Theo's Story: "I watched my brother's battle with M.E. so I knew what I was in store for"
TheoÂ tells us about having his life put on hold and why conversations with friends aren't easy anymore. It was just before my 17th Birthday that I started getting ill. I thought it might be some sort of virus but the longer it went on, the longer I thought it might be something more serious. I was formally diagnosed with M.E. around six months later. I had watched my brother's battle with M.E. so I already knew what I was in store for. The consultant who diagnosed me said at the time âdon't worry, it's not like you're going to dieâ which I supposed was true but knowing that I would be...
James' story: "Mindfulness isn't all 'airy-fairy' like I thought it was"
James, 21, is from West Yorkshire. He is studying business and economics and is in his final year of university.
Lisa's story: "I believe everyone has at least 10 minutes a day to be kind to themselves."
Lisa, 36, is a single parent with two sons, lives in Cheshire and works as a beauty therapist.
Patricia's Story: "If you think old you will be old, if you think young you'll stay young"
Patricia is a Dementia Peer Support Worker at the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service.
Ed's story: "Training the mind to be healthy"
Ed experienced stress and anxiety but mindfulness has helped his mind to be more healthy.
Anna Williamson: My battle with anxiety
Anna Williamson is a TV presenter who has worked on CITV, Daybreak and GMTV.
Andy's Story: "I am now much more in the present"
On the surface I had the perfect life â beautiful wife, two amazing kids, great job, nice house and car. I did have a lot of good times but I also had lows and the more of those I experienced, the more I became depressed by them. I began to think that there was nothing I could do â that there must be something wrong with me. It was always that despair that led to the depression. I had heard that Mindfulnessâ based Cognitive Therapy had helped a number of people deal with the low and was recommended the book The Mindful way through Depression . As I started to read it, it made complete...
Lily's story: How a self-management course changed my life
Lily was living in a homeless hostel with no ambition or goals and she tried to take her own life.
Rachel's story: Learning confidence in my parenting skills
Rachel is a stay-at-home single mum, with two young children: Jake and Evan.
"Mindfulness has been a removal of the crippling feeling of dread and anxiety"
Energetic, passionate, positive, happy, excited and content. These are all words that I would use to describe myself today, but it hasn't always been this way. Eleven years ago depression entered my life and since then I have had three episodes that have taken me to the darkest days I have ever experienced. I spent three whole weeks lying in my bed awake, unable to do anything and too caught up in my own mind to care. When depression came it was as if life had stood still. I would go a whole week without washing my hair, I just threw on my clothes and I became reclusive â pushing everyone...