Tue, 9 February 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Why Mental Health Goes Wrong – and How to Make Sense of It

Dr Dean Burnett in conversation with Robin Ince

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One in four of us experience a mental health problem each year, with anxiety and depression alone affecting over 500 million people worldwide.

‘Compelling and wise and rational.’ – Jon Ronson

Why are these conditions so widespread? What is it about modern life that has such an impact on our mental health? And why is there still so much confusion and stigma around these issues?

In this conversation with comedian Robin Ince, the neuroscientist, Guardian writer and internationally bestselling author of The Idiot Brain Dean Burnett will help you answer these questions and more, as he reveals what is actually going on in our brains when we suffer mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and addiction.

Combining illuminating scientific research with first-hand insights from people who deal with mental health problems on a daily basis, this is an honest, entertaining and reassuring account of how and why these issues occur, and how to make sense of them.

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Dr Dean Burnett

Neuroscientist and author of The Idiot Brain

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist, blogger, sometimes-comedian and author. He lives in Cardiff, and is currently an honorary research associate at the Cardiff University Psychology School. He is an ambassador for the mental health charity ReThink, and has received the Public Engagement of Neuroscience award from the British Neuroscience Association. His books The Idiot Brain and The Happy Brain were international bestsellers published in over 20 countries. His Guardian articles have been read over 16 million times and he currently writes the ‘Brain Yapping’ blog for the Cosmic Shambles network.

Robin Ince

Comedian and co-host of award-winning Radio 4 science show The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Robin Ince is the co-presenter of Radio 4’s multiple award winning The Infinite Monkey Cage. He spent 2019 appearing across the world in the Universal tour with Brian Cox – travelling from LA to Oslo, Wellington to Aberdeen and ending up in Reyjavik after shows at the 02 and Wembley Arena. Robin co-wrote How to Build a Universe (part 1) with Brian Cox and his most recent book is I’m a Joke and So Are You, a book about why we become who we become and how we deal with it.