Kick It!

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Oliver (Founder) Head Talks founder takes us to his local boxing club We all know sport is good for you. But it also turns out to be essential for healthy minds. Some workouts have even more added value. Here Head Talks founder Oli takes us to his local boxing club, where spirits are […]

A White Disease?, Dior Vargas

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Feminist Latina on Mental Health Even when Dior Vargas was depressed and suicidal, she felt she shouldn’t complain. ‘Mental illness is considered a privileged white person thing’, she says. Vargas is the founder of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, created to counter the invisibility of people of colour in media coverage […]

When Life K.O.’s You, Audley Harrison

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Boxing Champion  Audley Harrison grew up in a broken home in a tough part of London. By the age of 17 he had been expelled from schools and ended up in juvenile detention. Relying on willpower, he turned his life around, becoming a university graduate and a boxing sensation. Harrison, who is retired and lives […]

The Impossible: Controlling Mind and Body, Wim Hof

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He has left scientists baffled. His ability to control his heart rate and brave extreme temperatures (breaking numerous world records, including the longest ice bath) has earned him the nickname ‘The Iceman’.  Now Dutch daredevil Wim Hof has set out to spread the potential health benefits -mental as well as physical- of his revolutionary technique. […]

The Power of Telling your Story, Lily Asch

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As a teenager she was labeled ‘unsafe to self’ and locked in a psychiatric ward. For a long time Lily Asch continued to be ashamed of her experience, until she opened up and discovered the power of conversation. Now Asch runs Real Talk, a social enterprise organizing storytelling workshops in a safe space, enabling people […]

Gigglelicious, Jo Bluett

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She had everything going for her. But when Jo Bluett was diagnosed with the chronic fatigue condition ME, she went from high flying businesswoman to being stuck at home claiming benefits. Nothing helped, until, 13 years ago, a desperate Jo decided to laugh about it. Literally. She went on to establish Laughter for Health, teaching […]

Let’s Play, Marguerite Hunter Blair

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Distraction and playfulness are sorely missing in many children’s lives, says mother-of-five Marguerite Hunter Blair. And our children are bearing the brunt, as it is through play, especially outdoors, that children learn life skills and improve their physical and mental health. Hunter Blair is chief executive of Play Scotland and a passionate advocate for children’s […]

Surviving Suicide, the Tartan Way, Josh Quigley

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Two years ago, Josh Quigley woke in the middle of the night, got into his car and drove into a concrete barrier at 80 miles-an-hour. A crippling battle with depression had held this outwardly happy Scottish entrepreneur in a deadly grip. Miraculously, Quigley escaped unscathed. He decided to travel the world as ‘The Tartan Explorer’, […]

TAWAI: A voice from the forest

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TAWAI: A voice from the forest Bruce Parry Explorer Bruce Parry has just completed a documentary, TAWAI, that will be in cinemas from the end of September. Bruce – who filmed a wonderful Head Talk for us that you can see here – is an award-winning documentarian, explorer, author, former Royal Marines commando officer, and is an […]