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Live performance from Simon Webbe

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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.

It’s time to be progressive

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Will Pike was paralysed after an injury during the hotel bombings in Mumbai in 2008. He now campaigns for better diversity across corporations and communities. “We have the entire population trying to accommodate themselves in different ways because of coronavirus. Many of the factors in this ‘new way of living’ are factors that […]

Opening new doors

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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 […]

Finding musical fulfilment

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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

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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, […]

From university dropout to inspiration

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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 […]

Call time on BS

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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 […]

Writing my way through my anxiety

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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…

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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. […]

A daughter’s loss

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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 […]

I am Luca,

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by Luca Jiminez de Laiglesia Imagine being a boy trapped in girl’s body and not being seen for who you are. Imagine having to put a price on feeling comfortable in your own skin, feeling like your body doesn’t belong to you. I am Luca. Less than a year ago, I went by the name […]

A story of self-harm

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by Jean Howell I didn’t feel ready to grow up and leave school at 16 and was too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone.  In my family we didn’t share our problems. I ended up taking on my  Saturday job in retail – a job I didn’t like – full-time because I didn’t know […]