Unravelling Stress, Paul Loomans

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Time Surfer In a time when we seem to drown in a wave of busyness, Zen monk Paul Loomans asks the essential: How can I ride the wave instead? A former theatre actor and director, Loomans is the founder of Unravelling Stress in Amsterdam, where he works with individuals and groups to regain a sense […]

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 […]

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 […]

Managing the Stressful Mind, Howard Napper

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Yoga, Diet, and Sleep Expert Stress is just our perception of a future event. Most often it doesn’t even materialize, says London-based yoga guru and health expert Howard Napper. Napper, a very fit fifty-something, started his own quest after hitting rock bottom as an eighteen-year-old boozing and drugging fashion designer. Through simple lifestyle choices, like […]

Recovery Through Art, Andy Hollinghurst

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Depression & Art On the surface Andy Hollinghurst was calm, controlled and pleasant. Qualities needed for his job as a school headmaster. But underneath, this father of five suffered from debilitating anxiety and depression. After a massive burnout, Andy discovered the healing qualities of painting, documenting his crash, and eventually, his recovery. Andy is now […]

Airing your Mind – The Breath Guru, Alan Dolan

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Breath Guru It only took Alan Dolan 45 minutes, ‘and the world was a different place.’ Dolan had given up a high-flying international career to find ‘a life’. After his first Transformational Breathing session Dolan realized he had been depressed since he was 12, but also that he had a calling. Now a well-known breath […]

The Importance of Teaching Sanity, Jeremy Thomas

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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 […]

Happy Heads – Headmaster Visionary, Sir Anthony Seldon

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Educationalist, Author and Co-founder of Action for Happiness Fed up with our education system, which he calls target-oriented and ‘sick’, Sir Anthony Seldon set out to teach children how to ‘lead lives full of meaning and love’ instead. Seldon, a prominent political historian and commentator, took his Buddhism-meets-school philosophy and successfully applied it to Wellington […]