Talks & Events

Talks and Events

Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology delivers a brief, charismatic and engaging talk about what is right with us. 

 

Matt Walker enlightens us about the importance of sleep. Be warned, his opening gambit is designed to shock but if you can stick with it there is guaranteed learning within this talk.

 

 

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During these unusual times you may wish to dive into some great books, podcasts or take on some new activities to enhance your wellbeing. We will update these resources regularly, so please visit this page often for our favourite resources:

Book Recommendations

Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being - and how to Achieve ThemMartin Seligman
A fantastic overview of positive psychology from the father of this discipline. This book is thoughtful and thought provoking. It is an excellent example of a text that draws our attention to the things that should be so obvious to us but yet we consistently ignore them. 

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, Ed Diener 
If you're looking to learn more about the science of wellbeing but don't want to be too overwhelmed this is a great starting place. 

Lost Connections, Johann Hari

This book offers great insight into the triggers and maintenance of depression. It describes the importance of human relationships and connections. Although this book is about depression it is not only for those who have experienced depression or mental health issues, the message of this book is relevant for everyone in society.

Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker

This book offers a huge amount of scientific evidence related to the benefits of sleep on our physical and mental health. If you’re struggling to find a sleep pattern that works for you this might just frighten you into bed by 9pm every night! 

5-Minute Stress Relief – 75 Exercises to Quiet Your Mind and Calm Your Body, Elena Welsh

Although written before the current crises, this recent publication by clinical psychologist, Dr Elena Walsh, couldn’t be more appropriately timed. Whether you’re staying at home with family or in self-isolation alone, you’re bound to find an excuse to help dial down the stress in a matter of minutes. Discover how colouring and doodling, listening to music, guided visualisation, yoga and meditation can help instil a sense of calm in these troubled times.

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Podcast Recommendations

Happy Place Podcast, Fearne Cotton

With an array of interesting guests with stories to tell this podcast doesn’t get boring. Each guest speaks frankly about mental health struggles and things that they have found useful. Although the theme is the same each episode brings something new and interesting.

How To Fail, Elizabeth Day

After a difficult end to a long relationship Elizabeth Day discovered her resilience needed attention so she got to work on building this up and her podcast became a way of doing this. This is a useful and gentle reminder to us all that we are human and fallible and the mistakes we often think are unmanageable have an ending.

Podcasts for Your Wellbeing

Wave goodbye to stressful moments with Podcasts for Your Wellbeing from The Mental Health Foundation. Episodes cover mindfulness, quick-fix relaxation exercises, stress management techniques, sleep problems and more – the perfect antidote to churning thoughts.

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App Recommendations

Stress & Anxiety Companion App

With breathing exercises, relaxing audio tracks and games, this app from the NHS is designed to help you stay calm during those stressful moments. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, it shows you how to identify your stress and anxiety triggers, and reframe your thoughts, so as to better cope with whatever life throws your way.

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Interactive Activities

Happy Place Festival: Ordinarily this is a festival that would take place over a sunny weekend in London or somewhere else in the UK. This year the festival looks a little different but it is no less special. Happy Place have brought their festival online for the month of June and the presentations and workshops they are offering are certainly worth looking into. 

https://www.happyplacefestival.com/

Mindfulness in Schools Project Conference: Each year Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) host a conference that educates attendees about the uses and benefits of mindfulness in schools. Each speaker has a different story to tell and the entire experience is both refreshing and inspiring. This year the conference has been moved online and is being held on Saturday June 20th for just £25. 

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) | Bringing Mindfulness to Schools

Established by teachers from amongst the country’s most successful schools, Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) aims to improve the lives of children by making a genuine, positive difference to their mental health and wellbeing. With a decade’s worth of experience, our charity is the most established provider of mindfulness training and curricula for schools. 350,000 primary and ...

mindfulnessinschools.org