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The Healing Power of Nature, Bruno Hansen

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Surfing Champion “You’re paralysed and you’ll never walk again.” Those were the words Bruno Hansen heard after his spine was snapped. A broken shell of a human being, Bruno tried to drown himself before a wave hit him and, as he says, “the joy kicked in”.  Bruno is now three-time ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champion. […]

A Battle Going On in Your Head, Hope Virgo

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Anorexia Campaigner/Activist Hope Virgo struggled with expressing her emotions from a young age. As a teenager, she began to eat less and less, until a point came where her heart was close to failing and she was admitted to hospital to be treated for anorexia. After several months in hospital and much therapy, she came […]

Under Siege and Fighting Back, Jamie Sanderson

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Former Royal Marine sniper Jamie Sanderson served in Afghanistan. He was under attack in intense, chaotic battlegrounds. Not surprisingly, defending his comrades in a place where he was expecting to get hit, hurt or killed every day took its toll on his nerves. The contrast of returning home injured was also a shock. Jamie began […]

We Need People Who Think Differently, Vikie Shanks

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Author, Speaker & Mentor Vikie Shanks was widowed when her husband took his own life. She was left to bring up seven children, six of whom are on the autistic spectrum. Two of her children have cerebral palsy. Vikie, on her own, had no choice but to cope and to enable her children and herself […]

A Pressure Cooker of Emotions, Jules Guaitamacchi

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Emotional Wellbeing Presenter & Facilitator in Schools At the age of 21, Jules Guaitamacchi realised that they could put their own experience to use helping others. Jules had been bullied from the age of eleven and had resorted to drugs and alcohol as a way of self-medicating. Jules describes the ‘pressure cooker of emotions’ bursting […]

You’re Not On Your Own, Emily Clarkson

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Blogger Emily Clarkson set up her blog, Pretty Normal Me, as a way of saying to other young women like her and her sister that ‘you’re ok’. Whoever you are, whatever you look like — despite the pressure that she has noticed in other media. Emily has been diagnosed with anxiety and found herself prey […]

Finding the Answers Inside Yourself, Dave Lee

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Ex Builder Turned Mental Health Campaigner Ten years ago, Dave Lee was working as a builder. He was depressed, drinking heavily and attempted to end his life. Recovering, he looked for answers. Eventually he realised that he could only find those insights and answers inside himself. He describes the difference between the ‘personal mind’ and […]

Exam After Exam After Exam, Jenny Pewsey

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Borderline Personality Disorder Looking back, Jenny says she probably had mental health issues from an early age. But her food obsessions, panic and anxiety didn’t explode until her first year of medical school when it got so bad that she couldn’t leave her flat. ‘There is so much pressure on young people. Exam after exam […]

The Power of Telling your Story, Lily Asch

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As a teenager she was labeled ‘unsafe to self’ and locked in a psychiatric ward. For a long time Lily Asch continued to be ashamed of her experience, until she opened up and discovered the power of conversation. Now Asch runs Real Talk, a social enterprise organizing storytelling workshops in a safe space, enabling people […]

Surviving Suicide, the Tartan Way, Josh Quigley

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Two years ago, Josh Quigley woke in the middle of the night, got into his car and drove into a concrete barrier at 80 miles-an-hour. A crippling battle with depression had held this outwardly happy Scottish entrepreneur in a deadly grip. Miraculously, Quigley escaped unscathed. He decided to travel the world as ‘The Tartan Explorer’, […]