Campaigning against Poverty to support Mental Health

In this week's podcast I speak to Errin Norton-Brown from the charity Mind about Campaigning against Poverty to support Mental Health. Continue Reading Campaigning against Poverty to support Mental Health

Welcome to the 179th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month’s theme is about poverty and systemic injustice and the link to mental wellbeing. Today we are talking about campaigning against poverty to support mental health, and to join me to do so is Errin Norton-Brown.

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About my guest

Errin Norton-Brown is the Strategic Change Lead Poverty & Social Exclusion at Mind, the mental health charity.

She leads Mind’s change initiatives in order to move Mind to be a charity that better supports those facing poverty, by improving mental health & welfare systems, offering more appropriate support and reducing stigma.

Prior to this role, Errin managed a workplace mental health programme at Mind, developing & piloting new workplace interventions and campaigns. Prior to Mind, she worked in research and policy for Sense about Science, a small charity focussing on how to improve the use of evidence in decision-making done by the public and by policymakers. She also has experience in strategic marketing.

Her academic background is in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, and she is passionate about furthering the use of evidence-based approaches to improving mental health outcomes for marginalised groups.

In today’s show on Campaigning against Poverty to support Mental Health

  • About Errin and what she’s working on at the moment. [01:54]
  • Mind’s definition of poverty. [05:05]
  • Errin’s journey into this field of work and her lived experiences. [09:45]
  • Things that can be done to help fight poverty [13:52]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [28:13]

Quotes on Campaigning against Poverty to support Mental Health

  • At Mind, we define poverty as the experience of not having enough material resources to meet the current needs that you’re facing.
  • Growing up, I saw in my family, the impact that financial difficulty really can have on mental health.
  • There’s a clear change that’s needed at the system’s level to help fight poverty.
  • I try and have fewer meetings on weeks that I know, I might be struggling a bit more.
  • It’s essential to understand what makes you feel well.

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