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Saturday 10 October 202016.00 to 17.00

UCL TEDx Appreciation Society is extremely excited to invite all freshers to the second part of our Wellness Event! 

We truly are living through an extremely overwhelming time, which can take quite a toll on students joining university. Coupled with the fact that for many the university experience will start virtually, it becomes especially important to look after our mental wellbeing. How do we make ourselves mentally more resilient? How do we reisntate emotional dependence on ourselves, and not on the social aspect of university life? How do we feel more connected to other students, and find happiness when we’re feeling anything but happy? 

The TEDx Appreciation Society Wellness Series is an initiative that has been set up to connect UCL students and the wider community with ideas and research relating to mental wellbeing- by hosting experts and award-winning speakers on the same, after which all students will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel. Following the success of our previous wellness events, we only felt it natural to have a wellness event focused on starting university during these uncertain times. 

About the speakers, and the talks:

Speaker 1: Rob Stephenson is an international keynote speaker, campaigner and consultant who is on a mission to help create happier, healthier and higher performing workplaces. He experiences bipolar disorder personally. Rob is the founder of InsideOut, a social enterprise with the mission of smashing the stigma of mental ill-health in the workplace by showcasing senior leader role models with lived experiences of mental ill-health.This is done by virtue of a published annual list – The InsideOut LeaderBoard. Rob is the CEO of Form, a technology start up helping people to monitor their mental health using a score out of ten (FormScore) with a mobile app to help friends, family and colleagues support each other. Rob is co-founder of the InsideOut Awards and G24, the world’s first global 24-hour mental health summit. In his keynote talks, Rob inspires audiences to think diferently about mental health and wellbeing. Sharing his personal story to send a strong message that it really is OK to talk about mental ill-health; inspiring Boards and senior leadership teams to treat mental health and wellbeing as a strategic priority and helping employees to take personal accountability for their own mental health.

Talk 1:  “Answering this one question honestly can change the way you think and act about mental health”  Global mental health campaigner, Rob Stephenson, will ask you a question that we hear all the time. He will then help you answer it honestly and authentically to change the way you think and act about your mental health. This has the potential to change both your life and the way your support your friends. Rob will share details of his challenges of bipolar disorder and leave you with some tips on caring for your wellbeing through challenging times.

Speaker 2: Dr. Adrian Low is a chartered psychologist from the British Psychological Society and a coaching psychologist from the International Society of Coaching Psychology. He has graduated with a Doctor of Clinical & Industrial/Organisational Psychology. He also holds a master’s degree in Education. Adrian’s workplace stress research has won the presidential award for doctoral research excellence at the California Southern University and since then he has been invited to be a keynote speaker in many conferences worldwide. Adrian is the president of the Hong Kong Association of Psychology, a not-for-profit organisation. Besides that, he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Worcester as well as an adjunct lecturer at the HKU (university of Hong Kong) School of Professional and Continuing Education. Dr. Low truly believes that a human being is like a computer which has both the hardware and software components. 

Talk 2: Towards a scientific bases of mental wellness: How do you know whether you are really healthy?

Stress has always been a mystery. The famous Han Selye in 1976 said, “Everybody knows what stress is and nobody knows what stress is”  More recently, Matthew Syed in Black Box Thinking said, “For psychotherapists things are radically different. Their job is to improve the mental functioning of their patients. But how can they tell when their interventions are going wrong or, for that matter, right? Where is the feedback? Most psychotherapists gauge how their clients are responding to treatment not with objective data, but by observing them in clinic. But this data is highly unreliable. After all, patients might be inclined to exaggerate how well they are to please the therapist, a well-known issue in psychotherapy. But there is a deeper problem. Psychotherapists rarely track their clients after therapy is finished. This means that they do not get any feedback on the lasting impact of their interventions. They have no idea if their methods are working or failing in terms of actually improving long-term functioning.” In this Talk, we will scientifically revisit the concept of stress from the lens of historical research as well as Dr Low’s very own stress research. And you decide how we take this forward.   

Speaker 3: Lee Ming Hao (Ivan) is a registered clinical psychologist of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore) passionate to assist people to lead better lives. His passion for helping profession began from a fundamental motive of assisting those who are in need. He is actively involved in providing mental health services and support to organizations of multiple settings including hospital and community services. Throughout his clinical practice, he has been advocating for mental health awareness and his goal is to promote an accepting and caring community towards individuals with mental health conditions. He enjoys reading in his spare time and has a collection of Marvel’s Iron Man figurines.

Talk 3: Mental health conditions affect people of all ages, economic background and ethnicities. In fact, it is more prevalent among us than we care to admit. According to a study by Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser in 2017, it estimates that 792 million people lived with a mental health disorder. This is slightly more than one in ten people globally (10.7%). Mental health disorders remain widely under-reported. Identifying and treating mental health conditions can often present many challenges. One of the major roadblocks of identifying, reporting and treating mental health conditions is cultural misunderstanding and biases. This talk aims to debunk some of the myths and biases of mental health conditions. Topics such as identifying signs of stresses, and ways to manage ourselves will too be covered as it is important to start taking charge of our mental health, learn how to build our mental resilience and manage life’s ups and downs, and also recognize when we or our loved ones may need help from a professional. Mental health is not just the absence of mental health conditions. It takes more than just one person to manage. It starts from all of us, all of you, and all of me.

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