The “Focus on Mental Health” project involves the production of a podcast series launching in Summer of 2020. The 15-30 minute episodes will be hosted alternately by Repair staff, and by guest hosts with expertise and experience in various areas related to mental health and mental illness and disability. The production schedule is expected to be 2 episodes per month in the first year, or 24 episodes between Summer 2020-Summer 2021. The primary aims of the project include: 1) To give voice and dimension to the experiences of people with a range of mental illnesses and disabilities, 2) To identify innovative and equitable approaches to mental health care provision, advocacy, resource allocation, and systems change, 3) To disseminate data and analysis about sites, dynamics, and patterns of exploitation, maltreatment, or abuse disproportionately affecting people with mental illnesses and disabilities and opportunities to take responsive action, 4) To generate recognition and awareness of the interconnections between a) mental illness and b) sources of trauma associated with poverty, racism, gender violence and inequity, and related social determinants of health.
The podcast is intended to be appropriate in scope and accessibility for a range of audiences, including clinicians, social workers, attorneys, educators, policy advocates, community organizers, and people with mental illness and their families and friends. Podcast episodes will be available without cost to listeners, free of commercial advertising, and hosted through popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and Google Podcasts. While podcast episodes are accessible to listeners anywhere, the podcast will include California-specific content focused on innovative programs and municipal and state policy related to the podcast foci.
 For related discussion, see R.A. Hahn et al, “Civil Rights as Determinants of Public Health and Racial and Ethnic Health Equity: Health Care, Education, Housing and Employment in the United States”, Population Health, 4, p. 17 (2018)