Taking the Weight Off Your Back, Danny

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Danny started counselling when he began to experience bullying during the transition to secondary school. He was experiencing anxiety attacks and his school work was suffering. His parents suggested that he talk to a therapist. Danny has found his counselling helpful because he says it offers him small things that he remembers to do every […]

Baring Body and Soul, Ben, The Naked Professor

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The Naked Professor Ben uses striking naked images of himself, often in dramatic locations, as a way to draw attention to his writing on mental health. He says that in the early part of his life he was living on autopilot and felt unable to show his sensitive side. This led to anxiety, depression, feelings […]

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 […]

Lighting Up Our Working Lives, Dan Cable

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Futurist – Well Being in the Workplace How can we find meaning in our work? Dan Cable is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School. In his book, Alive at Work, he has been looking for answers to that question in neuroscience. Dan argues that modern businesses take too much of the cause […]

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 […]

Under Siege and Fighting Back, Jamie Sanderson

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Former Royal Marine sniper Jamie Sanderson served in Afghanistan. He was under attack in intense, chaotic battlegrounds. Not surprisingly, defending his comrades in a place where he was expecting to get hit, hurt or killed every day took its toll on his nerves. The contrast of returning home injured was also a shock. Jamie began […]

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 […]

Discovering You Are Autistic

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By Katherine May  The problem with “I’d never have guessed” You’re autistic? I’d never have guessed! I’ve got used to this response over the last few years. Like thousands of other women, I’ve recently learned that I’m autistic, having struggled through to middle age feeling profoundly different to everyone else around me. I never seemed […]

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 […]