Stepping up the fight for mental health – panellist event with radio and TV host Roman Kemp

10th May 2021, 5:00pm - 6:00pm


There is a growing mental health crisis, what can we do about it?

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, join us for an open and honest conversation with Radio and TV host Roman Kemp. He will take part in a panel discussion analysing the topic of mental health from different angles.

Radio and TV host Roman Kemp


After the recent airing of his BBC documentary: Our Silent Emergency, Roman will join Edge Hill University to speak about the importance of mental health and asking twice if someone is ok. As well as the amazing charity he is a patron for – Joes Buddy Line

Joining Roman on the panel will be Professor Andy Smith, who has been at the forefront of ground-breaking research in sport, education and mental health, informing the work of community and professional sport and health organisations across the country, including influencing the UK Select Committee’s Suicide Prevention report. He will spotlight recent interventions he and other Edge Hill colleagues have worked on, including Rugby League Cares Offload programme, which resulted in 78% of men reporting feeling more aware of how to look after their health and wellbeing; and award-winning mental health programme Tackling the Blues delivered in partnership between Edge Hill University, Everton in the Community and Tate Liverpool to promote young people’s mental health in education through sports, physical activity and the arts.

Other panellists include Olivia Izzo, a student mentor on the Tackling the Blues programme who is encouraging children and young people to open up about their mental health through the arts and sport and an ‘Offload Rugby League Cares’ participant. The Rugby League Carers project involves men engaging with current and former players to learn the techniques clubs use to manage players’ mental and physical fitness.

Chairing the event will be Mike Salla, Director of Health and Sport at Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club. Mike oversees a broad range of mental health specific projects and is leading on the development of The People’s Place; a purpose-built mental health hub adjacent to Goodison Park.