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Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we are working with Bournemouth University, Dorset Healthcare and other partners to put on a week long schedule of activities and seminars.


Programme at a Glance

Please ensure you book onto all of the events you wish to attend via the link  

Monday 5 October (Community)

19:00-21:00 An audience with Terry Waite, CBE, Humanitarian and Author
Talbot Campus

Tuesday 6 October (Activity & Wellbeing)

09:00-13:30 - Mental Wellbeing for all
The Factory, 14 Alder Hills, Poole, BH12 4AS

Please contact if you wish to attend

11.30-14:30 - Health and Wellbeing ‘marketplace’
Atrium, Poole House, Talbot Campus

The combined staff and student wellbeing group will be working with a range of partners and providers to build a ‘marketplace’ of ideas and services available to support or enhance our health and wellbeing. The marketplace will showcase services for staff, students and the wider community.

11:45-12:45 or 15:30-16:30 -  Mindfulness Taster Session
Dr Lauren Kita. Demonstrator, Faculty of Science and Technology, BU
Talbot Campus. (Please note session only open to BU students and staff)

12:00-13:30 - Fitness Testing and Reaction Board
The Atrium, Poole House, Talbot Campus

12:00-18:25 -  SportBU: Fitness Classes
Sessions run all day, see event details below for further information

12:30-13:30#footballtherapy 4 mental health wellbeing
Colin Dolan, Founder Mental Health Footballl, UK, Lansdowne Campus

14:00-15:00Developing High Level Sports Performers: Are We Creating Super Humans or Premature Mental Health Problems
Dr Rick Hayman, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University and Prof. Remco Polman, Head of Psychology, BU, Lansdowne Campus

15:30-16:30Sport and Crime – An exploration of athlete experiences
Lucy Sheppard-Marks. Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Management, BU, Lansdowne Campus

Wednesday 7 October (Employment)

9:30-10:30 Starting the conversation: how employers are tackling mental health stigma
Sue Baker. Director Time to Change. Lansdowne Campus

10:00-11:00Mindfulness Taster session
Dr Lauren Kita. Demonstrator, Faculty of Science and Technology, BU. 
Lansdowne Campus (Please note session only open to BU students and staff)

11:00-12:00Reclaiming the ‘wasted years’: one person’s journey from Mental illness to employment
Angela Warren. Service User & Carer Coordinator, Faculty of Health and Social Care, BU. Lansdowne Campus

13:30-14:30Mental Health - the last great workplace taboo?
Lee Dargue. Occupational Health Manager, Siemens and Chair of the Liberal Democrat Mental Health Association. Talbot Campus

15:00-16:00 - Employment and Recovery
Becky Aldridge, Chief Executive Dorset Mental Health Forum.  Talbot Campus

Thursday 8 October (Education)

10:30-11:30 - Helping Children Make Healthy Choices 
Karen Perryman, Rachel Hall, and Gary Hepburn, Life Education Wessex. Lansdowne Campus

13:30-14:30Online Safety or Digital Wellbeing - Have We Got the Correct Focus?Professor. Andy Phippen, Plymouth University. Talbot Campus

15:00-16:00 - Eating Disorders and Schools - Support for teachers, parents and pupils
Lorna Garner, Chief Operating Officer, BEAT  Student Hall, Talbot Campus

Friday 9 October (Public Services)

9:00-09:40 - Dorset Acute Mental Health Services review - overview and progress
Kath Florey-Saunders, Head of Review Design and Delivery – Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and Elaine Hurll, Senior Commissioning Manager – Mental Health, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. Lansdowne Campus

10:00-11:00Understanding Personality Disorders
Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Consultant Psychiatrist Dorset HealthCare. Lansdowne Campus

11:45-13:00Mental Health and Policing
Dr Andrew Mayers, Senior Lecturer BU, Stan Sadler, Team Lead and Mental Health Practitioner, Dorset HealthCare and Simon Thorneycroft, Mental Health Co-ordinator, Dorset Police, Martyn Underhill, Police Crime Commissioner. Lansdowne Campus

13:30-14:30Mental Health and Young People
Norman Lamb MP. Lansdowne Campus

15:00-16:00Hidden Talents – Lived Experiences of Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust staff
Mike Oates, Chaplain Sarah Clark, OT Hannah Blunt. Nurse and Donna Jenkins, Administrator, Dorset HealthCare. Lansdowne Campus

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