Frogs don't need to get hot

Tuesday 24 June 2014, 6.15PM

Speaker(s): Dr Lynette Joubert, University of Melbourne

Launch event

The International Centre for Mental Health Social Research (ICMHSR), is based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work here at the University of York. ICMHSR brings together researchers from around the world to undertake a unique research programme applying social science to mental health practice, focusing on social perspectives in mental health through the life course from childhood to old age. This event will formally launch the centre which has so far hosted seminars on youth self harm, Community Treatment Orders and a case study of improving mental health in Sierra Leone.

'Frogs don’t need to get hot' 

Improving mental health through understanding our social context

Dr Lynette Joubert, University of Melbourne

Mental health problems affect one in four of us during our lifetime and present a significant global and economic burden. The rapidly changing and complex social environments in which we live contribute to our mental health. Our social environments can simultaneously be the source of the greatest distress and the greatest support, yet the nature of this influence is frequently invisible. How can we understand this and can we do anything about it?

This lecture will explore the available evidence on the contribution of the social context to our mental health. In addition, Dr Joubert will discuss recent research that defines and analyses the importance of managing both risk and opportunity in social networks, to promote emotional well-being. She will report on a social network intervention CHIERS (Joubert, Harvey, Spittal, Hill and Pleban 2013) which reduced representations for deliberate self harm at emergency by 58%, suicide ideation by 37% and depression by 25%.

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Location: ARRC Auditorium

Admission: Free ticket via EventBrite

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