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No Longer Living a Half Life, Mark and Maddy Austin

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News Presenter & Daughter When Maddy Austin began to suffer from anorexia as a teenager, her father Mark didn’t know at first how to react. Mealtimes became a battle zone and the stress on the whole family was very difficult. It wasn’t until Maddy was able to get appropriate treatment that she began to recover. […]

Cultivating the Compassionate Mind, Paul Gilbert OBE

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Founder of Compassion-Focused Therapy  Paul Gilbert is a pioneer of compassion-focused therapy. He’s a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby. In his work, he has drawn on insights from Buddhist tradition as well as evolutionary psychology. His compassion training teaches people to quieten critical or hostile inner voices in order to treat […]

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 […]

The Proven Power of Being Kind, Dr. Kristin Neff

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The Self-Compassion Pioneer Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others, says Dr. Kristin Neff. Yet we turn out not to be very good at the first. Neff, a leading expert on self-compassion, is an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin. She is a professor, bestselling author […]

A White Disease?, Dior Vargas

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Feminist Latina on Mental Health Even when Dior Vargas was depressed and suicidal, she felt she shouldn’t complain. ‘Mental illness is considered a privileged white person thing’, she says. Vargas is the founder of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, created to counter the invisibility of people of colour in media coverage […]

The Real You Doesn’t Have an Outlet, Susan Greenfield

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Neuroscientist We are in the midst of the worst social experiment ever, says scientist, author and broadcaster Susan Greenfield. Baroness Greenfield, a leading specialist on the workings of the brain, is convinced that social media stints our personal growth and adds to the mental anguish of young people. ‘We have to think about this now; […]

Taking Time for Your Child, Dr. Harold Koplewicz

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Child Psychiatrist One in five children struggles with mental health. ‘These disorders are not only common, they are very treatable,’ says world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Koplewicz. At a time when screens have taken the place of babysitters, Koplewicz says that ‘being available’ for your child is crucial. Koplewicz runs the Child Mind Institute in New York […]

Reset your Thinking – The CBT Therapist, Nadya Khokhar

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) Unhelpful thoughts; we’ve all got them. Over the past decade, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has become the go-to way to tackle our muddled thinking. ‘We are helping clients to become their own therapists,’ explains Nadya Khokhar. UK-based Khokhar participates in a government-run scheme improving access to therapies. CBT can successfully help […]

‘90% Love and 10% Needle’, Ged Ferguson

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Acupuncturist Nature is smart. It is when man tries to oppose the natural flow that disharmony and disease, including mental and emotional disorders, occur. Ged Ferguson, a former director of a freight company and now a fully qualified acupuncturist, uses the age-old Chinese treatment to balance your ‘Chi’, or life energy. ‘Magic happens,’ says the […]

Black Dog Radio, Claudia Hammond

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BBC Radio 4 Presenter of ‘All in the Mind’ If the world only knew how much good research is out there and put it into practice, Claudia Hammond would be much happier. The award-winning broadcaster and psychology lecturer has been dubbed the ‘most important source of psychological ideas in the UK media’ and has made […]