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Comedy: a way of surviving the darkness, Juliette Burton

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Since her teens, comedian Juliette Burton has been diagnosed with a series of mental health disorders, from eating disorders to anxiety. Juliette says comedy is a way to survive the darkness and making light of her illnesses really helps her. Having to go on stage in front of an audience reduces tension and allows her […]

From tragedy, comes hope, Orin Lewis

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When Beverley De-Gale’s son Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time in 1995, he needed a stem cell transplant to survive. But stem cell matches outside of the family are race-related, and the chance of finding a match was 1 in 250,000. The match was found, but it was too late, and Daniel […]

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 […]

Art brought my life back, Lorna Collins

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Lorna Collins suffered a life-threatening brain injury and total amnesia, and she had no concept of who she was. She tried to exercise control in the only way she knew how – by controlling her eating and by self-harm. Art became her lifeline: it was Lorna’s way of expressing her hallucinations and her pain. One […]

It’s time to challenge our thinking, Hayley Barnard

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Hayley Barnard is passionate about diversity and inclusion. Her world view when she was growing up was formed by her adopted family, with a sibling who was gay and one who was disabled, and now through her children, who are both non-neurotypical. We need to think about our thinking – see if we could be […]

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 […]

Breath: your own ‘life hack’, Max Gomez

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Max Gomez was studying neuroscience at university and realised that he was suffering from some learning challenges (ADHD and dyslexia). He became fascinated in how he could build products to help people to improve their wellbeing. Two years after college, he suffered some huge changes in his life and he suffered a bout of deep, […]

Music lifts me up, Emma Conybeare

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DJ and presenter Emma Conybeare didn’t expect her mental health to deteriorate over the years, but two years ago she had a breakdown. She turned to the NHS for therapy, finding support through CBT. This year has been the best she has felt for years, staying positive and motivated. Music has the power to change […]

The sun returns every morning, Nana-Ama Danquah

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Writer Nana-Ama Danquah always felt that she was different, but it wasn’t until her twenties that a friend of her suggested she might have depression. “I didn’t know the physical aspects of depression existed: the exhaustion, the mind fog, feeling congealed to the sheets.” She wrote about her experience in her memoir Willow Weep for […]

Taking time to deal with trauma, Shanie Ryan

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Presenter and podcast host Shanie Ryan is a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings. Her experiences led to PTSD, anxiety and depression, but it took her a while to realise the changes in her behaviour were a result of that day. “I couldn’t relax, my behaviour was frantic, I always needed to be in control. […]

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 […]

Own your breath, own your peace, Leon Taylor

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Three-time Olympic diver and silver medallist Leon Taylor trained hard for his success but his body paid the price. ‘If you were a horse,’ he was told when he retired from the sport, ‘we’d have to shoot you.’ As with many athletes, it took him a while to recover both physically and mentally from the […]