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Hammering it Out – The Bipolar Blacksmith, Bex Simon

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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 […]

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 […]

The Healing Madness of Sea Swimming, Dr. Mark Harper

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Cold Water Swimmer When his local pool was closed, a friend suggested to Dr. Mark Harper that he try swimming in the chilly sea off Brighton (UK). 13 years on, and Harper dives in, year round, even on Christmas Day (without a wetsuit!). His pioneering research suggests ‘cold water adaptation’ helps you stay healthy and […]

The Power of Pain – The Bereavement Expert, Julia Samuel MBE

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Bereavement Specialist If 25 years of experience has taught her one thing, it’s that ‘running away from grief means we never recover from it.’ Warm, spirited and deeply compassionate, lauded psychotherapist Julia Samuel explains the connection between loss and mental wellbeing. Samuel, who has four grown-up children and four grandchildren, was a close friend of the […]

Badminton Blues, Gail Emms MBE

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Badminton champion Gail Emms was at the top of her game when she started hating it. But she saw talking about that ‘as a weakness’. Coming from a sporty family, Emms had started playing badminton aged four. When the former badminton World Champion and Olympic silver medallist eventually retired in 2008, she spiralled into bouts […]

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 […]

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 […]