When I got diagnosed with postnatal depression , I had no motivation. My doctor didn't look at any alternatives (to medication ) â you went in there and it was like âhere you are (a prescription). I saw the Community Psychiatric Nurse for a while but there wasn't enough support â it was only an hour a week, and there were no crÃ¨che facilities. I felt like society had let me down. I changed doctors earlier this year, and they introduced me to EXCEL. It's a real positive for me because it's a discipline and it changes your lifestyle. It's given me a new lease of life. There's the social...
"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...
Rachel's story: Learning confidence in my parenting skills
Rachel is a stay-at-home single mum, with two young children: Jake and Evan.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan, 18, has experienced extreme panic attacks and anxiety which threatened to mar his first year at university. "I have been undergoing the fight with anxiety and panic for as long as I can remember. I have struggled with it throughout my education and personal life and it has been a large factor of my life for so long, that I just learnt to deal and live with it, even though at this point I had no clue that what I was experiencing was anxiety and panic attacks . "In August 2013, I had my worst panic attack that I have ever had and was at this point, that I knew I really had to do...