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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 […]

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 […]

Run With It – An Olympic Depression, Jack Green

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Team GB Olympic Athlete When 20-year old Jack Green stumbled over a hurdle during the 2012 London Olympics, his dream and his mind exploded. ‘I couldn’t do one run without feeling awful.’ Green descended into depression, contemplating suicide. During an 18-month break he learned to control his self-destructive perfectionism. ‘I never fell out of love […]

Frazzled, Ruby Wax OBE

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Entertainer, Mental Health Activist, Author of “Frazzled” Having suffered bouts of depression from age 13, it wasn’t until after the birth of her first daughter that world-famous comedian Ruby Wax realized it was ‘not a virus’. Multiple institutionalizations, an MA in Mindfulness, and two books later, Wax now tours with her searingly funny and personal account […]

The Stigma of Bipolar, Thomas Duncan Bell

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The Bipolar Businessman In many ways Thomas Duncan Bell is like any other entrepreneur: he runs successful businesses, is driven and ambitious. In his early twenties, however, he was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, after entering a local police station bleeding, pleading for help. He still occasionally suffers, yet is also directing his rather impressive […]

Breaking the Corporate Stigma, Geoff McDonald

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Former Global VP of HR at Unilever Geoff McDonald’s crucible moment came in the middle of the night. He had a panic attack. At the time, Geoff was Vice President of HR for multi-billion dollar company Unilever. A real career alpha-man, he had no idea what was wrong. In this riveting talk he describes his […]

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 […]

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 […]

Look Into His Eyes – The Hypnotist, Paul McKenna

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Hypnotist He started out as a radio presenter, but when Londoner Paul McKenna interviewed a local hypnotist he was hooked. He bought a book and started hypnotizing friends in the pub for a laugh. Fast forward a few decades, and McKenna is a multi-millionaire best-selling author and international celebrity hypnotist. With book titles like I […]