On 10th December, from 6 - 9pm Block 336 will host The O Show by Oriana Fox. Be part of a live audience and join Oriana, a professional artist and doctor of philosophy who hosts the kind of chat show you’ve always wanted to see. The O Show provides fresh inspiration and straight talk from the mouths of specially invited guests. Artists, psychologists and activists, like mainstream TV chat show guests, have little to no difficulty ‘spilling the beans’, even when their lives and opinions defy expectations and convention.
Mixing sincerity with humour to entertain as well as inform, The O Show brings levity to difficult material, without undercutting its importance, in order to encourage candid discussion and critical thinking. There is so much to be gained from airing risky truths, from self-awareness and confidence to tolerance and belonging.
The upcoming episode You’re Only As Sick As Your Secrets at Block 336 takes its title from a quote by the late Hollywood icon, Carrie Fisher – herself an outspoken manic depressive and recovering addict, who quipped: “I do believe you're only as sick as your secrets. If that's true, I'm just really healthy.” In keeping with this sentiment, this show interviews artists and mental health advocates who have publicly revealed that which many people would be ashamed to admit, that is, that they struggle with mental health issues or are seeking help through therapy or psycho-pharmaceuticals.
Examining the links between self-disclosure, self-care, belonging, creativity and wellbeing, the episode will emphasise that the first step towards getting help is admitting you need it. The guest’s very public, yet highly candid accounts of mental health difficulties ride the line between confession and activism, going beyond ‘mere’ therapy by pointing to the wider determinants of their experiences and the call to action that they demand. In this way they speak to the very real need to make stories like these public. As the rates of depression, anxiety and suicide soar, it is more urgent than ever to find therapies that address the personal as well as the social. Join Oriana and her guests to locate approaches to mental health that bolster individuals, create safe spaces of belonging and question the status quo.
Monday 10th of December, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tube: Brixton Station (23 min walk)
Train: Brixton (11 min walk)