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

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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

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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

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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 […]

We are here to support you during covid-19

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Our Head Talks ambassadors have recorded special videos for our community to help you survive – and thrive – during the pandemic. You can see the blog posts and videos in full in our special #coronatalks playlist, The posts cover advice from those who have been held hostage, messages of support from those […]

Tips for managing your mental health in current times

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Psychologist Charlotte Armitage has some suggestions for us during periods of staying home. Seek support, and make contact with people on a daily basis on video calls or telephone. Write a journal and document your feelings at this strange and unsettling time. Make plans for the future with friends. Try and live day […]

Out of the Dark

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Artist Flora McDonnell has struggled with anxiety and depression since childhood. She said: “I always felt that it was something wrong with me which made me try harder – reinforcing a pattern that make depressive episodes more likely. Realising that I was one of many and that I could be helped to help myself live […]

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 Value of Happiness, Lord Layard

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Richard Layard is an Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics where he is also Director of the Wellbeing Programme, as well as a member of the House of Lords and the co-founder of Action for Happiness. His books include Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, and Thrive. Lord Layard began his career as […]