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 […]

Alex Zanardi: Speed and Mental Resilience

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Alex Zanardi Paralympic Gold Medalist & ex F1 driver. Alex Zanardi talks to Head Talks about resilience, perseverance and doing what makes you happy every day. A horrific car crash nearly cost the champion race car driver his life. Instead it took his legs. But against all odds, the Italian icon got back […]

We All Need Help Sometimes, Alastair Campbell

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Tony Blair’s Former Press Secretary We all know him as former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications maestro. What most of us don’t know is that Alastair Campbell suffers from on-and off depression. In his late twenties he had a severe nervous breakdown, which landed him in police custody and in hospital. Believing his experiences gave him […]

Mapping Depression, Andrew Solomon

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Writer, Lecturer and Activist Award-winning journalist Andrew Solomon always thought he was tough. But a series of losses, including the assisted suicide of his cancer-suffering mum, plunged him into a deep depression, which then morphed into ripping anxiety. ‘It was eating me alive.’ Driven to try and understand his condition, Solomon interviewed numerous fellow sufferers […]

‘Think Less, Feel More’ – Extreme Survival, Calum Morrison

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Nature and Nurture Seeking meaningful adventure? Calum Morrison runs programs that blend rugged expeditions to faraway spaces with intense introspection and self development.‘We challenge people to think differently about themselves,’ the former Royal Marine says of his unique approach. ‘To find ones true self, to become more connected.’ During his time in the military and […]

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 […]