Cabin fever: mental health and the pandemic podcast

Over the course of the last year, millions of people have come to experience some form of cabin fever as a result of the various lockdowns due to the pandemic. In fact, this last year, we collectively experienced the greatest confinement of people to their homes in history.

This confinement and isolation have taken a toll on mental health and many of us have coped with it in different ways.

In this episode, author Paul Crawford speaks about the historical significance of the term "cabin fever" and offers remedies to lessen its effects through art.

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Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the University of Nottingham, UK. His many publications include Florence Nightingale at Home (2020), The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities (2020) and Humiliation (Emerald, 2019).

He is the editor of the Emerald 'Arts for Health' series and directs the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society for Public Health.

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  • What is the historical significance of the term "cabin fever"?
  • What is the double edge sword of confinement? What dangers come from confinement?
  • How does confinement take a toll on mental health?
  • What can we learn from other historical experiences of confinement?
  • What are the antidotes to cabin fever?
  • What role does art play in mental health?

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