Changing the conversation about mental health

The latest episode of podcast More Than a Shop explores the need for new conversations, support networks and funding focused on mental health across the UK. Whilst this series was recorded and produced before the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues raised will be more pertinent than ever. One in four people experience a mental health problem in any one year. Series presenter Elizabeth Alker chatted to two people heavily involved in delivering mental health services – at a local level and nationally: Rachel Summerscales, formerly of Hulme Community Garden Centre in South Manchester, and Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at mental health charity, Mind. Mind recently launched a charity partnership with The Co-op. In this episode, you also hear from London’s Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society. Subscribe to future episodes and find out about the More Than a Shop podcast at http://morethanashop.coop. A transcript of the episode is available here: https://www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop Special thanks to: • Rachel Summerscales, formerly of Hulme Community Garden Centre – https://hulmegardencentre.org.uk – now of Phantasmagoria – https://www.facebook.com/MagicalSuitcases • Stephen Buckley, Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk • Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society – http://www.lifeafterhummus.com More Than a Shop is a collaboration between Co‑operatives UK, The Co‑op, Co‑op News, The Co-operative College and The Co‑operative Heritage Trust. The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions. Please note: The More Than a Shop series was recorded before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. We felt it would seem odd to release further episodes without acknowledging what’s happening. We considered delaying or adapting the series, but decided that this is perhaps the perfect time to consider new ways of doing things as we all imagine a different future. We hope More Than a Shop provides some light and inspiration in these difficult times.

The latest episode of podcast More Than a Shop explores the need for new conversations, support networks and funding focused on mental health across the UK. 

Whilst this series was recorded and produced before the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues raised will be more pertinent than ever.

One in four people experience a mental health problem in any one year. Series presenter Elizabeth Alker chatted to two people heavily involved in delivering mental health services – at a local level and nationally: Rachel Summerscales, formerly of Hulme Community Garden Centre in South Manchester, and Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at mental health charity, Mind. Mind recently launched a charity partnership with The Co-op. In this episode, you also hear from London’s Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society.

Listen and subscribe to future episodes via morethanashop.coop. A transcript of the episode is available here: www.uk.coop/resources/more-than-a-shop 

Special thanks to:
•  Rachel Summerscales, formerly of Hulme Community Garden Centre – hulmegardencentre.org.uk – now of Phantasmagoria – www.facebook.com/MagicalSuitcases
•  Stephen Buckley, Mind: www.mind.org.uk
•  Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society – www.lifeafterhummus.com


The series is presented by Elizabeth Alker. It is produced by Geoff Bird on behalf of Sparklab Productions.

Please note: The More Than a Shop series was recorded before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. We felt it would seem odd to release further episodes without acknowledging what’s happening. We considered delaying or adapting the series, but decided that this is perhaps the perfect time to consider new ways of doing things as we all imagine a different future. We hope More Than a Shop provides some light and inspiration in these difficult times.
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