Beyond Recovery

A collection of articles, artwork and information by Merseysiders on recovery in mental health

TED Talks, YouTube Videos, Podcasts and Other Online Media Links and Clips

Online Mental Health Radio Stations and Various Radio Shows and Information


For a link to a local radio interview by Mark (and Dom) from our Beyond Recovery group about us and what we do then please click:


See also ‘The Breggin Hour’ on the Progressive Radio Network ( hosted by Dr Peter Breggin, which goes out live every week on a Wednesday.  These shows are also available for download as podcasts e.g. from iTunes or


BBC radio has a well-established show about issues, topics and debates around mental health on their Radio 4 channel called ‘All In The Mind’.  Current programmes and the back catalogue can be accessed via the BBC iPlayer and the programme’s website at . City Talk is a radio station local to us in Merseyside, UK that has a mental health themed show on every Monday


Podcasts This link goes to the podcast section of Chris Cole’s personal website The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin is a podcast of interviews exploring mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking


YouTube links (Talks, Channels, Users, etc.)

In this video, which is one of a series, Irish psychiatrist and author Dr Terry Lynch counters the prevailing biological, reductionist explanations for psychotic episodes and instead proposes how the slip into psychosis can be a defence mechanism for people coping with overwhelming situations:


British psychologist, John Read, addresses a conference for the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry with a talk on the current state of mental health services, the pitfalls of biological psychiatry and the need for change based on social justice:











A talk by Jacqui Dillon who is a psychologist, author, feminist and chairperson of the Hearing Voices Network.  In this presentation she draws on personal experience of childhood abuse and subsequent psychotic states of mind to tell her story of recovery and belief in the idea that individuals’ states of mind are influenced strongly by society and social pressures:












A TED talk by an academic who has studied the texts of the ancient Greeks scientifically and believes that introspective consciousness as is taken for granted in humans today had not yet developed.  People from back then he believes were what would be classed today as psychotic.  He also states that his methods by which he came to this conclusion have the transferable application of being useful for identifying people at risk of psychosis now by scientifically studying the language they use in the same way:


The 2018 ISPS conference leading delegates were asked in the following video to answer the question – ‘What is psychosis?’:


A religious figure explains how cutting edge science is catching up with traditional spiritual views of consciousness being behind and present in everything in the universe:


A TED talk by the twin sister of somebody diagnosed with schizophrenia on how she became a researcher into the subject and its links with the brain’s oestrogen receptors:


A TED talk by Eleanor Longden in which she tells of her recovery journey including her experience of psychiatry and voice-hearing:


This video is of a TED talk given in Hong Kong that explains briefly some of the current ideas round the genetics underpinning mental health disorders. It tries to dispel a few myths and is a good introduction to today’s thinking mainly but not exclusively on the topic of schizophrenia:


A TED talk presented by American psychiatrist Daniel Amen of The Amen Clinic in which he advocates the importance of good brain health:


This next, short, YouTube, TED talk clip is about a scientific breakthrough that may potentially usher in a new range of psychiatric drugs that build resistance to stress thus helping to prevent people at risk of developing psychiatric disorders from doing so:


A video in which two doctors look over the current medical approach to psychiatric problems and discuss the links between diet, brain inflammation, life problems, psychiatric labels and treatments:


This next TED talk is an explanation of how hypnotherapy can heal the unconscious mind from stored trauma with physical and mental benefits:


The following video is a brief cartoon-type video which is a guide to stress and a short explanation of what is meant by the metaphor of ‘the stress bucket’.  This really equates to an analogy for how much of a stress load we can handle as this video will show:


This video is another TED talk called ‘Connecting to Madness’ by Jim van Os.  In it he explains and demystifies the nature of madness.  He is a psychiatrist and mental health researcher in Holland who understands psychosis well and sees it as somebody suffering from past trauma who is attaching usually negative hyper-meaning to their thought process but who can recover:


This video is again a TED talk that is about a healer who trained in ancient Eastern medicine and it explains how this knowledge can as well as recovering an individual’s health based on principles not understood by Western science it can also help provide answers to people’s deeper questions of meaning in life by focusing on finding purpose:


This video is a talk on nutrition and mental health.  It is from LowCarb Breckenridge 2018 and is called ‘Our Descent into Madness: Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis’:


Another video on the relationship between nutrition and mental health.  This one is from a 2019 conference and includes information on nutrient therapy and formulas:


This video talk is an exploration of how an individual with a mental health condition is actually part of a wider picture in society and so how social problems like e.g. poverty, inequality, etc. are causal risk factors for somebody’s mental health disorder:


This is a link to the United Kingdom mental health charity Mind’s YouTube channel:


The following is a link to the YouTube channel of the British movement called ‘Action for Happiness’:


The next link goes to Ron Unger’s collection of videos on YouTube on non-drug approaches to and recovery from psychosis and finding meaning from extraordinary states of mind:


The final link is for Sean Blackwell’s ‘bipolar or waking up’ YouTube channel’s collection of videos.  He is a Brazil-based healer and author who holds retreats and uses techniques that can for some cure their psychosis:

The following video is an example taken from this YouTube channel of Sean Blackwell.  In this video clip he mainly explains the methods of holotropic breathwork and his own version called bipolar breathwork:


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