Brighton Girl Talks: Mental Health

Brighton Girl Talks: Mental Health


Thursday 17th May
The Nightingale Room

We all have mental health - sometimes we're thriving, and sometimes we're surviving.

And whilst the stigma around discussing mental health struggles is starting to break and support is starting to grow, more needs to be done.

People need to know they're not alone.

This is why Brighton Girl, the social network helping young women to feel at home in Brighton, is hosting a series of panel talks on Thursday 16th May to open up the conversation on mental health.

The panel will be a made up of varied genders and experiences.

If you or your loved ones are experiencing battles with mental health - or if you'd like to share your journey with others in that boat - then this is the event for you.

Brighton Girl Talks: Mental Health also coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Line Up

7 - 7.50: PANELISTS

Dessie Magee
Dessie is a local musician with a huge focus on raising awareness of mental health battles. He will also be playing a short set during this event.

Claudia Barnett
Claudia was diagnosed with Pure OCD at 17 and took part in the BBC Series 'Mind Over Marathon' to raise awareness of how running can have a positive impact on mental health. She also runs a mental health support community known as the 'Quiet Club'. 

Toni Coe
Toni works for The Green Door Store in production and programming. Having spent years both working and engaging in the music industry, she's passionate about providing mental health support to people in the arts.

Jesse King
Jesse is an advocate for mental health, sharing her personal experiences and discussing chronic illness, nutrition, gender and queer theory as a blogger and a poet.
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Joseph Duquemin
Joseph is a local musician who's suffered from OCD since he was 15. He's become an advocate for speaking out about mental health struggles as a musician.

Liv Evans
”Anorexia is a sneaky disease, masked as something I thought would help me, a bitter sweet friendship. It was my critical voice that would get louder everytime a situation was out of my control. I ended up calling this voice ‘Ana’. There’s a common misconception that people with Anorexia just want to be thin but it’s much more than that. It controls your entire life. After a 10 year battle , I finally asked for help. That was the scariest part but I’m so thankful I did. I’m now in recovery and see a CBT therapist weekly who helps me develop new routines and healthy coping mechanisms for my future.”


8.20 - 9.10: PANELISTS

Ali Batcher
Ali has suffered with Bipolar Disorder for years, spent three years as a junior doctor and moved to Brighton last year after coming out of hospital. She regularly blogs about her experiences with hospitalisation, mania, medication and stress. Find out more:

Angelique Sabine
Angelique is Head of Student Services at BIMM Brighton, and has spent the last 12 years helping thousands of music students get the support they need, with a big focus on mental health. 

Jack McNally
Jack is a local musician with an extensive history of mental health battles. His compelling story has lead to his involvement in running charity events for mind and is an advocate for accessible mental health support within the arts.

Robert Potter
Robert grew up as a closeted gay man and suffered through his teenage years. His journey of recovery has lead him to become an advocate for creating a safe environment, where anyone can admit they're struggling. "I think that can be hard to do with societal pressures of being male and also having once been closeted."

Imogen Benton
Imogen is the COO of the City Girl Network and has been at the forefront of Brighton Girl's expansion. But what not many people are aware of is that she's battled with her mental health for years. At this event, she'll be speaking out publically for the first time about her struggles in the hope that it'll inspire others to speak out, too.

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