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Creative Approaches in Young People’s Psychosocial Wellbeing

Creative Approaches in Young People’s Psychosocial Wellbeing
Speaker: Carola Eyber # Queen Margaret University; Speaker: Kevin Burmudez # Queen Margaret University; Speaker: Laura Wright # U of E; Hosted by: Global Mental Health Network # U of E
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20th Nov 2018 11:00 - 20th Nov 2018 13:00
LG.10 David Hume Tower, University of Edinburgh

The Global Mental Health Network, University of Edinburgh, is pleased to invite you and your colleagues to join us for the Creative Approaches in Young People’s Psychosocial Wellbeing Seminar of the 2018/2019 Edinburgh Global Mental Health Seminar Series. The series brings together a transdisciplinary and intersectoral community of diverse scholars to explore and advance the global mental health dialogue.

This Seminar will take place on Tuesday November 20th, 11:00 to 13:00 at LG.10 David Hume Tower, University of Edinburgh.  

Creative Approaches in Young People's Psychosocial Wellbeing Seminar Overview 


Worldwide, there are approximately 68.5 million refugee and forcibly displaced people (UNHCR, 2018). The effects of displacement and “its subsequent stressors on mental health [are] pervasive and profound” (Ventevogal, 2019, p.119), for young people and adults. Engagement in creative art activities has shown to enhance young people’s psychosocial wellbeing contexts of adversity (D’Amico, Denov,Khan, Linds, Akesson, 2016).  This seminar, hosted on Universal Children’s Day, will bring together presentations on psychosocial wellbeing research and programs with children and youth using creative means of engagement (e.g. play, art, sport) in majority world countries in humanitarian and development contexts.

During the first half of the seminar three presentations will introduce qualitative and quantitative research approaches with young people, share learnings and findings from research and programs, and highlight challenges and lessons learned in the research and programs. The seminar will incorporate creative opportunities for participants to experience methodology used in the psychosocial wellbeing research and programs. During the second half, participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative participatory discussions on children’s psychosocial wellbeing and global mental health. The session will conclude with a summary of discussions and exploration of further opportunities to discuss children’s psychosocial wellbeing going forward.


1) Dr. Carola Eyber, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Global Health & Development, Queen Margaret University;

2) Dr. Kevin Burmudez, Research Fellow, Institute for Global Health & Development, Queen Margaret University;

3) Laura Wright, PhD Candidate, School of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh and Associate International Institute for Child Rights and Development

Please see further details on the presentations and to register:

For any questions about the seminar and/or presenters please email Laura Wright at For any questions about the Global Mental Health Network and/or future seminar opportunities please email  Sumeet Jain at

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