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The Power of Telling your Story, Lily Asch

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As a teenager she was labeled ‘unsafe to self’ and locked in a psychiatric ward. For a long time Lily Asch continued to be ashamed of her experience, until she opened up and discovered the power of conversation. Now Asch runs Real Talk, a social enterprise organizing storytelling workshops in a safe space, enabling people […]

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’, […]

When Not Killing Yourself Becomes the Goal, Maggie Robbins

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Bipolar Art Therapist When she was a college student, Bipolar Disorder brought her to her knees. Now well-known New York art therapist and psychotherapist Maggie Robbins helps others connect with their ‘inner monster’. ‘You can almost think of anything someone makes as a self-portrait.’ Robbins, an artist herself, wrote a semi-autobiographical novel of poems while […]

From Harvard to Hospital, Hakeem Rahim

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American Advocate Homecoming king, Harvard student at 17, yet this African-American trailblazer did not know what hit him, when a few weeks into college he experienced his first panic attack and, subsequently, a full blown manic episode and hospitalization. An amazingly frank speaker, Rahim is now one of America’s leading mental health advocates. He has […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

From Homelessness to Breakthrough Musician, Joel Lees

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Homeless Busker When 18 year old Joel got kicked out of his home for stealing from his mum, he had nothing, apart from ‘several mental issues I told no one about.’ For many years he lived on the streets of London busking, abusing alcohol and drugs. Through a rehabilitation program, he got back on track, […]