Tips for managing your mental health in current times

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Psychologist Charlotte Armitage has some suggestions for us during periods of staying home. Seek support, and make contact with people on a daily basis on video calls or telephone. Write a journal and document your feelings at this strange and unsettling time. Make plans for the future with friends. Try and live day […]

Start and end the day with meditation

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Head Talks ambassador Jonny Benjamin (and his pal Geoffrey) talks about how he has changed his morning routine. Instead of starting the day by looking at the news, he takes an hour to meditate, have his breakfast, and ease his way into the day. He does the same thing before bed, to stop […]

Protecting productivity and your mental health

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Anna Percy-Davis If you need to start working from home, either for self-isolation, or because you are minimising travel, it can be tricky to get the hang of working from home. Here are 10 Top Tips to keep you strategic, keep you happy, keep you productive and keep you sane. Balance, balance, balance is […]

Nurturing the young individual

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Sophie Kirby Research shows that the consistent loving attention of just one caregiver makes all the difference to a child’s chances of long-term mental health. At Sophie and Friends, our mission is to offer that voice of care.Our videos aim to nurture preschool and primary-aged children and provide a loving refuge.At our core is the message: We are all worthy of love, just […]

The view from the balcony, Anna Percy-Davis

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Anna Percy-Davis is a career coach and mentor who advises her clients to seek more genuine, authentic versions of themselves in the workplace. Although she says we can’t wave a magic wand to sort everything out, we can tweak our perceptions and our behaviour gradually. Anna says self-care is vital, as is finding people who […]

Nurture your ‘bounce back-ability’!

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Anna Percy-Davis I have been thinking about how to navigate this month, especially Blue Monday. So here are my five top tips to help you build your sense of wellbeing at work and nurture your bounce back-ability when times get tough: Balcony people Actively seek out and nurture your relationship with the balcony people at […]

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 […]

Dancing to Freedom

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Samiya Noordeen was a barrister for many years before she turned to dance, becoming a tango performer and setting up a dance lifestyle company. A mother of three children, Samiya had reached a point where she felt the need to develop a life that was based around her passion to be more creative, […]

Depression doesn’t define me, Oliver Chittenden

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Two years after Head Talks’ launch, we turn to founder Oliver Chittenden to hear his own story of his mental health struggles. Now meditation is key, especially the discipline of making it a part of a daily routine, adding that 10 day silent retreats have been a game-changer. Oliver is also a fan of cold-water […]

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 […]

How it is and how it goes, Karl Lokko

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Karl Lokko grew up on a south London estate where gang violence was all around him. He saw friends killed and became involved in crime himself, until he managed to turn his life around. Now he’s a mentor, campaigner and poet. Karl says he knew little about mental health when he was younger and that […]

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 […]