Dr Dominique Thompson is an award winning GP, young people’s mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with over 20 years of clinical experience caring for students, including as a police and expedition doctor, and as Director of Service at the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service.

She was named Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year 2017.

In 2019 she was nominated as one of the Top 100 West Women of the Year.

Dominique is the author of The Student Wellbeing Series (Trigger Press), a short series of guides for young people aged 16-25 about mental health, wellbeing and life at university, and co-author of How to Grow a Grown Up (PenguinRandomHouse), a book for parents, carers, teachers and anyone working with young people, about raising independent and resilient young adults ready for the challenges of the 21stcentury.

She is a co-author of Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education: A practical guide (Sage), and editor of the Psychiatry chapter of Practical General Practice 7th Ed (Elsevier).

Dom is proud to have done two TEDx talks about young people’s mental health and wellbeing; ‘What I learnt from 78000 GP consultations with university students’ (about perfectionism, competitiveness and the pressures of being young today) and ‘Understanding Why’, looking at why young people self-harm.

She has also helped design award winning appsto support student mental health and self-harm reduction.

Dom is a Clinical Advisor for NICE, the Royal College of GPs, the Anorexia Bulimia Care charity, and for Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity.

She was the GP member of the NICE Eating Disorders’ Guidelines Development Group, and the Universities UK StepChange and Minding Our Future committees, as well as the Office for Students’ Challenge Fund advisory panel.

Dominique is also a member of the UK Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education group (MWBHE). She has been a non-executive director of a mental health trust, and is a school governor (Bristol Grammar School).

She is a regular commentator on student health matters and has appeared on the Today programme (BBC Radio 4), BBC News 24, Sky TV , The Guardian and in The Financial Times.

How to Grow a Grown Up was featured in The Times in January 2020.

Dominique has now launched her own student health and wellbeing consultancy, Buzz Consulting, to assist organisations worldwide in improving their student support offer.

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @drdomthompson, and find her on LinkedIn and Facebook. Dom’s TEDx talks and other interviews are available on YouTube.

Tania Richards