The Telegraph: How dry stone wall building can release your inner zen

To most of us, a dry stone wall is just there. Stretching off into the distance, dividing up the fields, it is something you drive past without noticing, something for sheep to scratch up against. For John Matthews, however, a dry stone wall is a thing of unmatched loveliness. More than that, in its earthiness, its natural heft, its timeless resilience, he finds inspiration. When John walks across the Peak District and sees a wall he doesn’t take it in his stride, its glories stop him in his… Read the full story

Failing Beautifully

Interested to read Lucy Clark’s Beautiful Failures, a reflection on the failure of one-size-fits-all schooling and the impact on young people’s mental health. Read Lucy’s account here:

‘When my daughter failed school, it was unexpected.’ Picture posed by model. Photograph: Phovoir/Alamy

Affirming Introverts: the Power of Quiet

2898In 2012 Susan Cain brought a sense of affirmation and recognition to millions of introverts worldwide with her TED talk and book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. She has now written a book specifically for young people, Quiet Power, prompted by the huge response she had from adults and young people talking about how much harder adolescence can be for those with introverted personalities. Read about her book and inspiration here:

Please Vote for Dare to Live!

An appeal from Sun Tui, Director of IFEAL:


I’m in touch to ask for your support for The Dare to Live Trust in The People’s Projects – a nationwide competition held in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund and ITV that has gone live today! The prize on offer is £50,000 funding so we’re on a mission to get as many votes as possible.

Dare to LiveDare to Live provide Equine Assisted Therapy to serving and ex-servicemen and women suffering from depression, anxiety or PTSD as a consequence of combat-related trauma, and who are struggling to make the transition from military to civilian life. Many participants are sceptical at first (you can watch Adam’s story here) but the results speak for themselves – improvements in self-awareness, wellbeing, mental health, social functioning and emotional stability.

You can vote for Dare to Live by clicking here, and please feel free to share through your networks!

We really appreciate your support, thank you!

Kind regards,
Sun Tui
Director – IFEAL

Upcoming Conference: Young People Need You


Time:    10:00 – 16:00
Venue:  Bishops Hull House, Taunton
Cost:     to be confirmed

In response to the South West Youth Parliament’s manifesto that ‘mental health services for young people and education about mental health, needs to be drastically improved’ a regional cross sector gathering is planned with the intention of demonstrating how politicians, agencies, local authorities, education institutions , youth and community groups, charities, children’s services, mental health workers, social and care services in the South West are responding.
We Need You!
* Conference Submissions Wanted *

Should you have experience of or be involved with mental health and feel that you can meaningfully contribute to the discussion in the South West then
we would love to hear from you.

Call for Presentations Document
Call for Presentations Submission Form

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday
30 September 2015.

If you would like to reserve a place on the event or request more details please contact

The Taboo of Mental Health in Education

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According to a survey, staff and students in universities are reluctant to seek help for mental health problems. The Guardian’s Clare Shaw finds that they are worried about being treated differently if they reveal that they have been suffering from mental illness.

You can read the full article on The Guardian’s website: