Safeguarding Students: Addressing Mental Health Needs
- 08:30 - 16:25
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Dr Dominique Thompson is a GP, young people’s mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator. She has over 20 years of clinical experience caring for students. Dominique is a Clinical Advisor for the Royal College of GPs, and for Student Minds - the UK’s student mental health charity. She was the GP member of the NICE Eating Disorders’ guidelines development group, and the Universities UK StepChange and Minding Our Future committees.
Dominique is also a member of the UK Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education group (MWBHE), and is on the Board of a NHS mental health foundation trust. She has helped design apps and websites to support student mental health, and has been interviewed widely, including by the Guardian and Radio 4’s Today programme. Her TEDx talk, What I learnt from 78,000 GP consultations with university students highlights some of the causes behind the recent rise in young people’s mental health distress, and suggests ways in which everyone can better support the younger generation.
Dominique has launched her own student health and wellbeing consultancy, Buzz Consulting, to assist organisations in improving their student support offer.
Dominique is the author of a series of mental health books for students, to be published by Trigger Press. These are: 'Anxiety at College', 'Depression at College', 'Eating Issues and Eating Disorders at College' and 'Self Harm and Suicidal thoughts at College'. Her next major trade book co-authored with Fabienne Vailes, is called 'How to Grow a Grown Up: Preparing your teen for the real world' and will be published in 2019.