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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mind vs Machu Picchu

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.

An exercise to manage worry

Feed your mind

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 […]

A daughter’s loss

True stories

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 […]

Morning Ritual Meditation

Feed your mind

When Jason McGrice was introduced to the concepts of meditation and reiki almost 15 years ago, it took some time for them to resonate with him. But the seed had been planted and, after a crippling two and a half years of anxiety, he started to experience first-hand the amazing healing benefits of these spiritual […]

Be whomever you want to be

True stories

In this vlog, Linda Mbagwu talks about the challenges she has had with depression and anxiety, which spurred her into finding out more about how trauma in the past can affect our present.  “While it was the worst period of my life, it has turned out to be the best thing to happen […]