Interdisciplinary Engagement Projects

Sally’s engagement and impact work is recognised by her peers nationally and internationally, and she has carried out impact and engagement projects for a variety of addiction and mental health charities and service user groups, as well as for King’s.  Her impact and engagement practice is highly collaborative, bringing together diverse teams of academics, clinicians, experts by experience, students, charity professionals, patients and the public, to create public facing films, media articles, music and arts projects, podcasts and discussion panels.  The position of Engagement and Impact Fellow at King’s College London was created for Sally in 2016 in recognition of her unique skill set and aptitudes.

2021 – 2022:  Mental Health and Justice, a case study in interdisciplinarity.  Conceived, produced and presented a 45 minute documentary https://vimeo.com/705748662/35c1e77716 on the topic of mental health and justice, highlighting the work of a large interdisciplinary Wellcome-funded project.

2021: (ongoing) Our Sick Society podcast, a capacity building project initially of ten podcast episodes but subsequently extended, produced by a team of early career researchers and experts by experience.  The podcast explores how the current so-called “epidemic” of mental ill health is caused and made worse by societal factors. Featured in the Guardian, and at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences https://soundcloud.com/oursicksociety

2019 – 2020:  hosted the Soothsayers, a Nu Afrobeat and Dub Brixton-based band, as Artists in Residence at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, exploring understanding and articulating health inequalities, and developing community mental health music interventions

2019 – 2020:  Mind the Gap 16 – 25:  a film co-produced in collaboration with young woman service user, longlisted for WHO inaugural film festival award https://vimeo.com/user2051960/review/387427078/a903bc20ff

2019 – 2020:  Women in Addiction, a series of films for the Society for the Study of Addiction,. https://www.addiction-ssa.org/hot-topic/women-in-addiction/

2019: The Class Ceiling filmed panel event to discuss what it means to be working class in academia  https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/the-class-ceiling-panel-discussion-event

2018:  Sound Mind (2) follow-up concert exploring psychedelia by combining virtual reality, fractals, and minimalist music, as part of Arts in Mind Festival https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/sound-mind-exploring-psychedelia-through-virtual-reality-and-piano

2018:  Unconditional, Artist Residency in the Addictions Department by Teresa Albor exploring opioid overdose and naloxone, https://www.kcl.ac.uk/Cultural/Artists-in-Residence/Artists-in-Psychiatry-Psychology-Neuroscience/TeresaAlbor

2018:  Narco Farm, a day of public facing talks and an evening of live music exploring the legacy of the Narcotic Farm addictions treatment and research centre at Lexington, Kentucky, also filmed for the Society for the Study of Addiction and hosted on their website https://www.addiction-ssa.org/hot-topic/16272/

2018:  Curatorial Advisor Hooked exhibition, Science Gallery London, working with the curator to develop themes for Science Gallery London’s acclaimed inaugural exhibition https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/19/sex-drugs-and-social-media-hooked-review

2018: Advisor on large scale interactive civic art installation on London’s South Bank as part of London Design Week, Head Above Water https://www.steuartpadwick.co.uk/head-above-water/

2017:  Sound Mind (1) series of two concerts exploring psychedelia using fractals and minimalist music, an arts and science research project, https://www.kcl.ac.uk/Cultural/-/Projects/Sound-Mind.aspx

2016 – 2017:  Through the Rainbow Lens, producer and director of two short co-produced films on mental health issues affecting the LGBT+ community September 2016 – February 2017, with subsequent screenings and discussions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVbx1O8bi8c

2016:  An Introduction to Addiction, a series of three films and accompanying learning materials for the Society for the Study of Addiction

2015:  Stories Behind the Bottle, project manager and executive producer of a film project to reduce stigma in NHS settings towards those with alcohol problems, September 2015 (not publicly available, but copy available to view on request). Used in induction training for new NHS staff, and has been presented at various Royal College annual meetings and at academic conferences jointly with one of the experts by experience featured in the film.