Identity & Mental Wellness in Higher Education – FREE webinar series

How does identity impact mental wellness? University is often seen as a time of ‘finding yourself’ – but what if there are barriers to feeling like your authentic self? How can this impact your overall mental wellbeing?

Join eQS and expert guests Dr Dominique Thompson and Dr Lateesha Osbourne as we dive into the psychology, resources and real-life experiences of student identity and belonging in higher education with a two-part webinar series covering topics such as neurodiversity, sexuality and race.

Webinar One

The first webinar of the series will feature a special interview with Dr Lateesha Osbourne exploring racial identity and the affects on mental wellness in HE. The discussion will focus on uncovering findings from Dr Lateesha’s research report into Black students’ experience of racism in an HEI and discussing how professionals in HE can respond.

Webinar Two

The second webinar in our identity and mental wellness series will be hosted by eQS with a special guest panel, chaired by Dr Dominique Thompson with a student guest speaker and a non-medical help consultant. This discussion will explore sexuality and gender identity and the affects on mental wellness in HE, talking through different experiences of discovering identity whilst in HE and the psychology behind it.

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Webinar takeaways

  • Understand the psychology behind identity and belonging and its connection to mental wellness.
  • Hear first-hand, real-life student experiences of discovering identity.
  • Learn about the most effective resources and support available to students in HE.
  • Introduction to eQS identity-related services and products from Disability Services Division MD Andy Gough (NMH from Amano and mental wellness e-learning from Learning Labs). 

Webinar format

  • Interview or panel style webinars hosted by eQS with special guest speakers.
  • Attendee Q&A – ask your own questions.
  • CPD – receive a certificate post-webinar.

Our guest speakers

Lateesha Osbourne is a PhD holder (University of Bath) and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant. Her doctoral research focused on Black students’ identity and sense of belonging in higher education. She used qualitative methods to focus on how social identities were constructed, negotiated and threatened in different social contexts. Lateesha is a psychologist whose expertise includes gender, race, sexuality and other equalities communities.

Read more about Dr Lateesha’s work here:

Black students’ experiences of “acceptable” racism at a UK university.

Black students’ experiences at a predominantly White institution in the UK.

Dr Dominique Thompson is a multi-award winning GP, national mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with over 20 years of clinical experience, including as a police and expedition doctor, and Director of Service at the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service.

Dr Dom has written several wellbeing books and guides to help support young people and those who care for them.

Find out more about Dr Dom’s work here.

As well as Dr Dom’s website on ‘How to grow a Grown Up’. 

Dr Dominique Thompson will be joined on the second webinar by a student and a Non-Medical Help consultant as part of a group panel discussion.

Student Makari is in his final year at the University of Plymouth where is he is studying International Relations and Politics.  

The team at eQS will also be on hand as hosts to take your questions and eQS Head of Operations Natasha Hardiman will give a brief introduction to Amano and Learning Labs.

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