Our unique, live 6-week bootcamp to learn about your mental health from psychologists – and make your 21st century easier.
WHAT IS BRAINCAMP?
Let’s be honest. Mental health support is a mess.
Waiting lists stretch for months into years. Therapy is expensive. Depression rates in the U.K have doubled since pre-March 2020 levels, young people are being hit the hardest…and a clunky site built by boomers still just asks if you’ve tried mindfulness and yoga?
Enough is enough. The Braincamp is a 6-week live group course on how to not only look after, but truly understand, your own brain. Wherever it’s at right now. With a bunch of like-minded others and 0 waiting list.
We’re covering all the fun, interesting, genuinely useful cutting-edge answers Psychology has to help you. 0% sh*t CBT sessions over the phone, 100% juicy.
In Braincamp, you’ll join a supportive community of peers to learn about:
- Your brain.
- Other people.
- DIY Psychology.
Our goal is simple: To empower you with the tools to better understand and care for your own mental health long-term.
(Because let’s be real, the government aren’t.)
We know tackling mental health can feel like a big deal, so we want to hear more about you and ensure you feel supported and safe.
We’ll have an onboarding form to disclose as much or as little of your mental health, and what you want to gain with us, as you feel comfortable with. You’ll have the chance to meet us and ask any questions – and a small social to meet your fellow attendees!
Before we dive in, we need to know who we are.
Our first session covers the Psychology of personality – from quizzes to attachment theory, to the “Dark Triad” and personality disorders – and gives you a chance to get to know eachother in a gentle and playful way.
We all experience stress and go through difficult experiences. What makes an event “traumatic”? Is stress always bad for us? Most importantly, how do we feel better?
This week, we’ll look at research surrounding trauma, protective factors, and a few useful alternatives to CBT – including Internal Family Systems and a self-soothing toolbox of techniques.
Note: This session will briefly cover topics attendees may find upsetting. Attendees are welcome to reach out before or after the workshop for support, and to leave the session at any time.
How do we make great art? Why do we doodle? Are the brains of scientists and artists any different? Also, how do I stop procrastinating?
In this fan-favourite talk, we look at (digital) brains, the fine line between creativity and disorder, what eureka moments look like, why you leave that essay to the last minute, and 5 simple nudges we can use to reach creative or focused states on cue.
We will hear from an expert with lived experience on the range of neurodiverse conditions: ADHD, autistic spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and more!
We’ll look at the strengths as well as struggles of having each, what each “feels” like, how we can create supportive environments, and how to navigate receiving a diagnosis and support.
Our expert speaker is available afterwards for guidance and follow-up questions.
Healthy interpersonal relationships are the #1 protective factor for our mental health. How do we maintain and build them in a post-pandemic digital world?
In this session, we’ll look at why a breakout room can be so awkward, the psychological mechanisms behind digital vs in-person communication, and how we can be better friends and partners.
(Yes, this includes the neuroscience behind attraction. Don’t get too spicy and make us go Jackie Weaver.)
Too often, our mental healthcare systems takes a medicalised model of finding problems, or disorders, and “fixing” them. We often come away with labels and pills feeling a bit naff.
How about the times we feel alright? What makes us happy? When do we feel in “the zone”? How do we identify our strengths? Or achieve mastery in our hobbies?
We’ll draw on our new 3 favourite grandpas – Seligman, Csikszentmihalyi, and Jung – for guidance.
Congratulations: you made it through Braincamp!
We’ll have a final social celebration – in-person if the government don’t snipe us out with new regulation – and establish channels, check-ins, and peer support networks to continue to support you with a community after the programme.
IS THIS FOR ME?
Braincamp is designed for:
- Students & workers interested in Mental Health, Neuroscience, and Psychology
- Lived experience of mental health issues and/or brain disorders welcome (but not necessary!)
- No prior qualification in Psychology or Neuroscience needed.
- Curious and willing to learn!
Braincamp is designed to be beneficial for everyone and have a protective long-term effect upon your mental health – wherever it’s currently at.
People with current or lived experience of mental health conditions are 100% welcome at Braincamp. Please be aware Braincamp provides group-centered psychoeducation, which is not a substitute for 1:1 therapeutic intervention.
Our focus is long-term prevention, improvement, education, and empowerment. We measure your mental health according to the PHQ-9, GAD-7, and Flourishing scale at the beginning, throughout, and the end: so you can visualise and track your progress over the 6 weeks.
You retain access to provided materials for a lifetime.
What you get:
Personalised 1:1 Support
Learn live, in small groups, and at your own pace with a mixture of resources delivered throughout.
Enroll in a live cohort of peers to learn together in weekly sessions.
Bond with peers in our 1:1 “buddy-up” and small group sessions. Take part in optional socials and join our community post-bootcamp!
Join our community post-Braincamp, let us know your needs at Onboarding, and join 1:1 check-ins to ask questions, receive personalized resources, and ongoing support.
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Braincamp begins 30th March 2022. Our sessions run weekly in the evenings for 6 weeks.
Braincamp live sessions take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM weekly. Each session lasts 1-1.5hrs with ample breaks.
There will be opportunities for additional check-ins, optional talks, and social events throughout the week – particularly on Fridays!
Individual exercises and resources are shared each Monday. In total Braincamp gives 2-5hrs per week of support and content, fitting flexibly around your life and commitments.
No. Braincamp is completely live and interactive in delivery as part of a small (<40 brains) group. It is 100% focused on improving your long-term mental health, rather than “Psychology 101”.
There will be opportunities for feedback in workshops, small group activities, check-ins (both in-person and remote), and an in-person social event to celebrate.
Participation in each of these is encouraged for maximum benefit, but completely optional! If you would prefer to stay on mute / camera off, that’s completely okay too.
Several deliverers of Braincamp have lived experience of these conditions. We are happy to make adjustments to make our sessions as accessible as possible.
We will have a session devoted to understanding neurodiversity by an expert speaker, who has kindly agreed to be available for follow-up if you have any questions or “Wait, do I have X?” moments afterwards.
Everyone is welcome at Braincamp.
At Onboarding, you are able to disclose any mental health or accessibility needs to an extent you are comfortable with. If we believe this requires follow-up to ensure Braincamp is the best possible experience for you, we will be in touch on how best to facilitate this.
We do not turn anyone away from Braincamp unless they violate our Safeguarding Policy, ie. are threatening or harassing our delivery partners or fellow attendees.
We are a mixture of speakers with an academic qualification in Psychology – to a minimum of BSc, MSc or MRes, and PhD level – combined with British Psychological Society membership, and work experience within the mental health sector, supported by additional guest speakers who have lived personal experience.
Pssst – most of us are Gen Z. Whether this means you’ll like our memes remains to be seen…
Braincamp is designed for 18 – 25 year olds interested in joining a supportive community to learn more about, and improve, their long-term mental health.
All sessions are delivered in English, but can be accessed from anywhere in the world. In-person events are held in Manchester, U.K.
No. Braincamp is designed to be accessible for people with 0 prior background in Psychology or Neuroscience.
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