The first series of Mental Ideas began broadcasting on RTHK Radio 3 in 2020 as a weekly strand of the 123 Show. Host Sadie Kaye explores alternate perspectives and creative approaches to tackling mental health with an eclectic mix of local and international guests, including Depressed Comedian Larry Feign, Anxious Showman Mat Ricardo, Agitated Air Stewardess Florence Wong, Psychopathic Actor Philippe Joly, Bipolar VR Dance-Maker Eugenia Kim, Depressed Banker Christina Yung, Trollywood Actor Dan Davies, Messy Filmmaker Raffaello Degruttola and special guest Jackie Chan!!! (No, not that one…) The mental music was composed by Nick Samuel and the series exec produced by Noreen Mir.
In 2020 the Mental Ideas Podcast was nominated by the UK Association for International Broadcasting for a 2020 AIB Award in the Factual Podcast category. In Dec 2021 it was selected for the Cinemonic Podcast Festival in LA.
The Mental Ideas Podcast will return to the air soon and feature exciting new voices, including poet Ahmed Elbeshlawy, actor and producer of Little Boxes (which recently won ‘Best Pandemic Film’ from the Hong Kong World Film Festival) Lee Boardman, writer and literary editor Paul Clinton Corrigan, Peel Street poet Vishal Nanda and indie publisher Chris Maden.