The mental health crisis has been highlighted by the pandemic but it has many root causes that pre-date Covid-19. The Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, but the legacy of the troubles is still felt in the mental health epidemic across the island. In this episode, we pick apart the shared cognitive load of transgenerational trauma and the critical distinction between mental health and mental illness. We look at the need for a proactive approach to mental health and the gaps that can be filled by collective civil society action.
Siobhan O’Neill is the Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. She is a professor at University of Ulster and specialist in transgenerational trauma.
Morgan Shuttleworth is president of the Secondary Schools Union NI, an organisation set up during the pandemic that prioritises mental health in its work.[Text Wrapping Break]
Recent Podcast Episodes
Catch up with our guests as they discuss issues like mental health, rural isolation, digital poverty, climate change, justice and equality, inclusion, and cross community work.
Across Divides – 12: Women in Covid
In this episode, we discuss systemic, historical and intersectional discrimination against women.
Across Divides – 11. Global Perspectives
In this discussion of social justice and collaboration, we will look at ways in which global citizenship can help address all-island challenges.
Across Divides – 10. The Digital Divide
This episode looks at developing skills and access to the digital world across generations in both social and economic contexts.