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Head Talks aims to inform, inspire and engage those interested in the mind and mental wellbeing.

Find people speaking from the heart and from their own experience.

Take away knowledge and practical steps towards better mental health.

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The Suffering-in-Silence Epidemic, Paul Scates

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Financial Breakdown Paul Scates was sexually abused as a boy, and then, while still a teenager, raped by two men. He subsequently suffered a terrible breakdown, which led to him trying to kill himself when he was 16. Now a tireless campaigner against child sexual abuse, Scates says ‘the system is still failing’ to give […]

The Power of Pain – The Bereavement Expert, Julia Samuel MBE

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Bereavement Specialist If 25 years of experience has taught her one thing, it’s that ‘running away from grief means we never recover from it.’ Warm, spirited and deeply compassionate, lauded psychotherapist Julia Samuel explains the connection between loss and mental wellbeing. Samuel, who has four grown-up children and four grandchildren, was a close friend of the […]

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head Talks is for everyone.

Whether you suffer from clinical anxiety, worry a great deal, or are a little shy in public. You may get down some days, feel deeply depressed on others, or simply lack inspiration at times.

You may want to hear from others challenged by addiction, phobias, body image, social media. Or learn from leading thinkers and practitioners. Or discover a new therapy that’s right for you.

You may want to help someone close to you who is struggling.

You will find information and inspiration here.

Mental wellbeing concerns us all.

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On God, Community, and Mental Health, Lord Carey

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Our communities are fragmented, so there is no natural support system for mental illness anymore, says Lord Carey. Instead, this former Archbishop of Canterbury supports ‘taking out pews’ to create 24-hour churches, functioning as community centres. Outspoken Carey, once leader of 70 million Anglicans worldwide, also supported the ordination of female […]

Guerrilla Hostage: Mental Survival, Ingrid Betancourt

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Held Hostage by the Columbian FARC Ingrid Betancourt became headline news when she was kidnapped by the Colombian guerrilla movement FARC in 2002. The Colombian presidential candidate was held in the jungle, mistreated and tortured, until she, and 14 other hostages, were rescued by the Colombian military six years later. Betancourt, who has a son […]

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The Manchester bombing: talking to children, grief and PTSD

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How should we talk to children about the Manchester bombing? The British Psychological Society has some good summary advice here – you can also find links on the page to sources of more detailed information. Separately, you can find on our site talks on grief and post-traumatic stress disorder (‘PTSD’). For anyone directly affected by these events it […]

Your Head Talk: “Grief: the storm after the storm”

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In our newsletter (sign up!) we asked you to send in your Head Talk: your story, your thoughts, your struggles, the remedies that worked for you… in fact, anything that can contribute towards no one being left behind to suffer. This is from Jeni – thanks! “Hi there I have been suffering with anxiety on and off […]

Lars and the Real Girl

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In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law’s home. The only problem is that she’s not real – she’s a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex […]

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