Feeling safe and secure in the new world, Dr Nihara Krause

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For many young people, this year’s lockdown has brought mental health difficulties to the fore. Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Nihara Krause says that stress, anxiety and depression may result from the crisis, but she suggests ways to help young people build resilience and learn strategies to cope as they get back to their usual routines […]

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 […]

Live performance from Simon Webbe

True stories

During lockdown, singer and songwriter Simon Webbe answered a couple of questions about his mental health from the Head Talks community, put to him by his wife Ayshen. He then performed one of his hits, Coming Around Again, recorded just for us.

Respectful reintegration into society

Struggle & success

As we start to reintegrate into society, we need to be mindful and compassionate that many people will be anxious, says Charlotte Armitage, Psychotherapist, Outsourced Psych. We need to manage our expectations: society will change, including our behaviour around other people, and there will need to be an adjustment. People might have changed […]

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 […]

Make your own art

Struggle & success

Rianna Patterson, now 22, founded the youth-led Domenica Dementia Foundation in honour of her grandfather when she was 18. She urges young people to find a way to be creative and to tell their stories during this difficult time. By looking at art and self-expression, it pays off with motivation in other areas […]

Make time your friend, not your enemy

Struggle & success

Carl Honoré, voice of the Slow Movement, has some ideas on how forge a new, more healthy relationship with time. He has five things for us to try. They include experimenting with a looser schedule, and stopping multitasking – do one thing at a time and give it our full attention.

Releasing neck and shoulder tension

Struggle & success

Rachael Hall, former ballerina now Franklin Method educator, shows us some simple exercises you can do daily. These will support us in feeling grounded and feeling calm, as well as releasing neck and shoulder tension – these things often come hand in hand. Following the exercises, your mind will often feel lighter and […]

A situation rich with growth opportunities

Struggle & success

Psychotherapist and coach Petra Velzeboer has limited her own access to news at the moment, to take herself out of the fear loop and lower her cortisol. Her upbringing in a religious cult has helped her build her own resilience. So, Petra has focused on connecting with people and asking her what they’re […]

Try the five senses practice

Struggle & success

When negative thoughts are getting too much, Head Talks ambassador Dr Reena Kotecha suggests the five senses practice that she finds extremely helpful. So find a window, and start!

The psychological fallout of this crisis

Struggle & success

Former Minister and MP, Sir Norman Lamb, warns us that there is likely to be a psychological fallout from this crisis. The isolation, money worries, possibly losing a job or business, perhaps through to bereavement: all these factors will play a part in increasing distress for many people. He calls on the government […]