Mary O’Hara is an award-winning social affairs journalist and author of the book Austerity Bites. She writes for publications including the Guardian and the Observer and appears regularly on broadcast outlets and other forums in the USA and the UK. She was educated at St Louise’s Comprehensive in Belfast and at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she read social and political science.
In 2010 Mary was an Alistair Cooke Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she conducted research on press coverage of mental illness and suicide. She authored the most recent Samaritans’ Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a trustee of the charity Arts Emergency. Mary is currently a communications lead for Fulbright/TEDx in southern California and writes a monthly social policy column for the Guardian: ‘Lesson from America’. She was Special Rapporteur for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2014 and 2015.
Work published elsewhere
Guardian and Observer articles
The complete back catalogue of Mary’s Guardian and Observer articles.
Fighting for their rights
Restraint, deprivation and physical abuse may be things of the past in UK mental health services, but are still commonplace in some other countries. The World Health Organization is trying to change this.
Turn on, tune in...
Experiencing mental illness can be a lonely time, but a podcast is helping to reach out to people and let them know they’re not alone.