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Back 2 Life

Stories of recovery and creativity

DJ and broadcaster Milly Chowles speaks with other people recovering from addiction, mental illness and trauma as she sets out to understand how they came back from the darkest of places and the role that music, art and
5/28/2021

Male mental health, hip hop and hashtags

Season 1, Ep. 3
Gemma Jennison is a registered mental health nurse and full time lecturer in Birmingham, also studying for a PhD in black males, mental health and hip hop. She’s been promoting hip hop nights since she was 16 and is a proud Mum. After witnessing two of her close friends make suicide attempts within two weeks of each other she founded a charity called The Man Down Project that helps men working in the music industry to have honest and meaningful conversations about their mental well-being and experiences of distress or trauma.Gemma is seriously impressive, sharp, funny and refreshingly straight talking with tons of insight both personal and professional to share. In this episode we talk about how growing up with a mother who had severe mental illness impacted her and inspired her career in mental health. We also talk about personality disorders, mental health services, armchair activism, being a sample geek, toxic masculinity and how to help your friends who are depressed and suicidal. Of course we also talk about Man Down and the challenges of keeping a small charity going through the pandemic.Trigger Warning: We talk about suicide in this episode. Here is the link to Gemma's blog post mentioned: https://www.mandownprogramme.com/post/suicide-support-guidanceMandown Website: https://www.mandownprogramme.com/Mandown Instagram: @mandownprogramme_Other Charities that can help if you need support:Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/CALM https://www.thecalmzone.net/Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/Talk Club https://www.facebook.com/WeTalkClubUK/Andy’s Man Club https://andysmanclub.co.uk/If you enjoy this episode please subscribe, rate and review and come and join the conversation over on instagram @back2lifepod
7/9/2021

Entrepeneurship, extremes and self-esteem

Season 1, Ep. 4
Lauren Burnett is a recovering addict, the founder of fashion brand Luella Rockerfella and mother. Lauren found recovery after a near death experience that left her with life changing injurys. In early recovery as a new Mum she used the unconventional business skills she learned in her addiction to creat her brand- which caught the eye of a millionaire investor in New York…But this isn’t your usual rags to riches,addict gets clean, turns their life around and lives happily ever after story, oh no! We talk about the reality of what happens when you try and fix your insides with outside stuff, the futility of achievement addiction, the humbling experience of starting again and so much more. In this podcast DJ and broadcaster Milly Chowles talks with artists, musicians and creators about recovery from mental health challenges, addiction and trauma and the role of creativity in their healing. We cover some pretty heavy stuff but there is also plenty of humour, lightness and hope from inspirational people who’ve overcome so much and gone on to live meaningful lives fired up by a sense of purpose and passion.Trigger warning: Drug use and suicide.You can follow @lulu_rocker and her label @LuellaRockerfella on instagram, please also check out her range of hats that are made my women in prison of which all the profits from them go to a drug and alcohol rehab. You can follow the podcast on instagram @back2lifepod
8/27/2021

Living The Artist's Way

Season 1, Ep. 5
Back 2 Life is a podcast hosted by DJ and broadcaster Milly Chowles, sharing stories of healing and creativity. Milly meets artists, musicians and other creators about what it is to come back from difficulties like mental illness, addiction and trauma and the role of creativity in their path to healing. These converstaions are vulnerable, sometimes very sensitive and often difficult conversations but also filled with humour, lightness and plenty of hope from inspirational people who’ve overcome so much and have gone on to live meaningful lives fired up by a sense of purpose and passion.Epiosde 5's guest is DJ,Artist Recovery Club facilitator and founder Ruby Savage. Ruby is an incredible DJ who's first set post lockdown recently was reopening Phonox alongside Jayda G. She's had a pretty exciting career in music from working behind the counter at Honest Jons to being the label manager at Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood record label. During lockdown she founded the Artists Recovery Club, a 12 week course, initially online where people come together and work through the book the Artists Way by Julia Cameron - but with Ruby’s own unique spin on it. The Artist's Way is a book and practical programe that shows you how to heal your creative blocks and free your self from self defeating beliefs that stop us from creating. I’m so so excited to share this podcast with you, I’ve wanted to dive into this topic forever. In this episode Ruby shares her own personal journey from 'shadow DJ' to actual DJ, and we go deep on the nature of healing and creativity as well as the importance of play, overcoming your inner critic and adult adhd!Find out more about Ruby and The Artist's Recovery Club:Insta: @RubySound @ArtistsRecoveryClubWebsite: https://www.rubysavage.com/