The SMB Talks Episode 42 | Mental Health Myths Busted by Dr. Raghu Raghavan - De Montfort University

In this last episode of our Mental Health Awareness Month talks, today we will be chatting with Dr. Raghu Raghavan, Professor - De Montfort University, Leicester

Topic: Mental Health Myths Debunked

Professor Raghavan holds a chair in mental health at De Montfort University, Leicester. His background is in health psychology and nursing, and his work focuses on mental health and disability, cultural diversity, participatory research, and co-production. He is the Director of Mary Seacole Research Centre – an interdisciplinary research institute focussing on mental health, migration, ethnicity, and culture at De Montfort University. He is also a co-director of Leicester Centre for Mental Health Research (LMHR) a collaborative research center with De Montfort University, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and the University of Leicester. He has initiated and led inclusive community engagement and research on disability, mental health, and resilience in the UK and India with diverse cultural and migrant communities using innovative interdisciplinary approaches (creative arts-based methodology) to maximize participation and influence policy and practice impact. He has published widely with over 100 publications on the theme of mental health, disability, and health inequalities of diverse cultural communities.


  • 1st Myth - Mental illnesses aren’t real illnesses

  • 2nd Myth - Mental illness comes with the birth

  • 3rd Myth - mental health issues cannot be cured or prevented

  • 4th Myth - Therapy and self prevention are a fad and they do not work

  • 5th Myth - Mental health professionals (Psychologists, Psychiatrists, etc) make a lot of money off people suffering from mental health

  • 6th Myth - People suffering from mental illness are naturally violent and they belong in hospitals

  • And more

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