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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 Talk main imagealumni. This second talk in the series, on the topic of Overcoming Sleep Problems, will be presented by Colin Espie, Professor of Sleep Medicine.

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

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


About the talk:

What is sleep for? How does it work? How can we overcome tricky sleep problems?


About Colin Espie:

Colin Espie is a Professor of Sleep Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN), University of Oxford where he founded the Experimental & Clinical Sleep Medicine research programme in the Sleep & Circadian Research Institute (SCNi). He is also Clinical Director of the Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine  ( and a Senior Research Fellow in the University Department of Psychiatry. He co-founded Big Health/ Sleepio ( to make evidence based digital CBT (dCBT or 'digital medicine') scalable.


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. Alternatively, please email your question to Halley Cohen (Public Relations Officer).


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.

If you'd like to attend, please click on the registration button below. After you register, you will be sent a unique Zoom 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.