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 […]

Anziety by Logic

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This song – Anziety by Logic – is well worth a listen. And the lyrics are powerful  – you can read them here and he explains them in this amazing video: Logic has a very interesting background – you can find out more about him here. Hat tip: Susannah.

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 […]

Mental Focus: The Body, Tom Gold-Blyth and Luciana Fondaras

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Tai Chi Teacher & Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Our approach to mental health should be more varied and less talk-oriented, says body-based psychotherapist Luciana Fondaras. ‘Because if you’re in your body, you can’t be in your mind.’ And that, in turn, helps discharge the nervous system. For instructor Tom Gold-Blyth, the ancient Chinese practice of Tai […]

The Panic of Cancer – A Survivor’s Story, Anne Shewring

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Cancer Survivor It wasn’t until after her operation, chemo and double mastectomy that Anne Shewring started to struggle with anxiety. ‘You think: how am I going to survive this?’ It’s been five-and-half years now, and with the help of counselling Anne, whose sister died of breast cancer twenty years ago, learned to cope with ‘life […]

Battle Trauma, Thomas Stimpson MBE

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War Hero Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Twenty-six years in the Royal Air Force. Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan. But when Tom Stimpson (MBE) started collapsing with mysterious seizures, he had no idea what it was. Eventually he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since then, Tom has heroically regained much of his health […]

Teenage Anorexia, Ruth Bridge

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Teenage Eating Disorder When, at ten years old, homeschooled Ruth was sent off to school, she felt like an outcast. Discovering, during a health check, that she weighed twice as much as a friend, she rapidly started losing weight. ‘Once you start, it’s very difficult to stop for an eating-disorder mind.’ Anorexia reportedly has the […]

Benjamin Zander: Tuning into Happiness – The Conductor Coach

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Benjamin Zander Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. We can all radiate possibility. And master conductor Benjamin Zander is a good example. This ‘energizer bunny of classical music’ is unorthodox and passionate, encouraging his musicians to experiment and follow their intuition. Zander, whose parents fled Nazi Germany, is not […]

Reset your Thinking – The CBT Therapist, Nadya Khokhar

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) Unhelpful thoughts; we’ve all got them. Over the past decade, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has become the go-to way to tackle our muddled thinking. ‘We are helping clients to become their own therapists,’ explains Nadya Khokhar. UK-based Khokhar participates in a government-run scheme improving access to therapies. CBT can successfully help […]