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My Abstract Fight For Survival – Bill Lepley

“I am a survivor – so far. Not so much because of being trapped at home by the pandemic, but because of being trapped inside my own body. I suffer … Continue Reading My Abstract Fight For Survival – Bill Lepley

Transference: Global Release Nov 10!

Transference will be globally released by our distributor 1091 Pictures Nov 10! Mental Ideas is so proud to have co-produced this bipolar love story by director Raffaello Degruttola with Contro Vento Films! The film … Continue Reading Transference: Global Release Nov 10!

Home Kong Kitchen in the SCMP!

Thanks to the SCMP for publishing this short read about our Home Kong Kitchen initiative online on #World Mental Health Day and then again in Post Magazine on Sunday! We are blown away … Continue Reading Home Kong Kitchen in the SCMP!

NOT TODAY Selected for Global Lift Off!

Philippe Joly‘s powerful short film about fighting back NOT TODAY has been selected for the Pinewood Studios Global Lift-Off Festival in October. Mental Ideas is proud to have premiered this innovative short … Continue Reading NOT TODAY Selected for Global Lift Off!

Mental Ideas Podcast Shortlisted for 2020 Association for International Broadcasting Award!

The Association for International Broadcasting have published their shortlist for the 2020 AIB Awards – and our Mental Ideas Podcast is one of 6 shortlisted entries in the Factual Podcast category! Thank you to the AIB for this … Continue Reading Mental Ideas Podcast Shortlisted for 2020 Association for International Broadcasting Award!

Transference Selected for The Hague Global Cinema Festival!

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has been officially selected by The Hague Global Cinema Festival! The festival kicks off Nov 13! As director Raff put it, “Another one we won’t … Continue Reading Transference Selected for The Hague Global Cinema Festival!

NOT TODAY – #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

To mark #2020 World Suicide Prevention Day, Mental Ideas is proud to premiere short film NOT TODAY. The powerful short about fighting back was born out of an idea by … Continue Reading NOT TODAY – #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

How Muay Thai Helped Me Fight My PTSD – Veteran Adam House

Adam House, a US combat veteran with PTSD moved to Thailand to train as a Muay Thai instructor that helped him fight his PTSD. He’s since written a book about his … Continue Reading How Muay Thai Helped Me Fight My PTSD – Veteran Adam House

Home Kong Kitchen

With most of our planned summer projects postponed or canceled, Mental Ideas has been on a roll and making serious dough! Thanks to the team effort of volunteer bakers Ying, Moira, … Continue Reading Home Kong Kitchen

Crazy – Mental Ideas Podcast

This is the last episode of the season so DON’T MISS IT!!! With new material and highlights from the studio interviews of the first series, Crazy is a cheeky little … Continue Reading Crazy – Mental Ideas Podcast

Transference Receives Special Jury Mention – New York Socially Relevant Film Festival!

Money $ – Mental Ideas Podcast

On today’s show, Sadie Kaye talks dirty. Great big wads of dirty cash! You can’t use banknotes anywhere since the first wave peaked. Too dirty! Toilet paper is our cleanest … Continue Reading Money $ – Mental Ideas Podcast

First Chance To See Transference at SRFF Online!

First chance to see Transference: A Bipolar Love Story at the New York Socially Relevant Film Festival online! Originally postponed until September in the hope that the new normal might … Continue Reading First Chance To See Transference at SRFF Online!

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story Wins Zoroaster Award!

Another win for Transference: A Bipolar Love Story – this time the Zoroaster Award at the Italian-Azerbaijan International Film Festival. The New York Socially Relevant Film Festival is next (starting … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story Wins Zoroaster Award!

The Unwellness Entrepreneur – Mental Ideas Podcast

In this week’s episode, Sadie Kaye coins a new catchphrase courtesy of inspirational wellness entrepreneur Ifat Hyndes and tests it out on a taxi driver. Showman Mat Ricardo talks about the power of acceptance … Continue Reading The Unwellness Entrepreneur – Mental Ideas Podcast

Trolls Anonymous – Mental Ideas Podcast

Showman Mat Ricardo reminisces about the time he was starting out as a street performer and a member of the public walked onto his pitch and took a dump. Left to … Continue Reading Trolls Anonymous – Mental Ideas Podcast

Transference A Bipolar Love Story Wins Best Drama Feature at International Anatolia Film Festival!

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has just been announced the winner of Best Drama Feature Film at the the 2020 International Anatolia Film Festival in Turkey! The film explores the impact of bipolar … Continue Reading Transference A Bipolar Love Story Wins Best Drama Feature at International Anatolia Film Festival!

The Depressed Banker – Mental Ideas Podcast

Brace yourselves for another “slightly strange” (yeah…) episode of our Mental Ideas Podcast strand of RTHK‘s fantabulous 123 Show! This week Sadie’s guest is the multi-talented and inspirational Christina Yung! She banks. She … Continue Reading The Depressed Banker – Mental Ideas Podcast

Virtually Eugenia – Mental Ideas Podcast

Virtual Reality dance-maker Eugenia Kim joins host Sadie Kaye and explains how her bipolar disorder has fueled her creativity and inspired her latest VR film! It’s called Lithium Hindsight – and yes, it IS better … Continue Reading Virtually Eugenia – Mental Ideas Podcast

First Cut of Short Film ‘Intuition’!

Writer Unblocked!

Mental Ideas is collaborating with the Hong Kong Writers Circle on a brand new strand of podcasts! While many artists and writers have been feeling inspired by the lockdown and surreality of … Continue Reading Writer Unblocked!

Death & The Frozen Tundra – Mental Ideas Podcast

A deadly podcast about Death by Anxious Showman Mat Ricardo is poignantly paired with American actor Dan Davies presenting the weather forecast… in Wisconsin. It may be Spring, but Winter is Coming… https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/682507Continue Reading Death & The Frozen Tundra – Mental Ideas Podcast

Portraits by Rebecca Dandridge-Walker

Rebecca Dandridge-Walker has been beating the UK lockdown blues by experimenting with portraiture. Her lockdown experience has been further restricted by waiting for a delayed hip operation. An inspirational potter … Continue Reading Portraits by Rebecca Dandridge-Walker

Why Anxiety’s No Joke – Mat Ricardo

Here’s the joke. The joke is that the way you’re probably feeling now – washing your hands all the time, staying indoors as much as possible, nurturing a growing suspicion … Continue Reading Why Anxiety’s No Joke – Mat Ricardo

The Criminal Sleepwalker – Mental Ideas Podcast

Mental Ideas Podcast host Sadie Kaye’s got a criminal record as long as your arm, but most of her heinous crimes were committed while she was in Nod. At least that’s what … Continue Reading The Criminal Sleepwalker – Mental Ideas Podcast

The Psychopathic Actor – Mental Ideas Podcast

Psychopathic actor and entrepreneur Philippe Joly attempts to explain why psychopaths make such great neighbors, CEOs and movie stars. But host Sadie Kaye‘s laughing so much about fake noses, it’s tricky at times to … Continue Reading The Psychopathic Actor – Mental Ideas Podcast

The Agitated Air Stewardess – Mental Ideas Podcast

One type of podcast guest that’s proved easy to secure in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic is grounded airline cabin crew. Bipolar is a condition that’s often been … Continue Reading The Agitated Air Stewardess – Mental Ideas Podcast

Distribution Deal for Transference with NYC’s 1091 Pictures!

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has been offered distribution by New York’s 1091 Pictures. Mental Ideas co-produced the film with Contro Vento Films 2019-2020. The film was set to receive its world … Continue Reading Distribution Deal for Transference with NYC’s 1091 Pictures!

A Bipolar Love Story – Mental Ideas Podcast

Episode 2 of our Mental Ideas Podcast broadcasted last Thursday (April 9, 2020) on RTHK Radio 3! Host Sadie Kaye is rewarded for all her bad work with the once-in-a-lifetime exclusive … Continue Reading A Bipolar Love Story – Mental Ideas Podcast

The Depressed Comedian – Mental Ideas Podcast

Episode 1 of our Mental Ideas Podcast launched on RTHK Radio 3 last Thursday (April 2, 2020) as a new weekly strand of the 123 Show! Depression. It’s no laughing matter. … Continue Reading The Depressed Comedian – Mental Ideas Podcast

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story selected for Arizona and Buenos Aires International Film Festivals

Even though the chance of any festival happening this year seems pretty remote at present (and we all have far greater concerns on our minds) you have to acknowledge and appreciate … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story selected for Arizona and Buenos Aires International Film Festivals

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story Selected for Socially Relevant Film Festival, NYC

AMAZING news just in from New York! Mental Ideas’ first feature film Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has been selected by the NYC Socially Relevant Film Festival! HUGE congratulations to the … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story Selected for Socially Relevant Film Festival, NYC

Transference Translated Into Norwegian Ahead of Oslo Screening!

Brexit may be “done”, but the Norway Option is still readily available – thanks to a timely intervention by Contro Vento Films and Mental Ideas! Transference: A Bipolar Love Story … Continue Reading Transference Translated Into Norwegian Ahead of Oslo Screening!

Mental Ideas @ NIFA 2020!

Mental Ideas is honored to have been invited to attend the 2020 NIFA Awards in September! Mental Idealist Sadie Kaye was the stunned recipient of NIFA’s International Broadcaster of The Year award … Continue Reading Mental Ideas @ NIFA 2020!

Mental Ideas Collaborates with Contro Vento Films on ‘Intuition’

Mental Ideas is collaborating with Contro Vento Films on director Raffaello Degruttola’s latest short film Intuition, a journey through paranoia. The short was inspired by Transference: A Bipolar Love Story, … Continue Reading Mental Ideas Collaborates with Contro Vento Films on ‘Intuition’

A Hat-Trick of Nominations for Contro Vento & Mental Ideas

The inaugural NIFA Awards (National Independent Film Association, USA) were hosted by Dan Davies at the Film Forte in Wisconsin this weekend, where recipients included Sean Connery (Lifetime Achievement) and Michael Blake (Legend Award). … Continue Reading A Hat-Trick of Nominations for Contro Vento & Mental Ideas

Jade Bryant’s Latest Ink Art Collection

In honor of #worldmentalhealthday, I wanted to share my completed illustrative series of paintings that represent some of my symptoms of #borderlinepersonalitydisorder with Mental Ideas! I have uploaded the writing components to … Continue Reading Jade Bryant’s Latest Ink Art Collection

Param Creates Vibe for Exploding Mental Health!

Meet our newest recruit and Resident Artist Param Vibe Mirpuri! Param Vibe is a dancer, writer, visual artist and spoken word poet. He fuses poetry, dance, character acting and abstract art to … Continue Reading Param Creates Vibe for Exploding Mental Health!

Project Inktober

Mental Artists Charlotte Farhan, Jade Bryant and Shawn Coss have created their own Inktober prompts for themselves and anybody else who wants to use them. Every day we’ll be adding more … Continue Reading Project Inktober

Limerence: A Twisted Adult Fairytale About Obsessive Love!

Filmmakers Ilze Millere and Carl Bradshaw of Elementi Media are producing their first feature film Limerence; a twisted adult fairytale about obsessive love starring Roe Haven, Emilie Sofie Johannesen and Madeleine Lloyd-Jones – and they would love to have your … Continue Reading Limerence: A Twisted Adult Fairytale About Obsessive Love!

Lithium Hindsight 360: VR Dance Event Explodes Bipolar Disorder

Mental Ideas ambassador Eugenia Kim is holding an event in Hong Kong from Oct 3-6 to showcase her VR dance prototype Lithium Hindsight 360 and YOU’RE invited! If you live in … Continue Reading Lithium Hindsight 360: VR Dance Event Explodes Bipolar Disorder

Passion & Poison – Interview With Artist Shawn Coss

Transference: A Film About Relationships & Mental Health – Nikolas Antoniades

An honor for Contro Vento Films, director Raffaello Degruttola and the cast & crew of Transference: A Bipolar Love Story to receive this recommendation by psychotherapist Nikolas Antoniades. The film, … Continue Reading Transference: A Film About Relationships & Mental Health – Nikolas Antoniades

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story – First Screening in London

Mental Ideas is proud to have co-produced Contro Vento Films‘ film Transference: A Bipolar Love Story. Yesterday in London, director and male lead Raffaello Degruttola attended his first technical and story screening of … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story – First Screening in London

Clowns and Banana Skins – Mat Ricardo

That Mat Ricardo is a dark horse! As one of our ambassadors, we’re in touch with Mat on a pretty regular basis. An OCD, anxiety and depression veteran, Mat is Mental … Continue Reading Clowns and Banana Skins – Mat Ricardo

As Bad As It Gets Promo Trailer

As Bad As It Gets Broadcasts on RTHK July 13!

Our latest doc for RTHK broadcasts SAT JULY 13, 2019 at 8.30! For those of you who miss it live, you’ll still be able to download the show as a podcast on the … Continue Reading As Bad As It Gets Broadcasts on RTHK July 13!

ExperiMENTAL Exhibition

ExperiMENTAL is our bold new art project and photography exhibition. We’ve commissioned 10 pro photographers to capture the complexities of 10 mental heath conditions in a single shot. The results will … Continue Reading ExperiMENTAL Exhibition

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story

Mental Ideas is working with filmmaker and Mental Ideas ambassador Raffaello Degruttola on co-producing a feature-length film, Transference: A Bipolar Love Story. As well as directing, Raff stars in the film … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story

A Bipolar Love Story

Mental Ideas is producing a series of short films depicting different mental health conditions through a blend of contemporary dance, poetry, music and acting. The first short in the series, A … Continue Reading A Bipolar Love Story

Mental Ideas Podcast

The Mental Ideas Podcast is a weekly podcast in which filmmaker and RTHK presenter Sadie Kaye takes a humorous look at innovative approaches to tackling mental health, performing bold social experiments and discussing … Continue Reading Mental Ideas Podcast

Joshua Walters: Just Crazy Enough…

Joshua Walters was born in Berkeley, California. In 2001, while attending the San Francisco School of Arts, Josh was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after hallucinating he was Jesus (who hasn’t?) … Continue Reading Joshua Walters: Just Crazy Enough…

Jade Bryant on Art as Self-Therapy

Mental Ideas Ambassador and artist-activist Jade Bryant uses art as self-therapy and inspires others to do the same. By challenging the public’s perception of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), she spreads awareness, … Continue Reading Jade Bryant on Art as Self-Therapy

ExperiMENTAL Films

Mental Ideas discovers, nurtures and champions new talent from Hong Kong and around the world. To provide filmmakers with the best platform to attract film buyers and broadcasters, we host two … Continue Reading ExperiMENTAL Films

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Mental Disorders Depicted With Minimalist Posters by Graphic Designer Patrick Smith

It’s not always easy to capture the seriousness of conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or depression in a simple way. Graphic designer Patrick Smith took on the challenge. … Continue Reading Mental Disorders Depicted With Minimalist Posters by Graphic Designer Patrick Smith

No Way Home – Stop the Traffick by Filmmaker Raffaello Degruttola

Congratulations to filmmaker Raffaello DeGruttola for directing and delivering an understated acting masterclass in this powerful short film on human trafficking: No Way Home – Stop the Traffick. The film was shown at the … Continue Reading No Way Home – Stop the Traffick by Filmmaker Raffaello Degruttola

Can Comedy Erase Stigma? Mat Ricardo’s Latest Column!

I’m a believer that anything can be funny. There’s nothing that you can’t make a joke about. But here’s the thing – the tougher the subject, the smarter and funnier … Continue Reading Can Comedy Erase Stigma? Mat Ricardo’s Latest Column!

Exhibitions & Events

Mental Ideas produces and delivers many different kinds of events, including exhibitions for our most promising artists. We collaborate with galleries in Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Paris & London. We organize … Continue Reading Exhibitions & Events

Hong Kong’s Top Story 2020 Now Open for Entries!

RTHK have just launched their annual short story completion, Hong Kong’s Top Story! The theme this year is ‘Solitude’ and you can find details of it on the RTHK website: … Continue Reading Hong Kong’s Top Story 2020 Now Open for Entries!

A Poem A Day by Proverse!

The first in a month-long series of poetry readings from the 2018 Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology, Mingled Voices 3, have just been released on YouTube, with others being uploaded every day! Listen … Continue Reading A Poem A Day by Proverse!

The Mad Creative Genius of Reuben M Tuck

We can’t believe we’re writing this… RIP Reuben M Tuck. Truly one of the funniest, whip smart, joyous, down to earth (while never quite of this earth) and loveliest people on … Continue Reading The Mad Creative Genius of Reuben M Tuck

Lost – Short Film – Philippe Joly

This harrowing short film about loss, grief and guilt by Mental Ideas Director and Ambassador Philippe Joly focusses on the emotions of the grieving process and was shot in just 2 … Continue Reading Lost – Short Film – Philippe Joly

Four Months – Mat Ricardo

Trigger warning – Mental health, depression, talk of the outside world. Seriously – you don’t need to read this! It’s all changed, hasn’t it? Right from the basics, on up. … Continue Reading Four Months – Mat Ricardo

Denial – Short Film