LIFI22: How Do We Talk About Mental Health?

Friday 23 September 2022

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Bryony Gordon (host)
Luke Ambler
David Harewood MBE
Sarah Hughes
Gail Porter 

Leeds International Festival of Ideas event.

  • Mantle Music Studio

Start time

1 hour 30 minutes

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About the panel

Bryony Gordon is an award-winning journalist, author, mental health campaigner and podcaster. She is the writer of five Sunday Times bestselling books, including No Such Thing As Normal, Mad Girl and Glorious Rock Bottom. In 2016, she founded Mental Health Mates, a national network of peer support groups.

Luke Ambler is a former professional rugby player, dad, entrepreneur and an award-winning mental health campaigner. In 2016 he co-founded the national peer support network, Andy’s Man Club. Raw and real, Luke is one of a kind. His own challenging experiences led to the ‘What’s Next?’ theory that now underpins his approach to life.

Actor and director, David Harewood MBE, is best known for his roles in Homeland and Supergirl, and is currently starring in Best of Enemies at the Young Vic. As well as further TV roles in Robin Hood and The Night Manager, and appearances in films such as Blood Diamond and Tulip Fever, David has also voiced popular video games including Call of Duty.

Chief Executive at the Centre for Mental Health, Sarah Hughes works with the UK government and high-profile organisations on mental health policy and practice. Sarah is passionate about her subject and believes it equality is possible by drawing on evidence we already have about what works and paying careful attention to people’s lived experience.

As one of the UK’s best loved television personalities, Gail Porter is a regular TV panellist, presenter, narrator and comedy performer with a passion for body positivity. A former model whose struggle with alopecia has left her completely bald, Gail is a powerful, authentic voice on topics from diversity and acceptance to healthcare and current affairs.

Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2022

Leeds International Festival of Ideas (LIFI) is a metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation, which aims to introduce the brightest minds to the city and the city to the brightest minds to discuss new ideas and the world of tomorrow.

The festival, brought to the city by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), brings renowned names, experts in their field and some of the world’s most exciting thinkers to Leeds to share thoughts and ideas through a programme of inspiring keynote talks and thought-provoking panels, with its range of speakers just as diverse as the subject matter.

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