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Mental imagery has a powerful effect on our emotions. Troubling mental images, such as bad memories from the past, fearful ‘flashforwards’ and negative images of the self can have an impact on our mental health and our sense of self. How we understand and cope with mental images forms part of how many psychological disorders develop and are maintained.

 In this talk, Hannah Murray will explore the different ways that negative mental images can affect us. Using insights from clinical practice and research, she will describe how images can be addressed as part of psychological therapy and how, in our day-to-day lives, we can  transform our own troubling mental images.

A Q&A will follow, chaired by CathyMental Health logo image of head surrounded by colourful bubbles Creswell. 


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?

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


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 REGISTER NOW button at the top of the page. 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 15 minutes before the talk and attendees will automatically join the talk at the advertised start time.

This talk will be recorded and can be accessed via our YouTube channel at