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The "Our Sick Society" Project 

Our Sick Society is an engagement and researcher capacity strengthening project led by the Centre impact team. The project not only helps us to disseminate the important work of our researchers, but also gives them the opportunity to learn valuable communication and project management skills. In order to share learning from the project, and to help us to continue producing episodes beyond our initial funding, a comprehensive podcasting toolkit for social science researchers was also developed (see below). 

The Podcast 

Our Sick Society is a podcast series where Centre researchers and people with lived experience explore together how social factors contribute to mental health problems. The podcast encourages listeners to think and question society’s role in mental health - what are the systems and the structures which mean that some people are more likely to become mentally unwell than others? And crucially, what steps should society take, from national government policies, to local grassroots community organising? How can we cure our sick society? 

Topics include the impact of Covid-19 control measures on mental health; navigating complex work, welfare and housing systems in place across the UK; and experiences of refugees seeking mental health support. 

The project has been funded by King’s College London’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

Listen now

You can listen to our podcast on Soundcloud via the player below. You can also find us on Spotify and Apple Podcasts


Our latest transcript

Download the transcript for our latest podcast episode.



One of the objectives of this project was to share learning with social science researchers across King's. Following our first season, the team produced a comprehensive podcasting toolkit which includes guidance ranging from developing a full-scale podcast series, to leading a guest episode, to simply being interviewed. You can download all guides for free via the links below. 

Have you used our toolkits? We would love to hear from you! Please email to share your feedback. 

Download the toolkit

Click the links below to download our guides.

External podcasts

Beyond the HYPE

Beyond the HYPE

Co-created by the HYPE research team and young people involved in the project.

Connecting for Change

Connecting for Change

Professor Stephani Hatch and artist Dolly Sen discuss art and the mental health system.

Generation Covid

Generation Covid

Professor Sally Marlow speaks with young people about the challenges of 2020.