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Mental Illness Awareness Week begins at York

Image credit: Joseph Cox via Flickr
Image credit: Joseph Cox via Flickr
Image credit: Joseph Cox via Flickr

Mental Illness Awareness Week begins today at the University of York, lasting from the 20th to the 24th of February 2017.

On each day of the week, speakers will discuss their own personal experience of mental health disorders to an audience. Each talk ends with a question and answer session. After the speaker’s talk, academics and lecturers will give a half-hour on specific concepts within mental health and psychology.

Today, Jake Furby, of the York LGBT Forum, describes his experience with mood disorders. Following this, Professor Lisa Jones, of the University of Worcester, will discuss bipolar disorder. The talks take place in P/T/005 in the Physics Block.

On Tuesday, Tom Underwood will relay his personal experience of depression. His talk will be followed by a lecture from Dr. Dean MacMillan, a clinical psychologist working at the Hull York Medical School, on the subject of depression. These talks will be held in P/T/006.

On Wednesday, Jelena O’Reilly, a PhD student and the founder of the Mind Your Head York campaign, will discuss her personal experience of dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder. After this, Kate Saunders, a clinical researcher and consultant psychiatrist associated with the University of Oxford, will present a lecture on borderline personality disorder. Both talks will be held in PS/B020 in the Department of Psychology.

On Thursday, Sarah Lazenby will lead a talk on her personal experience of psychosis and schizophrenia. Later, Professor Shôn Lewis of the University of Manchester will continue a discussion of schizophrenia. These talks will take place in PS/B020.

Finally, on Friday, Katie Linden will elaborate on her personal experience of eating disorders. Dr. Andrea Brown of the Tuke Centre & the Retreat will give a second talk on eating disorders afterward. To hear these talks, go to PS/Bo20.

Entry to every talk is free and no booking is necessary. Each personal experience lecture will take place from 5:15pm – 5:45pm and each specialist lecture will take place from 6:00pm – 6:30pm. Volunteers will be on hand around Heslington West to direct members of the public to each location.

Mind Your Head York is a volunteer-led campaign, promoting good mental health and information on mental health disorders to the student population. The majority of volunteers are students.

Further information can be found on Mind Your Head’s website.