Social identity and depression

Sandra Davidson investigated how a person’s social identity affected their ability to recover from depression.

WE HAVE known for a long time that being socially isolated is bad for your mental health. Some of the most cruel and enduring punishments are about social isolation – banishment, exile and solitary confinement. So we know this instinctively, and it’s been used throughout history. But I was interested in finding from a more scientific approach what aspects of the social world were important for recovery from depression.

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Radio debut and leaving a career in technology

I was a guest presenter on Joy 94.9's Technogaze on International Women's Day (listen here). For my first radio segment (since childhood anyway), this was much easier than I expected. I already knew two of the presenters, Raena and Donna, from many conversations about women in technology, so it felt like a casual chat in front of microphones. If radio can feel this relaxing, I'm eager to do more.

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