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Christine Steel At this time of year – particularly this year – we are all too aware of the pressures put on young people today, as they start a new school or a new university. I have seen the pressure first-hand with my daughter: to achieve academically, in the workplace, and socially, all while conforming […]

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 […]

Work hard to keep a positive mindset

Struggle & success

Love Island star Jack Fowler has spoken to us before about his challenges with his mental health. In this exclusive message for Head Talks, he gives us an update on how he is coping in the lockdown. “It’s imperative you understand that we are not going to be in this position forever. Right […]

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 […]

In hard times you can achieve great things, Jada Sezer

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Jada Sezer found career success at a difficult time for her family, but learned to thrive in a challenging industry as a plus-size model. Since then she has run the London Marathon in her underwear and taken on a swimming challenge. She aims to inspire other women to be proud of their bodies. Social media, […]

Our authentic bodies and authentic feelings, Susie Orbach

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Psychotherapist Susie Orbach has long studied our relationships with food and eating. ‘Life is full of challenges,’ she says, ‘the question is how to make them interesting.’ Susie is concerned about how parents’ preoccupations with bodies, food and fitness are transmitted to their children, sometimes using food as a substitute for genuine emotion. We have […]

You can do hard things, Adrienne Herbert

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Adrienne Herbert was a professional dancer with much to look forward to — a new husband and a new baby — when her husband’s sudden illness turned their lives upside down. Adrienne took up running as a way to get out of the door and get her energy back. She now runs road races and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learning to trust my brain again, Scarlett Curtis

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Scarlett Curtis is a writer, podcaster and activist. Her new book, It’s not OK to feel blue (and other lies), is a collection of writings on mental health from high-profile figures. Scarlett tells us about how she gets through some of her own dark times — they’re less frequent now, fortunately, but still affect her […]

Are we swiping left on mental health?

Struggle & success

Julie-Ann Robertson I quit Instagram in January. My mental health was taking a shake and I noticed I was flicking through my news feed and posting a story update every other hour because, frankly, I was looking for a validation fix. Shortly afterwards, I quit the rest of my social platforms. Am I over-reacting by cutting […]

Navigating an anxious online world, Emma Gannon

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Emma Gannon is a writer, broadcaster and podcaster. She’s the author of ‘The Multi-Hyphen Method’ about the new world of work. Emma loves her work but she also deals with anxiety that sometimes makes her feel a ‘wasp in a jam jar’ is trapped inside. She says we live in a world with so much information and […]