Don’t run away from panic, Joshua Fletcher

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After suffering from anxiety, culminating in a full-blown panic attack at work, Joshua Fletcher studied how he could effectively treat himself. His best advice was “stop trying to fix yourself” which was genuinely liberating. He qualified as a psychotherapist and founded The Panic Room. Josh encourages people just to experience their panic. He says the […]

Music, mental health and me, Jack Williamson

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After his brother took his own life, music executive Jack Williamson started to question his purpose and his drive. Artist management was taking its toll on his mental health, and he realised there was a need in the music industry to provide early onset mental health support. Since then, Music and You, which Jack founded […]

Calming breath practice

Struggle & success

We are delighted to share a calming breath practice from our friends at Breathwrk. The full practice takes about 3 minutes. This is one of a number of Breathwrk practices we will be sharing through this month – let us know how you get on using #breathwrkit! You can download the app here.

Doing more than I thought I could, Michael Chakraverty

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The Great British Bake Off star came to national prominence when he experienced a panic attack on television after his choux pastry went wrong. Michael had been learning in therapy that he should try new things; during the show, he found his brain telling him ‘you aren’t as good as you thought you were.’ Michael […]

Don’t be afraid to feel fear

Feed your mind

Meditation guru Burgs tells us not to be afraid of our fear – it’s an instinctual response to what’s happening today. Acknowledge the fear – then you become attentive instead of trying to suppress it. Fear is vulnerable to love. And that’s what connects us all. You can sign up for Burgs’ Love […]

My strength is made perfect in weakness, Rachel Kelly

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Journalist Rachel Kelly was working in a stressful job when she had her first serious attack of anxiety and depression which put her in hospital; later, her second episode lasted for two years. Rachel found that her love of words and poetry helped her recovery. She built up from reciting one line at a time […]

Managing your anxiety in today’s uncertainty

Struggle & success

Charlie Cannon advises us how to manage our anxiety levels and panic during times of extraordinary confusion and worry of the coronavirus pandemic. For those that suffer anyway, the bombardment of news can be overwhelming. Spend time in nature and walk off or exercise to lower spikes in your cortisol. Try and stop the […]

Battling the panic

Struggle & success

Emily Nagioff has written before for us from overseas – she is travelling the world solo, and experiencing new challenges of how to keep her anxiety and depression in check when she is far from home and alone. She writes: “I’m in Australia: I’ve had a bad month, but am on the up […]

No-one’s invincible, everyone’s vulnerable, Niall Breslin

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Niall Breslin has been both a professional rugby player and a musician, fronting the band The Blizzards. He went through anxiety and depression when he was injured in his sport. He finds athletes are prone to ‘struggling with their heads’. Niall decided to talk in public about his mental health after experiencing a panic attack […]

Every single day I carry on fighting, Hayley Mulenda

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Hayley Mulenda is a student and public speaker, and the author of The ABCs to Student Success. When she started university, while she was public speaking and running a business at the same time, she found herself overwhelmed with stress and depression. With the help of family and friends she overcame suicidal thoughts. Hayley says […]

Life after, life with, Alice Liveing

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Alice Liveing is a personal trainer, author and wellbeing influencer. She experienced depression and anxiety after several years of suppressing memories of an abusive relationship, and went through panic attacks and night terrors. Now, Alice says, she knows that she can get back up and come through those feelings. Alice tells us that it took […]

Falling down the rabbit hole, Claire Eastham

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Claire Eastham is a mental health blogger who writes about her experiences of social anxiety and panic disorder. Although she had experienced social anxiety as a child, it wasn’t until Claire had a breakdown at 24 that she was diagnosed. Since then, she has tried many methods to deal with her conditions including medication, therapies and exercise. Dogs and humour help too!