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Expert researchers at the Department of Psychiatry share insights and expertise into mental health issues with celebrity interviewers in open and engaging online conversations.

This #WorldMentalHealthDay2020 why not learn more about current research, innovations and developments, people and perspectives. The #OxfordMentalHealth online conversation series features researchers and celebrities with real experience and excellent knowledge across important topics, such as 'child and adolescent mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic', 'surviving the new normal: the mental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for young people' and more. Future talks will include 'mindfulness and mental health,' and 'conspiracy theories'.

The first film in the series features Professor Cathy Creswell and journalist and presenter, Mariella Frostrup. Our second film due out on 13 October features Dr Rebecca Syed Sheriff and model and activist, Adwoa Aboah.


Community is something that young people mention to me time and again. Finding a community that is reflective of yourself is so important, not just to feel like you fit in or belong, but to stave off the feelings of loneliness which can negatively impact your life. My research looks to investigate and help develop community resources which optimise mental health for all. - Dr Rebecca Syed Sheriff, Consultant Psychiatrist and Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.
The evidence base for interventions to improve children’s mental health lags far behind that for adults. It is only fairly recently that we have started to be able to know which interventions work, we didn’t have the understanding previously to build interventions from and they hadn’t been tested properly. We are now rightly seeing this area of research grow. It’s critical that we’re able to identify mental health difficulties early and offer treatments that work to people (children and adolescents) when they first need them. - Professor Cathy Creswell, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

















To watch these films visit the Department of Psychiatry YouTube Channel.

To find out more about the research taking place in the Department of Psychiatry.



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