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Call Back Your Power, Stephanie Kazolides

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Founder of The Quarter Life Health Project Like many of her generation — particularly young women — Stephanie Kazolides found herself at a loss after university. She felt overwhelmed with the pressures of what to do next and suffered from panic attacks and depression. Yoga, meditation, a healthy diet and physical practices began to help […]

The Breath of Life, Max Strom

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As a yoga teacher, Max Strom saw the powerful effects that really using our breath can have. He’s now teaching the benefits to others, including doctors. Breathwork, he says, can release long-held emotions such as fear and grief. The way we breathe is connected to how we communicate and what we feel.  In an age […]

The Science of Mind Over Body, Jo Marchant

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Science Journalist Science journalist Jo Marchant set out in her book Cure: a journey into the science of mind over body, to find out more about the evidence for how our minds can influence our bodies. She tells us about some of the fascinating experiments that researchers are conducting into phenomena such as the placebo […]

A Bridge to the Future, Jonny Benjamin MBE

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Mental Health Campaigner Ten years ago, Jonny Benjamin was at a low point. He was talked out of a suicide attempt on Waterloo Bridge. His quest to find the man who rescued him, Neil Laybourn, became famous. Jonny’s now written a book about his story, his illness and his progress towards recovery. Jonny talks to […]

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; […]