Welcome to

The Huddle Seminar Series

In June-July 2020, we were honoured to be joined by an incredible selection of guests who gave up their time to inspire and motivate healthcare workers.

Re-watch the series below.

We deliberately chose a diverse range of speakers - ranging from world-class athletes to best-selling authors to esteemed psychotherapists to inspirational senior doctors. All were hosted by Chris Cherry, one of our founding Trustees and a 30 years' qualified psychotherapist.

They played such an important part in our journey to support doctors' mental health and provide a positive future for our healthcare profession.

We loved it so much, we are busy planning the next series....so watch this space!

Our Speakers

Emotional & Mental Health In the Age of the Virus

7pm Thursday, 11 June 2020

Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb is CEO of the firm 'How to Have a Good Day' and author of the best-selling book by the same name. She is currently a senior advisor to McKinsey, having set up their leadership practice during her 12 years as a partner there, and a former economist at the Bank of England. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and features regularly in popular media such as The Financial Times and The Economist, as well as on BBC Radio.

Caroline & Chris will be exploring resilience in the age of the virus - using recent findings across neuroscience, psychology and behavioural economics - together with practical advice of 'how to have a good day' even in the face of adversity.

7pm Thursday, 18 June 2020

Mike Fisher

Mike is an esteemed therapist and Founder of the British Association of Anger Management. He is the co-founder of the Centre for Men’s Development, an expert in Trauma Incident Therapy and has had extensive experience supporting healthcare professionals. He has appeared on numerous TV & Radio shows including BBC3 ‘Can’t stop losing my cool’.

Mike & Chris spoke about how our brains and bodies react to adversity, coping mechanisms during these times and how we can turn that adversity into opportunity.

7pm Thursday, 25 June 2020

Tom Mitchell

Tom is the current captain of both the England and Great Britain Rugby 7s teams. Tom led Great Britain to win an Olympic Silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 and silver at the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. In the 2013-14 World Series, Tom was the leading scorer with 358 points. He was then nominated for World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2014.

Tom & Chris explored Tom’s experiences of leading a team to success under intense pressure, coping with the expectations of being super-human and the importance of team relationships for building resilience.

7pm Thursday, 2 July 2020

The Hon. Julia Samuel

Julia is a distinguished psychotherapist and author of best-selling books 'This Too Shall Pass' and 'Grief Works' - involving stories of change, crisis and hopeful beginnings. She has extensive experience in both private practice and the NHS, pioneering the role of maternity and paediatric psychotherapy. She was awarded an MBE in 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2017.

Julia & Chris reflected on their combined conversations with patients to bring insight into navigating challenges, coping with change and how we can adapt and thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences.

7pm, Thursday, 9 July 2020

Adam Kay

Adam is a former doctor, comedian, author and, importantly, one of the leading voices in doctors’ mental health today. His best selling book ‘ This is Going To Hurt’, based on diary entries from his time as a junior doctor, shone light on the pressures faced by doctors and went on to sell over a million copies in the UK. He sold out at Edinburgh Festival six years in a row and his tour was seen by over 100,000 people.

Adam & Chris explored the mental health pressures faced by doctors in light of Adam’s first hand experiences, and his advice to the doctors of today’s world. They explored ways to deal with these pressures and the long term support that is needed.

Unfortunately Adam's session could not be recorded but we hope to invite him back for future discussions and will be sharing snippets of his wisdom he kindly shared with us on our social media :)

7pm, Thursday, 16 July 2020

Mr Aman Coonar

Mr Coonar is a leading surgical consultant, who regularly manages high pressure, life and death situations. He will share his experiences of helping casualties from the London bombings, pioneering lung surgery techniques, leading teams through intense life-saving operations and his unfaltering dedication to his patients. All of these experiences no doubt required resilience, a clear head under pressure and the ability to thrive in the highest intensity moments - together with managing extreme emotions - of both himself and his team - when things don't go to plan.

The inspirational Mr Coonar shared his advice for doctors - and others in high-pressure industries - about how he takes care of his own emotional and mental health - in the hope of motivating others. Mr Coonar has always held a great passion for mental health – having a degree in psychology and being a huge advocate for developing team and personal resilience in the medical world.

Our Host

Chris Cherry

Chris is a Founding Trustee of You Okay, Doc? and a qualified integrative psychotherapist with over 30 years' experience. He is fully registered with the UK Council of Psychotherapy and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including the NHS, the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as founding and coordinating a number of organisations.

His work has also extended to a variety of appearances on a wide range of TV and radio programmes including ‘The Truth About Men’ on ITV, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Berkshire. Chris has worked with a broad range of emotional issues ranging from anxiety to addictions and with these experiences he will provide valuable insight into tailoring specific products to support doctors’ mental health.

Our webinar sponsor is: Draeger UK

The series has been kindly supported by: