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We have a number of true-life stories from those recovering from addiction. Remember, you aren’t alone.

The Search For Meaningful Connections, Johann Hari

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The author and journalist Johann Hari was first diagnosed with depression as a teenager. In his new book, Lost Connections, he investigates broader approaches to mental health that go beyond medication. He argues that creating more meaningful connections with society and with nature, and having more control over our work and our lives, can provide […]

Let’s Talk about Sex, Colin Richards

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Sex Therapist  Colin Richards is a sex therapist who believes that communication is important to encourage intimacy. A fulfilling sex life has great benefits and he says that couples should discuss their fantasies and how those demonstrate their emotional needs. We’re not afraid to talk about food — another of life’s essentials — he says: […]

Finding the Answers Inside Yourself, Dave Lee

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Ex Builder Turned Mental Health Campaigner Ten years ago, Dave Lee was working as a builder. He was depressed, drinking heavily and attempted to end his life. Recovering, he looked for answers. Eventually he realised that he could only find those insights and answers inside himself. He describes the difference between the ‘personal mind’ and […]

Whatever Warms Your Heart Up, Samantha Moyo

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Wellness Event Producer Samantha Moyo is the founding mother of the sober morning dance movement, Morning Gloryville. It’s a rave that lets people who love dancing the day in a playful, fun way without relying on drugs or alcohol. Samantha herself says she’s still an addict of sorts — Morning Gloryville helped her with drink […]

Crime and Addiction – A Director’s Story, Nick Love

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British Film Director It was never certain that Nick’s life would work out. ‘I’m a bona fide addict,’ says the successful British writer and film director. As a teenager growing up on a South London housing estate, Love went through an intense spell of petty crime and drug taking. ‘I’ve got addiction running through my […]

The Man Who Saves People, Dr William Shanahan

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Psychiatrist Dr. Shanahan can tell ‘fifty to a hundred things’ about you, before you even sit down. As a psychiatrist he is the gatekeeper: as to who really needs treatment and what kind. Shanahan, who has been treating patients since 1984, is Medical Director of the London-based Nightingale Hospital and specializes in addiction. He’s been […]

From Homelessness to Breakthrough Musician, Joel Lees

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Homeless Busker When 18 year old Joel got kicked out of his home for stealing from his mum, he had nothing, apart from ‘several mental issues I told no one about.’ For many years he lived on the streets of London busking, abusing alcohol and drugs. Through a rehabilitation program, he got back on track, […]

Addiction Counsellor Uncut, George Atiase

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Addict Turned Substance Abuse Counsellor and Lecturer George Atiase is a London-based addiction counselor and lecturer. In this moving video, he opens up about his own battles with addiction and how he eventually learned that ‘it’s ok to be me’. Apart from his love for singing, bespoke jewelry, and his motorbike, George now devotes his […]

The Importance of Teaching Sanity, Jeremy Thomas

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Educational Mental Health Speaker Jeremy Thomas is a best-selling author, former record company owner, but most of all an all-round survivor. Having battled manic depression, addiction, and bipolar disorder, this funny and poignant mental health educator is now lecturing in schools, teaching teenagers ‘how to stay sane in an insane world.’ Thomas lives in London […]