I am a science writer and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology, research and mental health. At 25, I left my software business and spent a year talking to young people, researchers, nurses, psychotherapists, philosophers, artists and others to study mental health from many different perspectives.
‘A stellar cast of writers and thinkers’ -Nathan Filer
An explorer spends a decade preparing for an expedition to the South Pole; what happens when you live for a goal, but once it’s been accomplished, you discover it’s not enough? A successful broadcast journalist ends up broke, drunk and sleeping rough; what makes alcohol so hard to resist despite its ruinous consequences? A teenage girl tries to disappear by starving herself; what is this force that compels so many women to reduce their size so drastically?In this essay collection, writers share the struggles that have shaped their lives – loss, depression, addiction, anxiety, trauma, identity and others. But as they take you on a journey to the darkest recesses of their mind, the authors grapple with challenges that haunt us all.
How you attach to people may explain a lot about your inner life
Early interactions with caregivers can dramatically affect your beliefs about yourself, your expectations of others, and how you cope with stress and regulate your emotions as an adult
The brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. That’s why social exclusion needs a health warning