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Walk and talk with Oliver!

Struggle & success

On World Mental Health Day on October 10, Head Talks’ founder Oliver Chittenden is putting on his rucksack and taking to the road. The mission is to go out and visit the people who make up our community at Head Talks. He wants to find out how you are coping/not coping, to share […]

Doing good helps our wellbeing

Struggle & success

Head Talks ambassador Natasha Devon says there is a huge benefit to our mental wellbeing by doing good for others. When we do something altruistic, our brain releases endorphins and increases our self-esteem. It might seem more difficult to help at the moment but Natasha has some ideas.

Isolation is painful

Struggle & success

The most important thing during the lockdown is community, says writer Ruby Wax. “Isolation is painful. We’re going through a phase where people really want to hug each other, but they’re terrified, so how do we deal with the terror?” Ruby practises mindfulness, and has turned her Frazzled Cafe online to bring people […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keep hope alive

Struggle & success

Terry Waite, held hostage in Lebanon for five years, has some wise words for us. “We are all equally vulnerable. Many people will be afraid and many will already have felt isolated. But then I realised – I still have life. Life is precious. Recognise also that sometimes out of suffering, great things […]

We can still control our spirits

Struggle & success

Held hostage for seven years in the Colombian jungle by a guerrilla group, former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt came up with some strategies to survive. “While we may all be feeling that we have lost control of our lives, there are still things we can control. We can organise our time, our […]

Five Lessons I learned from isolation

Struggle & success

Hamish Mackay-Lewis Don’t count the days – count the lessons Our discomfort points to what we need to attend to in our lives. If we numb it out, we miss out on all that wisdom from one of our greatest teachers – ourselves. Dedicate this experience to a meaningful cause Channel your growth towards something […]

Battling the panic

Struggle & success

Emily Nagioff has written before for us from overseas – she is travelling the world solo, and experiencing new challenges of how to keep her anxiety and depression in check when she is far from home and alone. She writes: “I’m in Australia: I’ve had a bad month, but am on the up […]

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 […]

Following the Golden Rule

Feed your mind

Click here to watch the full video. The Golden Rule — treat others as you yourself would like to be treated — is a philosophical idea with deep historical roots in many cultures. Kim Polman is trying to give it a modern application. Through her organisation, Reboot the Future, she wants children to […]