Ed Pinkney
Ed Pinkney is a health communications consultant, campaigner, and trainer, specialising in the mental health of students.

He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a degree in Philosophy and Management. As a student, he received an Enterprise Scholarship, setup a society for enterprising students, and was the co-founder and Editor of The Play Guide - a fortnightly student magazine that offered advertisers direct access into student halls.

In 2010, he founded Mental Wealth UK (now Student Minds) - a national mental health charity that supports a network of student campaigners. After completing his studies, he spent a year travelling around the UK in a camper van, running mental health events and campaigns at universities and encouraging students to setup ‘mental wealth’ groups. He was director of Mental Wealth UK until 2012, and led NUS's mental health project in Northern Ireland during early 2013.

Ed comments and campaigns on issues involving young people, education, and wellbeing, and is regularly featured in the media as an authority on student mental health. He also works with institutions to develop strategies for promoting mental health and wellbeing, and is an Associate Staff Member at Leeds Metropolitan University.

He received counselling training at the University of Leeds, and studied positive psychology at the University of East London. He is interested in eastern cultures and has travelled through much of Asia. In October 2012 he spent time living with nomads in Tibet, where he had a narrow miss with an angry yak.

Ed can be contacted through his website.

Entries by Ed Pinkney

Why 'Parity of Esteem' Between Physical and Mental Health Is Not Enough

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (00:00)

Mental health campaigners have been given cause for optimism recently thanks to increasing political discussion about underfunded mental health services. Whilst we can be thankful that such conversations are being entertained, there is cause to be wary of the rhetoric if we consider real implications to

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The Dirty Secret of the Happiness Movement: A Focus on Raising Average Happiness May Be Costing Lives

(1) Comments | Posted 15 June 2014 | (17:29)


(The King of Bhutan; image by Gelay Yamtsho.) Advocates of Gross National Happiness pride themselves on taking a moral high ground, but the rhetoric hides a darker side.

As a student of positive psychology, often known...

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How Propagandists Manipulate the Facts to Sell the University Dream

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (12:39)

It was the blog's lackadaisical attitude towards student wellbeing that got to me. The way it claims that higher education has "been shown" to benefit the 'health and well-being' of students, without providing a shred of evidence (and in the face of this, this,...

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Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation

(10) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (01:00)

Switching on the news last night, I heard a young graduate telling a reporter, "I've done everything that society told me to do, and I'm still not finding employment." As his words trailed off, the despair in his voice seemed to capture a generation that's feeling let down and unsure...

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How We Can All Make A Difference On University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day

(0) Comments | Posted 18 February 2013 | (22:32)

It seems like almost every day is an awareness day for something or other. There are a handful of awareness days, weeks, and months that get global attention and raise funds for vital causes. But then there are more obscure awareness days, not necessarily any less vital, perhaps, yet not...

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Beyond Them and Us: Hobbits, Middle Earth, and the Joined-Up Approach

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2012 | (17:28)

I've just got back from seeing The Hobbit. It's got a different feel to Lord of the Rings, more light and playful, but there's a familiar subtext. In the Lord of the Rings, the story begins with rivalries between the Elves, Men, and Dwarves. As events unfold, and...

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If Universities Don't Respond To Student Suicide Figures, Student Campaigners Will

(4) Comments | Posted 12 December 2012 | (15:22)

There is an ancient proverb about some blind monks that stumble into a very large elephant. Standing at different sides of the beast, each of the men describes what's in front of him: each of their descriptions are different. Unfortunately, failing to realise that they could have different and yet...

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