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Our Sick Society

How do changes in society affect our mental health? Contrary to the prevailing narrative that mental ill health is down to individual resilience, our podcast series explores how the current so-called “epidemic” of mental ill health is caused and made worse by societal factors.

Each episode, we hear from individuals in marginalised communities who have experienced mental ill health, giving them the opportunity to describe how specific social aspects have impacted their life and experiences.

Topics will 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

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You can listen to our podcast on Soundcloud via the player below. 

Episode Information

Summer 2020 has been an extraordinary time, with life as we knew it being turned upside down by Covid-19. For many of us, Covid-19 has become a lens through which the impact huge social changes can have on mental health has been magnified, particularly for people in certain communities. In this episode, we speak to individuals who have been directly affected by Covid-19, either through contracting the virus itself or by being forced to self-isolate without access to mental health services and support. We also hear from researchers who are trying to better understand the impact Covid-19 is having on marginalised communities, and solutions that emerge from their important work. Thank you to our guests for contributing to this episode: Pearl; Tia-Mariah; Michael Afram; Charlotte Gayer-Anderson; Professor Alison Park, ESRC; Professor Craig Morgan, Centre for Society and Mental Health; Professor Stephani Hatch, Centre for Society and Mental Health. Episode 1 was hosted by Dr Sally Marlow, King’s College London.

CSMH Covid-19 and mental health research

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