Personal stories

Although everyone will be affected in different ways by coronavirus, we’re all in this together. In these blogs and podcasts, we hear about people's own experience of coronavirus – from a doctor to a Year 11 student, a retired bishop to a young dad, a digital wellbeing expert to a football club director. Check back soon for more stories.


Results day: How to deal with anxiety, stress and imposter syndrome by Mhairi Underwood of The Student Room

The 4 Rs of self-forgiveness by Maaria Mahmood and Hadil Nour of the Muslim Youth Helpline

Being a graduate in lockdown: Sophie’s story

Dealing with anxiety: Travis’s story (age 16)

Happiness - be a good friend to yourself first

How volunteering boosted my mental wellbeing: Carl’s story (age 14)

It’s okay to not be okay! by Paige Keen, aged 15

Coping with stress by Paul Hurst, a counsellor, therapist and non-religious pastoral carer

"Imagine a world in which even cartoons for children tell boys they can’t feel upset; they must be superheroes. That was my world." by Antonio Ferreira

Five smooth stones (dealing with depression and post-traumatic stress) by former police officer Nigel Fawcett-Jones

Supporting the self-care and mental health of students and young people by Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Good Thinking

The kindness of neighbours: Sarah’s story

Reflecting on ways to live better: Taiwo's story

There is so much noise around: JC Candanedo

Facing COVID-19 with Asperger’s: Chris’s story

Adjusting to a new way of living: Alis Rowe, autistic creator and entrepreneur

GCSEs 2020: a student's perspective

Self-isolation: Callum's story (age 12)

Self-isolation: Harry's story (age 21)

Self-isolation: Grace’s story (age 15)


Eddie Marsan shares his experience of lockdown

Janet Ellis shares her experience of coping with grief and isolation during lockdown

Podcasts - latest

Published 7 June 2021

Feeling Good App: Dr Alastair Dobbin - Co-founder and Medical Director

Published 12 May 2021

Connecting with nature: Emma Tolley, The Eden Project

Published 31 March 2021

Muslim Youth Helpline (Maaria Mahmood & Hadil Nour)

Brent Medical Practice (Yolanda Agyemang-Baah)

Published 18 March 2021

Mental Health and debt - Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

Published 24 December 2020

Make positive changes where you live: Tracey Robbins

Build healthy habits with the tomo community: Gus Booth-Clibborn

Published 25 November 2020

Want to stop bullying behaviour? It starts with the dictionary… Alex Holmes and Will Poulter

Published 16 November 2020

Mental health from a male perspective: Antonio Ferreira

Published 8 July 2020

Sex and relationships during and after the pandemic: Amber Newman-Clark, Education & Wellbeing Specialist, Brook

Published 3 July 2020

Supporting those with Eating Disorders: Andrew Radford, CEO, and Caroline Price, Director of Services, Beat

Supporting the whole family through the pandemic: Paula Ludley, co-founder, Nine Day Week

Published 12 June 2020

A public health response to a pandemic: Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director for Public Health in London, Public Health England

Published 9 June 2020

Shout – the crisis text line: Victoria Hornby, CEO, Mental Health Innovations

The future of work: Nicola Millard, Principal Innovation Partner, BT

Dealing with stress and trauma: Professor Neil Greenberg, academic, occupational & forensic psychiatrist, founder & director of March on Stress; Professor with King's College, London

Published 14 May 2020

Supporting students through coronavirus: Mhairi Underwood, Head of Community, The Student Room

Published 6 May 2020

Helping parents and their children to thrive in our digital present and our digital future: Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE

Mental health in online communities: Darren Gough, Expert in Community Management and Founder of Island23

The coronavirus pandemic for those with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be particularly challenging: Tracey Taylor, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, SLaM

Published 4 May 2020

Supporting a healthy screen/life balance during the pandemic: Tanya Goodin, Digital Wellbeing Expert

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