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?

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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 […]

The Honest Truth, Emily Hartridge

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Fitness instructor and YouTuber Emily Hartridge has had two breakdowns. Nervous and anxious as a child, Emily felt the ups and downs of growing up more than her friends. Her then-boyfriend helped pull her out of her first breakdown; her second four years ago was even more devastating. “I couldn’t work for two years. It […]

Making real connections, Jamie Jewitt

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Model and former Love Island contestant Jamie Jewitt realised that he was trying to live up to an image of success that was created by the industry he worked in. He worries that social media makes that image pervasive: there’s pressure to make your whole life look perfect. Now he tries to project a more […]

There’s No Perfect Life, Niomi Smart

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YouTuber and Instagrammer Niomi Smart tries to use her life online to promote a healthy and happy community and create a positive mindset among her followers. But she’s conscious that despite providing tips on healthy eating and lifestyle for her many fans, she’s as likely as anyone only to show the good things in life […]