The Words on Mental Health

May 2, 2018

England cricketer Graeme Fowler joins Poorna Bell, Will Williams and Susan Elliot Wright for a frank and illuminating discussion about stress, depression, suicide and stigma ahead of Mental Health Awareness week.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and 1 in 3 adults will experience a serious mental health problem at some point in their life.

Despite high profile advocates such as Prince William raising awareness about the importance of mental health, the subject remains taboo and millions still suffer in silence.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, and in the US men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. In this episode we discuss the stigma surrounding mental health with award-winning journalist Poorna Bell and former England cricketer Graeme Fowler, who talks candidly about his fight to overcome depression in his autobiography Absolutely Foxed.

Author Susan Elliot Wright joins us to discuss her forthcoming novel The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood, which deals with a very rare form of psychosis affecting new mothers.

Also taking part in our discussion is meditation teacher Will Williams, who tells us how he uses ancient Vedic techniques to manage anger, anxiety and stress.

Finally, bestselling author and meditation guru Bob Roth will read an extract from his latest book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.