DoP Seminar - Dr Rochelle Burgess
20 October 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Title: "Things are not just going to return to normal": Exploring the social and political drivers of mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among young people from racialised backgrounds in London, UK
This event is free.
There has been increasing attention to the mental health impacts of the pandemic on young people's lives in the UK. However, much research explores these impacts from an epidemiological perspective, which excludes understandings of lived experiences of contexts which feed into the experiences of distress and development of disorder. Drawing on repeated focus group data with 40 young people (16-25) from racialised backgrounds in London, this talk will present an analysis of social and political drivers of emotional distress and poor mental health linked to the pandemic. It concludes with discussion and presentation of strategies suggested by young people to target mental and emotional distress in their lives, and implications for rethinking mental health services in the UK more broadly in the wake of the pandemic.
Rochelle A. Burgess, PhD, FRSPH
Deputy Director, UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases
Director, MSc in Global Health and Development
Lecturer in Global Health