Natasha Devon MBE delivers inspirational ‘Conversations That Matter’ talk
Highly-respected mental health guru Natasha Devon MBE came to York St John University as part of the ‘Conversations That Matter’ series of free talks and events.
In her presentation, entitled ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental’, Natasha suggested that, because we all have a brain, we automatically experience varying degrees of mental health. She also discussed the skills which she believes can help us survive the trials and scrutinies of modern life, wherever you are on the mental health spectrum.
Natasha Devon is one of the UK media’s go-to experts on issues of mental health and body image. She appears regularly on BBC, ITV and Sky News programmes and has made appearances on Newsnight, Newsround, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio 1 Extra. In 2012, Natasha was a mentor on Channel 4’s Gok’s Teens: The Naked Truth. She regularly tours schools and colleges throughout the UK delivering talks, as well as conducting extensive research on the topics of mental health, body image, gender and social equality. She has also spoken at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers.
Natasha has written regular columns for Cosmopolitan Magazine, who named her as one of the their ‘Ultimate Woman of the Year’ in 2012. The following year she was featured in Ernst & Young’s ‘Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs’ list. Natasha writes regularly for the Guardian and currently has a weekly column in the Times Education Supplement. In 2016, the Sunday Times and Debretts named Natasha one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. Her new book, ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental: An A-Z’ will be published this month.
Natasha is a certified trainer for Mental Health First Aid England and Beat (formerly the Eating Disorders Association). She consults with a range of mental health, body image and diversity-focused charities, sharing the results of her research as well as gaining the benefit of their expertise. She is also a Fellow of the University of Wales: Aberystwyth and advises them, as well as other universities, on campus wellbeing. In 2015 Natasha was awarded an MBE in 2015 in recognition of her services to young people.
All the talks in the ‘Conversations That Matter’ series are open to all and free to attend. To find out about upcoming talk, visit the events page.