Building on the success of the first project, Let’s Talk Mental Health, a second series was commissioned with a view to promote discussion, remove stigma and increase knowledge of mental health. #LetsTalkMentalHealthII aims to:

(1) Look ahead to the future for young people in mental health
(2) Highlight young people’s voice in mental health
(3) Promote the work of emerging disciplines in mental health
(4) Emphasise the perspectives of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties. 

The project led by Louise Arseneault, ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow, features five short discussions between young professionals and individuals with lived experiences of mental health problems. The discussions are themed on Museums, Technology, Architecture, Genetics and Music – to explore their relationships with mental health and wellbeing. 

Follow #LetsTalkMentalHealthII to find out more.

Nuala Morse meets George David Hodgson 

Nuala Morse is a Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She met with George-David Hodgson, who is a fashionpreneuer and mental health campaigner at Science Gallery London. They both spoke about the wellbeing benefits of engaging with community assets like museums and how to encourage more young people to do so. The discussion also addressed important questions like what can be done to prevent mental ill health in young people, and the importance of creativity in improving mental health and wellbeing. 

Sarah Doherty meets Chris Nightingale

Sarah Doherty is the Youth Lead for eNurture Mental Health Network and develops mental health apps in her spare time. Sarah met with Chris Nightingale who is an IT Coordinator for a GP surgery. They both discussed how data and technology can help to improve patient care and discussed pertinent issues like the role of social media on peoples’ mental health. 

Evangelia Chrysikou meets Samara Morris 

Evangelia Chrysikou is a Lecturer at the UCL Bartlett Real Estate Institute. She met with Samara Morris who is a professional photographer and a mental health campaigner. They both discussed architectures impact on mental health and wellbeing and the importance of design in catering for people with mental health difficulties. The conversation unravelled on how photography can be used as a tool to promote mental health and wellbeing. 

Bryon Creese meets Katie Yates 

Byron Creese is a Senior Research Fellow working in genetics research at the University of Exeter. He met with Katie Yates who is Project and Communications Officer at The Lord Mayor’s Appeal at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. They discussed the importance of genetic discoveries, workplace mental health and the future of mental health research.  

Saoirse Finn meets Florence Sharman 

Saoirse Finn is a Visiting Researcher at UCL and researches arts, community and social engagement for public health. She met with Florence Sharman who is a passionate mental health campaigner at the Royal College of Music to discuss the role of arts and music on mental health and wellbeing. They discussed the role of schools in supporting young children with mental ill health and the relationship between arts and music and chemicals in the brain.