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Tomorrow might be great

True stories

Josh Zitser has had suicidal thoughts, but recent therapy has changed his life. “When you’re having those thoughts, it’s time to seek help. You’ve lived through 100% of your worst days. They might feel horrible but they will pass. It will get better. Not every day will be great – but it might […]

Live performance from Simon Webbe

True stories

During lockdown, singer and songwriter Simon Webbe answered a couple of questions about his mental health from the Head Talks community, put to him by his wife Ayshen. He then performed one of his hits, Coming Around Again, recorded just for us.

Comedy is my survival technique

Struggle & success

Award-winning comedian Juliette Burton has been diagnosed with a number of mental health conditions, including eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and OCD. For her, comedy is a survival technique. “My mind can take me to some dark places so it’s vital that I seek out the light – that’s what comedy does for me.”

The psychological fallout of this crisis

Struggle & success

Former Minister and MP, Sir Norman Lamb, warns us that there is likely to be a psychological fallout from this crisis. The isolation, money worries, possibly losing a job or business, perhaps through to bereavement: all these factors will play a part in increasing distress for many people. He calls on the government […]

Avoiding the lockdown blues

Struggle & success

Simon and Ayshen Webbe tell Head Talks how they are coping in isolation. Simon, a singer-songwriter who found fame with the group Blue, has told us before of his struggles with depression. For the couple, a routine is absolutely essential, and they’re giving thanks for time spent at home.

Work hard to keep a positive mindset

Struggle & success

Love Island star Jack Fowler has spoken to us before about his challenges with his mental health. In this exclusive message for Head Talks, he gives us an update on how he is coping in the lockdown. “It’s imperative you understand that we are not going to be in this position forever. Right […]

Spare room workouts

Struggle & success

Author and consultant Mark Simmonds finds that making time for exercise is vital for his mental health. Using his spare room during the lockdown, he has set up a routine that involves a cupboard, a wall and the floor – no need for YouTube videos or expensive equipment! He has turned his spare […]

The need for human companionship

Struggle & success

The current situation is extremely troubling for people with mental illnesses, says author and professor Andrew Solomon. Some people can weather the storm, but those who already have a diagnosis of acute anxiety or depression are likely to be triggered. “Part of our daily project is to prevent the rational anxiety we feel […]

The comfort of poetry

Struggle & success

Head Talks’ ambassador Rachel Kelly suggests we try poetry to provide some respite from the worrying situation today. “Poetry can give us words when we can’t find them; and crucially, it can root us in the present because we focus on the poem and unpack its meaning, so we don’t think about the […]

Facing this Fear

Struggle & success

This situation is terrifying for everyone, and especially so for many vulnerable groups, such as those with mental health issues. The idea of self-isolation and getting the virus is paralysing many people. Having basic information about coping in this time of uncertainty and constantly updating news can be very stabilising. Justine Hardy has […]

We are here to support you during covid-19

Struggle & success

Our Head Talks ambassadors have recorded special videos for our community to help you survive – and thrive – during the pandemic. You can see the blog posts and videos in full in our special #coronatalks playlist, The posts cover advice from those who have been held hostage, messages of support from those […]

Find some comfort in the solitude

Struggle & success

Adventurer Sarah Outen has spent 500 days in complete isolation over the last few years, rowing solo across oceans. She found that there was a peace and openness to the solitude, and a real sense of who she was. But it’s difficult to recreate the contact and closeness of having people near you. […]