Leanne Simpson takes to the stage at the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival

Leanne Simpson takes to the stage at the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival

CDS Defence & Security’s Principal Psychologist, Leanne Simpson, took to the stage on Saturday at the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival as part of a panel discussing human endurance in extreme environments and the rationale of the adventurer's mindset.

Leanne was joined by John Hudson, Chief Survival Instructor to the UK military, and adventure journalist Pip Stewart to discuss how strategies for life or death situations can help us excel in our everyday lives.

Leanne said of the evening

“It was really important to me to bring the military aspect into this discussion. Often, there is a focus on the negative aspects of deployment, such as the struggle to integrate back into society, but given the right support system, people can really thrive and grow from exposure to extreme environments. Whilst we might not all have the adventurer mindset, it important to our wellbeing to find our comfort zone and stretch ourselves beyond it. It was a really inspiring evening and I was proud to be part of it”

Prior to undertaking her PhD Leanne worked with the British Army researching the impact of deployment on military families.  Leanne also holds an MSc (Hons) in War & Psychiatry from King’s College London, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Winchester University and is a qualified MRI operator and a Trauma Risk Management instructor. She is affiliated with the British Psychological Society and AMSUS the Society of Federal Health Professionals.

Leanne Simpson at the Cheltenham Wellbeing Fesitval

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