Understanding mental health at Norwich Science Festival

2024, Norwich Science Festival

Explore the science behind mental health and wellbeing

This year, Norwich Science Festival delves deep into the fascinating realm of mental health and wellbeing – from the science of psychology to the art of slowing down, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

We know that good mental health is crucial for being your best self - but often the answer seems very complicated, or very difficult! Our Festival events demystify mental health and the brain, with experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy, and other practitioners sharing their knowledge.

Psychology and the Mind Day

Our brains are amazing – this fantastic organ enables us to learn, create and feel, as well as controlling every blink of our eyes and beat of our heart. Explore the wonders of psychology and the mind with free, hands-on activities at The Explorium on Tuesday 20 February.

All ages

Science of Self: Emotional Ignorance

Why can't we think straight when hungry? What's the point of nightmares? And why can't we forget embarrassing memories? After losing his dad to Covid-19, Dean Burnett found himself wondering what life would be like without them. And so, he decided to put his feelings under the microscope – for science…

Age 16+

Don't Turn Away: Britain's Broken Mental Health Service

Psychotherapist Penelope Campling shares insights from her 40-year career, highlighting concerns about mental health treatment. She emphasizes the importance of not turning away from those in distress, especially in today's uncertain times.

Age 16+

Slow You Down

In a world that's constantly moving at a rapid pace, it's essential to take time to slow down and reconnect with the world around us. Norwich Castle invites the whole family to take a chance to pause and investigate how museums can support wellbeing for everyone.

Objects of the Mind: Exploring Mental Health Collections through Film

Join Tim Snelson for a film screening exploring mental health history through three short films developed in partnership with the Science Museum. Featuring clips from old British movies, this event will explore the interactions between media and mental health and consider the ways in which cinema can be used to understand science artefacts.

Age 16+

To view the full event listings for events themed around mental health and wellbeing, visit our What’s On: https://norwichsciencefestival.co.uk/whats-on?filters[0]=nsf-mind-body