Join the Conversations that Matter series of community events, hosted by York St John University.

These free talks are open to the public and, this year, reflect on the topical issues of mental health and wellbeing. The speakers are leaders in their field or popular public figures and all have something of special interest to share.

More details can be found here.

The Secret to Happiness Emma Woolf

5.30pm, Thursday 19 April 2018
Uncover the simple secrets to a happier life with award winning journalist and TV presenter Emma Woolf.

A Whole Community Approach to Student Mental Health Rosie Tressler & Dr Nicola Byrom

5.30pm, Monday 21 May 2018
Join the CEO and the founder of Student Minds as they share their vision of a radically reimagined student mental health support system.

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental Natasha Devon MBE

5.30pm, Monday 4 June 2018
Expect an entertaining evening of myth-busting from mental health campaigner and writer Natasha Devon as she divulges her essential guide to surviving modern life.

What Next for Student Mental Health? A GP Perspective Dr Dominique Thompson

5.30pm, Wednesday 20 June 2018
GP and student wellbeing expert Dr Dominique Thompson will dissect the current ‘crisis’ in student mental health and prescribe ways that we can better support future generations.

Psychological Treatments for Thinking Disorders in people with Schizophrenia Prof. Dame Til Wykes

5.30pm, Thursday 11 October 2018
Dame Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at Kings College London, explores the cutting edge research that is being carried out in the treatment of schizophrenia.

Spirituality and Mental Health – Old Friends or New Partners? Revd. Professor Alistair Ross

5.30pm, Tuesday 30 October 2018
Take a chance to do some ‘soul searching’ as Revd Alistair Ross, Professor of Psychotherapy at Oxford University, questions whether spirituality can enhance psychological wellbeing.

Mental Health Minefield: Stories from the Frontline Prof. Lynne Gabriel

5.30pm, Thursday 15 November 2018
An engaging night of personal and professional reflections from Professor Lynne Gabriel drawing upon her research and work at York St John University’s Counselling and Mental Health Clinic.

Mind, Body and Oars: Taking on the Toughest Rowing Race on Earth Yorkshire Rows

5.30pm, Tuesday 11 December 2018
An oar-inspiring evening with Yorkshire Rows as they recount their transformation from four ordinary mums to endurance rowers taking on 3000 nautical mile race from the Canaries to Antigua.

All events are held in De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University and are free to attend.