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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: World Mental Health Day Lecture: There and back again – a journey through mental illness by Adam Gridley

Adam Gridley, Expert by Experience

Date/Time: NEW DATE: Thursday 5 November 2020, 17:30 - 18:15

Please note this lecture has been moved from the original advertised date to Thursday 5 November

Content Warning: The following lecture includes reference to substance abuse. Not suitable for Children.

World Mental Health Day Lecture

Hosted by Sally Ingram, with introduction from Professor Eileen Kaner

Mental illness can affect people of any gender, age, or background. In this talk, Adam describes his lived experience of using cannabis during a gap year as a gateway to popularity and hyper-vigilance. On returning to study psychology, that use escalated, resulting in multiple stays in hospital, self-harm, and suicide attempts. From the other side of this journey, he reflects on his experiences in an effort to promote greater understanding of drug use and mental health.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

Useful Resources:

North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network: 
Road to Recovery Trust (North East):
Changing Lives (Nationwide):

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.