Our blogs offer a longer look at some of the most pressing issues facing mental health policy and practice, written by people with lived experience and practitioners.

From time to time, we're delighted to publish blogs written by selected guest authors to generate debate and discussion on key topics. All guest blogs represent the authors’ views and are not necessarily those of the Centre.

Last updated: 7th February, 2020


Keeping our workforce well: Supporting the VCSE mental health sector

Sarah Hughes and Kathy Roberts on the way voluntary sector workers' needs have been overlooked despite experiencing similar traumas and anxieties to those in statutory services

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Taking care of maternal mental health during Covid-19

Maria explains how the Maternal Mental Health Alliance are campaigning to support mothers and families during the pandemic

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Now is the time to act: keeping race in mind

Kadra reflects on the global Black Lives Matter protests, the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities, and the effect of racism on mental health

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Face masks can't protect you if you can't afford one

Marsha argues that action needs to be taken to ensure everyone has access to appropriate face masks

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Communication, trauma and the public’s mental health

Andy looks at why getting coronavirus messaging right is crucial for our mental health

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Intelligent Kindness to the rescue?

What role can kindness play in bringing about better mental health outcomes for all?

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All bets are off – Leadership in the times of Covid-19

Poppy Jaman and Sarah Hughes explore how these challenging times can provide opportunities for us to change the way we work for the better

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How foster carers help looked-after children cope with the COVID19 lockdown

Martin Barrow shares his experience of the challenges - and unexpected upsides - of lockdown for his foster children

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An inconvenient truth? Older people’s mental health during Covid-19

Jan reflects on the mental health implications of the pandemic for older people in care homes

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Supporting bereaved parents during the pandemic

Alyx Elliott shares how Petals are continuing to deliver baby loss counselling to parents during the lockdown

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Between the headlines: making sense of the evidence about mental health and Covid-19

Andy explains how we'll be drawing together research and evidence to make sense of the pandemic's impact on our mental health

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Unsettling and unjust: mental health inequalities and coronavirus

Andy outlines how the impact of coronavirus, like mental illness, is being driven by inequality

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