Conversations That Matter:
Dr Andrew Reeves

De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG/017)
Event Time
6.00pm - 7.15pm, Tuesday 18 September 2018.

Category Health, University Public Guest lectures

Dr Andrew Reeves

Mental Health in Higher Education: Tackling Stigma and Promoting Positive Change

(Photo credit:  David Harrison)

University can be a time of change and challenge for most students.  During this process the demands can be high and the imperative is for full attention to be given to intellectual, physical and mental health needs.  Emerging mental health distress is not uncommon during a student’s time at university and the demand for services is high.  However, taking a whole institution approach to mental health – seeing that mental health is everyone’s responsibility – provides the best context for people to be supported.

This talk will reflect on the changes over the last 20 years in mental health provision in universities and will consider positive steps institutions, staff and students can take to further ensure mental health is something that can be talked about with confidence.


Dr Andrew Reeves is a Fellow and Chair of BACP and a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist. His work as a social worker and counsellor over the last 35 years has seen him work in a range of settings, including child protection, with children and families, in schools, further and higher education, secondary care mental health services and in the third sector. He worked as a Senior Counsellor in HE for nearly 20 years and is now Director, Universities and Further Education for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

He has written extensively about counselling, including several highly praised books and chapters on working with risk. Andrew is also former Editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester.

Event Timings:

17.30 Doors open

18.00 Talk commences

19.15 Event closes

Location: De Grey Court

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About Conversations That Matter

York St John University hosts an annual series of public talks and events that are free and open to all. This year, our community events feature a range of contemporary subjects that affect our daily lives and we invite you to join in on the conversations that matter. Reflecting on the topical issues of mental health and wellbeing, our speakers are leaders in their field or popular public figures and all have something of special interest to share with you. Find out more about the events in our 2018 series here.

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