Vulnerability pays off, Paul McGregor

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When Paul McGregor was 18, his father took his own life. He had been treated for depression and sectioned for a while after a previous attempt, but Paul and his family were still totally unprepared. From his father’s first trip to the doctor to his death was only six months. “My dad was very good […]

Every suicide is unnecessary, Owen Paterson MP

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In 2020, Rose Paterson took her own life. She had never spoken of depression, never been on medication, and had never mentioned her pain to her family. She went missing one day, and when they found her body, the Patersons’ world collapsed. “It is incomprehensible that she could have torn herself away from this,” says […]

The most empowering work you can do, Christo Hudson

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Christo Hudson had always wanted to be a pilot, and spent 12 years doing the job he loved, until it all stopped overnight with the pandemic. He suffered anxiety and bouts of depression, unable to see a way forward. “My dream was stolen from me. I had been completely defined by the job I had. […]

Author and journalist on happiness,

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Author and journalist Oliver Burkeman reminds us that what will be pleasurable and fun for us isn’t always easy at the beginning: think of it as weight training, and do a little more every day at the point where it’s a tiny bit more uncomfortable than you’d choose. “The advice you don’t want to hear […]

Loving the skin you’re in, Eryca Freemantle

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As a child, Eryca Freemantle was bullied at school for being different, and remembers the constant feeling of heaviness and sadness. Home was her safe space. But when a life-changing accident left her with serious facial scarring from burns, those memories of childhood bullying came back. After suffering a breakdown, having suicidal thoughts and finally […]

Tomorrow might be great, Josh Zitser

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Josh Zitser was always a deeply sensitive child, but when a teenage friend took her own life, he suffered depression, panic attacks and an eating disorder. But it took a while for him to realise his feelings weren’t the same as everyone else. Josh has had suicidal thoughts, but recent therapy has changed his life. […]

Hitting a ‘six-month’ wall

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Are you feeling like you’ve hit a wall and lost your mojo? It could be that you’ve hit a six month wall, say researchers. Anna Percy-Davis has some advice for us to get through this period: starting with recognising the ‘wall’ and accepting we aren’t alone. Go easy on yourself, says Anna: your […]

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 […]

Comedian and mental health campaigner, Juliette Burton

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Since her teens, comedian Juliette Burton has been diagnosed with a series of mental health disorders, from eating disorders to anxiety. Juliette says comedy is a way to survive the darkness and making light of her illnesses really helps her. Having to go on stage in front of an audience reduces tension and allows her […]

Clinical Psychologist, 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 […]

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