How Are You Feeling? Our Own Mental Health Matters - (This event is for subscribing organisations only)

Dr Brian Marien

Sunday, 8 May 2022


This special seminar marks the occasion of National Mental Health Awareness Week. It is easy to forget about our own mental wellbeing in times of distressing world events, unprecedented demand for our services, continued uncertainty and the ‘new ways of working’ resulting from the pandemic. Working from home and delivering therapy over videoconferencing presents its own challenges, and an increased sense of isolation from our peers. Many of us will spend days helping others with their mental health, and return to our families who may also be struggling. Sometimes we teach what we most need to learn. We know about ‘self-care’ and ‘making time for us’ but in reality it can be really difficult to prioritise our own mental health and wellbeing.

It can be helpful to shine the torch on ourselves at regular intervals, reflect on what we are doing, question how well it is serving us, and actively develop a genuine, healthy self-interest. While good supervision and mentoring can support this positive process we also need to embed these healthy habits for ourselves.

There are no CPD Certificates available for attending this event.


This webinar will focus on some of the main ‘risk factors’ associated with the poor mental health of clinicians. The session will draw on relevant insights from neuroscience, medicine, cognitive, behavioural and social psychology to inform some practical skills that can help us navigate life’s inevitable challenges.
Raising awareness of the central importance of our own psychological health and how it constantly, often covertly, influences how we think, how we feel, and how we behave.
Our own wellbeing can have a powerful impact on our colleagues, our friends, our family and the quality of care our clients receive.
The session will look at the workplace from a systems perspective highlighting the constant dynamic inter-relatedness of the individual, the team and the organisational culture.
The emphasis will be on some proven practical skills and strategies that can help us all manage periods of pressure, change and uncertainty more effectively.

Learning Objectives

Training Modalities

The webinar will be didactic, interspersed with a few polls and some rhetorical, Socratic questions. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A via the chat box.

Key References

About the presenter

Brian Marien is the Director and Co-founder of Positive, with a background in medicine, health psychology and cognitive behavioural psychology. He wrote his Masters’ thesis on burnout in doctors. He set up and ran a clinical service for NHS healthcare workers, experiencing common mental health problems, for over 20 years. He is interested in current research around neuroscience and the psychology of wellbeing and human resilience, striving to discover and teach others about how we can better equip ourselves to flourish in the modern world. Positive works across sectors and organisations, including the NHS, to equip the workforce with proven skills to improve psychological health and performance. His work harnesses data, behaviour change science and social learning to help embed adaptive, practical skills.

Who should attend

The event is suitable for any mental health professional who wishes to take time to reflect on their own mental wellbeing. The aim is to promote healthy self-interest and self-compassion, build cohesive, collaborative teams with strong support to better manage life’s inevitable vicissitudes. The evidence shows how these ‘protective factors’ help reduce the risk of chronic stress and burnout. They can also help us to enjoy the journey – because as far as we know this is not a ‘dress rehearsal’…….
‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf’ Jon Kabat-Zinn