A new podcast series for the museum and heritage professionals has launched to support those in the sector interested in developing mental health and addiction recovery programmes.

The six-part audition series ‘Practising Mindful Practice’ is funded by The Baring Foundation and produced by the Communities team at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

The podcast has been created to help museums and heritage professionals to better understand the mental health and addiction recovery sector. It also encourages collaboration, so that the heritage and health sectors can work together to develop creative programmes that best serve the needs of patients and clients.

The series features the voices of occupational therapists, psychotherapists, mental health specialists, museum and gallery professionals, freelance artists, academics and those with lived experience of addiction recovery.

Among the six episodes, topics explored include co-designing heritage programmes with health professionals and participants, linking heritage collections to clinical and care outcomes, safeguarding staff in clinical and community settings, and using creative interventions and demonstrating impact.

Clara Shield, Assistant Outreach Officer and Wellbeing Programme Lead at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said the podcast was created “to support both those who are new to mental health and addiction recovery work, and those who have already started their journey and want to develop it further.”

“Each podcast episode will have a downloadable crib sheet covering the key areas discussed, along with a glossary of terms and list of references to related websites, articles, publications and organisations. These extra resources will be available on the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Baring Foundation websites.

As part of the project, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums commissioned North Tyneside Art Studio (NTAS), a specialist art for mental health service, to create six pieces of artwork, one for each of the podcast episodes.

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