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Mental Health and the Media

Join us for an important conversation about the positive and negative implications of working with and within the media

Programme Strands: Mental Health
Panel Discussion Saturday 16th November 2019, 15:15 to 16:45

This Panel event seeks to explore the positive and negative implications of using and working with the media. Social media brings both benefits and dangers – how do we as young people find the balance? We will talk about the value of creative expression and the personal benefits in finding one’s voice, but what does a career working in the media look like; precarious self-employment, long hours and abuses of power. And yet we must tell stories, and communicate with each other and the wider world.

Our Panellists are:

Dr Petya Eckler – senior lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communication.  Petya’s primary area of research is health communication through social media, with a particular focus on body image and eating attitudes among young women. She work’s on research and public engagement around social media, body image and creating a healthier and more inclusive online environment for young people.

Sara Kirkwood – Screen-writer.  Sara spent 22 years working on the front line of homelessness, but her life changed drastically when she became ill with PTSD – she found herself disabled, unemployed and ironically homeless.  During her recovery she self-published a novel and started writing for the screen.  She has written and directed a short film Damned Dolls and is now working on a feature film and a television series. “I have found that writing has been a massive part of my recovery and it enables me in many ways to relate to people, participate in society and still care creatively”

Richard Warden – is a Canadian Film Producer who, after overseeing two Toronto-based feature films, relocated to Nova Scotia, where he executive produced 12 shorts, managed international co-production event Strategic Partners, and produced his third feature. He now makes documentaries out of Glasgow. Richard was Film Curator for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival from 2014 through 2017, and served as Film Lead for the Mental Health Foundation in the UK. Since 2018, Richard has been Festival Producer and Programmer with Document Human Rights Film Festival.

There will be BSL Interpretation at this event

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