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Thank you for making the first season of The Mozart Effect so much fun. I am currently recording the second season. Look out for our Christmas special or tune back in early 2022 as I cover loads of interesting topics to do with mental health, the arts and society. As the founder of a charity which explores the relationship between mental health and music, I have come to realise that the arts impacts almost every aspect of who we are, how we think and what we do. On The Mozart Effect, I cover music, the arts and their intersection with health and well-being, mental illness, creativity, mood, memory, identity, faith, social change and revolution. I will be talking to musicians, artists and writers as well as therapists, activists, social commentators, academics and people with lived experience.

Thank you for making the first season of The Mozart Effect so much fun. I am currently recording the second season. Look out for our Christmas special or tune back in early 2022 as I cover loads of interesting topics to do with mental health, the arts and society. As the founder of a charity which explores the relationship between mental health and music, I have come to realise that the arts impacts almost every aspect of who we are, how we think and what we do. On The Mozart Effect, I cover music, the arts and their intersection with health and well-being, mental illness, creativity, mood, memory, identity, faith, social change and revolution. I will be talking to musicians, artists and writers as well as therapists, activists, social commentators, academics and people with lived experience.

Location:

United States

Description:

Thank you for making the first season of The Mozart Effect so much fun. I am currently recording the second season. Look out for our Christmas special or tune back in early 2022 as I cover loads of interesting topics to do with mental health, the arts and society. As the founder of a charity which explores the relationship between mental health and music, I have come to realise that the arts impacts almost every aspect of who we are, how we think and what we do. On The Mozart Effect, I cover music, the arts and their intersection with health and well-being, mental illness, creativity, mood, memory, identity, faith, social change and revolution. I will be talking to musicians, artists and writers as well as therapists, activists, social commentators, academics and people with lived experience.

Language:

English


Episodes

Compassion, voyeurism or trauma porn: the rise of mental illness as social impact entertainment.

11/29/2021
Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)

Duration:00:00:37

Mental illness over the lifespan and romantic relationships

10/18/2021
In this talk I cover both sides of dating with a mental illness. Dating someone with a mental illness and dating when you have a mental illness. Above all, I look at the importance of independence, autonomy and self-empowerment. As well as keeping your relationship separate from the management of your mental illness. Contact us or subscribe to our newsletter. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)

Duration:00:24:39

BONUS: World Mental Health Day - music and mental health special with “in earnest” band.

10/11/2021
The 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Studies conducted on pandemic habits show that different creative pursuits have been really important for people in lockdown, with listening to music ranked as the most effective activity for making participants feel more positive. So for this episode I wanted to come back to my roots and revisit the wonderful relationship between music and mental mental health. in earnest are a Southend-on-Sea (UK) trio fuelled by the songwriting of front-couple...

Duration:00:32:21

Mental illness is serious, so why does mental health get all the attention? Interview with Tarika Powell, PTSD advocate.

10/4/2021
We talk a lot about “mental health” these days, and less about mental illness. From Instagram to large non profits and government service providers, the message and focus is on being well, taking time for self-care, and recovering. This is a positive step forward for some. But what about people who live with mental illness all their lives? In this conversation with Tarika Powell, we look at how the shifting nomenclature might be increasing stigma associated with people with severe and...

Duration:01:04:47

Interview with author of My Friend Fox, Heidi Everett: medical and social models of disability and the Arts.

9/20/2021
Heidi Everett is an artist, creative workshop facilitator, mental health recovery advocate, social impact facilitator, and projects and events innovator in Melbourne, Australia. My Friend Fox is her first book. 'My version of events that happened to me involves things that the mental health system will never understand because to understand, it needs to take its pointy shoes off and walk softly through the grass. Through this book I want people to see that those of us in psych wards and on...

Duration:00:47:56

The confessional: narrative therapy, Sylvia Plath and the emergence of “my truth”.

9/6/2021
In today's talk, I cover the links between narrative therapy, confessional poetry and the emergence of the phrase “My Truth”. Subscribe to our newsletter or leave us a comment here. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)

Duration:00:26:57

The News, empathy and vicarious trauma.

8/23/2021
The recent world events and subsequent bombardment of graphic tragedy in real-time have got me thinking once again, about the news, why I feel compelled to watch it, and what the (long term) negative implications might be. This week I look a closer look at vicarious trauma (VT), ‘the negative transformation in the helper that results (across time) from empathic engagement with trauma survivors and their traumatic material, combined with a commitment or responsibility to help them’ (Pearlman...

Duration:00:29:07

Transcending identity politics: music and mental illness.

8/9/2021
Music, identity and mental illness: Using music to arouse empathy for and between identity groups such as abled and disabled people (people with severe mental illness). The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) stated that it 'is seriously concerned about the inequalities in terms of physical health and life expectancy of people with serious mental illness'. People with serious mental illness live, typically, between 10 and 25 years less than the general...

Duration:00:35:20

The Romantic Era, the tortured artist and loneliness: Wordsworth, Poe, Coleridge and Baudelaire.

7/26/2021
Loneliness is often described as social pain—a psychological mechanism which motivates individuals to seek social connections. For many people, loneliness is associated with unwanted lack of connection and intimacy and can affect physical and mental health. It can take root deep within the psyche as a restless longing for something. It can be most intense when you’re surrounded by smiling people or in the middle of crowds. Loneliness can drain you of energy and feeling, and yet, somehow,...

Duration:00:55:54

The science behind binge listening - why can’t I stop listening to that song? Live interactive discussion with peers.

7/12/2021
Binge listening is described as repeatedly listening to a song, artist or album for an extended amount of time. This is a very common occurrence with teenagers. But why do we do it? And is it good or bad for us? In the absence of any significant research in this space, I decided to take the question of binge listening to my peers and Instagram followers - where we had a live talk about binge listening and some of the reasons we think we like to listen to music repetitively. Subscribe to our...

Duration:00:17:18

Mysticism, mind, music and psychiatry: Allen Higginbottom, lived experience of schizophrenia.

7/5/2021
This week I talk to my friend Allen Higginbottom, lived experience of paranoid schizophrenia, about psychiatric and sociological interpretations of mysticism and spirituality. Together we begin a preliminary exploration into the vast unmapped world of unshared experience. I talk to Allen about staying grounded and using music to manage mental health. We also cover some of his top tips for managing mental illness and any advice he would give to younger people who might be struggling with...

Duration:00:27:58

Instagram as the new World Health Organisation: Mary Mangia & Jayne Jaramillo (co-founders Collective View).

6/28/2021
The World Health Organisation describes health promotion as enabling people to increase control over their own health. It covers a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and protect individual people’s health and quality of life by addressing and preventing the root causes of ill health, not just focusing on treatment and cure. With over one billion monthly users, Instagram has become a go-to for mental health and well-being issues for many people....

Duration:00:36:25

Big Tech, creativity, mental health and music: Maxton Hunter, producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and podcast host.

6/21/2021
This week I talk to Maxton Hunter about social media as the new marketplace for artistic expression. The early heady days where “blowing up” and finding “instafame” was possible are long since gone. Now potential audience members are often prevented from finding artists they like, instead being presented with an array of images, pages or advertisements Big Tech choses for them with its endlessly changing algorithms. Visual social media platforms like Instagram add pressure to artists;...

Duration:00:58:10

Nigeria to Canada - identity, faith, music and mental health: Sonia Orlu, politics and culture commentator.

6/14/2021
This week I continue to explore social identity, music and mental health with Sonia Orlu. What impact does it have when you join and leave new social groups? How does this affect your sense of identity and your mental health? What is the importance of faith in forging identity? And what role does music play? Sonia Orlu is Nigerian and a PhD student in Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her current areas of academic interest are identity politics, diversity and inclusion,...

Duration:00:50:01

Creativity and the art of loneliness: Female writers - Susan Sontag to Virginia Woolf.

6/7/2021
My very first podcast episode was about the links between creativity and alternative perceptions of reality. In this episode, I want to revisit creativity and the relationship between creativity and loneliness, seen through the lens of writers and poets. Subscribe to our newsletter, follow our socials or leave us a comment here! Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/charity/4075258)

Duration:00:18:14

Music, identity and mental health: Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle PhD, University of Queensland.

5/31/2021
This week I am taking a closer look at mental health, identity, addiction, loneliness and music. How do they all fit together? Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle PhD and I discuss the dynamics of social identity, its advantages and possible disadvantages and how to create positive social identities using the arts - like music and dance. A really interesting topic. Genevieve Dingle is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology with a research interest in how groups and communities can...

Duration:00:39:15

Martial arts, music and mental illness: Peter O’Shea, youth coach, lived experience of PTSD

5/24/2021
Today I speak with Peter O’Shea about what inspired him to leave a corporate career to work with young kids from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Peter works on several programs. The Grapple Gang teaches jiu jitsu to kids in schools and the Gloves not Gunz initiative provides a sporting and community centre to help young people move away from possible antisocial and criminal activity. Lastly, Peter works on a program which takes yoga into the prison system. We spoke a lot about Peter...

Duration:01:00:52

Nature, mental health and music: Tarika Powell, environmental policy expert, activist, mental health advocate.

5/17/2021
This week we discuss urban areas in large cities and the impact that living without access to trees or parkland can have on mental and and even physical health. We look at access to green and blue spaces (water and parkland) and their relationship to wellbeing. We also discuss the mental health effect of COVID and being indoors for extended periods of time as well as some “nature” strategies, including music, that can help offset some of those negative effects. We even discuss playing music...

Duration:00:57:02

A Tibetan refugee school, music and wellbeing: Dr James Williams PhD, University Derby UK

5/10/2021
This week I explore arts in health and healing with Dr James Williams PhD, from the University in Derby, in the UK. Arts in health and healing refers to using things like music, literature and art in healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes. Results from over 3000 studies have identified a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, promotion of health, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan. We will also be...

Duration:00:36:09

The science of sad music - why do we crave it so much: Dr Sandra Garrido PhD, MARCS Institute, UWSYD

5/3/2021
Dr Sandra Garrido is a pianist, violinist, researcher and writer of Why Are We Attracted to Sad Music? Dr Garrido says melancholic music impacts people differently, depending on their mental health. “Evidence suggests that people with tendencies to clinical depression respond to music differently at a cognitive level," she said. "Those with depression usually have the same motivations for listening to sad music as other people, so they think that they're benefitting from it in the same way,...

Duration:00:41:19