Mental health in an unequal world

Mental Health Foundation special podcast episode marking World Mental Health Day 2021 and thoughts on the theme ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World.’

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, was ‘Mental health in an unequal world’.

From the beginning of the pandemic, the Mental Health Foundation been tracking its impact on people’s mental health. Their research has shown that some of the people struggling the most are those who were already facing considerable challenges – people with long term health conditions, or facing discrimination, or parenting on their own. That is why the Mental Health Foundation are launching a £2 million Covid Response Programme to work with partners to help some of the people who have been hardest hit.

World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

The Mental Health Foundation special podcast episode marking World Mental Health Day 2021, interviews Freya in Edinburgh and Tyra in London about their lived experiences and thoughts on the theme ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World.’ They discuss ADHD, discrimination, being a young person today, and coming out of the pandemic.

The podcast also features the Foundation’s Associate Director from the Scotland team, Julie Cameron, who talks more about the wider picture of inequality, and how we can all contribute to a fairer society.

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Who’s on the podcast

Jennie Walker: Host, Producer and Podcast Editor, Communications and Marketing Officer at the Foundation.

Freya is a 31-year-old woman living in Edinburgh, who has ADHD. Freya shares her experiences around access to mental health services, and of growing up as the only person of colour at her school and how that impacted her mental health.

Tyra is based in London and tells us what inequality means to her as a young person, how she and her peers are coping with the lifting of lockdown, and how she thinks society could better support young people overall.

Julie Cameron: Guest, Associate Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Mental Health Foundation podcast, is a series which brings to you a range of mental health topics, real life stories, expert comments, and mental health tips. Jennie Walker is your producer and host. She has her own lived experience of mental health problems and with this podcast she and the Mental Health Foundation want to raise awareness, get people talking and provide support and hope.

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