Dominique Thompson

Dominique is an award winning GP, young people’s mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with two decades of clinical experience. She is the author of The Student Wellbeing Series (Trigger Press), and co-author of How to Grow a Grown Up (PenguinRandomHouse).

Dominique has done two TEDx talks; ‘What I learnt from 78000 GP consultations with university students’  and ‘Understanding Why’. She is a chapter author for Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education: A practical guide (Sage). She is a Clinical Advisor for NICE, RCGP and Student Minds; and is lead clinical advisor for Aardman Animations What’s Up with Everyone? campaign, and for Being Well, Living Well Epigeum.

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Dominique Thompson holds regular webinars based primarily around young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

These webinars are great for teachers and parents who want to better understand a young persons mental health conditions and navigate ways to help them.

Within the topic of young peoples mental health and wellbeing, there are more specific discussions around eating issues, anxiety, depression and body image. Alongside this will be advice on how to reduce the risk of these conditions from developing, and how you manage any you might find in your own young person. 

Book early by signing up to the newsletter on Dominique’s website, book her next webinar early so you can send in any questions you would like answered! 

Dominique's Latest Book...

How to Grow a Grown Up (Vermilion/ PenguinRandomHouse)

(for parents or anyone who works with young people)
Finalist -Non Fiction- People’s Book Prize 2020

Parenting in the 21st century means navigating a very different world to the one in which we grew up. Our children are under 24/7 pressure to be ‘always on’ and their ‘best self’ and they are often less prepared for a challenging world. I wrote this book with my colleague, senior university tutor Fabienne Vailes, to reveal exactly what we need to do to help our children develop the skills they need to thrive in this new world – and what to do if you are currently facing challenging issues. It includes:

  • Why young people are increasingly anxious or stressed
  • What exactly parents can do to help navigate the many obstacles such as social media, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol
  • How to recognise the signs of mental distress and what to do about it

Whether you are supporting a young person struggling with academic pressure, school or university life, or you are curious about what lies ahead for your younger child, How to Grow a Grown Up will help you to build your child’s confidence and resilience – so they can become a strong, happy and independent adult.

Q&A With Dominique Thompson…

What inspired you to write your book? Having spent 17 years looking after university students I became very aware that it might be helpful to students to have the advice GPs (and other specialists) give out daily in a convenient little handbook. That is how I came to write my 5 book series on student Wellbeing for Trigger. I have also co-written a book for parents of teens to help them to raise and support their children in the minefield of the 21st century!


What do you do in your spare time? Tell us about your hobbies and interests? I am as happy reading a good murder mystery as I am going for a swim at my local pool! I don’t have a lot of spare time as I have an 11 year old son, but if I have a spare half hour I also love design magazines like Livingetc!


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given, and why? ‘Live your life according to your values’- they guide everything I do.


Are you a dog or cat person? Dogs every time! We didn’t get a lockdown puppy, but we might get one in a couple of years when my son is older and able to help care for it too.


Who or what inspires you? My French grandmother- a Red Cross nurse in Occupied France, who helped as many people she could under the noses of the Nazis.


Do you have an idol? No, I don’t really believe in idolising people.


What was your dream job as a child? Doctor! I’m living the dream (ish)!


Who is the most inspiring person you’ve ever met? My hubby- he is a GP, but has spent his entire life, not just working days, making the NHS better for as many people as possible- creating organisations and leading significant changes ahead of his time.


What do you want to be remembered for? Being a lovely mum, but also perhaps making a difference to young people’s mental health services and therapy provision. 


What’s the one thing that you can’t live without? Cake!


Do you have any plans to write another book? I have ideas, but never the time… but never say never of course!


Tell us something about yourself that not many people know… I’m a really good shot! I shot for my school- although I’m anti guns/ hunting and would never shoot any more.


Do you have a bucket list? No, I just live now as much as I can (and travel is my happy place).


What does self-care mean to you? Taking the time to make sure you feel well enough to do the things you need or want to do, and resting when you need to. Exhaustion helps no one.


Do you journal? No, but I spend a lot of time writing blogs, so I express myself a lot that way.


If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? A more tolerant and compassionate society- I find the ‘black and white’ thinking of politics these days (and xenophobia) so upsetting. 


What book changed your life? The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins- I read it when I was 19 and have been evidence based (and non-religious) ever since.


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