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Head Talks aims to inform, inspire and engage those interested in mental health and wellbeing.
Find people speaking from the heart and from their own experience, as well as a wide range of experts and healers sharing their tips and insights to help us work towards better mental health and wellbeing.
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If you suffer from insomnia, we have some advice here – including meditations to promote better rest and relaxation.
We have the world at our fingertips (or phones) – so how do we manage the time spent looking at a screen, or caring about social media?
If you have come close to ending it all, or have suffered a bereavement, then we hope these resources will help.
If you suffer from an eating disorder, or want to learn how changing your diet can help with depression, try these videos and tips.
These videos and stories will give you tips to manage feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as suggesting alternative therapies.
We have a number of true-life stories from those recovering from addiction. Remember, you aren’t alone.
Will Williams is a teacher of meditation, but he doesn’t look like the stereotype of a guru. Will came to meditation after suffering from insomnia for years. Vedic meditation is an ancient tradition but Will says it has many lessons for how we live now, in a world where so many of us are constantly […]
Danny started counselling when he began to experience bullying during the transition to secondary school. He was experiencing anxiety attacks and his school work was suffering. His parents suggested that he talk to a therapist. Danny has found his counselling helpful because he says it offers him small things that he remembers to do every […]
Futurist – Well Being in the Workplace How can we find meaning in our work? Dan Cable is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School. In his book, Alive at Work, he has been looking for answers to that question in neuroscience. Dan argues that modern businesses take too much of the cause […]
Paralympic Champion Anne Usher was a physiotherapist and competitive cyclist until a back injury left her unable to ride, or to heal herself. She felt an inward spiral of failure and feeling she was the victim. Volunteering for the London Olympics in 2012 was “one of the best tonics” and led to a chance meeting with […]
Anorexia Campaigner/Activist Hope Virgo struggled with expressing her emotions from a young age. As a teenager, she began to eat less and less, until a point came where her heart was close to failing and she was admitted to hospital to be treated for anorexia. After several months in hospital and much therapy, she came […]
The Art of Eating Well Making a simple, home-cooked meal is a ‘powerful thing’ and ‘an expression of love’, says the queen of healthy eating Melissa Hemsley. As the daughter of an English army father, Melissa moved constantly, learning the joys of cooking from scratch from her Filipina mother. Together with her equally glam older […]
Lucid dreaming is a state where you’re asleep, but aware that you’re dreaming. Charlie Morley says that almost anyone can learn how to do it. He’s a teacher of lucid dreaming and a student of Buddhism. Charlie says that not only is lucid dreaming fun — like a virtual reality simulation — but it has […]
Cancer Wellness Advisor When Lucy was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in November 2011, she spent most of the next eighteen months in radical cancer treatment. Through her continuing treatment and experience, Lucy channels her energies into helping other people in and outside the cancer world. She is a Cancer Counsellor, Holistic Therapist, Inspirational […]
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 […]
Science Journalist Science journalist Jo Marchant set out in her book Cure: a journey into the science of mind over body, to find out more about the evidence for how our minds can influence our bodies. She tells us about some of the fascinating experiments that researchers are conducting into phenomena such as the placebo […]
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 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 […]
Rachel Kelly, bestselling writer, public speaker and mental health campaigner, has written a new book, Singing in the Rain. It is a workbook of 52 exercises that you can complete, week by week as you take on more responsibility for your own mental health. Exercises include letters and drawings to personalise and create your own […]
Ellis Kane Ellis, one of our Head Talks community, felt inspired to write a creative piece on mental health and motivation to share with our readers. “You decide what to make of yourself. Prove yourself to you. Be competitive, be courageous.” You can watch it in the video above. Follow Ellis on Instagram.
Abi McCabe When I was 16, my mother died. Losing a parent at a young age really teaches you a lot. It makes you grow up a lot faster, become more independent, and stronger emotionally and physically. I felt really lost for a while and felt I had nowhere to turn or no one to talk […]