According to MIND, the mental health charity, each year an estimated one in four people will suffer from some kind of mental health issue, including relatively-common conditions such as depression and anxiety. Yet, despite such prevalence in the general public, sufferers continue to face social stigma while the often-invisible nature of their condition can lead people to feel they have to manage their wellbeing alone. With public awareness of mental health issues seemingly growing, there are plenty of treatment options available – but how many of them are backed by evidence, and how can we know what is effective? And when things are more serious, how does one manage the instinct to cause oneself harm?
Our panel to discuss mental health experiences and what constitutes effective treatment will be:
Robin Ince is a multi-award winning comedian, writer and broadcaster. One of the UK’s most respected stand-ups, Robin is also co-host of the Rose D’Or winning Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox and Book Shambles with Josie Long. His new book I’m a Joke and So Are You uses the life of the stand-up and reflections on his own mental health as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face, including: Where does anxiety come from?
Ariane Sherine is a comedy writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in, among others, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Observer and the Independent, and she has worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. Her latest book Talk Yourself Better looks at the benefits of talk therapy in improving mental health and dealing with psychological or emotional problems.
Navneet Kapur trained in medicine and psychiatry in Leeds and these days spends his time as professor of psychiatry and population health at the University of Manchester. He carries out research into the causes and prevention of suicidal behaviour and has done quite a bit of work with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) developing guidelines to help clinicians better manage mental illness.
Thomas Smith is the host of a number of podcasts, including Serious Inquiries Only - a show about science, philosophy, politics and scepticism – and Philosophers in Space, which uncovers and explains the philosophy behind your favourite works of sci-fi.
Attendees should note that this panel is likely to include talk of issues regarding suicide.