The Power of Telling your Story, Lily Asch

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As a teenager she was labeled ‘unsafe to self’ and locked in a psychiatric ward. For a long time Lily Asch continued to be ashamed of her experience, until she opened up and discovered the power of conversation. Now Asch runs Real Talk, a social enterprise organizing storytelling workshops in a safe space, enabling people […]

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 Power of Pain – The Bereavement Expert, Julia Samuel MBE

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Bereavement Specialist If 25 years of experience has taught her one thing, it’s that ‘running away from grief means we never recover from it.’ Warm, spirited and deeply compassionate, lauded psychotherapist Julia Samuel explains the connection between loss and mental wellbeing. Samuel, who has four grown-up children and four grandchildren, was a close friend of the […]

Mapping Depression, Andrew Solomon

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Writer, Lecturer and Activist Award-winning journalist Andrew Solomon always thought he was tough. But a series of losses, including the assisted suicide of his cancer-suffering mum, plunged him into a deep depression, which then morphed into ripping anxiety. ‘It was eating me alive.’ Driven to try and understand his condition, Solomon interviewed numerous fellow sufferers […]

‘Think Less, Feel More’ – Extreme Survival, Calum Morrison

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Nature and Nurture Seeking meaningful adventure? Calum Morrison runs programs that blend rugged expeditions to faraway spaces with intense introspection and self development.‘We challenge people to think differently about themselves,’ the former Royal Marine says of his unique approach. ‘To find ones true self, to become more connected.’ During his time in the military and […]

Deep Jungle Healing, Bruce Parry

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Indigenous Peoples Explorer He lived with tribes in Africa, South-America, Greenland and the Himalayas. He has filmed himself taking hallucinogenic potions, which he credits with helping to heal his traumas. Bruce Parry, a former Royal Marines Officer and award-winning documentary maker, says there’s something about the connectedness of indigenous people that nourishes mental health far better […]

The Modern Day Wizard, Andrew Wallas

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The Modern Day Wizard Disconnection from ourselves is the biggest ailment of our time. Andrew Wallas, a former financial whizz-kid-turned-psychic counsellor, has made it his mission to reconnect us with those parts of ourselves we are running away from. ‘Too often mental health treatment deals with the symptoms and not the root,’ says Wallas, who […]