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’, […]

Taking Time for Your Child, Dr. Harold Koplewicz

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Child Psychiatrist One in five children struggles with mental health. ‘These disorders are not only common, they are very treatable,’ says world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Koplewicz. At a time when screens have taken the place of babysitters, Koplewicz says that ‘being available’ for your child is crucial. Koplewicz runs the Child Mind Institute in New York […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Whatever it takes”: Head Talks launches!

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Whatever it takes When I flew home* to my wife and young daughter, having spent weeks in a hospital in Nashville, where one-by-one my internal organs had started shutting down in a catastrophic physical response to repressed mental stress, I knew I had to make a profound difference. I wouldn’t just work hard to maintain […]

Seeking Attention – The Self-Harm Expert, Satveer Nijjar

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Self-Harm Trainer Satveer Nijjar had got so frustrated with society’s misunderstanding of self-harm that she decided to call her self-harm awareness company ‘Attention Seekers’. She was being ironic where others were being dismissive. At least one out of ten young people cuts, burns, or pinches themselves, or goes even further as a response to mental […]

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 […]

Black Dog Radio, Claudia Hammond

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BBC Radio 4 Presenter of ‘All in the Mind’ If the world only knew how much good research is out there and put it into practice, Claudia Hammond would be much happier. The award-winning broadcaster and psychology lecturer has been dubbed the ‘most important source of psychological ideas in the UK media’ and has made […]