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Coping with COVID19 Webinar – Foundation for Positive Mental Health in Partnership with SAS

20 May 2020

Coping with COVID-19: Understanding the effects the pandemic has had on our mental health was a webinar delivered by Sheila Ross and Alastair Dobbin from Foundation for Positive Mental Health (FPMH), in partnership with Schools Advisory Service (SAS).

The webinar ‘Coping with COVID-19 – Understanding the Effects the Pandemic has had on our Mental Health’ hosted by Dr Sheila Ross, PhD and Dr Alastair Dobbin, MB MS, from the charity Foundation for Positive Mental Health

why should you join?

This session will take you through what you need to know about the factors that influence mental health, both negative and positive and how to adjust the balance for better wellbeing.

This is a highly valuable session for thinking about your own mental health and how to look after it

Sheila and Alastair bring their insights from their wealth of experience as a psychotherapist and GP (respectively), grounded within scientific research, including self-determination theory.

Sheila Ross

PhD Health Psychology, MSc Health Promotion, BSc (Hons), UKCP accredited psychotherapist.

Sheila has been involved in the field of promoting health for 35 years. She is a director of the charity Foundation for Positive Mental Health, which is dedicated to promoting skills training for positive mental health, to enhance everyday wellbeing, increase resilience to, and recovery from, mental health difficulties. She embraces a public health perspective that everyone can learn the skills necessary for good mental health.  Sheila collaborates with Alastair to develop the Positive Mental Training programme, used in the Feeling Good App, a programme utilising sports coaching technique, to build personal strengths, skills and positive emotions.As well running a small psychotherapy practice, her experience includes working in health promotion (addictions work), principal clinician in NHS research study for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), promoting health in the workplace and running training workshops, principally in the NHS, in recovery from mental distress through building resilience. More recently she has been pleased to be able to work with schools, bringing positive mental training skills to teachers and pupils, supported by the Future Ready Fund (an initiative by Nesta, a global innovation foundation supporting high-potential, early-stage projects tackling significant contemporary challenges).

Dr Alastair Dobbin

MB BS, Honorary Fellow, School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Edinburgh University.

After qualifying as a doctor in London, Alastair worked in Australia before coming to Edinburgh to work in General Practice. As a busy GP he was always interested in helping his emotionally distressed patients. Along with Edinburgh University, he researched into the use of relaxation and mental skills training in General Practice. This led him to study the use of an elite Olympic sports psychology programme in Sweden and to develop the Positive Mental Training programme as a treatment for depression.Following positive research outcomes with Edinburgh University the programme has been established in the NHS across Edinburgh for 14 years, as well as parts of England for 6 years. Alastair’s interest in research continued with a collaboration with McGill University (looking at memory, resilience & positive emotions) and subsequent ongoing projects across the UK. He is a director of the Foundation for Positive Mental Health and has published in several journals and book chapters on mental skills training. He lectures on Neurobiology to medical students and runs workshops for health professionals on recovery and wellbeing.