhibition, a combination of 180 peoples work, all the exhibitors have had an experience of mental health issues.