How does inequality affect public mental health?

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Picture from a blog on inequality written by our team - click here to read it.




We are currently researching the experience of inequality and unfairness and how they relate to mental health. We are conducting a qualitative study in two London Boroughs: Harrow and Lambeth where participants are invited to take photos and then use these photos to reflect on the experience and meaning of inequality, unfairness, and mental health in a conversational interview.


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Why is this project important?


There are a range of inequalities and areas of unfairness that exist in our society, and we know that many of these inequalities can have an impact public mental health. A growing number of projects and research studies are addressing the problem of inequality but one of the knowledge gaps that remains is understanding how people experience such inequalities and how these affect their mental health – from their perspectives and in their own words.


This study aims to use ‘peer research’ as a way to enhance our understanding of the factors that impact on public mental health. We hope to inspire changes in policy and practice so that more members of the public are engaged in research to create a view of inequality and mental health in a new light.

What does the study involve?


1. Participants are invited to take between 3 – 10 photos that capture something about what inequality, unfairness, and mental health means to them. People can do this with their own device, or alternatively we can lend a camera for a two-week period. Alternatively, participants may wish to write a poem or story of their lived experience.


2. After two weeks, participants will be invited to a 45min - 1.5hour interview either online via Zoom or in-person at a local venue. In the interview we will use the photos that people have taken (or other creative work) to explore inequality and mental health. 


3. In the final stages of the project, we hope to invite people to help co-produce the analysis of the interviews and photos, discuss the findings, or help set priorities in a workshop, but this will be completely optional.


A summary of the study is available in video format here.

Further details about this project can be found in the information sheet and anyone who is committing to taking part should read this document in full or watch this video.

What will I receive if I take part?


​All participants that take part and complete the interview will receive a £100 gift voucher.

Who can take part?


We are reaching out to people over the age of 18 who live in either the London Borough of Lambeth or Harrow.


You can take part if you are homeless or do not have a fixed address if you have a meaningful connection to Lambeth or Harrow.

Interested? Contact us!



Images from the project


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