The Transformation Seminars are a series of free online events where we contemplate the future of children and young people’s mental health. Join us as we ask some of the most eminent names in mental health: what would most contribute to a transformation of our approach to mental health?

About this seminar

There has been a huge increase in interest in social injustice and its relationship to psychological distress and mental ill health since the public murder of George Floyd, last summer. The number of mental health campaigns within mental health organisations, in particular, have soared.

However, little attention has been paid to how the psychology of whiteness is a key factor in maintaining the unequal social norms we have. This means that our understanding of whiteness, and of the mechanisms which allow it to be reproduced continue to do harm — including to white minds and bodies, themselves — is at best, fragmented.

When racism is seen as an issue of concern only to those racialised as Black or Brown, colonial logics prevail. Inequality and social outcomes become seen as independent from white social actors, as accidental or legitimate. Social and psychological disturbance, deficiency and pathology become fixed onto those with less social power as ‘dysfunctional’ ways of being in the world, and become normalised.

In this seminar, Guilaine Kinouani, award-nominated writer of the blog,, argues that to address widespread social inequality we need not only to redefine what mental health is but also to start to pay much closer attention to the way white people operate in the world and its implications for society.

This event will include BSL Interpreters. Interpretation will be available for those joining the seminar on a PC or laptop.


The format of the Transformation Seminars are:

17:20 - 17:30   Registration (log-in to online seminar)

17:30 - 18:15   Transformation Seminar

18:15 - 18:45   Q&A

System requirements for online seminar

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this seminar. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this event. Details of how to join the event on Zoom will be shared closer to the event.

28th September 2021
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 17:30 - 18:45 (UK time)



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