Natasha Devon - Taking control of mental wellbeing

To mark Mental Health Week, former Premier League footballer and professional boxer, Leon McKenzie, invites you to an evening of discussion, poetry, music and laughter, to celebrate positive approaches to tackling mental health. " " " "In 2011, Leon spoke publicly for the first time about his battles with depression and suicidal thoughts; he has since become a leading mental health advocate. As a result of his own experiences and those of the people he has worked with, Leon is inspired by the power of personal progression and re-invention as means to support mental wellbeing. " " " "Joining Leon to explore this theme through personal stories, music, poetry and comedy, will be: " " " "Simon Gunning - CEO of CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, Britain’s leading suicide prevention charity. " " " "Natasha Devon MBE - Campaigner, writer and social entrepreneur, who was for a time the Department for Education’s Mental Health Champion for schools, she is the author of several books including The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! " " " "Hussain Manawer - East London poet, who challenges the stigma that exists around mental health. Most recently, he set a Guinness World Record for the 'World's Largest Mental Health Lesson.' Hussain has featured on BBC Radio 1xtra, Asian Network and BBC Radio 4 and Radio 6. " " " "Nathanael Wiseman - Film director. " " " "Clinton Jordan - A singer-songwriter, he has recorded a number of chart singles, including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Tina Turner. " " " "Mo Gilligan - Stand-up comedian and social media superstar. He currently has projects in development with Channel 4, BBC1Xtra, BBC3 and Comedy Central. " " " "The event will be hosted by: " " " "Rachael Downie - Broadcast journalist and TV presenter. " " " "We look forward to seeing you at this exciting and upbeat celebration of the many ways of taking back control of mental wellbeing. " " " "It's important that we talk about Mental Health issues... " " " "• Suicide is the biggest single killer of men under 45 in the UK. " " " "• 2015 showed 75% of all UK suicides were male. " " " "• 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their life time. " " " "• The reason the stats are higher in men because they are less likely to speak about it. " " " "• 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem. In England 1 in 6 people will experience a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety. " " " "About Mortimer House " " " "Housed in a majestic six-floor Art Deco building in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Mortimer House provides a new experience for those who wish to create, work and unwind in equal measure. Founded upon a philosophy of providing holistic balance in work and life, it is intended to satisfy the needs of both the head and the heart. Intuitively designed team offices, meeting rooms, event spaces, living room, terrace, studio and gym effortlessly meld mid-century design touches with the classicism of the original building, providing an intimate membership experience. " " " "Mortimer House is also home to ground floor restaurant Mortimer House Kitchen, which is open to the public and serves exceptional Mediterranean cuisine. In this distinctive building, members will find both inspiration and creative communion–nestled in an enclave that has served as residency to some of the greatest cultural, literary and intellectual figures of the 20th century. " " " "It's important that we talk about Mental Health issues... " " " "Suicide is the biggest single killer of men under 45 in the UK. " "2015 showed 75% of all UK suicides were male. " "4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their life time. " "The reason the stats are higher in men because they are less likely to speak about it. " "1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem. In England 1 in 6 people will experience a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety.

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    Mortimer House

    37-41 Mortimer Street London

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  • Event Start Date

    15/05/2018 7:00 PM

  • Event End Date

    15/05/2018 9:00 PM

  • Price

    £12.00

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About Natasha Devon

Natasha Devon MBE is a campaigner who has dedicated her life to researching and educating others on mental health, body image and social equality. For the past decade she has toured schools, universities and events throughout the UK speaking about these issues. She has advised politicians, staged protests both on and offline to effect social change and most recently created the Mental Health Media Charter, to ensure that the landscape of mental health reporting is both responsible and stigma-reducing.

Natasha writes regularly for the Guardian and Telegraph and had a column in Cosmopolitan magazine, ‘The Last Word’, for three years. She currently writes a weekly column for the Times Educational Supplement.

Natasha is a TV and radio regular, making appearances on programmes like This Morning, Channel 4 News, Sky News, LBC and Woman’s Hour. She also featured in BBC3’s ‘How to Live with Women’, Channel 4’s ‘Gok’s Teens’ and presented BBC iWonder ‘Why Do I Earn Less than a Man?’

Natasha is a fellow of the University of Wales, Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year 2012 and in 2015 the Sunday Times and Debretts named her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain.

She has co-authored a number of books, as well as her own book A Beginners Guide to Being Mental published by Bluebird, 2018.