This engaging, empowering and embracing digital radio station is built out of the need to create a space that can increase education and awareness of mental health in communities so they can better support people who are struggling. Diversity Radio is placed at the heart of the community, with the views and voices of people with personal, lived experience of mental illness as the centre of the work that we do. The station acts as amplification for that, extending out into the individuals in the community.
The landscape is made up of individuals who each have their own multiple or complex needs, support others or have an interest in the mental health of themselves and others. Diversity Radio aims to reach as many of these people as possible, either directly to them as an individual, through community groups or charities or in larger groups through commissioned community, inpatient or forensic services.
The station has a core offering of programming intended to appeal to a wide group of individuals, with more targeted programmes developed over time to focus on specific demographics, interests, needs or topics. This archive of programming can be accessed via apps or can be licensed for use by services as part of a ‘self-build’ package tailored to them. In addition to standard and tailored listening options, organisations can commission the use of the facilities, training in radio as a therapeutic tool, record their own interviews or design their own bespoke programmes to suit their listeners.