About Samara


Samara Linton is a medical doctor, an award-winning writer, and the editor of The Colour of Madness, an anthology exploring Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) mental health. She was awarded Best New Journalist at the Ending Violence Against Women Media Awards 2016 for her work on black women’s mental health and the detention of undocumented migrants in the UK.

March 2016 saw the Parliamentary launch of Lessons from Ebola Affected Communities: being prepared for future health crises, a report she co-edited for the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group. The report was described as “open and honest” by Lord Chidgey, and then DFID Minister, Nick Hurd, said the report was “extremely useful and well-written.” Samara was also the president of the London branch of Polygeia, an organisation which empowers students to research and write policy on global health issues.

Samara is a University of Cambridge and a University College London graduate, and she has published and presented research on mental health. 


Speaking Engagements



November 2018. Drug policy, mental health, and the prison industrial complex, Re:Generate Festival. Panelist.

October 2018. Black Girl Fest, Shoreditch Town Hall. Workshop Leader.

October 2018. Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME mental health in the UK, Brixton Library. Speaker.

October 2018.  Black Sheroes Month Preview and The Colour of Madness Book Launch, Ugly Duck. Speaker.

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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