Everyone
has a story:
talking about
mental health

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Dr Manish Agrawal: Caring for cancer patients

“Everyone has a story: talking about mental health”

We are facing a global mental health care crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse. For too many people, mental health care is not good enough and there is still too much stigma around talking about the issue. We know that everyone has a story – whether that’s about themselves, a family member, a friend or colleague.

In this podcast, we are going to hear some of those stories and explore how we can reduce some of the stigma, improve the patient experience and ease suffering. We hope to inspire, inform and provoke discussion, as our guests share their stories and ideas.

Listen to our first three episodes below. Don’t forget to follow us on your favourite podcast app.

Caring for cancer patients should include their mental as well as their physical health. COMPASS Pathways’ Ekaterina Malievskaia talks to Manish Agrawal, medical oncologist and co-director of clinical research at Aquilino Cancer Center in Maryland, an outpatient community centre dedicated to whole person cancer care. In 2020, Manish was part of the team that built the Center for Healing at Aquilino, designed to address the emotional toll of cancer on patients and caregivers.

Manish is now in the final stages of an FDA-approved clinical trial in psilocybin therapy for cancer patients with depression, the first of its kind. In the trial, patients are given psilocybin, a psychoactive substance, while supported one-to-one by a specially trained therapist, with preparation and integration sessions before and after the psilocybin session. Manish talks about the promise of psilocybin therapy as a tool to help patients overcome the distress that comes with a cancer diagnosis, and the impact that this has on him personally, as well as on his patients and their families.
In this episode, Grammy-award nominated singer, New York Times bestselling author and mental health advocate, Jewel, talks about how she overcame her own mental health challenges as a teenager, how she maintains her mental wellbeing today and how she supports young people with mental health challenges through her Inspiring Children Foundation.
In this episode, former UK government health minister, Sir Norman Lamb, speaks to COMPASS Pathways’ CEO George Goldsmith about his personal experiences with mental health, the huge increase in mental health difficulties since the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of opening up conversations to raise awareness and improve care.