A former teen mum started her own podcast series on mental health to provide a voice for Sheffield residents, including those in underprivileged communities. 

Lynne Scrafton, 34, started her podcast, ‘A Cuppa With…,’ which speaks openly about mental health. 

The mum-of-two interviews anyone who would like to speak about their mental health and encourages them to share their stories.

Scrafton said: “My mom, who was a compulsive gambler, made it seem like everything going on in the house was normal. It wasn’t until I was older when I began to question my own thoughts. 

“That’s why I think mental health is so important, especially for the underprivileged. We need to question the thoughts running in our head. Unless we question what we’re told, we can’t change the outcome.”

Scrafton had her first child when she was 17.

“No one is talking about mental health in poverty-stricken areas. People who are less privileged don’t have a voice or feel worthy to have one. 

“In fact, society doesn’t give them a voice until they are able to prove themselves that they are not an ‘underdog.’”

Her nan, who fully supported her pregnancy,  inspired her to start her own podcast series. 

“When I was younger, my nan had a thing called ‘reading time.’ She’d switch off the television and made me read a book, while she read the daily paper.

“There was a time when I ran out of interesting books to read, so she gave me a biography of Billy Connolly. I thought that celebrities never had to struggle like me, so I was shocked to see that he had such a hard life before becoming famous.

“His story was so inspiring that I never read any non-fiction again. From that moment forward, I became interested in connecting with other people through hearing their stories.”

Scrafton now studies psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“I believe that several mental health issues stem from a desire to be liked by everyone else, but it’s time that we respect the diversity that the world has to offer.

“If we can change our relationships and connect with each other more, I think it’ll be a massive step towards the right direction for mental health.”

You can find out more about her podcast here: https://www.flamedlioness.com/