Hosted by Rai Waddingham, someone who has personal experience of madness and distress, ‘Looking Behind The Label’ explores what it means to be a human in a world that can make you feel crazy. This is not a show about mental illness, it’s a show about the many different stories we can tell about our lives that go beyond these labels. In each episode, Rai talks with someone with personal or professional experience of madness … searching for a deeper understanding than those offered by diagnoses like schizophrenia, OCD, psychosis or depression.

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Episode 1: Finding My Voice

In this episode, I share my own journey through madness to connection, including some of the songs I have used to express myself. It comes in three parts: The Early Days (with the song ‘Spiders’), Finding a Way Through Madness (with the song ‘Don’t Break the Spell’) and Becoming Rai (with the song ‘Feels like Home’). If you listen closely, you’ll even hear one of my cats chip in.

11 responses to “Podcast”

  1. Genevieve

    This is so wonderful and inspiring! Thank you so much!

  2. Barbara Schaefer

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey, Rachel!

  3. Wendy

    This is beautiful. I love how you weaved your songs into your story. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Vida

    Maybe “symptoms” are just a crying for love or a voice telling a story where love is absent – this is how I link my own life to my listening to your experience.

  5. Sophie

    I loved your description of your journey into connection. It is so painful to loose connection with others and the self. Psychiatry often doesn’t help in the healing of connection, the labelling and medication can make it more difficult to reconnect with others and the self. Connection is what I still most struggle with thanks for sharing this it gives me hope, and some guidance.

  6. Andy Baxter

    Thanks for this – it was good to hear your story. I read your ‘Mad Skills’ article too, which set me off thinking a way I hadn’t done before.

    It would be useful to have a ‘follow on Facebook’ button so I don’t need to keep checking back here.

  7. L

    Thank you so much for sharing, Rai.
    I’ve had some similar experiences in my lifetime, it’s amazing to hear the similarities. I was lucky in that I was never given a psychiatric label or put onto medications, thus allowing me to make sense of the experiences myself, and to define myself on my own terms. I really appreciate your insights. Hearing your story and your music is really inspiring. Many thanks and best wishes on this evolving journey.

  8. L

    Thank you for sharing your stories with us, Rai. My story has a few parallels with yours, and it feels good to connect with kindred spirits.

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