Poor mental health is the singular crisis of our time - one that arguably lies at the root of many of the biggest threats facing humanity as we approach the 2020s.
We are witnessing a growing epidemic of depression, alienation, bitterness, and suicides. Inner personal demons are leading too many of us to pursue destructive courses of action. Emotional instability is warping our thinking and subverting our rationality. Even people with "normal" mental health often perform far short of their full potential.
21st century science and technology has the potential to improve almost every area of human life. What can it do for our mental health?
This meeting will feature three speakers offering their recommendations. This includes revising society's opinions towards psychedelics, and promoting other evidence-based tools and techniques to enhance all-round intelligence and heightened states of consciousness. All three speakers will talk about the profound personal transformations they have witnessed.
There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A and discussion.
== Speakers ==
** Darren Springer is is a grass-roots researcher and event organizer based in London. He’s the Director of Ancient Future, convenor of the Psychedelia Railway Gatherings and curator at Earth Tone Arts.
** Anya Oleksiuk is a filmmaker and a campaigner for the legalisation of psychedelics. She is a Co-director and Video Lead for The Psychedelic Society, https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/.
Anya is also the founder of Triptika Studios – the world's first psychedelic film collective.
Anya has made it her life’s mission to change the general public’s perception of psychedelics. She believes that, by lifting the stigma through wider education, we will influence civil society and reform outdated drug laws, enabling psychedelic usage in therapy.
Anya is currently producing and directing The Psychedelic Renaissance - a documentary about the worldwide re-emergence of the psychedelic movement and the crucial role of psychedelic substances in human culture from prehistory to modern times.
** Mathieu Gosselin is co-leader of the Transhumanist Party UK. In his professional life, he has been developing and designing interactive experiences for blue-chip clients such as Nike, Ford, Burberry, Jaguar, and Time Inc. He headed Product and Design at Emoticast, created a million+ digital painting community (Psykopaint), and is currently working on a project to "redesign religion".
Mathieu will explain what he thinks are the root causes of mental ill health. He will also cover a range of tools we could leverage in order to improve the way we treat our minds.
== Meeting logistics ==
2pm-4pm, Sat 13th April 2019.
Venue: Room G13, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room G13 is on the ground floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/en/restaurants-and-bars/the-meeting-place), 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.
== Wifi access ==
Wireless network: BBK-Guest
(Username and password are case-sensitive.)
== Covering meeting costs ==
A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.
(NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.)
Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)
Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organisers in advance.