A Day on Wellbeing 2018-05-14T18:28:45+00:00
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 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 best 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.

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:

  • 4 star review  Great initiative! For people that like myself are passionate about psychology but wouldn't commit to long term course or training it's a wonderful opportunity to listen to qualified professionals in the area in a relaxed atmosphere.

    thumb Carolina Abicair

    5 star review  Just attended my second Weekend University day of lectures at Birkbeck, this time on Memories, Dreams and Existentialism. A great mix of speakers, styles and content which left me wanting to go home and find out more about two out of the three subjects. Fantastic to see Emmy Van Deurzen in action - she's a bit of a heroine of mine! One tip would be to ask the audience to fill up the rows of seats before the start as inevitably some people arrive late (like I did) and it was all a bit chaotic at the back of the auditorium. There were empty seats near the walls but no way to get to them without having four or five people stand up.

    thumb Melanie Skeet

    4 star review  Great initiative. Eminent speakers, fascinating talks.

    thumb Jan Erik Paulden
  • 5 star review  Another amazing day of learning! Thank you Niall.

    thumb Myriam Hierons

    5 star review  I just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Sunday. The presenters were all highly engaging and the material fascinating. I am ever so grateful to have been able to attend and look forward to any future similar events with 'zest'!

    thumb Caroline Glasner

    5 star review  I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a well organized event with fantastic informative talks by knowledgeable and charismatic speakers. Looking forward to future events.

    thumb Glendale Leon
  • 5 star review  Great event, 3 fantastic lectures presented

    thumb Greg Cornthwaite

    5 star review  I found the 3 speakers to be extremely well prepared, professional, charismatic, authentic in their delivery of there content. They all had something to share. They were very clear on the "takeaways" which I found in important for such a long day. They all 3 were also very generious in spending time after their talk, to answer more 1-2-1 questions on the side of the room. Very generious. I look forward to future weekend university days.

    thumb Anthony Lee

    5 star review  Just to say that I was so impressed with the quality of the lectures today. It is rare to find that kind of substance, and I imagine you looked long and hard to choose. You are doing a great job. I will definitely come again and tell those I know who would be very interested.

    thumb Joan Hunt
  • 5 star review  I have attended lots of psychology workshops and would rate this organisation very highly. Interesting, engaging speakers and well run course at an affordable price. Well done Niall. You deserve to do very well

    thumb Joyce Kleinman

    5 star review  What an intense and heartening day, Jan 28th at Birkbeck U venue. Despite being crowded (testiment to the desire for these events and the calibre) we were comfortable enough to be riveted by the material for hours. I appreciated the free coffee, because the day was long for those like me who come from outside the city. I look forward to the slides being sent to fill out my notes. Fellow audients were warm and attending for a variety of reasons, and are the second fab reason to be there for the day.

    thumb Anne Perry

    5 star review  Just attended Scientific Behaviour Change - Ancient Wisdom & Modern Psychology and had the most fantastic, enlightening and inspiring day. All three speakers were at a tremendously high level and (to echo the reviewer below) the variety of approaches and theories around a single topic gave great insight. I've already booked for next month.

    thumb Kate Le Versha
  • 5 star review  Today's event was so good, I immediately booked for next one in February!😀

    thumb Maya Kosova

    5 star review  The day of Psychology was really insightful, it has inspired me to start researching into all spectrums of mental health & psychology. Something I particularly liked about the day, was the contrast and variety of theories and approaches by each of the three speakers

    thumb Naomi Si An

    5 star review  Interesting lectures on a variety of areas of Psychology and well organised.

    thumb Daniel Drake
  • 5 star review  A really good mix of topics. I was engaged all day and i'm looking forward to the next one!

    thumb Suz Williams
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