A story of self-harm

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by Jean Howell I didn’t feel ready to grow up and leave school at 16 and was too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone.  In my family we didn’t share our problems. I ended up taking on my  Saturday job in retail – a job I didn’t like – full-time because I didn’t know […]

Being brave is beautiful, Petra Velzeboer

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Petra Velzeboer was brought up in a cult, the Children of God. Lacking education but feeling that she was meant to save the world, she used alcohol and drugs to try to cope. Lonely after the birth of her children, she reached rock bottom but realised she had a choice. Petra chose to pursue happiness. […]

New Year, new challenge!

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Ever thought about doing a challenge to fundraise for your favourite mental health charity? Hugo Chittenden is doing just that for Young Minds by going to Everest base camp with Charity Challenge. Hugo says: ‘It’s a great way to keep the mind focused, challenge yourself and gain confidence while supporting a great cause.” Young Minds (one of our partners) […]

Be whomever you want to be

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In this vlog, Linda Mbagwu talks about the challenges she has had with depression and anxiety, which spurred her into finding out more about how trauma in the past can affect our present.  “While it was the worst period of my life, it has turned out to be the best thing to happen […]

I saw a light in a new day with woodworking

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by Robert Johnson Now when I remember, the storm of emotions pulls my body into a loop and I am able to relive everything. However, I am out of the storm – at least not totally caught. I did many things to get over depression and forget the bad feeling that was following my every […]

Honesty is addictive, Dizraeli (Rowan Sawday)

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Rowan Sawday, who performs as Dizraeli, is a rapper, poet and musician. When he was so depressed that he couldn’t listen to music any more, he admitted that he needed help. With the aid of meditation, mindfulness and exercise, as well as therapy, he found his feet again. He says that as a culture, we […]

A New Reality, Jack Fowler

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Love Island Star Jack Fowler found it difficult to adjust to his newfound fame after he emerged from the Love Island villa. The sudden attention the reality TV show brought made him feel as though he was ‘in a zoo’. He has learned that showing emotion, like the heartbreak he felt after breaking up with […]

Body and Mind

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The importance of Physical and Mental Wellness By Leanne Thompson You are probably aware that keeping physically active can have several benefits for physical health. If you start to include some form of exercise in your life each day you can reduce the risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer […]

Moving After the Loss of a Loved One

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By Lucille Rosetti If you have grieved the loss of a loved one, the idea of moving to a new environment with fresh opportunities could be on your mind. Embracing a new way of living after death, is a great way of moving forward rather than moving on. Here’s how to go about making a permanent change […]

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 […]