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Mind Yourself: why looking after your mental health makes for a better you

We are delighted to be running an event on mental health and wellbeing in partnership with Mindapples. The event will feature speakers from politics, journalism and neuroscience and include a panel session, a Mindapples workshop and a networking reception.


Professor Leighton Andrews ’91, former Welsh Government Minister who was instrumental in the development of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.


Alastair Campbell, British journalist and broadcaster, best known for his work as Tony Blair’s spokesman and campaign director

Elizabeth Day ’14, host of the award winning podcast ‘How to Fail’

Dr Ash Ranpura, neuroscientist and clinical neurologist who has been active in brain research for over 25 years.

Alastair Campbell has been open about his battles with depression. In an interview he said, ‘I didn’t feel anything; I thought I was invincible. My mind couldn’t cope with it, and it just exploded.’ This perspective highlights the challenges that many people face on a daily basis. It is still a taboo subject. The panel will explore the emerging anxiety epidemic, the science behind mental health and wellbeing and strangers for coping with what we perceive to be failure.

The second part of the session will be facilitated by Mindapples, creators of the “5-a-day for your mind” campaign and advocates for public mental health and better understanding of the mind. Founder Andy Gibson (BAP ‘18) will provide an opportunity for us to discuss what each of us can do to look after our minds, manage stress and make better decisions, and share how we can promote this delicate topic to the public in a more accessible, engaging way.

Andy Gibson ’18, Mindapples Founder




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