Cowdray’s Wellbeing Event

The Afina team attended a Wellbeing Day at Cowdray this March.

Over 150 people gathered to listen to three eminent speakers: health psychologist Dr Brian Marien, author, Telegraph columnist and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon and Mindfulness expert Dr Mark Williams. The day was expertly compered by Gillian Higgins, a leading international criminal barrister and meditation teacher.

All three of the key note speakers provided a different yet illuminating perspective on mental health. Dr Brian Marien, who is a doctor and a health psychologist, spoke about how there needs to be more compassion within the medical profession and how crucial it is to consider our children’s psychological wellbeing.

Journalist Bryony Gordon entertained the audience with a witty and honest talk titled: “Why it’s normal to feel weird” where she described how she has coped with OCD and depression over the years. Her own experiences have led her to become a prominent mental health campaigner.

After a healthy vegetarian lunch, Dr Mark Williams, an expert in the field of Mindfulness, talked on how Mindfulness has a long history in ancient wisdom and finds support from modern psychological science. The audience palpably relaxed after he oversaw a brief meditation session.