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Teenage Anorexia,

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Teenage Eating Disorder When, at ten years old, homeschooled Ruth was sent off to school, she felt like an outcast. Discovering, during a health check, that she weighed twice as much as a friend, she rapidly started losing weight. ‘Once you start, it’s very difficult to stop for an eating-disorder mind.’ Anorexia reportedly has the […]

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 […]

The Panic of Cancer – A Survivor’s Story, Anne Shewring

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Cancer Survivor It wasn’t until after her operation, chemo and double mastectomy that Anne Shewring started to struggle with anxiety. ‘You think: how am I going to survive this?’ It’s been five-and-half years now, and with the help of counselling Anne, whose sister died of breast cancer twenty years ago, learned to cope with ‘life […]

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 […]

On God, Community, and Mental Health, Lord Carey

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Our communities are fragmented, so there is no natural support system for mental illness anymore, says Lord Carey. Instead, this former Archbishop of Canterbury supports ‘taking out pews’ to create 24-hour churches, functioning as community centres. Outspoken Carey, once leader of 70 million Anglicans worldwide, also supported the ordination of female […]

Battle Trauma, Thomas Stimpson MBE

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War Hero Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Twenty-six years in the Royal Air Force. Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan. But when Tom Stimpson (MBE) started collapsing with mysterious seizures, he had no idea what it was. Eventually he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since then, Tom has heroically regained much of his health […]