Making real connections, Jamie Jewitt

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Model and former Love Island contestant Jamie Jewitt realised that he was trying to live up to an image of success that was created by the industry he worked in. He worries that social media makes that image pervasive: there’s pressure to make your whole life look perfect. Now he tries to project a more […]

Beloved me: find time for self-love

Struggle & success

by Mina Kakaiya This Valentine’s Day, recite a love poem to yourself! I am love I am beloved  I am me I am enough  For some of us, Valentine’s Day can evoke feelings of lack of love, acknowledging the loved ones in our lives, or those we found, lost, had to let go of, or […]

I am Luca,

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by Luca Jiminez de Laiglesia Imagine being a boy trapped in girl’s body and not being seen for who you are. Imagine having to put a price on feeling comfortable in your own skin, feeling like your body doesn’t belong to you. I am Luca. Less than a year ago, I went by the name […]

A story of self-harm

True stories

by Jean Howell I didn’t feel ready to grow up and leave school at 16 and was too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone.  In my family we didn’t share our problems. I ended up taking on my  Saturday job in retail – a job I didn’t like – full-time because I didn’t know […]

Sleep, Bliss and Meditation, Will Williams

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Will Williams is a teacher of meditation, but he doesn’t look like the stereotype of a guru. Will came to meditation after suffering from insomnia for years. Vedic meditation is an ancient tradition but Will says it has many lessons for how we live now, in a world where so many of us are constantly […]

Being brave is beautiful, Petra Velzeboer

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Petra Velzeboer was brought up in a cult, the Children of God. Lacking education but feeling that she was meant to save the world, she used alcohol and drugs to try to cope. Lonely after the birth of her children, she reached rock bottom but realised she had a choice. Petra chose to pursue happiness. […]

New Year, new challenge!

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Ever thought about doing a challenge to fundraise for your favourite mental health charity? Hugo Chittenden is doing just that for Young Minds by going to Everest base camp with Charity Challenge. Hugo says: ‘It’s a great way to keep the mind focused, challenge yourself and gain confidence while supporting a great cause.” Young Minds (one of our partners) […]

Be whomever you want to be

True stories

In this vlog, Linda Mbagwu talks about the challenges she has had with depression and anxiety, which spurred her into finding out more about how trauma in the past can affect our present.  “While it was the worst period of my life, it has turned out to be the best thing to happen […]

I saw a light in a new day with woodworking

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by Robert Johnson Now when I remember, the storm of emotions pulls my body into a loop and I am able to relive everything. However, I am out of the storm – at least not totally caught. I did many things to get over depression and forget the bad feeling that was following my every […]

Honesty is addictive, Dizraeli (Rowan Sawday)

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Rowan Sawday, who performs as Dizraeli, is a rapper, poet and musician. When he was so depressed that he couldn’t listen to music any more, he admitted that he needed help. With the aid of meditation, mindfulness and exercise, as well as therapy, he found his feet again. He says that as a culture, we […]

Winning not Fighting, Julian Hitch

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Si-Fu Julian Hitch is a Master of Wing Chun Kung Fu. He’s also the co-author with John Vincent, founder of the Leon restaurant chain, of a forthcoming book, ‘Winning not Fighting’. Julian says he’s learned from his own experience of stress that movement helps the body to bypass the worries of the mind. He’s put […]

There’s No Perfect Life, Niomi Smart

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YouTuber and Instagrammer Niomi Smart tries to use her life online to promote a healthy and happy community and create a positive mindset among her followers. But she’s conscious that despite providing tips on healthy eating and lifestyle for her many fans, she’s as likely as anyone only to show the good things in life […]