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Call time on BS

True stories

Jess Phillips MP Every single one of the people I interviewed for this book laughed when I asked them if they were brave. Some threw up their hands in mock horror and responded with stories about how scared they had been when they spoke truth to power. All immediately leaned on their ordinariness. Not one considered themselves […]

The Anorexia Wars – 2012 to 2018

Struggle & success

Mark Simmonds In September 2012, our 16-year-old daughter, Emily, entered sixth form at Aylesbury High School to begin her A-Levels. She was level-headed, sensible and talented at many things. A month or so later, my wife, Mel, approached me with a slightly worried look and said, ‘We need to talk about Em.’ She had been […]

Get into the smile zone

Off Grid Therapy

Paralympic champion Anne Usher recently cycled around the world on a tandem with her husband Simon. You can read about her travels and see her amazing photos on her blog. Here, she writes about what she has learned from her travels.  For me there’s a ‘change paradox’: I dread change. The anticipation of leaving my familiar […]

Writing my way through my anxiety

True stories

Maria Hassel When I was 18 years old, I was diagnosed with Severe Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Disorder. The following year was the hardest year of my life. But it made my who I am today and now it’s a part of my story. Without it, I never would have written my debut […]

My therapist says…

True stories

Amber Adel “Are you happy to be discharged from this service?” I smile and reply “Yeah!” But as I walk away from my last session of therapy, a wave of emotion hits me and I can feel my throat tightening and my eyes welling up. I know I want to cry. I nearly do cry. […]

Tell your story with passion

Struggle & success

We are delighted to have partnered with OC87 Recovery Diaries to bring you a worksheet designed to help prompt you to dig a little deeper when journaling, or to help you start, or to help you voice your own story with passion. You can download your own version of the worksheet here. Bud Clayman, the […]

Facing the move to university

Struggle & success

Adjusting to student life can be hard. Being away from family and friends, with a new environment and facing new expectations. We went to Edinburgh University to speak to some of the students and teaching staff about how we can help with this important transition.

Centering yourself

Struggle & success

Rachel Kelly Every time I travel by plane, I am reminded that it is not selfish or navel-gazing to look after yourself: to take care of others we need to take care of ourselves. We all know the emergency instructions: put your own oxygen mask on first before you attend to those around you. Begin […]

Are we swiping left on mental health?

Struggle & success

Julie-Ann Robertson I quit Instagram in January. My mental health was taking a shake and I noticed I was flicking through my news feed and posting a story update every other hour because, frankly, I was looking for a validation fix. Shortly afterwards, I quit the rest of my social platforms. Am I over-reacting by cutting […]

Knowing I was fully well

Struggle & success

Carolina Mountford Recovery from an eating disorder is unlike any other form of recovery. We cannot just say no in the way we would if we were coming off alcohol or drugs. Saying no to food is what got many of us here in the first place. One of the immense challenges of recovery is […]

Mind vs Machu Pichu

Struggle & success Off Grid Therapy

Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, has been part of my bucket list for years. Suffering from diagnosed depression and anxiety, I decided to travel across the world solo and trek it.

A conversation with Sadhguru

Feed your mind

Head Talks was delighted to partner with How:to Academy on a rare public event with the visionary yogi Sadhguru in London recently. If you didn’t manage to attend, you can view the on-stage discussion between Sadhguru and BBC World News host Yalda Hakim in this video. Their conversation covered a spectrum of issues relevant today […]