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Take away knowledge and practical steps towards better mental health and wellbeing.

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Being brave is beautiful, Petra Velzeboer

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Petra Velzeboer was brought up in a cult, the Children of God. Lacking education but feeling that she was meant to save the world, she used alcohol and drugs to try to cope. Lonely after the birth of her children, she reached rock bottom but realised she had a choice. Petra chose to pursue happiness. […]

Honesty is addictive, Dizraeli (Rowan Sawday)

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Rowan Sawday, who performs as Dizraeli, is a rapper, poet and musician. When he was so depressed that he couldn’t listen to music any more, he admitted that he needed help. With the aid of meditation, mindfulness and exercise, as well as therapy, he found his feet again. He says that as a culture, we […]

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 […]

Deep Jungle Healing, Bruce Parry

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Indigenous Peoples Explorer He lived with tribes in Africa, South-America, Greenland and the Himalayas. He has filmed himself taking hallucinogenic potions, which he credits with helping to heal his traumas. Bruce Parry, a former Royal Marines Officer and award-winning documentary maker, says there’s something about the connectedness of indigenous people that nourishes mental health far better […]

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The Breath of Life, Max Strom

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As a yoga teacher, Max Strom saw the powerful effects that really using our breath can have. He’s now teaching the benefits to others, including doctors. Breathwork, he says, can release long-held emotions such as fear and grief. The way we breathe is connected to how we communicate and what we feel.  In an age […]

A Bridge to the Future, Jonny Benjamin MBE

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Mental Health Campaigner Ten years ago, Jonny Benjamin was at a low point. He was talked out of a suicide attempt on Waterloo Bridge. His quest to find the man who rescued him, Neil Laybourn, became famous. Jonny’s now written a book about his story, his illness and his progress towards recovery. Jonny talks to […]

The Search For Meaningful Connections, Johann Hari

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The author and journalist Johann Hari was first diagnosed with depression as a teenager. In his new book, Lost Connections, he investigates broader approaches to mental health that go beyond medication. He argues that creating more meaningful connections with society and with nature, and having more control over our work and our lives, can provide […]

The Proven Power of Being Kind, Dr. Kristin Neff

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The Self-Compassion Pioneer Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others, says Dr. Kristin Neff. Yet we turn out not to be very good at the first. Neff, a leading expert on self-compassion, is an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin. She is a professor, bestselling author […]

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Beloved me: find time for self-love

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by Mina Kakaiya This Valentine’s Day, recite a love poem to yourself! I am love I am beloved  I am me I am enough  For some of us, Valentine’s Day can evoke feelings of lack of love, acknowledging the loved ones in our lives, or those we found, lost, had to let go of, or […]

I am Luca,

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by Luca Jiminez de Laiglesia Imagine being a boy trapped in girl’s body and not being seen for who you are. Imagine having to put a price on feeling comfortable in your own skin, feeling like your body doesn’t belong to you. I am Luca. Less than a year ago, I went by the name […]

A story of self-harm

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by Jean Howell I didn’t feel ready to grow up and leave school at 16 and was too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone.  In my family we didn’t share our problems. I ended up taking on my  Saturday job in retail – a job I didn’t like – full-time because I didn’t know […]

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