Mental wellbeing for young adults

Struggle & success

In this video for young adults, Jo Morton-Brown explains how stress can help us, but also how it can affect our wellbeing. Have you noticed any physical signs, like mouth ulcers or eczema? Jo explains how too much stress can be overwhelming. She suggests taking a pen and paper doing a mind dump […]

New masterclass: mental wellbeing for children

Struggle & success

Emotional health practitioner Jo Morton-Brown works as a school counsellor, for kids aged 4 to 18. In our exclusive FREE new masterclass, Jo has recorded a chapter for each age group, to help children and young people understand how they are feeling so they can better help themselves. You can access the masterclass […]

Feel, write, delete

Struggle & success

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 […]

From university dropout to inspiration

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Izzy Radford In November 2018, I dropped out of University after six weeks. I aim to help young people at highly academic schools realise that going straight to university isn’t the only option. I want to encourage people to think critically and evaluate their options rather than just following the crowd, and how to navigate the real world […]

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 […]

Paws for thought, Professor Jo Williams (and Boomer)

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An estimated 10% of youngsters in the UK have had an official diagnosis of a mental health condition. “The complexities of modern life add further cognitive strain and we are seeing a rise in these diagnoses,” says Professor Jo Williams from the University of Edinburgh. She has been researching the impact of pets on the […]

The Anorexia Wars – 2012 to 2018

Struggle & success

Mark Simmonds In September 2012, our 16-year-old daughter, Emily, entered sixth form at Aylesbury High School to begin her A-Levels. She was level-headed, sensible and talented at many things. A month or so later, my wife, Mel, approached me with a slightly worried look and said, ‘We need to talk about Em.’ She had been […]

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 […]

Food for thought, Christine Bailey

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Nutritional Therapist Christine Bailey knows about the power of food to affect our health and our minds. Christine explains the ways that what we eat can make us feel better — or worse. She says that eating and exercise can have profound effects on how our brain functions. She has some simple, practical suggestions for […]

New Year, new challenge!

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Ever thought about doing a challenge to fundraise for your favourite mental health charity? Hugo Chittenden is doing just that for Young Minds by going to Everest base camp with Charity Challenge. Hugo says: ‘It’s a great way to keep the mind focused, challenge yourself and gain confidence while supporting a great cause.” Young Minds (one of our partners) […]

Taking the Weight Off Your Back, Danny

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Danny started counselling when he began to experience bullying during the transition to secondary school. He was experiencing anxiety attacks and his school work was suffering. His parents suggested that he talk to a therapist. Danny has found his counselling helpful because he says it offers him small things that he remembers to do every […]

No Longer Living a Half Life, Mark and Maddy Austin

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News Presenter & Daughter When Maddy Austin began to suffer from anorexia as a teenager, her father Mark didn’t know at first how to react. Mealtimes became a battle zone and the stress on the whole family was very difficult. It wasn’t until Maddy was able to get appropriate treatment that she began to recover. […]