School of Health in Social Science

Can we talk about depression?

Compassion and Depression

Dr Stella Chan (Reader in Clinical Psychology, The University of Edinburgh) 

Depression affects 300 million people worldwide, in particular young people. In this talk Dr Stella Chan will talk about why some young people are more at risk of becoming depressed, discussing the role of the brain, our thinking styles, compassion towards ourselves, and social / family relationships. Dr Chan will also talk about the importance of finding non-stigmatised ways to prevent depression, including our citizen scientist project ‘Project Soothe’ (

The Gripless Grip: A Predictive Processing Take on Enlightenment

Dr Mark Miller (Postdoctoral Research Assistant) 

How can cognitive science help us to understand how humans think? How humans act? How humans feel? In this talk, Dr Mark Miller will consider how cognitive science can help us to explain and understand mental health, specifically, suffering and enlightenment. Dr Miller will discuss how the increasingly popular Predictive Processing approach to cognitive science might help us to better explain and understand human suffering, and equip us with new strategies for liberation and enlightenment.

May 21 2019 -

Can we talk about depression?

Depression is the world’s predominant mental health problem and despite the work done to date, scientists are still plagued by unanswered questions. Who is more likely to become depressed? How do we diagnose it? And perhaps most importantly, how do we treat it? Join Dr Stella Chan at The Cuckoo’s Nest, as part of the Pint of Science Festival, to explore the causes of depression and how science might show us the path to happiness

The Cuckoo's Nest, 69 Home Street,
Edinburgh EH3 9JP