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Mental Health Awareness Week

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START DATE 16 May 2016
START TIME 12:25pm
LOCATION

Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 20 May 2016
END TIME 04:00pm

In conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week, Middlesex University presents a week-long programme of activities and talks to raise awareness of mental health issues and boost staff and student wellbeing.

The Mental Health Foundation states: "healthy and supportive relationships reduce the risk of mental ill-health." This Mental Health Awareness Week we are celebrating the connections, the relationships and the people in our lives that add to our wellbeing and protect and sustain our mental health. From family and friends, to colleagues and neighbours, we'll be taking notice of those connections that make you feel safe and supported.

At Middlesex University we support and actively promote this through our work and MDX Let’s Talk events and the many awareness weeks and days that are on the national calendar. Our involvement is influential in a growing community of staff, students, partners and public who make vital contributions to the cultural and social wellbeing of the societies in which we live and work. Building upon the success of MDX Let’s Talk and Mental Health Awareness Week 2015, we hope you enjoy these events in 2016.

Monday 16th May

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Facilitators

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12:25

13:25

Lunchtime stroll through Sunnyhill Park

Middlesex University Sports

Meet outside Circle Cafe (behind Sheppard Library)

Tuesday 17th May

Start

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Subject

Facilitators

Location

06:45

09:30

Free swimming for Middlesex University staff at Copthall Pool during public swimming times (with MDX ID).

 

Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre

11:00

12:00

Distorted Lens

A brief overview of the research on how psychiatric stigma and stereotypes about mental health impact on individuals and our relationships, and what we can do about it.

Richard Barry, Alan Bradley and Francis Quigley

College Building CG09

12:00

14:00

Chill Out Space

MDXSU will be providing a comfortable space for  students to relax, listen to music, eat their lunch,  take a break from studying or chill out  between exams. Students will be able to get advice and support for their course including planning for the year ahead.

MDXSU

Located on the green space between the College Building and the Grove

12:00

14:00

Yoga Session

Free yoga and meditation sessions of will also be offered to help relieve stress.

 

Located on the green space between the College Building and the Grove

12:00

13:00

The Psychoanalytic Relationship

Dr Julia Barossa

(School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG11

12:25

13:25

Lunchtime jog

Middlesex University Sports

Meet at The Fitness Pod (ready to go)

13:00

14:00

The value of empathy

Dr David Westley

(School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG09

14:00

15:00

From irrational thinking to a grateful and compassionate mind: One way of building resilience in relationships

Ruxandra Anghel and Leonie Cachie

(School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG11

Wednesday 18th May

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10:00

11:00

Transcultural Mental Health  ‘’Culture matters!’’

What effect does culture have on beliefs and behaviours, and how is this connected  to the relationship of how health care is provided? The session will encourage participants to explore cultural stereotypes and myths using their own culture as a backdrop.

Lawarence Dadzie & Laura Foley

(School of Health and Education, Middlesex University)

College Building CG48

11:00

12:00

The First (Dysfunctional) Family

Genesis, the first book of the Bible is one great big family saga. We meet people dealing with the tensions of being a couple, learning to parent their children, and messily acting out the love - and hate - we all feel towards our families. In this session we will look at the story of Cain and Abel and use it to consider sibling rivalry, and existential angst.

Zahavit Shalev

College Building CG51

12:25

13:25

Lunchtime stroll through Sunnyhill Park

Middlesex University Sports

Meet outside Circle Cafe (behind Sheppard Library)

12:30

13:30

Filming showing: CALM – a short film tackling depression in young men

MANDOWN is a short film written by Alan Bradley and Francis Quigley to raise awareness of the shockingly high rates of suicide amongst young men. It aims to help men better support each other through mental health problems such as depression. It’s a powerful and moving film with a simple message on the importance of being available to talk to our friends when they’re feeling down.

The film showing will be followed by a talk / Q&A by the film-makers on their journey making the film and their hopes for its impact.

Alan Bradley & Richard Barry

College Building CG51

14:00

15:00

Facebook, social media and the meaning of relationships

Aaron Balick (Registered Psychotherapist)

College Building CG51

15:00

16:00

Relating to and through Dyslexia

Dr Nicola Brunswick

(School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG48

17:00

19:30

Dementia and Relationships

Film showing of Still Alice, with discussion afterwards.

Mohammad Siab, John Pail Burn (Admiral Nurse, London Borough of Sutton Admiral Nursing Service) and Dr Julia Botsford.

HG19

Thursday 19th May

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Subject

Facilitators

Location

06:45

09:30

Free swimming for Middlesex University staff at Copthall Pool during public swimming times (with MDX ID).

 

Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre

10:30

11:30

An introduction to relational thinking

What happens in our minds when we think? Do babies think? These two core questions will be in the core of this talk. There will be a focus on understanding the experience of thinking and its origins. The idea that thinking is essentially relational will be discussed, explained and given a developmental context.

Ariel Nathanson

(Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist,  Portman Clinic)

College Building CG51

12:00

13:00

How to find the perfect partner – matters of relationship satisfaction

Romantic relationships are one of the most important sources of happiness in our lives.  This talk will look at research into attraction, love, and companionship, and will offer answers about how to find the right partner, and how to keep them once you’ve found them. It will also draw upon some of the lessons we have learned through Channel 4’s ‘Married at First Sight’ which aims to match couples scientifically on their potential for falling in love.

Dr Mark Coulson
(School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG51

12:25

13:25

Lunchtime jog

Middlesex University Sports

Meet at The Fitness Pod (ready to go)

13:00

14:00

Attachment and relationships

Having close and supportive relationships is key to resilience and wellbeing. Good support can protect us from stressful events and improve our quality of life. However, our ability to make close confiding relationships varies from one person to another. This session will describe the attachment styles, explain their links with childhood experience and how the help or hinder our coping with ongoing stressors.

Professor Toni Bifulco

(School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG48

14:00

15:30

They F*** you up

A highlight of this year's events, Ivor Baddiel in conversation with Fiona Starr, will examine how Ivor's relationships with his family impacted on his life. Last year this session went down a storm. Ivor also highlighted the urgency for changing perceptions surrounding mental illness, calling for openness, understanding and acceptance.

Ivor Baddiel

(Scriptwriter, author, comedian) in conversation with Dr Fiona Starr (School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG51

15:00

17:00

Stigma's impact upon the mental health among autism caregivers

You will be introduced to different forms of autism-related stigma, moving to "courtesy-stigma" and, in particular, "self-stigma" which is a powerful psychological phenomenon with implications for mental health and relationships yet frequently overlooked. You will then hear about a planned study that the speaker will be leading later this year on protecting autism caregivers from the impact of stigma and will be given the opportunity to put forward your ideas and thoughts upon what might make the planned intervention more successful.

Dr Chris Papadopoulos

(Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire, and founder of the 'London Autism Group' and 'London Autism Research Advisory Group’)

College Building CG48

Friday 20th May

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09:3016:00

Chill Out Zone

The Park Clinic invite you to experience their chill out zone to facilitate sensory relaxation. The room will have low lighting, lovely aromatic and relaxing essential oils and chilled music. To chill your body, on offer will be chair yoga, herb tea meditations and interactive demos on techniques for self-massage using acupressure points.

Staff will be providing a chill out zone with relaxing sounds, soothing essential oils and guided chair yoga/meditations/tea tasting!

09:30 – Session 1
10:30 – Session 2
11:30 – Session 3
13:00 – Session 4
14:00 – Session 5
15:00 – Session 6

The Park ClinicCG09

10:00

15:00

Relationship Map of Mental Health

Alban Low

Quad

11:00

12:00

Sexual violence

This interactive workshop will cover the topics of ethical relationships, care of the self and care of the other, through Moira Carmody's (2010) "Sex and Ethics" framework.

Please note that we will be discussing sexual violence and sexual consent, and various strategies for intervening as a bystander, as part of this workshop. This workshop will draw on a range of materials to help us consider the topic of sexual violence, and some are challenging, although none are graphic. The materials may induce a temporary, low level of discomfort for some participants.

Professor Joanna Adler and Dr Susan Hansen

(School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG48

12:0013:00Relating to and through DyslexiaNicky BrunswickCG51

13:00

16:00

Diversity Jam

MDXSU will be building on the theme of relationships by celebrating some of the diverse groups we have on campus. Our student-led societies and assemblies represent unique cultural, religious, and lifestyle-oriented groups. They will be creating awareness about their group with a presentation, performance or stall in the Quad.

MDXSU Advice

Quad

13:00

15:00

Mental Health and the Community

Local voluntary mental health services and information on their expertise

Barnet Voice

 

14:30

16:00

What is therapy and how does it work?

Psychotherapy has become a mainstay of our emotional wellbeing, but despite century-long track record, many people still regard “therapy” with a certain suspicion. Is psychotherapy simply a self-indulgent exercise in navel-gazing for bored, well-heeled neurotics with too much time on their hands? or is it, in fact, an essential route to the achievement of solid mental health, enhanced creativity, productivity, and richer, more gratifying relationships? This talk will consider some of the frequently and not so frequently asked questions about psychotherapy, as well seek to bust some of the myths that surround this process.

Professor Brett Kahr

(Author, Senior Clinical Research Follow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health, Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors) in conversation with Andrea Oskis (School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University)

College Building CG48

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