An exercise to manage worry

Feed your mind

Rachel Kelly, bestselling writer, public speaker and mental health campaigner, has written a new book, Singing in the Rain. It is a workbook of 52 exercises that you can complete, week by week as you take on more responsibility for your own mental health. Exercises include letters and drawings to personalise and create your own […]

Prove yourself to you

Struggle & success

Ellis Kane Ellis, one of our Head Talks community, felt inspired to write a creative piece on mental health and motivation to share with our readers. “You decide what to make of yourself. Prove yourself to you. Be competitive, be courageous.” You can watch it in the video above. Follow Ellis on Instagram.

The Road to Recovery, Lucy Jackson

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Actress and mental health blogger Lucy Jackson had no idea she had depression, anxiety, OCD and borderline personality disorder. She didn’t even think she had an eating disorder. But a stay in a treatment facility exposed her to new bad habits. Eating disorders are addictions, she says, and should be treated as such. She admits […]

A daughter’s loss

True stories

Abi McCabe When I was 16, my mother died. Losing a parent at a young age really teaches you a lot. It makes you grow up a lot faster, become more independent, and stronger emotionally and physically. I felt really lost for a while and felt I had nowhere to turn or no one to talk […]

The Honest Truth, Emily Hartridge

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Fitness instructor and YouTuber Emily Hartridge has had two breakdowns. Nervous and anxious as a child, Emily felt the ups and downs of growing up more than her friends. Her then-boyfriend helped pull her out of her first breakdown; her second four years ago was even more devastating. “I couldn’t work for two years. It […]

Food for thought, Christine Bailey

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Nutritional Therapist Christine Bailey knows about the power of food to affect our health and our minds. Christine explains the ways that what we eat can make us feel better — or worse. She says that eating and exercise can have profound effects on how our brain functions. She has some simple, practical suggestions for […]

Morning Ritual Meditation

Feed your mind

When Jason McGrice was introduced to the concepts of meditation and reiki almost 15 years ago, it took some time for them to resonate with him. But the seed had been planted and, after a crippling two and a half years of anxiety, he started to experience first-hand the amazing healing benefits of these spiritual […]

Moving the mind beyond trauma, Josh Dickson

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Josh Dickson is a therapist who works with EMDR — eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing — therapy to help clients overcome past traumas. He says he has both experienced and witnessed its effects. Josh tells us the theories about why stimulating the brain helps it to file away old, painful memories and explains how he […]

Dream Yourself Better, Charlie Morley

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Lucid dreaming is a state where you’re asleep, but aware that you’re dreaming. Charlie Morley says that almost anyone can learn how to do it. He’s a teacher of lucid dreaming and a student of Buddhism. Charlie says that not only is lucid dreaming fun — like a virtual reality simulation — but it has […]

Not all champagne and skittles, Simon Webbe

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Singer and songwriter Simon Webbe — former member of Blue and Strictly contestant — broke down on TV and realised that he had to open up about his depression. He had lost close friends to suicide and now tells others the importance of talking to someone about your feelings. Simon finds talking, exercise, and creating […]

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 […]