March 12, 2024

Mental Health Day at Kingston University

I was honored to be invited to speak at the Kingston University Mental Health Day.  This topic is a passion of mine and it is a foundational part of the Eat Burn Sleep approach to health.

Mental health influences how we think, feel, and interact with the world around us. However, issues linked to mental health have become increasingly common, especially among young people. These issues impact people’s ability to learn, communicate, and develop healthy relationships.

Studies demonstrate that approximately 1 in 5 adolescents experience mental health problems each year, but less than half receive treatment. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders are particularly prevalent in this age group. They are often exacerbated by academic pressures, social media, and the challenges of transitioning into adulthood. By addressing these issues openly and providing support systems we can nurture resilient young individuals who can cope with life’s challenges, achieve their potential, and contribute positively to their communities. By prioritizing mental well-being in our daily lives, we pave the way for healthier, happier futures for our youth.

Time: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Kingston University
Price: free

Join us as we embrace the journey towards mental wellness. We will be breaking stigmas, strengthening our values, and prioritizing the well-being of everyone in our community.

The event will commence at 12:45pm, and we warmly invite all guests to enjoy a light lunch and refreshments from 12:30pm.

Programme overview

  • Welcome by the host – Dr Nora S Vyas, Associate Professor of Mental Health, School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences (LSBS), Kingston University
  • Mastering Self-Care through Mindfulness – Dr Nora S Vyas.
  • Sleep On It: Navigating the Night for Optimal Wellness and Productivity – Dr Goffredina Spanò, Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Kingston University
  • Mental Health Awareness in South Asian community – Kirit Mistry, Founder and Lead for Health Inequality, South Asian Health Action Charity, and Keval Sachdev, CEO Akiyam UK
  • Mental Health Provision for Young People – Vicky Bourne, Mind in Kingston.
  • About Samaritans – Jo Collins, Fundraising Director Kingston Samaritans, and Tom, Kingston Samaritans Outreach Team
  • Tips for Combating Loneliness – – Zeynep Sertkaya (KU Psychology Society) and Lara Quartel (PhD student)
  • The Role of Chronic Inflammation on Mental Health – Dr Yalda Alaoui, entrepreneur, celebrity nutritionist, Founder and CEO of Eat Burn Sleep
  • Fitness and Wellbeing – Coach Christine Harrison-Bloomfield (Bowmaker), former athlete, now coach
  • Closing remarks – Dr Nora S Vyas.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Nora Vyas, Associate Professor of Mental Health

Yalda Alaoui


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