ON EDGE: Streets Ahead: Building a Mindful Metropolis

London rooftops at dusk, showing the Shard and Guy's hospital
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 14:00 to 17:00
Science Gallery London
Free, drop in

What impact does living in a city like London have on our mental health? Are factors like access to green spaces, high-rise housing, social inequality and pollution making us more anxious? 

Hear from Thrive LDN and researchers from King’s College London, about the relationship between urban life and mental health, and help us redesign the streets of London for more mindful living.

Free, drop-in.

Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

About the contributors

Christopher Simpson is an actor, director and workshop facilitator with a wide-ranging creative practice. He wrote and presented a radio documentary, ‘Other’, for BBC Radio 4 about people who tick the box Other on census forms, and composed and performed a song-cycle ‘Very Present Tense’ charting the passage of grief. As a maker he has run workshops creating a vast array of masks out of paper, wood or resin for acting pedagogy and performance. He has an interest in how arts-based activities can facilitate conversations around mental health. 


Rasmus Birk, PhD, is Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at King’s College London, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, and Assistant Professor in psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is currently working on a research project called “Mental Health in South East London: A qualitative study of city life and mental health”. The aim of this project is to use interviews to help understand how it is that city life – sometimes – seems to lead mental health problems of various kinds, especially for young adults living in South East London.   


Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners. It is supported by the Mayor of London and led by the London Health Board partners. Their work includes engaging with hundreds of experts by profession and by experience across London’s public, charitable and business sectors to identify what would make a difference to Londoners’ mental health and wellbeing. They aim to raise awareness work of protective factors such as access to green/recreational areas.

This event is part of ON EDGE: Living in an Age of Anxiety, a free exhibition and events programme at Science Gallery London exploring the causes of and responses to anxiety in contemporary society through art, design, psychology and neuroscience.

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ESRC Festival of Social Science

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