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Who (or what) is responsible for my mental health?

Thursday 11 May, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Peter Richards Rm

Too often we are told to look after our mental health, but in high pressure environments, sometimes we need additional support to do this.

So, who (or what) is responsible for my mental health? 

For the next Pending Puzzles event which will take place on the 11th of May at 6 pm, we will explore this question with guest speakers offering their insight and expertise from the following perspectives:

  • Research
  • Applied work and professional practice
  • A speaker with lived experience of mental health difficulties

Expect to come away with insight and practical tips.

As always, we will have a short drinks reception before the event and more food and drinks after, offering you the chance to talk to our speakers and the other participants in a more informal setting. So that we know how many to cater for, please sign up using the Eventbrite link, click here.

About the speakers:

  • Tanatswa Chikaura is the Founder and Director of Ndinewe Foundation, a youth led mental health organisation that seeks to promote good mental health for children, adolescents and youths; the organisation launched a mental health booklet in July, 2022 which was endorsed by Allied Health Practitioners Council Zimbabwe. Tanatswa’s research interests lie primarily in cognitive neuroscience. She is interested in the underlying mechanisms of mental illness, as well as neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions, paying particular attention to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Tanatswa is currently pursuing an MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience at Hughes Hall.
  • Dr Benjamin Marshall is Head of Student Wellbeing and Welfare at Hughes Hall. He has led a variety of projects across the charity and university sectors, with particular specialisms in building collaborations between clinical and nonclinical practitioners, creating innovative projects to close gaps in mental healthcare, the championing of lived experience in the design of services and the wellbeing of postgraduate students. He holds a PhD in the cognitive science behind common mental health conditions and sits on the board of the university’s Mental Health Stimulus Fund.
  • Zhuan Jin is an alumnus of Hughes Hall from the Class of 2018. He completed a BA in Natural Sciences in 2021. He now does Project Finance Modelling in London. Mental health is a topic that has had a profound impact on his life. He has struggled against depression, anxiety, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He has offered to speak on his struggles with the healthcare system, with the workplace and with life.
  • Dr Ariadna Albajara Saenz is a psychiatry and neuroscience researcher and a Hughes Research By-Fellow. Her work has focused on expanding our understanding of the neuroscientific basis of Attention Deficit and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, two conditions with substantial overlap and a complex interface with mental health. She is currently working within the Ford research group as a Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Fellow, on an applied programme to equip teachers with the strategies they need to most effectively support the mental health of children.