Professor Maggie Lawrence was been invited on to the Stroke Association’s Facebook Live channel to mark #MentalHealthAwareness Week and to support the charity’s Stroke Awareness Month #SaveStrokeResearch campaign.
She joined a conversation with Nick Hounsfield, Director of Surfing England and chief WaveMaker at The Wave, discussing the benefits of mindfulness on May 13 on Facebook @TheStrokeAssociation.
Professor Lawrence, from the Department of Nursing and Community Health, has a background in neurological rehabilitation nursing and information science.
She has extensive experience of conducting quantitative and qualitative healthcare research in a range of healthcare settings, and with a range of stakeholders.
Her research focus is on stroke, and in particular the role of lifestyle risk factor modification and stress management in the prevention of recurrent stroke.
Professor Lawrence currently leads the HEADS: UP (Helping Ease Anxiety and Depression after Stroke) research project. She was also the founder and former chair of INSsPiRE, an international network of stroke prevention researchers.
She said: “I’m really excited to have been invited to join Nick Hounsfield in conversation during #MentalHealthAwareness Week to support the Stroke Association’s Stroke Awareness Month.
“The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of stroke, the charity’s funding of research, including my own – HEADS: UP – and the difference it can make to the lives of people affected by stroke.
“I’m sure Nick and I will have much to discuss about mindfulness and being near, or on, water and how these might help people manage stress, anxiety – and so much more, after stroke.”