The Healing Power of Nature, Bruno Hansen

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Surfing Champion “You’re paralysed and you’ll never walk again.” Those were the words Bruno Hansen heard after his spine was snapped. A broken shell of a human being, Bruno tried to drown himself before a wave hit him and, as he says, “the joy kicked in”.  Bruno is now three-time ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champion. […]

Weathering the Storm, Sarah Outen

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Adventurer  Sarah Outen is an adventurer by land and sea. Her recent expeditions have included an attempt to travel around the northern hemisphere solely by human power. Sarah says she’s never been fearless. Sometimes she’s found that the most dangerous part of any journey is not the physical danger she’s found herself in, but what […]

Food is Not the Enemy, Steph Elswood

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Steph Elswood trained as a dancer from a young age. She felt under pressure to compete with her peers and wanted to be the ‘skinny girl’. But seeing food as the enemy left her ill and suffering from panic attacks. Counselling and learning to cook creative and healthy food has brought her a new attitude […]

From Harvard to Hospital, Hakeem Rahim

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American Advocate Homecoming king, Harvard student at 17, yet this African-American trailblazer did not know what hit him, when a few weeks into college he experienced his first panic attack and, subsequently, a full blown manic episode and hospitalization. An amazingly frank speaker, Rahim is now one of America’s leading mental health advocates. He has […]

Taming Your Tiger, Jim Lawless

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Creator & Author of Taming Tigers It took Jim Lawless fifteen years to pick up the phone and ring Alcoholics Anonymous. Now he’s one of the world’s best known motivational speakers and the best-selling author of Taming Tigers, a how-to guide to achieving what you thought was impossible. ‘My tiger was very real, roaring at me: […]

When Not Killing Yourself Becomes the Goal, Maggie Robbins

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Bipolar Art Therapist When she was a college student, Bipolar Disorder brought her to her knees. Now well-known New York art therapist and psychotherapist Maggie Robbins helps others connect with their ‘inner monster’. ‘You can almost think of anything someone makes as a self-portrait.’ Robbins, an artist herself, wrote a semi-autobiographical novel of poems while […]

Surviving Suicide, the Tartan Way, Josh Quigley

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Two years ago, Josh Quigley woke in the middle of the night, got into his car and drove into a concrete barrier at 80 miles-an-hour. A crippling battle with depression had held this outwardly happy Scottish entrepreneur in a deadly grip. Miraculously, Quigley escaped unscathed. He decided to travel the world as ‘The Tartan Explorer’, […]

Crime and Addiction – A Director’s Story, Nick Love

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British Film Director It was never certain that Nick’s life would work out. ‘I’m a bona fide addict,’ says the successful British writer and film director. As a teenager growing up on a South London housing estate, Love went through an intense spell of petty crime and drug taking. ‘I’ve got addiction running through my […]

The Importance of Teaching Sanity, Jeremy Thomas

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Educational Mental Health Speaker Jeremy Thomas is a best-selling author, former record company owner, but most of all an all-round survivor. Having battled manic depression, addiction, and bipolar disorder, this funny and poignant mental health educator is now lecturing in schools, teaching teenagers ‘how to stay sane in an insane world.’ Thomas lives in London […]