Panel Discussion on Mental Wellbeing

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DatePublished - 7 Jun 2021
Original languageEnglish

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Panel Discussion on "Mental Wellbeing”. This online event is to provide the university alumni an opportunity to engage in inspiring inter-disciplinary discussions with speakers. Attendees are a mix of senior industry professionals right the way through to current students planning their careers. This is conducive to a vibrant and lively discussion. This Panel Discussion series offers graduates a dynamic space to pose questions on specific topics to a diverse panel of expert speakers and be part of engaging discussions. This is our first online event in the series. All alumni and friends who take part in the event volunteer their time to support the University, for which we are very grateful. Many people have been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this online panel on Mental Well-being is to help the public to be more open about their mental wellbeing and ask questions associated with their mental health to a diverse panel of expert speakers and be part of engaging discussions. Speaker Biographies Chair: Dr Kayonda Hubert Ngamaba, Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Dr Kayonda has a background in health psychology and mental health research. He is actually working within a team in the Social Policy and Social Work Department at the University of York to evaluate psychosocial interventions within the NHS Community Mental Health Teams. Dr Kayonda is a researcher at the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research (ICMHSR); the centre brings together researchers from around the world to undertake a unique research programme applying social science to mental health practice. Panelists: Karyen Chai, Mental Wellness TrainerKaryen graduated with MSc Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice in 2015 from York and currently works as a Psychologist, a Mental Wellness Trainer and a Psychology Lecturer in Singapore. Karyen also volunteers for the University of York as a Regional Coordinator promoting the University on a local and regional level, developing the alumni community within Singapore, and acting as the first point of contact for alumni. Ben Leatham, Student MindsBen is a Philosophy graduate of the University of York and has a strong background of working in the area of mental wellbeing in organisations such as Mind, United for Global Mental Health and as President of University of York Students’ Union. Ben is currently Programme Manager (Student Space) at Student Minds. Julie Parker, Creative Transformation. Julie has been pioneering the concept of wellbeing for the last 30 years within various sectors - well before this concept became of mainstream interest. She uses the principles of Coaching, Alexander Technique and Embodied Mindfulness to create strategies for professional and personal wellbeing of both mind and body. Her clients have included BP International, Johnson & Johnson, The NHS, The Harley Street Clinic and Sarah Key Back Pain Clinic, London. For the past 12 years she has focussed on Higher Education, first at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) and then as an associate of the University of York. She regularly works with students in the Department of Music to deal with the physical rigours of practice and performance, as well as delivering workshops throughout the university to staff and students in many different departments. Nationally and internationally, she has facilitated a 2 year program of Peer Coaching (Action Learning) with groups of doctoral researchers, and with the senior leadership team of an Australian university to resolve long standing institutional conflict. She has run highly successful wellbeing retreats in the UK and South Africa using the above processes. Other clients include Royal College of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, Leeds Arts University, National Undergraduate Medical Research Council. Facilitators Aiko Mizumori Hirst, International Volunteering and Alumni Officer, Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni. Kyla Holt, Head of Volunteering and Alumni Programmes. Nat Smallpage-Hurst, Volunteering and Alumni Officer.

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