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James Downs

Research, training, psychological therapies, and lived experience leadership 

Feature in the Telegraph about the publication of new guidelines for medical emergencies in eating d
2023 first-author paper and subject of editorial feature on longstanding eating disorders, Lancet Ps
Co-edited and co-authored book, "The Practical Handbook of Eating Difficulties"
Working with yoga and movement practitioners in Cambridge
Commissioned artwork for British Medical Journal cover-page feature on integrated care for eating di
Speaking at the Mind Media Awards in London's Southbank Centre as a shortlisting judge
Hats On For Mind Campaign 22/23 - raising over £220,000 for the mental health charity, Mind
One of many approaches to integrating the arts and health
First look at my chapter in Elsevier's "A Guide to Psychiatric Examination"
From my writing for IndyVoices, The Independent
Cambridge Yoga Project supporting Samaritans 30 days of yoga
Proud Ambassador for MQ Mental Health research charity
Hats On For Mind, with Julia Bradbury
Hello and welcome!

My name's James and I am a leading creator of knowledge, community and wellbeing in the field of mental health. I am most known for my activity in the area of eating disorders in particular, and for an approach that is rooted in valuing diverse lived and embodied experience. This website brings together the many strands of my work as an educator and public speaker, researcher and writer, embodied movement practitioner, and psychological therapist. It is also where you can book events with me and get in touch.


With more than a decade's experience of high-impact work in this area, I've a wealth of skill and knowledge to draw upon in approaching new projects, as well as a curiosity that is only growing. Whether you are looking for policy and research advice, training provision, personal therapy, or simply more information about me, I hope you find this site useful. Do get in touch if there is any way we might be able to connect to create positive change, together. 

NB: This website is in development and will be more fully finished Summer 2024! Thank you for your patience.

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Upcoming Events

  • Compassionate Mind Morning Retreat
    Compassionate Mind Morning Retreat
    Sat, 14 Sept
    St Michael & All Angels Church, Cathays
    14 Sept 2024, 10:30 – 12:30 BST
    St Michael & All Angels Church, Cathays, Gelligaer St, Cardiff CF24 4LA, UK
    14 Sept 2024, 10:30 – 12:30 BST
    St Michael & All Angels Church, Cathays, Gelligaer St, Cardiff CF24 4LA, UK
    A morning to explore what it means to be compassionate in our day to day lives, with James and Rev Caroline Downs
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