Date:       Monday 21st March 2016, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our March meeting was a talk by Becky Lavelle on Humanist perspectives on depression.

Originally from Stockport, Becky is currently based in Hull where she is completing her 4th year of medical school. She has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine, mental health, and champions the biopsychosocial model of health and illness.Having previously graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester in 2011, she is now President of the Hull University Secularist, Atheist, and Humanist Society (HUSAH), a committee member for HERHG, and in regular communication with the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Students’ organisation (AHS). She is actively involved in the skeptical community and proudly identifies as an ‘outspoken atheist, feminist, and Yorkshire Tea drinker’. She chairs weekly discussions at the Hull University Union, takes part in monthly clean-ups of the nearby Newland area and as a student, of course, enjoys engaging in social activities over a pint.

The talk was a discussion of our past and present understandings of Depression; exploring how perspectives of the disorder have changed and how, as Humanists, it is compatible with our values to recognise the significance of mental illness in our world today and what actions we can take to improve the situation of those affected, reduce stigma, and, ultimately, save lives.