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  • Date and time: Monday 15 May 2023, 6.30pm to 7.20pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Mental Health Awareness Week event

Perfectionism, anxiety and stress are closely intertwined. They represent increasingly urgent mental health issues, especially following the pandemic. Young people in particular are suffering. Our talks explore how these issues undermine our wellbeing and how to recognise when a reasonable reaction develops into something more harmful. They also offer constructive tips for managing and improving your mental and physical wellbeing over time. How can we break out of the perfectionist’s cycle of self-defeat? How do we avoid the ‘thinking traps’ of anxiety? How can we learn to respond to stress with resilience?

Learn how to set realistic goals for the things that matter most to you. Hear about ways to challenge negative thought patterns. In our over-demanding society, remember, above all, to use compassion in reframing self-criticism.

While these talks can be useful for everyone, students may find them particularly helpful.

If you or somebody you know needs support, help is available:

  • Open Door - a team of mental health practitioners and Student Wellbeing Officers providing support to University of York students
  • TalkCampus - app providing peer-support for student mental health, free to download with a University of York student email address
  • MIND - charity offering support and tackling stigma and misconceptions around mental health
  • Samaritans - offers free listening support to anyone in crisis, available 24/7, 365 days a year


Two academics from the University's Department of Psychology, Dr Alex Pike and Dr Melanie Forster, have released a video conversation to mark Mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 entitled 'A conversation about anxiety: Its impact upon us and how best to manage it' on Monday 15 May.

The discussion focuses on anxiety which is a normal bodily response that most of us experience from time to time. However, repeated anxiety experiences can escalate to the extent it impacts our ability to function effectively in life and can sometimes lead to the development of an Anxiety Disorder. Alex and Melanie explore how to recognise when a reasonable reaction develops into something more unhelpful and what steps you might take to try to reduce your anxiety symptoms and better support your emotional wellbeing and mental health.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, one of the UK's most common mental health issues. Join Dr Alexandra Pike and Dr Melanie Forster for an illuminating discussion on the many faces of anxiety and how to recognise when this normal human emotion starts to become a problem. Learn about a range of useful resources and start to build your own bespoke collection of techniques for managing your anxiety over time.

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