Dr Samara Linton is an award-winning freelance writer and content producer who formerly worked as a junior doctor in London. Her work includes Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography (2020) and The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME Mental Health in the UK (2018).
She writes about mental health, health inequalities, race, gender and society for a variety of organisations including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Medical Journal, Huffington Post UK, The Metro, and gal-dem. In 2016, she was awarded Best New Journalist at the Ending Violence Against Women Media Awards 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 has also published and presented research on race and mental health and is a collaborator for the Cactus Foundation Global Mental Health Survey.
Samara is a University of Cambridge and University College London graduate. She currently works as a freelance content producer with BBC Radio 3 and 4’s digital hub and the BBC radio science unit. She tweets at @Samara_Linton.