About Samara


Samara Linton is a final-year medical student at University College London and a University of Cambridge graduate. Samara is the editor of The Colour of Madness, BAME mental health anthology, and a freelance writer, winning Best New Journalist at the Ending Violence Against Women Media Awards 2016. March 2016 saw the Parliamentary launch of the report she co-edited for the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Ebola crisis and health systems strengthening. She was the president of the London branch of Polygeia, an organisation which empowers students to research and write policy on global health issues.

Samara has also been very involved in university life. She was the chair of the University College London Medical Society Psychiatry section, president of Cambridge University’s African Caribbean Society, the first Ethnic Minorities Student Representative at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and the Cambridge University Student Union Women’s Campaign Campaigner of the Year.


Speaking Engagements



25 March 2018. Vulnerability: Tears and Feminism, AWOMENfest. Speaker.


March 2018. One in Five: Women’s Mental Health, Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Southbank. Panelist.

February 2018. Self-care, Religion & Spirituality, Self-care as Resistance for Black Women. Speaker.

February 2018. Black Mental Health, Cambridge University Students’ Union. Panelist.

September 2017.  Harnessing the power of film to combat mental health stigma, 6th Cambridge International Conference on Mental Health. Oral Presentation

October 2016. Cultural Appropriation v Cultural Appreciation, University of Warwick. Panelist

March 2016. Launch of  Africa APPG report, House of Commons. Panelist

February 2016. I Too Am Sussex in conversation: Race, Justice and Mental Health, University of Sussex. Panelist

September 2015. Dream Nation Be Well Live. Panel Host

April 2015. Hidden Mental Health Stories,  University of Cambridge. Panel Host

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