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I lost sight of myself, Sam Baker

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Journalist and author Sam Baker noticed an escalation in her anxiety, crashes in self-confidence, and depression in her 40s. “I felt like I had lost sight of myself.” When she was researching her book, The Shift, she realised those feelings weren’t uncommon in women – and they weren’t being discussed. Midway through HRT, she was […]

Forgiveness brings us peace, Swati Dlamini

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Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, vowed to carry her grandparents’ work and values with her through her life. “One of the great lessons I learned from my grandfather was one of forgiveness. Forgiveness is for me to have peace, and not being imprisoned by what others have done.” During the pandemic, she […]

Loving the skin you’re in, Eryca Freemantle

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As a child, Eryca Freemantle was bullied at school for being different, and remembers the constant feeling of heaviness and sadness. Home was her safe space. But when a life-changing accident left her with serious facial scarring from burns, those memories of childhood bullying came back. After suffering a breakdown, having suicidal thoughts and finally […]

The solace of music, Charles Hazlewood

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Conductor Charles Hazlewood created the Paraorchestra for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, as a way to enable virtuoso disabled magicians to share their musical gifts. But music has played a greater role than that in Charles’ life: it has helped through the recovery from deep-buried sexual abuse when he was young. “The trauma that […]

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. […]

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, […]