“Let’s Talk About The Dangers of Social Media” Event – 12 November 2019

On 12th November 2019 I am hosting the monthly “Let’s Talk About …” event in London. We will be debating the dangers of social media. If you would like to attend click here to be added to the guest list. The panelists include Dr Paul Marsden, psychologist, Jonathan Garner founder of Mind Over Tech and […]

The Podcast, Episode 4 – The Secret Inner Workings of the Mind

Originally posted on The Secret Illness:
https://soundcloud.com/secretillness/secret-illness-episode-4-mixdown This episode is an edited recording of a live event The Secret Illness ran in November 2018 at London’s hClub. It features poetry and music performances from people living with OCD and some incredibly frank and open discussion about their experiences of the disorder.

Is Addiction to Tech Stifling Teens’ Creativity?

Originally posted on SwipeLeftForAddiction:
Have you found yourself marveling at how teens can produce videos and images with filters and effects at hyper-speed just with their smartphones? Tech has given this generation of teens an incredible suite of creative tools at their fingertips and they appear to have a genetic ability to learn how to…

The Podcast, Episode 3 – OCD Feels Like

Originally posted on The Secret Illness:
https://soundcloud.com/secretillness/episode-3-ocd-feels-like This episode came out of a creative experiment. At this year’s OCDAction conference in London we set up an audio booth and asked delegates to record, anonymously, what OCD feels like to them. If you like our podcast series don’t forget to rate it on whatever platform you…

What happens when creativity and mental health get together?

Originally posted on The Secret Illness:
https://youtu.be/chBgxF9FPp8 The Secret Illness began in Summer 2015 with a simple aim, to explore the realities of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) through the creative arts. We did not know what would come out of it, if anything at all. It’s World Mental Health Day today so we…

Silicon Valley’s Secret Sauce

Originally posted on SwipeLeftForAddiction:
“The short-term dopamine driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works.” Chamath Palihapitiya, Former Facebook Executive Chamath’s now widely quoted statement presents a gloomy outlook for our future and dopamine has often been cited as Silicon Valley’s secret sauce so I thought it was time to find out why.…

What will today’s 14 year old be like when she is 34?

Originally posted on SwipeLeftForAddiction:
My first Facebook post about Swipe Left For Addiction has already created a conversation between people across six different countries. Parents are telling me about how their kids are able to make friends all over the world when they’re playing multi-user games. There’s no doubt that technology is enabling and there’s…

Be a Part of a Spoken Word Co-Creation at the OCDAction conference

Originally posted on The Secret Illness:
On 3 March 2018 we will be getting creative at the OCDAction conference in the UK. If you are going to be at the conference you can take part in our co-creation project entitled #OCDFeelsLike. How Can I get involved? We will have an #OCDFeelsLike private audio recording booth…

The Podcast, Episode 2: Mums& Daughters & OCD

Originally posted on The Secret Illness:
https://soundcloud.com/secretillness/podcast2-mixdownupdated In the second episode Becca explores how OCD affects relationships between mums and daughters. Becca talks with a mum and daughter in New York who both have OCD, another mum and daughter in the UK whose daughter lives with contamination and POCD and then she compares her own…

The Podcast, Episode 1: Steph

Originally posted on The Secret Illness:
https://soundcloud.com/secretillness/episode-1-steph In this first episode of The Secret Illness podcast we take a deep dive into Steph’s story of her OCD experiences. Steph, her significant other, employer/mentor and father take us on her journey from spiral to diagnosis, to current day. Presented and produced by Liz Smith. Music composed…