Zoe Colville was a hairdresser in Soho until she gave it all up to protect her mental health. Moving to the countryside, she and her partner Kriss started farming their own flock of sheep. Following the death of her father, she got therapy to deal with extreme anxiety and panic attacks. “There wasn’t a minute in any day that I felt like myself any more. I went to the doctor and said ‘you need to help me’.”
Therapy taught her to rationalise her feelings and tools to manage her anxiety – “though I can still spiral and none of my ‘tools’ work”. For her, the animals saved her through the pandemic: “that feeling of being needed keeps me mentally strong”.