Emma Wilson

Blogger, speaker, consultant + freelance writer on mental health, student wellbeing and social media | Youth MHFA (England) instructor + speaker | Co-Director Wellbeing Speakers & Events Club | Contributor for London School of Economics | Social Media for @YPMHAG and @MindulEm | Founder of Emma Wilson Training and Consultancy.

About Emma

I am a freelance writer and blogger with a passion for all things mental health, wellbeing and the role of technology in today's world. Navigating through my 20s in the hustle and bustle of London, I have experience of working in the policy, communications and research. I have experience of media work, including BBC News and BBC Radio 4. I am a qualified youth mental health first aid (MHFA) instructor and have written articles for charities and organisations ranging from the London School of Economics to the Mental Health Foundation. My blog MindfulEm's Toolkit for the Mind is a part self-help, part memoir that is an extension of my Twitter account (@MindfulEm). 

You can visit my business website, Emma Wilson | Training and Consultancy via www.emmawilsonmhtc.com or contact mindfulem@gmail.com if you are interested in collaborating on research, speaking and writing opportunities.

Reflecting on depression; from the other side.

There is a certain comfort in feeling numb. In a world of chaos, it is one of the few certainties that exists. That weight, that heaviness; it is an unwelcome guest that you wish would just leave but you cannot bear to say goodbye. Why? That means vulnerability. You are truly alone. There is no-one you can hide behind and you feel exposed to your fears. The past feels so present and the future is so unclear; so unlikely. To be awash with depression is a feeling of suffocation and weightlessness

Mental Health and the Media: its role, responsibilities and the key challenges

There is no doubt that coverage of mental health stories has grown in recent years. With an economic cost set at £105bn in the UK, and one in four adults estimated to have a mental health problem, it has become a greater feature on the political agenda. In news reporting, this has provided a powerful opportunity for responsible and informative journalism that may, in turn, reduce stigma and misconceptions about a subject laden with stereotypes. In both my personal and professional life, I have

The student voice on technology, wellbeing and society.

This blog post is one of a series on phase two of LSE 2020, a student-focused project that has engaged with 440 students. In this post, we discuss an issue that was frequently brought up by students: the impact of technology on society and our emotional wellbeing in an era of ever-increasing interconnectivity. The issues raised provide context into how today’s students navigate the digital age. This will, undoubtedly, have an impact on student expectations about the teaching and learning experie

Fresher’s Fever: behind the curtain of euphoria

Emma writes about how being a Fresher isn't necessarily carefree and the best time of your life, and reassures readers that if you're struggling to settle into uni, you won't be the only one who feels this way. These are the feelings that are seemingly hidden behind the mask of Fresher’s fever. University can be the best time of your life. It is a chance to make long-lasting friendships, learn from professors who are experts in their subject area, and experience the big wide world outside of t

LSE Lit Fest 2017 Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon

What has been the impact of digital technologies on the development of today’s youth? And how has the digital world changed the way we see ourselves and relate to each other? In Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online, blogger, author and digital consultant Emma Gannon shares her experiences of coming of age, living and working in the digital era. Gannon enfolds illuminating facts and figures into her engaging and relatable personal memoir to examine both the risks and opportunities afforded by di

Reaching out, addressing mental health

On the occasion of University Mental Health Day 2017, Emma Wilson discusses the importance of awareness of mental health issues, particularly among students, and the need for peer support. One in four adults are said to have a mental health problem at any one time. Within the student population, a study conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) found that 78% of students reported having had a mental health problem in the past year, with 33% encountering suicidal thoughts.

Involving young people in mental health policy: what, why and how?

50% of long-term mental health conditions manifest by the age of 14. As such, early intervention and the adoption of a lifespan approach to tackling mental health problems is a key priority at the Mental Health Foundation. How can we, as an organisation, best influence the policy decisions that will promote the wellbeing of young people? By working collaboratively with these groups – the so-called ‘experts by experience’. Young people, with or without mental health problems, are best placed to

From interviews to Instagram, how did we engage students in the evaluation of Clement House?

Working with students as partners in the development of their university experience should form an integral part of any institution’s set of policies. However, securing a sufficient level of student engagement, which is also meaningful, poses a challenge across the sector. Within the evaluation process for Clement House, we have been keen to utilise a wide array of communication channels – including some innovative new approaches which have involved social media. By complimenting the old and ne

'Tis the season to be jolly

Yes, it’s that time again – Christmas. Whilst it can be a happy time of year for many, this is not the case for all. Behind the twinkling lights, log fires and television adverts promising joy for all, there are many people who really struggle to cope with the pressures surrounding the festive season. Isolation, separation and family division can all impact a person’s mental wellbeing – not to mention the dark nights, influx of social gatherings and the cost of buying presents. For someone liv

Surviving freshers – coping with mental health problems at university | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

Emma uses her own experiences to give tips about dealing with peer pressure and depression at uni. I have, technically, been to two universities. Five years ago, I arrived at my first to study History at a campus uni, but barely lasted a term. But on my second attempt, studying Law in a large city, I managed to graduate! I’d like to share some of my experiences of uni to help others who might be finding things hard. Life can become a bit of a whirlwind in the lead up to starting university.