Mental Health and Isolation

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A Big Tent Digital IN depth: The role of community in protecting our mental health

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Join us as we discuss Britain’s mental health epidemic, exacerbated during the lockdown and find out how organisations across the country are tackling these far reaching and complex challenges through community-based solutions and how these could be scaled up nationally.

We'll also explore the work the pioneering youth campaigning group, WE WILL, have done to support the mental health of residents across Maryport, Cumbria.


Luciana Berger

Managing Director of Public Affairs and Advocacy, Edelman Former Shadow Minister for Public Health and Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health

Young Activists from WE WILL

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About Luciana

Luciana is Managing Director of Public Affairs and Advocacy at Edelman, specialising in health, energy and food and drink policy.

Before joining Edelman, Luciana served as the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree for almost a decade. During her time in the House of Commons, Luciana held prominent front bench and back bench roles. Luciana was the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Shadow Minister for Public Health and Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health between 20010 and 2016. Luciana was a leading member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee between 2016 and 2019, and latterly was appointed as the Liberal Democrat Shadow Spokesperson for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing.

Luciana has a degree in Commerce and Spanish from the University of Birmingham and a Masters in Government, Politics and Policy from Birkbeck College, the University of London. Luciana is an advisory board member of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and is Vice-President of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

About We Will

WE WILL is a group of young people aged 16-19 leading change in youth mental health across Cumbria and beyond. WE WILL have developed youth mental health recommendations for schools, employers and communities and have created short films that communicate their youth mental health messages. In 2020 WE WILL’s Mental Health Awareness Week campaign JUST LISTEN was viewed by over a million people and they are this year’s ‘Inspiring Story’ winners at the national Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards. To view their films, recommendations and for more information see

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