Bex Simon recently gave an amazing Head Talk on her work as a bipolar blacksmith. If you’d like to know more here’s a documentary she put together on how she channels her bipolar disorder into her craft.
Bipolar Blacksmith Becoming a blacksmith saved Bex Simon from succumbing to bipolar disorder. In fact, the illness laid the foundations for her blacksmith business. Praised for her unusual and spectacularly artistic designs, Simon has been off medication since 2009, and lives with her husband and two children. She uses her illness ‘by building like a […]
Creator & Author of Taming Tigers It took Jim Lawless fifteen years to pick up the phone and ring Alcoholics Anonymous. Now he’s one of the world’s best known motivational speakers and the best-selling author of Taming Tigers, a how-to guide to achieving what you thought was impossible. ‘My tiger was very real, roaring at me: […]
Homeless Busker When 18 year old Joel got kicked out of his home for stealing from his mum, he had nothing, apart from ‘several mental issues I told no one about.’ For many years he lived on the streets of London busking, abusing alcohol and drugs. Through a rehabilitation program, he got back on track, […]
Educational Mental Health Speaker Jeremy Thomas is a best-selling author, former record company owner, but most of all an all-round survivor. Having battled manic depression, addiction, and bipolar disorder, this funny and poignant mental health educator is now lecturing in schools, teaching teenagers ‘how to stay sane in an insane world.’ Thomas lives in London […]
Founders of Addictive Daughter When self-medicating with alcohol, men and drugs no longer worked, Joey Bradford and Persia Lawson decided to ‘sit through this and meet the pain.’ Persia, a daughter of drug addicts, and Joey, drinking and dating from age twelve, became best friends in drama school. After both making an ‘amazing’ inward journey, […]
British Film Director It was never certain that Nick’s life would work out. ‘I’m a bona fide addict,’ says the successful British writer and film director. As a teenager growing up on a South London housing estate, Love went through an intense spell of petty crime and drug taking. ‘I’ve got addiction running through my […]
The Stranger on the Bridge Just before his 21st birthday, Jonny Benjamin MBE decided to run away from the mental hospital he was staying in. While he was sitting on the edge of London’s Waterloo Bridge, contemplating taking his own life, a man came up and talked him out of it. Six years later, a […]