Can You Train Your Brain To Be Happy?

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • 14 to 19-year-olds
  • Speech-to-text
  • British Sign Language
  • Audio described
Photograph of a tablet standing on a wooden surface with a vinyl record shelf behind containing the spines of many colourful records. On the tabletop are coloured highlighter pens, a pen pot containing pens and an open magazine showing colourful graphics. A photographic portrait of Jamie Hale is on the tablet screen with video call icons "People", "Chat" and a red telephone icon.
Can You Train Your Brain To Be Happy?, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portrait © Becky Bailey.

What you'll do

Join artist Jamie Hale and psychologist Professor Ed Watkins in a creative workshop where you will explore how our brains work and how we can affect our moods. 

The workshop will start with a conversation between Jamie and Ed followed by a Q&A where you will be able to ask them questions about the ideas raised. Then you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with others to develop the concept of an app that could help build some of these ideas into people’s everyday lives.  

This is a relaxed event. Cameras can be on or off as needed. You can move around and make noise at any time. If you need to dip in and out of the session, you can. There will be multiple ways to communicate, ask questions and participate (such as using the chat function if you do not want to use your voice).  

If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.  

This workshop is for 14 to 19 year-olds. It is limited to 16 places and booking is essential. You will be given joining instructions for Zoom in your confirmation email. 

About your contributors

Photograph of Jamie Hale

Jamie Hale


Jamie is an artist, curator, and founder and artistic director of disability arts organisation CRIPtic Arts. They create poetry, comedy, scriptwriting and drama for page, stage and screen, and are currently directing a showcase at the Barbican Centre for autumn 2021 and a disability arts documentary. They have written for Wellcome Collection and the Guardian newspaper and have performed at venues including the Southbank Centre. Their poetry pamphlet, ‘Shield’, was published in January 2021.

Photograph of Professor Edward Watkins

Professor Edward Watkins


Edward Watkins is Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Exeter. He is a chartered clinical psychologist specialising in cognitive behavioural therapy. His work focuses on the psychological understanding, treatment and prevention of worry, rumination, anxiety and depression using face-to-face and digital approaches, across the lifespan. He currently leads a Horizon 2020-funded project to develop and test personalised digital self-help to promote wellbeing in young people across Europe and a large UKRI-funded project to develop and evaluate a stepped change whole university approach to improve student mental health.

Logo for Young People's Forum

Young People's Forum


Young people from Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Young People’s Forum were advisors and co-creators on this project, helping design the content and activity.  



Need to know

Guaranteed (online)

Booking a ticket guarantees you entry to the online event. You will be given joining instructions in your confirmation email. If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.


This event will have live speech-to-text transcription which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The text will be embedded in the event video window and ticketholders will also receive a link to open subtitles in a separate window.

British Sign Language

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. An interpreter will be embedded in the event stream/visible to all attendees and will interpret what is discussed into BSL for d/Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened attendees.

Audio described

The host and speakers will describe themselves and key visual elements they refer to, which may be useful for blind, partially sighted and neurodiverse attendees. There will not be a separate audio description track.

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