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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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

Happy Heads – Headmaster Visionary, Sir Anthony Seldon

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Educationalist, Author and Co-founder of Action for Happiness Fed up with our education system, which he calls target-oriented and ‘sick’, Sir Anthony Seldon set out to teach children how to ‘lead lives full of meaning and love’ instead. Seldon, a prominent political historian and commentator, took his Buddhism-meets-school philosophy and successfully applied it to Wellington […]

Guerrilla Hostage: Mental Survival, Ingrid Betancourt

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Held Hostage by the Columbian FARC Ingrid Betancourt became headline news when she was kidnapped by the Colombian guerrilla movement FARC in 2002. The Colombian presidential candidate was held in the jungle, mistreated and tortured, until she, and 14 other hostages, were rescued by the Colombian military six years later. Betancourt, who has a son […]