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article imageOne man's creative need - Sound Therapy Radio's Jay Peachy Special

By KJ Mullins     Mar 10, 2010 in Entertainment
Vancouver - Host J Peachy of Sound Therapy Radio uses music, guest interviews and discussion to bring a fresh look at mental wellness three times a month on CJSF 90.1 FM in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Sound Therapy explores the Art of the Mind. The program focuses on mental wellness, creative expression and personal sustainability with the use of art. That art can be music, poetry, writing or performing as a means of survival.
The show hopes to help eliminate stigmas that are part of how society takes mental health and other disabilities.
Host and creator of Sound Therapy Radio J Peachy is an advocate for those with mental issues. He is a client of the mental health system giving him a perspective from the inside.
Jay is a busy man. He is an ambassador for ArtsConnect, the host of Sound Therapy and a creative consultant for his J Peachy Gallery just to name a few of his current projects.
Jay Peachy on the drums.
Jay Peachy on the drums.
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During a phone interview Jay discussed how mental illness has changed his life. He found as an artist that creative expression is healing. From painting to music Jay is exploring his creative side.
When asked about how the radio show came into being Jay said, "It was really quite random. I had always wanted to do radio. The station was looking to do a mental health show last year. It just fit together."
Jay uses his own knowledge of the mental health system to educate his listeners.
"The show shares and helps people on how to navigate the system. Dealing with every little thing in the system can eat you up. It can take up to a year to even get a doctor at times."
One project that the show was involved in was the Homelessness Marathon broadcast on Tuesday February 23. Jay said that his show was CJSF's one hour time in the marathon which connected various radio stations for a 14 hour period on the subject of homelessness.
"I spoke with artists who have been touched by homelessness. The marathon peaked during the Winter Games. Their stories just blew me away."
Jay, himself went to the Olympic tent village on East Hastings to hang out after Canada struck gold in men's hockey.
"The police treated us differently than others on the street. There were these bar patrons who were roughing up the homeless and the police ignored it. These guys actually crossed the street to beat up homeless people with other people watching. It was like they thought the poor are being a blight in society so it was okay to hurt them. It just blew me away. Why step on people's dignity like that? It's just dangerous. It was really scary to see that the homeless are being beaten in the street and no one stops it."
Jay has gotten to know several of the homeless through the art community and his show.
"Not everyone who is homeless is mentally ill. Some are the working poor. There is this one guy who builds homes for others but can't afford to have his own home and eat. Being poor is not being illegal."
Jay said that during the Winter Games Vancouver tried to move the timings for some social groups projects. One of those was the DTES Womens March. He happily commented that the march took place on schedule.
DTES Womens March  Feb 14  2010
DTES Womens March, Feb 14, 2010
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Jay also witnessed beautiful murals that had been part of the city for years painted over.
"There were a lot of art violations going on during the games."
Based in Vancouver Jay knows about mental health issues. He was formally diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 2004. He has seen his life go from the high rolling corporate man to dealing with life without a large wad of cash in his pocket. One problem that Jay has found is that some professionals only look at the medical aspects of mental illness. Healing is more than handing your pharmacy a prescription. There is the holistic approach as well. Peer counseling, art therapy and supporting yourself with caring individuals can make all the difference in the healing process.
"I'd say that 21 percent of the healing is meds. The rest is learning how you process and letting go of the past. It takes time to learn the process. We have to find a way in which to survive in our environment."
For Jay that meant leaving the corporate world which he found to be a toxic work environment.
Being creative is very important to Jay's recovery. He is exploring art through paint, music and most recently hitting the poetry slam scene.
Jay Peachy s art
Jay Peachy's art
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"When I am painting I go to a new level."
Jay Peachy s art
Jay Peachy's art
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Jay is passionate about Sound Therapy Radio's two programs. He spends several hours preparing for each program. The show airs on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of every month at 7pm pacific. Listeners can catch it online at cjsf.ca.
Jay Peachy on Sound Therapy
Jay Peachy on Sound Therapy
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