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Our Sick Society

Our Sick Society is a podcast series where researchers from King’s College London 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?

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 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. 


Our latest transcript

Download the transcript for our latest podcast episode.



One of the objectives of the podcast project was to share learning with social science researchers across King's. Following our first season, the team have produced a podcasting toolkit, consisting of three guides for researchers who are interested in podcasting.

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.

For All I Care

For All I Care

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

Mad In America

Mad In America

Co-Director Prof Nikolas Rose discusses psychiatry and the selves we might become.

World: We Got This

World: We Got This

Political journalist Isabel Hardman discusses nature, mental health and well-being.