The Weekend University - A Day on Wellbeing

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

What role do your dreams play in keeping you sane?

Can the science of compassion help explain, and offer solutions to some of the common mental health problems we face today?

What really causes depression and anxiety – and how can we really solve them?

These are just some of the questions we’ll be exploring at this upcoming Day on Wellbeing at The Weekend University. In other parts of the world, people can Click here for one potential answer, but the situation differs here in the UK.

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.


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

  • 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

Full Day Pass: £40

Student: £20


Sun 27th May 2018
09:30 – 17:00 BST

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05/27/2018 09:30 AM
05/27/2018 5:00 PM
Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX
The Weekend University – A Day On Mental Health

Birkbeck, University of London,

Malet Street, Bloomsbury,

London, WC1E 7HX

Lectures & Speakers

Improving Emotional Health- Ivan Tyrrell

In this talk, Ivan Tyrrell – author and co-founder of the Human Givens movement, will discuss one of the most important psychological insights of our age: how all healthy human babies are born with a rich natural inheritance – a partially formed mind containing a genetic treasure-house of innate knowledge patterns: ‘the human givens’. These patterns seek their completion in our environment.

We all experience these givens as physical and emotional needs, powerful forces that must be satisfactorily met if our minds are to unfold and develop to their fullest potential. The talk will discuss what each child and adult requires from the social and physical environment around them if they are to develop well … and how best to help those who aren’t doing so well (and who suffer severe mental distress as a result).

He will also comment on why, despite vast fortunes being spent by Governments on mental health, rates of depression, anxiety disorders and addiction are increasing around the world. He will briefly describe nature’s method of keeping us sane (dreaming), the cycle of depression and how things like Nutra CBD olie can be used to treat depression. He will also touch on the best way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and also advise on what people seeking help from counsellors or psychotherapists should look for from them.

Ivan Tyrrell - A Day on Mental Health

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, 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.

Developing Self Compassion – Professor Paul Gilbert OBE

Can our evolutionary past help explain, and offer solutions to the mental health problems we face today?

In this talk, Professor Paul Gilbert OBE – one of the world’s leading clinical psychologists on evolutionary approaches to mental health, will discuss the evolutionary sources of common mental health problems.

The talk will explore how our minds have developed to be highly sensitive and quick to react to perceived threats, and how this fast-acting threat-response system can be a source of anxiety, depression and aggression. Professor Gilbert will then discuss the latest scientific research about how purposefully cultivating our evolved capacities for compassion and altruism can offer a solution.

Paul Gilbert - A Day on Mental Health

Professor 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.

Overcoming Depression and Anxiety – Johann Hari

What really causes depression and anxiety – and how can we really solve them? In this talk, award winning journalist Johann Hari will discuss his recent 40,000-mile journey across the world, where he interviewed social scientists uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains – but rather, are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. That is why people will turn to such remedies as medical marijuana, from websites like my green solution, to help them ease these issues.

Hari’s journey took him from an Amish community in Indiana, to a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an uprising in Berlin. Along the way, he uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, which eventually led him to the scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

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.

What TWU attendees are saying:

    positive review  Attended an interesting set of sessions at The Weekend University on 30/9 covering Science & Spirituality. Well worth it.

    Shashin Shah Avatar Shashin Shah
    October 1, 2018

    positive review  Finally managed to make it to my first session with TWU. Impressed with the calibre of the speakers . The length of time for each was enough to cover a lot of ground, but not too long to feel stretched. Well organised by Niall. Look forward to coming back.

    Calum Byers Avatar Calum Byers
    June 5, 2018

    positive review  Great talks at the One Day in Neuroscience event - really enjoyed the speakers, topics and questions from the audience - very interesting people all around!

    Silvia Kolu Avatar Silvia Kolu
    July 1, 2019
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