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By Stephen Higham, Talking Heads reporter

Schizophrenia is a heavily stigmatised mental illness. This video looks at the representation of schizophrenia and its symptoms in a collection of Western films in order to identify trends and work out which narratives are broadcast to the world at large through our entertainment.

Talking Heads volunteer Nina Abeysuriya presents the latest episode of her podcast Being On The Inside, in collaboration with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

Nina interviews SMHAF's associate artist Emma Jayne Park about curating online spaces, her projects Eat. Move. Sleep. Repeat. and Daily Dancing, and the ways we are experiencing lockdown. 

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In this episode, I meet and chat with Emma Jayne Park, 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. We discuss the importance of permission for those showing up, how this is done face to face with body language and how difficult it is to read and recreate in 2D online interactions.

 

We get into what it means too Emma and others to be an artist right now and how the pandemic is shaping the creative landscape and how she hopes it may will look going forward. We also talk about how we maybe confronting our sense of identity challenging our work role identities whilst being furloughed and how we look at our systems of productions in general and the creative industries.

 

This interview took place during lockdown, the weekend after Dominic Cummings flew in the face of lockdown restrictions and caused a ripple of anger and unsettlement and before the essential and urgent conversation about race equality, justice and identity became more heard in the mainstream voice.

 

Emma hosts daily dance sessions and in this episode you hear me trying to show up for one and why I find being online more socially intimidating than offline.

 

- Being On The Inside host Nina Abeysuriya

In this first episode of Mind Matters, journalist Michael McEwan's guests are Nick Jedrzejewski, Communications Manager with See Me Scotland, and Michael Byrne, Managing Director of Lived Experience Trauma Support (LETS). Michael and Nick discuss See Me Scotland's recent campaigns such as Pass the Badge and the ramifications of lockdown on mental health. Michael Byrne shares insights into his personal mental health journey, how receiving a diagnosis was key to his recovery, and the work done by LETS.

Content note: Abuse, alcoholism, cancer, miscarriage, PTSD, suicide.

By Michael McEwan

In Episode 2 of Mind Matters, host Michael McEwan leads a conversation on how people on Scotland are experiencing lockdown. He is joined by Stuart James, who hosts a show at East End Community Radio in Glasgow, and William Rae, who is currently shielding in Aberdeen.

By Stephen Higham