How to be authentically charming, Dr Raj Persaud

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‘Seduction’ may have gone out of fashion as a concept but psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud believes it isn’t dead. He tells us about the risks for our personal relationships about conducting too much of our lives online, and tells us what we should and shouldn’t learn from the unlikely group of advisers Casanova, Machiavelli, Jane […]

Walk and talk with Oliver!

Struggle & success

On World Mental Health Day on October 10, Head Talks’ founder Oliver Chittenden is putting on his rucksack and taking to the road. The mission is to go out and visit the people who make up our community at Head Talks. He wants to find out how you are coping/not coping, to share […]

Learn to listen properly

Struggle & success

Relationships have been put under huge pressure during the pandemic. Family and work situations are different, and many couples are together full-time at home. Stress counsellor Carole Spiers recommends we create time and space for proper communication, making your partner feel valued and worthwhile, and be aware of your body language to show […]

Love in a time of coronavirus

Struggle & success

Author and love coach Persia Lawson gives us some tips about how to navigate our love lives while the real world is in a sense of flux. She suggests virtual dates, setting parameters, and ask deeper questions. “We need to stop looking outside ourselves for the partner we want to get. Instead, look […]

Nurturing the young individual

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Sophie Kirby Research shows that the consistent loving attention of just one caregiver makes all the difference to a child’s chances of long-term mental health. At Sophie and Friends, our mission is to offer that voice of care.Our videos aim to nurture preschool and primary-aged children and provide a loving refuge.At our core is the message: We are all worthy of love, just […]

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 […]