27 May 2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

A Day on Mental Health & Wellbeing

Community Events
by The Weekend University

A full day of talks on the latest, innovative solutions for emotional, psychological and social wellbeing

Know someone with a mental health problem?

It’s highly likely that you do.

With one in four affected each year, mental health is arguably one of the greatest battles facing our generation.

In 2016, there were 64.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants in the UK – a 108.5% increase from 2006, and recent research from UKCP has found that the number of UK workers suffering from depression and anxiety has increased by nearly a third in just four years.

So what’s causing this?

And what are the most effective solutions?

In this series of talks, two of the UK’s leading mental health experts, and a New York Times bestselling author, will discuss the latest scientific research about the causes of common mental health problems, and each offer their own evidence-based solutions.

You’ll learn:

  • How the Human Givens Approach is rapidly helping thousands improve their emotional health
  • The science of Compassion Focused Therapy and how this ground-breaking form of therapy can help you improve your wellbeing
  • What leading social scientists are uncovering about the real causes of depression and anxiety – and the unexpected solutions

You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how these pioneering approaches can help you lead a happier life, and also how best to help those who aren’t doing so well.

Lectures & Speakers

Human Givens & Mental Health – Ivan Tyrrell

Ivan Tyrrell worked for many years as a psychotherapist specialising in brief therapy for depression and anxiety, and now spends most of his time lecturing and writing.

In 1997 he co-founded the human givens approach and has co-authored numerous best-selling books on mental health and wellbeing, psychology, counselling, dreaming, depression, and the origins of creativity and consciousness. He is the editorial director of the HGI’s journal Human Givens, and a director of the Human Givens College

Evolutionary Psychology, Compassion & Mental Health – Professor Paul Gilbert OBE

Paul Gilbert OBE is a British clinical psychologist, and the founder of compassion focused therapy (CFT), compassionate mind training (CMT) and author of books such as The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges and Overcoming Depression.

Before retirement Gilbert was head of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He remains Professor at the University of Derby. In 2011 Gilbert was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his continued contribution in mental healthcare.

Depression & Anxiety: The Real Causes & Unexpected Solutions – Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a New York Times best-selling author. His book ‘Chasing the Scream’ has been translated into 15 languages and is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film, and into a non-fiction documentary series.

With over 20 million views, he is one of the most-watched TED speakers of all time. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and was twice named ‘National Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International.

For a full breakdown of lectures and speakers, please click here.


The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on mental health.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Session 1

12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Session 2

3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break

3:15pm – 5:00pm: Session 3

Read what previous attendees have said here.

TWU Guarantee

The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience.

If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

Refund Policy

We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the event date.

For cancellations in the week leading up to the event, tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

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27 May 2018
from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm


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