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Opening new doors

True stories

On the surface Sefik had everything – a loving family and successful career. But mental health struggles got on top of him, and he tried to take his own life twice over a decade. In the years between attempts, he didn’t feel he could open up to anyone, due to stigma and social […]

Running got my life back on track

Struggle & success

Drinking started as Friday night fun for Nick Alexander – something that all the lads from school did. But then it became something he did every day. Mid-week drinking after football, and the blur of university. “Times were good – from the outside,” he says. Then he was drinking to and from work, […]

Taking care of the outside of your head

Off Grid Therapy

Oliver visits his local barbers’ shop, Band of Barbers, where barber Samir is great at helping his customers to relax — some want to chat, others to stay quiet, and some are so calmed that they even fall asleep in the chair. Self-care and a clean shave all in one.

Nurturing the young individual

Feed your mind

Sophie Kirby Research shows that the consistent loving attention of just one caregiver makes all the difference to a child’s chances of long-term mental health. At Sophie and Friends, our mission is to offer that voice of care.Our videos aim to nurture preschool and primary-aged children and provide a loving refuge.At our core is the message: We are all worthy of love, just […]

Nurture your ‘bounce back-ability’!

Feed your mind

Anna Percy-Davis I have been thinking about how to navigate this month, especially Blue Monday. So here are my five top tips to help you build your sense of wellbeing at work and nurture your bounce back-ability when times get tough: Balcony people Actively seek out and nurture your relationship with the balcony people at […]

Dancing to Freedom

Feed your mind

Samiya Noordeen was a barrister for many years before she turned to dance, becoming a tango performer and setting up a dance lifestyle company. A mother of three children, Samiya had reached a point where she felt the need to develop a life that was based around her passion to be more creative, […]

Tips for the solo, anxious, travellers

Struggle & success

Emily Nagioff I’ve been travelling for more than a year now, having been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I wanted to share my experiences of being a solo female traveller with mental health issues in the hope that people in a similar position will be able to relate and in turn feel less isolated and lonely. I’ve […]

Finding musical fulfilment

True stories

The Autistic Adult Choir is a London based UK choir which was founded in 2015 by chairman Henry Tillman and choirmaster Jill Bradford. To their knowledge, it is the world’s first and only all adult ASD member choir. Jill says the choir brings together autistic people who love to sing, who have a great time […]

Thriving – not surviving – the holidays

True stories

by Dominique Antiglio You have received yet another invitation to a Christmas party. Let’s start with two very simple questions. How much do you enjoy social occasions? How do they make you feel? For example, if you are naturally introverted, going to a party may cause you some anxiety. Also, worrying about what to bring, […]

Raw and Real

Uncategorized

Instead of writing about others, Head Talks’ editor Emma Price shares some of her own struggles with mental health. What is my story? It is a different one depending on when you ask. Had you asked me two years ago, or even a year and a half ago, I would have told you a positive […]

From university dropout to inspiration

True stories

Izzy Radford In November 2018, I dropped out of University after six weeks. I aim to help young people at highly academic schools realise that going straight to university isn’t the only option. I want to encourage people to think critically and evaluate their options rather than just following the crowd, and how to navigate the real world […]

The mind makes you sick

Feed your mind

In this short talk Burgs investigates the relationship between body and mind. He invites us to understand how the coherence of consciousness is in fact one of the most significant conditioning factors determining our physical well-being as well as how we actually feel at a mental level. By learning to meditate we learn to enter […]