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Instant Expert: Mental Health

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Instant Expert: Mental Health

Good health is about more than just your body mass index and the strength of your abs. Even more important is a healthy mind that can flexibly adapt to the stresses and strains of modern life. With an estimated 450 million people struggling with mental ill health worldwide, it’s clear that our understanding of these problems is still very much a work in progress. So, what can science tell us about how to prevent, and treat mental illness and to stay mentally healthy in a stressful world? Join a panel of experts to find out about latest research on mental wellbeing.


Speakers:

  • Matthew Smith, psychiatric historian at the University of Strathclyde
  • Carmine Pariante, biological psychiatrist at Kings College London
  • Praveetha Patalay, psychologist at Liverpool University
  • Anne Cooke, consultant clinical psychologist at Canterbury Christ Church University, Editor, Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, British Psychological Society
  • Catherine Wikholm, clinical psychologist and co-author of The Buddha Pill
  • Miguel Farias, reader in cognitive and biological psychology at Coventry University
  • Hosted by Caroline Williams, New Scientist consultant and author of Override: My quest to go beyond brain training and take control of my mind


Overview:

Mental health has never been so much in the news, with princes and celebrities increasingly going public with their own personal struggles. Yet there is still much misunderstanding about what it means to be mentally ill, and a lingering social stigma that leaves many people and their loved ones unsure about how to cope.

In this one-day event, we will explore what it means to be mentally ‘normal’, and how that definition has varied throughout history and across the world. We explore how treatments have evolved from trepanation and exorcisms to an understanding of the brain in both health and disease. We’ll look at the many causes of mental illness, from genetics to life experience and a combination of both, and the emerging understanding of how bodily health interacts with the mind. And, whilst acknowledging the challenges that remain for the next generation of scientists, we will look at how we might tweak our own lives to protect our mental health.

Join us for a fascinating tour of the human mind, in sickness and in health.


Topics covered will include:

  • What is normal?
  • The many causes of mental illness
  • Inflammation: linking body, brain and mental health
  • Social media and mental health
  • Understanding psychosis
  • Meditation: the pros and cons for mental health
  • And much more


Who should attend?

You are curious about mental health. Popular articles have whetted your appetite and you want to learn about the frontiers of research from scientists at the coalface.


What's included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from six leading experts in mental health
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Caroline Williams
  • Delicious lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers


Booking information:

  • The event will be held in the Brunei Auditorium at RCGP / 30 Euston Square.
  • Doors will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
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  • The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
  • Should you require details about disabled access, please contact us at: live@newscientist.com
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  • New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. Neither New Scientist nor its parent company will be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
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