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Managing our mind – public lecture explores science behind mental health

Release Date 20 February 2012

Mental health treatments are put under the spotlight on Wednesday 22 February during the next talk in the University of Reading's 2011/2012 Public Lecture Series.

The ever popular annual series sees University of Reading experts share their knowledge with the public in a series of free evening lectures.

In this talk Professor Roz Shafran, from the University of Reading's School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, will examine the science behind treating mental health.

Professor Shafran said: "Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are highly prevalent. Such difficulties can have a severe impact on all aspects of life yet most people try to manage without help. This talk will examine the scientific rationale underpinning the understanding and treatment of common mental health problems and discuss the best evidence for the associated therapeutic interventions such as cognitive therapy."

All the talks in the series are given by researchers eminent in their field and in a manner that is easily understood by all. They offer a unique opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge research, teaching and people that make the University a world-class institute.

The University Public Lectures are on Wednesdays and start at 8pm. They will be held in the Palmer Building on the University's Whiteknights campus. Lectures are free to attend and no ticket is required. Please visit the Public Lecture Series website for more details or contact the Events team on 0118 378 4313 or email

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Notes to editors:

The Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence Based Psychological Treatment at the University of Reading is a collaborative initiative between the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Reading University and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and is named in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life aged 28. The Institute aims to train therapists in psychological therapies that have been shown to work, and also to ensuring that the training impacts positively on clinician skill and patient outcome.

Among other successes, the Institute is at the forefront of research into obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and is the first centre in the UK to train clinicians exclusively in proven psychological treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), those commonly used in treating people not only with anxiety problems such as OCD, but also other problems such as depression, psychosis and eating disorders.

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