Brain Awareness Week – 15-21 March


Next week is Brain Awareness Week, dedicated to educating and engaging the public about the advances and advantages of brain research worldwide. 

The British Neurological Association has pulled together a list of activities taking place during the week which include: 

Please note that some of the activites listed are being hosted in Ireland and the timezones listed reflect this. 

(Click on the blue text for more information)


Monday – 15 March

Neurodiversity Awareness & Inclusion CPD

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM WET

Are you a Coach, Counsellor or Health Care professional, (or studying in these fields)? Are you seeking to broaden your understanding?

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term used to describe a range of conditions including ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. 15-20% of adults are considered Neurodiverse and may experience significant barriers in achieving positive mental health, employment and academic inclusion and meeting their potential.

In 3 hours we will explore and discuss a wide range of issues in relation to Neurodiversity as well as identify proactive and inclusive ways to best support the unique needs of your neurodiverse clients.


Brain Health: Online Webinar Series

11:00 – 12:00 GMT

Throughout March – May 2021, Dementia Research Network Ireland will be hosting free weekly webinars for the public on Brain Health.


Wellbeing Essentials for Students

13:00 – 15:00 GMT

A free workshop for undergraduate students, at The University of Sheffield, to provide you with the knowledge and skills to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Several dates are available. Spaces are limited so book now!


Music, Dementia and Positive Ageing

19:00 – 21:30 WET

This free event, live-streamed from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, aims to disseminate current research on positive ageing and dementia through the medium of music. As part of National Brain Awareness Week, the event will feature performances of original musical compositions by Ian Wilson and Paul Noonan depicting experiences of living with dementia. It will also feature presentations by leading researchers and clinicians on positive ageing and music and dementia research, and an experiential workshop exploring the effects of singing on well-being and cognition in older age.


Tuesday – 16 March

Teen Brain Matters (trauma informed workshop)

10:00 – 12:00 WET

The workshop will go through the latest understanding of neuroscience & developmental psychology, with practical strategies to help families understand the changes teenagers are going through, and how they can support. For Berkshire adopters, foster carers, kinship carers and birth parents of young people with early life trauma.


Supportive Communities: Mental Health Awareness

11:00 – 12:00 WET

This is a  FREE online session delivered by Support Staffordshire, working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council.In this session, we cover common mental health problems and symptoms, how to support someone who is struggling and where to look for professional support. We will also look at wellbeing tools and practices that we can all use to improve our mental health during these difficult times.


Wellbeing Essentials with Bath Mind

16:15 – 18:15 WET

A 2-hour interactive online workshop for any undergraduate student who wants to know more about managing their wellbeing at university. This free course is for any student at the University of Bath who would like to learn more about mental health or looking after their wellbeing.


FREE ONLINE Yoga with Lily @ FH Online Studio

18:00 – 18:30 GMT

Free Online taster Yoga Classes run by Lily Parkinson with Formula Health Clinic. Multiple dates are available before and after this date.


Mental Health Awareness – Stress & Anxiety

18:00 – 19:00 WET

Join Unite the Union Wales and Sheree Williams for a one-hour mental health awareness session for people working in education. Please note this free workshop is only open to residents of Wales.


Project Play

18:00 – 20:00 GMT,

These two-hour zoom sessions are delivered for free by Ben Kingston-Hughes. The sessions are delivered with a blend of humour and will bring positive playful ideas to your home that will support children’s brain development, make children feel happy, keep them fit and healthy and promote children’s language abilities. The workshop is designed for mums and dads with children up to 4years with a focus on the 0-2 age group.


The Spike: an epic journey through the brain in 2.1 seconds

19:00 – 20:30 WET

Join Mark Humphries as he draws on decades of research in neuroscience, exploring how spikes are born, how they are transmitted, how they lead us to action and the mysteries that still surround them.


A Synaesthesia Concert for Brain Awareness Week

19:00 PM – 20:30 WET

Maynooth University psychology department and FENS organisation invite you to a free synaesthesia concert for Brain Awareness Week. 


Introduction and Description of Synaesthesia:

Dr Richard Roche (Maynooth University)

Academic Talks

Sophie Lee (University of Limerick)

Professor Fiona Newell (Trinity College Dublin)

Concert: Svetlana Rudenko

  • Live performance of Chopin Ballad N2 Op. 38
  • Scriabin Op. 57 N1 Désir with a 4D visualisation of Musical- Space Synaesthesia
  • Scriabin Sonata N5 Op. 53 with Synaesthesia Art by Dr. Timothy Layden, and Visuals by Maura Mc Donnell


Wednesday – 17 March

Mindfulness in Motion: Training Mental & Physical Health in Brainwise ways

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM GMT

Join Dr. Tamara Russell for 30 minutes that will transform your day. Suitable for all ages and abilities.  Training the body in a gentle way with movements based on tai chi and chi kung, whilst receiving expert guidance in mental training at the same time. Multiple sessions are available.


Growth Skills Workshop: Brain Workouts for Young People

16:00 – 17:00 GMT

For young people aged 13-25 living or attending school in the Hillingdon Borough. Using a structured and strengths-based approach, young people are encouraged to learn new skills to cope with difficulties they may be facing with their mental health and wellbeing, and discuss their opinions and ideas in an open, non-judgmental safe space. Workshops will engage with creative arts, media and drama to allow a new experience of mindfulness that can be implemented in day to day practise, and support young people to empower themselves by taking back control. Please contact for more information and to book your space.


Healthy gut, healthy you with Nutritionist Fran Taylor (online)

17:30 – 19:00 WET

In this interactive nutrition and cooking webinar discover how a healthier digestive system means a healthier you! Gut health is a hot topic; more and more research is linking gut health to disease and wellbeing – from digestive health and metabolism to immunity and even mood.


Calmness and Connectivity

19.00-20.00 WET

The focus of these two sessions (2nd session is on the 24th of March) is calmness and connectivity. Would you like to find out how to manage and deal with your anxiety? Perhaps you experience scanxiety, or perhaps you want to understand and work through all the feelings you have about Coronavirus? These sessions will offer you an insight into this; will provide you with practical tools and techniques for dealing with anxiety, and allow you to experience how to let go of the past.


Thursday – 18 March

Managing Stress and Anxiety

14:00 – 16:00 WET

Techniques to manage your stress and anxiety for the pandemic and beyond.


Online Webinar: Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

19:00 – 21:30 GMT

This course, for professionals and interested individuals, will focus on providing an in-depth understanding of how OCD affects emotions, cognition and behaviour; the brain regions and neurotransmitters involved in the process; recovery techniques and so much more. 


Designing New Treatments for Pain

20:00-22.00 GMT

The reality of discovering novel and effective pain-relieving treatments through performing bench to bedside translational research.


Friday – 19 March

SELF LOVE STORIES: a LIVE 30-minute joint journaling workshop

08:00 – 08:30 GMT

Self Love Stories is a weekly journaling and meditation programme – FREE to anybody who wants to get involved. Each week, our LIVE sessions led by Mindless Academy’s founder Laurie Stewart and our dedicated Mindset Coach Karen Podesta will offer a short guided meditation, followed by a series of journaling prompts.


Looking After Your Mental Health at Work – Careers Week

10:00 – 12:00 WET

A free interactive online workshop looking at managing mental wellbeing when moving into the workplace in graduate or placement roles. This workshop is being delivered in partnership with The University of Sheffield’s Careers Week.


Saturday – 20 March

Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland: Mindfulness & Wellbeing

11:00 to 12:00 WET

This free event is for people living with Huntington’s disease, carers and family members. For more information, please contact Patricia at


Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice

11:00 – 13:30 GMT

This course is for both professionals and sufferers who are interested in mental health, continuing professional development, and effective anxiety recovery techniques.


Music Consciousness: How visual are we compared to synaesthetes?

18:00 WET

A musical journey through our senses and emotions, with Svetlana Rudenko & the RTE ConTempo Quartet.


Free Mental Health Awareness Training

19:00 – 20:00 GMT

To advance the education of Mental Health Awareness in Wales amongst the BAME Community members including Asylum Seekers and Refugees.


Sunday – 21 March

Wellbeing Masterclass: Making Positive Psychology Work for You

14:00 – 17:00 WET

In this free workshop, we will examine one of Positive Psychology’s key models of wellbeing and look at how you can apply it to improve your life in six simple steps.


Art Therapy Webinar with Certificate & Free Creative Journal

11:30 – 14:30, 14:30 – 17:30, 19:00 – 21:30 GMT

This webinar will explore: a brief history of Art Therapy, the psychology of colour and symbolism, techniques to help regulate mood and behaviour, creative and effective communication skills an many new and creative art therapy ideas to try with yourself and/or others, from young children through to teens and adults too. Multiple dates and times are available.


The Stress Reset

17:00 – 18:00 WET

In this free webinar, we combine the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and well-being with effective coaching techniques to change the way you look at the stress-producing events in your life, help you regain control of the way your mind and body respond to these events, understand the relationship between stress and wellbeing, and how to use these as the foundations to establish stress management strategies for those high-pressure moments and long term resilience.