All Kinds of Minds

On Thursday, the 9th of November, the TEDxUniversityofGlasgowSalon team will host its second mini-conference of the year. This time the focus will be on mental health, the stigma that surrounds it and the lives of people with ‘All Kinds of Minds’. The speaker lineup is the following:


What the pluck? Coming out proud with trichotillomania

  • Judith Stevenson

Have you ever heard of compulsive hair-pulling? How about compulsive skin-picking? These conditions have received very little attention relative to other mental health conditions until very recently. The birth of the internet meant that many who had lived in secrecy for years finally found others with the same condition. One of these people is Judith Stevenson, who has “suffered” with trichotillomania or compulsive hair-pulling for the past 32 years. She will speak about her condition, possible recovery paths and about the importance of raising awareness.


Judith Stevenson is an ambassador for the TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours in the UK and regularly speaks about her story. Her goal is to raise awareness about trichotillomania in order to help people in similar situations feel accepted in their environment.


Responding to the stigma of psychosis

  • Professor Andrew Gumley

We have all seen films or read books with “crazy” characters that show how “dangerous” people with psychosis are. Even though mental health awareness is at its height, stigma still surrounds labels such as Schizophrenia. Is it enough to change labels to counter stigma or do we need to do something more fundamental as a society? Andrew Gumley’s talk will explore how measures to counter this stigma cannot be separated from acknowledging problems of power and discrimination.


Andrew Gumley is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council UK and a Professor of Psychological Therapy. He is a leading international researcher investigating psychological interventions for people with psychosis. He developed and evaluated the first ever randomised controlled trial of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the prevention of relapse in people with Schizophrenia. He has also undertaken extensive research into the the importance of fear of recurrence as a block to recovery in people with psychosis and the importance of attachment as a basis for resilience and recovery.


The cost of feeling something

  • Elliot Porter

Changes in emotional state bring with them many evil little gremlins that whisper insecurities in your ear, but we shouldn’t dispense entirely with what these gremlins say.  Dealing with affective disorders requires help from friends and the resilience to prevent those voices and doubts from getting the better of you, but it also requires us to sift through the gremlins’ contributions to learn a little about our depression.  What our moods tell us is rarely true on the surface, but it reveals a little about how we see ourselves and how our mood is progressing.  Being a student of our own minds can help us in recovery.


Elliot Porter is a Philosophy graduate who served two terms on the SRC as Mental Health Equality Officer. His research focuses on the effect mental disorders have on a person’s capacity to live autonomously. He has cyclothymia, a long term mood disorder which he manages using CBT techniques.


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