There is a reason many podcasts are so successful. For those making podcasts it's cheap, easy and an immediate way to capture a thought, an idea, a discussion. For those who listen, podcasts offer access to those thoughts and ideas in a way that is intimate and personal, delivered in manageable chunks of time which fit in with busy lifestyles. Alongside this success has come a proliferation of podcasts on every conceivable topic, using a wide variety of formats, and nowhere is this more evident than in the area of mental health. However, not all podcasts are engaging and effective.
In this episode, launched as part of the ESRC Festival for Social Sciences, we use a podcast to explore podcasting itself, asking an interdisciplinary panel how the medium lends itself to exploring matters of mental health, society and medicine. The podcast will be hosted on King's College London's Our Sick Society platform, and take the shape of a panel discussion, lasting around 45 minutes. It will be chaired by Sally Marlow, Engagement and Impact Fellow at King's, and BBC radio broadcaster specializing in mental health. Panel members will include academics at early, mid and senior career levels who are already podcasting in this space, from podcasts such as Plugged In about digital mental health, and the Beyond the Hype podcast, which explores young people's experiences of mental health and health services. From the Our Sick Society collaboration, professional podcast producer Buddy Peace, Expert by Experience Lavinia Black, and Impact Projects Manager Verity Buckley will take part. We'll explore the components of a successful podcast, as well as how to make sure podcasts are impactful and reach the audiences they are intended for. We will cover the challenges of producing podcasts which cover complex issues and seek to present evidence to a lay audience.
The ESRC Festival for Social Sciences is an annual, weeklong series of engagement events held across the UK, which celebrate research that helps us understand and shape the society we live in. Click here for information about this year’s Festival, which is running virtually until the 15th November.