Oxford Mental Health - New Online Series
Understanding Mental Health is a new series of online conversations featuring leading mental health researchers and well-known celebrities. The project has been developed by Dora Loewenstein and Partners in association with the University of Oxford. To follow the conversations on twitter #OxfordMentalHealth.
The first film premiered on Tuesday 29 September 2020, discussing "Child and Adolescent Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic," Professor Cathy Creswell and journalist and presenter, Mariella Frostrup, joined forces to delve into this important area of mental health and help to answer some interesting questions.
The second webinar took place on 6 October 2020 and the film premiered on YouTube on Tuesday 13 October 2020. It features a conversation between researcher and consultant, Dr Rebecca Syed Sheriff, and founder of Gurls Talk, Adwoa Aboah, on "Surviving the New Normal - Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Young People."
The third film premiered on Tuesday 27 October. It features Professor Russell Foster, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, discussing "Sleep and Dreams."
The fourth film premiered on Tuesday 24 November. It features Professor Anke Ehlers, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, and Natasha Kaplinsky OBE, discussing "Haunted by memories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its treatment."
The fifth film aired on YouTube on Wednesday 2 December. It features Professor Willem Kuyken, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and Monty Don OBE, discussing "mindfulness and mental health".
Understanding Mental Health
The new online series explores important areas of mental health research, where science and investigation is at the forefront of new developments in understanding, treating and preventing mental illness. It aims to tackle mental health topics of great societal importance, presenting what we know from existing research and highlighting the most urgent research priorities.
What to expect from the conversations
This series promises to enlighten, engage and entertain viewers from start to finish. Follow on twitter #OxfordMentalHealth for information and updates about when you can watch the films. Each film will be a combination of introduction, presentation, and interview. All viewers can follow online discussion at twitter #OxfordMentalHealth. There is also the opportunity to make a gift should you wish to support research in mental health.
When will the films be available to watch?
Every fortnight a short film premiere will be launched on the Mental Elf YouTube channel (with the playlist accessible on the Department of Psychiatry YouTube channel). Each film features a leading mental health expert from the University of Oxford and a celebrity interviewer. This must-see online series highlights the important ways in which funding for mental health research can positively impact people's everyday lives. Watch Department of Psychiatry YouTube.
What's Coming Up?
I'm delighted to be able to share our research in such an exciting and easily digestible format with this new online series. I hope viewers will enjoy the engaging presentations and insightful questioning from our experts and skilled celebrity interviewers. I want to thank Dora Loewenstein and Saffron Wace for helping to set up this series and also thank the wonderful celebrities who help our world-leading researchers to communicate their important research in mental health. - Professor John Geddes, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, and chair for the new online series.
Professor Geddes continues, 'To make advances in the prevention and care of people suffering from mental disorders effectively requires the brightest scientists, the best scientific facilities, strong partnerships and collaborations within academia, industry, the NHS, and patients groups. We hope viewers will find our programmes insightful and engaging. We encourage all those with an interest in mental health to share in our joined effort of making lives better through evidence based prevention and treatments.'
The NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford is supporting this new online series.
Researcher / Celebrity
29 September 2020
Prof Cathy Creswell / Mariella Frostrup
Child & Adolescent Mental Health during COVID-19 pandemic
13 October 2020
Prof Rebecca Syed Sheriff / Adwoa Aboah
Surviving the New Normal
27 October 2020
Prof Russell Foster CBE / Dame Kristin Scott Thomas
Sleep and Dreams
17 November 2020
Prof Anke Ehlers / Natasha Kaplinsky
PTSD and COVID-19
1 December 2020
Prof Willem Kuyken / Monty Don
Mindfulness and Mental Health
28 April 2021
Prof Daniel Freeman / Jon Snow
Vaccine Hesitancy, Mistrust and Conspiracies