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Taking the Weight Off Your Back, Danny

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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 […]

A Crazy Dream of Rio Gold, Anne Usher MBE

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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 […]

The Healing Power of Nature, Bruno Hansen

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Surfing Champion “You’re paralysed and you’ll never walk again.” Those were the words Bruno Hansen heard after his spine was snapped. A broken shell of a human being, Bruno tried to drown himself before a wave hit him and, as he says, “the joy kicked in”.  Bruno is now three-time ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champion. […]

Being Friends with Your Own Mind, Matthieu Ricard

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Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard is a French writer, photographer and Buddhist monk. His life is divided between the seclusion of a hermitage in the Himalayas and the whirlwind of modern life. Matthieu says that our state of mind can override our circumstances, whether good or bad. He says that our mind can be our best […]

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 […]

Seeking Attention – The Self-Harm Expert, Satveer Nijjar

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Self-Harm Trainer Satveer Nijjar had got so frustrated with society’s misunderstanding of self-harm that she decided to call her self-harm awareness company ‘Attention Seekers’. She was being ironic where others were being dismissive. At least one out of ten young people cuts, burns, or pinches themselves, or goes even further as a response to mental […]

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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

Struggle & success

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

True stories

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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