You Are Not Alone: FACING mental health, HEAD ON

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The Vice Chancellor invites you to a collaboration between University of Southampton and Yale tackling the subject of mental health.

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The World Health Organisation estimates that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health illness at some point during their lives.

Stigma related to suffering with poor mental health and a ‘culture of shame’ are major barriers that prevent students struggling with own mental health from seeking the care they need.

The University of Southampton is committed to pioneering innovative approaches to help break down the barriers to mental healthcare services for students who urgently need them.

We have developed, in partnership with world leaders from Yale University and the Wounded Healer from the NHS, an event where mental health practitioners will harness the power of performing arts and storytelling to overcome mental health problems.

Six speakers from diverse age, gender, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds will share their professional and personal experiences and expertise in recovering from psychological distress.

Professor Andres Martin (Yale School of Medicine) - When life serves you humble pie

Dr Julie Chilton (Yale School of Medicine) - For Jennifer

Ms Ashley Clayton (Yale School of Medicine) - Full Living

Dr Amanda Calhoun (Yale School of Medicine) - Racism as Mental Illness

Dr Ahmed Hankir (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) - A Wounded Healer Faces Mental Health Head On

Birds of Chicago, the Americana / Folk Band duo will join us during the event for a live performance, including their hit song You are Not Alone.

Finally, Orcaboy, an emerging UK artist and frontline NHS junior doctor will close the event with a live performance of his new song “Amongst the Air” and a cover version “Where Is My Mind?” by Pixies.

As an institution, we want to learn from this experience, and want you to learn from it too. See where you stand now, and after this event, by filling this short, simple and entirely anonymous survey at or please scan the QR code below.

Approved by the ethics boards of the University of Southampton (protocol #61544) and Yale University (#2000028943).

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