MQ Open Mind looks at the science behind mental health and its potential to transform lives. The show digs deep into the cutting-edge research taking on mental illness and speaks to the people it could help. Hear conversations on a range of different conditions, from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar. Brought to you by MQ: Transforming Mental Health, the new major mental health research charity.
Professor Louise Arseneault & Collaboration in Research
In this episode, Professor Rory O’Connor and Craig spoke to professor of developmental psychology at Kings College London, Louise Arseneault.
Louise’s research focuses on the study of harmful behaviours such as violence and substance dependence, their developmental origins, their inter-connections with mental health, and their consequences for victims.
In this conversation, they discussed the importance of cross-collaboration, utilising health data, and how childhood bullying can affect you later on in life.
What Do We Want Research to Answer
On the 5th of July, MQ launched the very first Research Appreciation Day. A day to celebrate the hard work of health researchers from all disciplines.
For this special episode of Open Mind, and in honour of Research Appreciation Day, here are the questions that our guests would love to be answered by mental health research.
Open Mind will return in the autumn, and we hope to see you again for more lived experience stories and more mental health research.
Jenny Okolo & Empathy in the Criminal Justice Sector
In this episode, Professor Rory O’Connor and Craig spoke to Occupational Therapist, Jenny Okolo.
Jenny is a highly experienced lead psychiatric occupational therapist and a respected mental health advocate. She has a strong background in the criminal justice sector. Her main expertise lies in promoting workplace wellbeing, supporting mental health, and advocating for neurodiversity.
Jenny is also enthusiastic about productivity and utilizes her career platform, SASA, to provide accessible resources and inspire personal development.
In this conversation, they discussed empathy in the criminal justice sector, understanding neurodiversity, and ensuring well-being in the workplace.
Explaining our Gone Too Soon Roadmap
In this episode, we spoke to Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, Tony Pisani, Head of Development at MQ, Emily Wheeler, and founder of Into The Light and suicide researcher, Benny Prawira, to discuss MQ’s latest paper, Gone Too Soon.
The Gone Too Soon paper is a roadmap written by 40 global experts, mixing mental health researchers, clinicians, policy experts and people with lived and living experience of mental illnesses and suicide. Together these 40 global experts have outlined 18 evidence-based recommendations for policymakers, business leaders and health workers the world over.
In this conversation, we discuss why the paper was created, the desired outcomes, and why these recommendations are so important.
Dean Stott (DLC Anxiety) & Thriving with Anxiety
In this episode, Professor Rory O’Connor and Craig spoke to mental health activist and author, Dean Stott. After managing with an anxiety disorder for several years, Dean had the idea to start DLC Anxiety, an online community support group for people coping with anxiety. Since its inception in 2020, DLC Anxiety has amassed over 1.2 million members, providing helpful tips and advice from anxiety experts. In this conversation, they discussed supporting people with anxiety, the difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder, and the benefits of using social media for your mental health.
Dr Lucy Foulkes & the Truth About Mental Illness
In this episode, Professor Rory O'Connor and Craig spoke to academic psychologist and author, Dr Lucy Foulkes.
Lucy is currently a Prudence Trust Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, investigating how school-based mental health interventions may be causing adolescents harm.
In this conversation, they discussed supporting young people with their mental health, the importance of finding the appropriate treatment for your needs, and her book “What Mental Illness Really Is... (and what it isn’t)”.
You can buy Lucy's book here:
Here are two of the research papers they discussed:
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So happy the show’s back!
I’m really glad this podcast is back. It’s great to listen to sensible conversations about mental health.
Well Done MQ
I found this really interesting. Well done MQ Open Mind. I was diagnosed at the age of 15 with clinical depression, unfortunately back then mental health was not an open subject. I got NO help at all from anyone at school. I’m pleased that there is now a lot of conversations and changes happening with regards to Child and Adolescents Mental Health
Great podcast, thank you!
Fascinating insights into the really important work that MQ are doing.