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.

You might also be interested in:

BBC Horizon: Why Did I Go Mad? This week I was one of three contributors with personal experience of things that often get called 'psychosis' (hearing voices, seeing visions and par...
Making Sense of Madness: An emancipatory approach 7 July 2017, 10 am – 4.30pm, registration from 9.30am Hackney House, 25-27 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3LT https://madness-london.eventb...
Radio Times: The Voices in My Head What's it like to battle with a dozen people talking inside your head? Rachel Waddingham tells her remarkable story. By Moya Sarner, published in R...
Research: Young People who Hear Voices & Open... In recent years I have taken a step into research – consulting on other people’s studies (e.g. Hearing the Voice at Durham University), taking part in...

9 responses to “Podcast”

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

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your journey, Rachel!

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

  4. 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. 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. 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.

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