How do we talk about grief?, Ola Pelo

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After losing her mother, Ola Pelo felt lost with her grief. She was pregnant with her second child and was at a crossroads work-wise. She made the leap to run her own business, to fulfil her passion for storytelling and content. She tells us how she tried to navigate her grief while raising a young […]

Forgiveness brings us peace, Swati Dlamini

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Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, vowed to carry her grandparents’ work and values with her through her life. “One of the great lessons I learned from my grandfather was one of forgiveness. Forgiveness is for me to have peace, and not being imprisoned by what others have done.” During the pandemic, she […]

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 […]

Teaching kids to be kind to their minds

Struggle & success

Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you don’t have worries, emotional health practitioner Jo Morton-Brown tells children. Using a collection of teddies to represent worries, Jo explains how talking about worries can help children manage them. She tells children how to be kind to their minds, and open themselves up to new ideas […]

Mental wellbeing for young adults

Struggle & success

In this video for young adults, Jo Morton-Brown explains how stress can help us, but also how it can affect our wellbeing. Have you noticed any physical signs, like mouth ulcers or eczema? Jo explains how too much stress can be overwhelming. She suggests taking a pen and paper doing a mind dump […]

Setting boundaries when working from home

Struggle & success

Work is home, home is work. How do we set boundaries for ourselves at the moment? Wellbeing consultant Catrin Donnelly suggests we schedule regular time in our calendar for breaks, self-care, relaxation, or just a change of activity. This is particularly applicable if you have to spend a lot of time on video […]

From tragedy, comes hope, Orin Lewis

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When Beverley De-Gale’s son Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time in 1995, he needed a stem cell transplant to survive. But stem cell matches outside of the family are race-related, and the chance of finding a match was 1 in 250,000. The match was found, but it was too late, and Daniel […]

New masterclass: mental wellbeing for children

Struggle & success

Emotional health practitioner Jo Morton-Brown works as a school counsellor, for kids aged 4 to 18. In our exclusive FREE new masterclass, Jo has recorded a chapter for each age group, to help children and young people understand how they are feeling so they can better help themselves. You can access the masterclass […]

Family is the one constant, Jamie Jewitt

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We spoke to Love Island star Jamie Jewitt a couple of years ago. Then, he spoke about his disillusion with how his modelling career had panned out and how unhappy he had been over social media and the pressure to present a perfect image. Now, he and partner Camilla are expecting a baby and he […]

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 […]

Grief’s many faces

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Ayesha Dey Grief: until you’ve experienced a loss first-hand, I don’t think you can fathom it. When my uncle died, I think I sleepwalked through the following months in a sort of numb stupor, in a mist of denial, and then we lost my granddad a mere four months later. Then I sat my A-Levels. […]

Appreciating this time

Struggle & success

Yogi Sascha Hodges takes a moment to reflect on how the uncertainties of today might be affecting our mental health, in ways we may not have experienced before. A lack of personal space, a change in routine, renegotiating your time, and so on. With her son Sandro, she sets out some questions to […]

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