Many people have struggled with their mental health during the pandemic but don’t always feel free to discuss it, especially at work.
Mental health stigma remains a problem, and discussing your difficulties at all is off-limits. For many years in England, a campaign called Time To Change tried to change attitudes. The evidence from that and other initiatives was used to launch campaigns in India, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda in 2019.
Mental health support
Sue Baker, Mind’s International Health Advisor, and Rosemary Gathara, Director of Basic Needs, Basic Rights in Kenya, discuss the campaigns’ findings with Claudia Hammond.
Matt Fox, Professor of Global Epidemiology at Boston University in the US, joins Claudia to talk about the latest global picture of Covid, mask-wearing at basketball games in the US and the Kindness Test.
And they look at research that suggests too much free time is terrible for us.
This week’s Health Check Presenter: Claudia Hammond Producer: Erika Wright
(Picture: A woman sitting in a room. Photo credit: Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images.)
Mental Health anxiety and depression
We go to Bangladesh in South Asia – a country listed as one of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change – where researchers have been exploring connections between incremental changes in heat and humidity, along with bigger impacts like flooding, and the levels of anxiety and depression in the population.
Before we go, do you know who Henrietta Lacks is? And what it was that changed medical science forever, a lady with a legacy.
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