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Exam After Exam After Exam, Jenny Pewsey

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Borderline Personality Disorder Looking back, Jenny says she probably had mental health issues from an early age. But her food obsessions, panic and anxiety didn’t explode until her first year of medical school when it got so bad that she couldn’t leave her flat. ‘There is so much pressure on young people. Exam after exam […]

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’, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of Words, Charlotte Reed

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Author ‘May The Thoughts Be With You’ When Charlotte Reed was struck by a constant feeling of ‘utter terror’, she bravely decided to try and heal herself. One way she fought her depression was to write down one inspiring thought a day. ‘May The Thoughts Be With You’, is a self-illustrated, handwritten book and, like […]

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, […]

Crime and Addiction – A Director’s Story, Nick Love

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British Film Director It was never certain that Nick’s life would work out. ‘I’m a bona fide addict,’ says the successful British writer and film director. As a teenager growing up on a South London housing estate, Love went through an intense spell of petty crime and drug taking. ‘I’ve got addiction running through my […]