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LAST PUBLISHED 10 August 2021

The Speakers Collective Mini-Series

Good Thinking worked with The Speakers Collective to produce a mini-series that explores how COVID-19 has affected people with lived experience of mental health.

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Living through the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for us all. Whether you spent more time at home, went to work as an essential worker or home schooled your children, COVID-19 led to a huge change in the way we were able to lead our lives. After so many months of restrictions, you might have been struggling with boredom or loneliness or be stressed about your job and finances. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone.

Good Thinking worked with The Speakers Collective to produce a mini-series that explores how COVID-19 has affected people with lived experience of mental health. The videos share a range of lived experience and provide advice and suggestions that might help you or people you know. Please feel free to share the video links.

Ben Jones, trainee psychotherapist and member of The Speakers Collective, talks about how he has been looking after his mental health throughout lockdown.

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Danny Rahim, actor, mental health ambassador and member of The Speakers Collective, discusses how he has been going on walks to take time away from the screen, as well as connecting with friends and family.

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We hear how Dave Chawner, stand-up comic, author, presenter and member of The Speakers Collective, has been looking after his mental health during lockdown.

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Denise Stephenson, founder of Reach Out 2 Kids and member of The Speakers Collective, talks about how her faith has been a source of comfort and support during lockdown.

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Ella Dove, journalist, author, trustee of the Limbless Association and member of The Speakers Collective, shares her story of living with PTSD and how she practices self-care.

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We hear from Emi Howe, member of The Speakers Collective, about her experience of grief and where she has sought comfort during lockdown.

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Harry Corin, member of The Speakers Collective, talks about his journey to finding mental health support.

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Henry Johnstone, therapist and member of The Speakers Collective, shares some ideas for how you can practice self-care.

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John Allison, founder of Motion to Mind and member of The Speakers Collective, talks about energy and the things we can do to generate more of it.

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Mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer, vlogger and member of The Speakers Collective, Jonny Benjamin MBE, talks about his experience of lockdown and how he’s been making time to get away from screens and practice self-care.

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Jonny Jacobs, Finance Director at Starbucks, trustee of The Mental Health Foundation and member of The Speakers Collective, shares his thoughts on workplace wellbeing.

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Lauren Silver is an award-winning actor and jolly-anxious clown. She is also a member of The Speakers Collective. Here, she provides some tips to help you focus when you feel anxious.

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Lauren Silver is an award-winning actor and jolly-anxious clown. She is also a member of The Speakers Collective. Here, she provides some tips on using routine to improve your wellbeing.

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Lauren Silver is an award-winning actor and jolly-anxious clown. She is also a member of The Speakers Collective. Here, she provides some tips on coping with stress and anxiety.

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Rachel Kelly, writer, public speaker, mental health campaigner and member of The Speakers Collective, shares her experience of lockdown and talks about how she has been managing her anxiety and depression.

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We hear from Rupert Eyles, member of The Speakers Collective, who explains how he has used mindfulness to create a self-care routine to help manage his anxiety.

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Steve Loft, mental health campaigner and member of The Speakers Collective, shares how his anxiety led to him taking a significant period of time off work and how important finding the right support and information was to getting the help he needed.

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Juliette Burton, comedian, writer and member of The Speakers Collective, shares her mental health journey and explains how her support network has helped, particularly during lockdown.

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Finlay Games, Youtuber, speaker, author, coach and mentor of The Speakers Collective, describes how he builds flexibility and self-care into his routine to look after his mental health.

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We hear how Sanisha Wynter, Time to Change champion, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and member of The Speakers Collective, has been coping through lockdown.

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