Vulnerability pays off, Paul McGregor

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When Paul McGregor was 18, his father took his own life. He been treated for depression and sectioned for a while after a previous attempt, but Paul and his family were still totally unprepared. From his father’s first trip to the doctor to his death was only six months. “My dad was very good at […]

Every suicide is unnecessary, Owen Paterson MP

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In 2020, Rose Paterson took her own life. She had never spoken of depression, never been on medication, and had never mentioned her pain to her family. She went missing one day, and when they found her body, the Patersons’ world collapsed. “It is incomprehensible that she could have torn herself away from this,” says […]

The most empowering work you can do, Christo Hudson

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Christo Hudson had always wanted to be a pilot, and spent 12 years doing the job he loved, until it all stopped overnight with the pandemic. He suffered anxiety and bouts of depression, unable to see a way forward. “My dream was stolen from me. I had been completely defined by the job I had. […]

Tomorrow might be great, Josh Zitser

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Josh Zitser was always a deeply sensitive child, but when a teenage friend took her own life, he suffered depression, panic attacks and an eating disorder. But it took a while for him to realise his feelings weren’t the same as everyone else. Josh has had suicidal thoughts, but recent therapy has changed his life. […]

Tomorrow might be great

True stories

Josh Zitser has had suicidal thoughts, but recent therapy has changed his life. “When you’re having those thoughts, it’s time to seek help. You’ve lived through 100% of your worst days. They might feel horrible but they will pass. It will get better. Not every day will be great – but it might […]

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 […]

Opening new doors

True stories

On the surface Sefik had everything – a loving family and successful career. But mental health struggles got on top of him, and he tried to take his own life twice over a decade. In the years between attempts, he didn’t feel he could open up to anyone, due to stigma and social […]

Not all champagne and skittles, Simon Webbe

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Singer and songwriter Simon Webbe — former member of Blue and Strictly contestant — broke down on TV and realised that he had to open up about his depression. He had lost close friends to suicide and now tells others the importance of talking to someone about your feelings. Simon finds talking, exercise, and creating […]

Being brave is beautiful, Petra Velzeboer

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Petra Velzeboer was brought up in a cult, the Children of God. Lacking education but feeling that she was meant to save the world, she used alcohol and drugs to try to cope. Lonely after the birth of her children, she reached rock bottom but realised she had a choice. Petra chose to pursue happiness. […]

A New Reality, Jack Fowler

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Love Island Star Jack Fowler found it difficult to adjust to his newfound fame after he emerged from the Love Island villa. The sudden attention the reality TV show brought made him feel as though he was ‘in a zoo’. He has learned that showing emotion, like the heartbreak he felt after breaking up with […]

Baring Body and Soul, Ben, The Naked Professor

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The Naked Professor Ben uses striking naked images of himself, often in dramatic locations, as a way to draw attention to his writing on mental health. He says that in the early part of his life he was living on autopilot and felt unable to show his sensitive side. This led to anxiety, depression, feelings […]

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