Beyond Talking: Using Entertainment to Improve Mental Health

This OKRE Salon explores how content creators, researchers and those with lived experience can work together to create tools to improve mental health through entertainment.

Especially since the urgency of how to protect and improve our mental health has taken centre stage during the recent world, political, social and pandemic upheaval.

What is an OKRE Salon?

The OKRE Salons bring together creative minds from across research, social impact and entertainment sectors, exploring fresh approaches to social and cultural challenges.


Kelechi Okafor – Say Your Mind Podcaster, Actor, Director and Personal Trainer @kelechnekoff

Susie Braun – Head of Strategy and Communications for Social Purpose, ITV @ITVPurpose

Professor Paul Fletcher – Consultant Psychiatrist & Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience, University of Cambridge @PaulPcf22

Dr Kate Martin – Lived Experience and Engagement Lead, Wellcome Trust @katemartin_says

Eugen Tunick – Executive Producer & Writer, Early Birds @tunick

Adeel Amini – Freelance Producer and Founder, The TV Mindset. @the_tv_mindset

Clip Credits:

The Insight Project, Ninja Theory

Britain’s Got Talent, ITV

Britain Get Talking, ITV, creative agency: Uncommon Creative Studios

Harry’s Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh, ITV

Production credits:

Producers: Carmen Thompson & Caroline O’Neill

Editor: Chris Crookall

Technical Coordination: Virtual Umbrella

Animation: Snafu Pictures

OKRE Network Producers: Jenna Al-Ansari, Denzel Dome

OKRE Communications: Dave Hudson

OKRE Office Manager: Bridie Rollins

Curator: Elizabeth McIntyre

Executive Producer: Iain Dodgeon