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Our Mental Wellness is a lecture series that focuses on mental health topics of broad interest to staff, students and Mental Health logo image of head surrounded by colourful bubblesalumni. This seventh talk in the series, on the topic of Bullying and Anxiety, will be presented by Eleanor Leigh, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Principal Clinical Psychologist, Department of Experimental Psychology.

A Q&A panel discussion will follow, chaired by Cathy Creswell (Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology), and include:

Registration is required and attendees are invited to send in questions for the panel beforehand (see below).


About the talk:

Social interactions are, for most of us, the most rewarding activities in our lives. Positive social relationships are a key building block for our physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, many individuals will experience difficulties in their peer relationships, including peer victimisation. Peer victimisation makes us susceptible to anxiety and depression, and conversely anxiety and depression make us more vulnerable to being victimised. This talk will focus on understanding the thinking and behaviour traps that underlie this association and how to break it.


About the speaker:

Eleanor Leigh's research is focused on social anxiety in adolescents. Using experimental methods, her work aims to improve our understanding of the psychological processes that maintain social anxiety in adolescents in order to inform cognitive approaches to treatment. A further strand of her research will build on the work her team has already done with adults, developing and testing an Internet version of Cognitive Therapy for social anxiety disorder in adolescents.


About the Series:

We have come to realise the importance of mental health issues and the impact they can have on individuals as well as on society at large. But, can you separate the facts from the myths? Do you know how to promote your own mental wellness and help those around you?

At Oxford, we have some of the world’s leading researchers helping us understand the causes of mental conditions and develop effective evidence-based treatments. We are bringing them together in a new series – Our Mental Wellness – to share their knowledge and answer your questions about how we can look after each others’ mental wellness in our community.

Our Mental Wellness talks will take place twice per term.


Do you have a question you'd like to ask the panel?

When you register, you will be given the opportunity to submit a mental health question related to the topic of the talk for the panel to answer. 

How to register and other practical information: 

Registration is required and only students, staff and alumni at the University of Oxford are invited to attend. Please note that for security reasons, we will only be able to accept registrations from those with an Oxford University email address that ends in If you don't have an Oxford email address, you will be able to attend the live stream via our YouTube channel.

If you'd like to attend, please click on the registration button below. After you register, you will be sent a unique login link for you to use on the day and please be aware that you won't be able to join the event without it.

The Zoom Waiting Room will open at 9:45am on the day of the talk and attendees will automatically join the talk at 10:00am.