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Be Inspired with Headstock Headtalks

Join us for an afternoon of talks from some of the UK’s most inspirational speakers. Each day will be themed around a different pillar of ‘self care’ – including food & nutrition; sleep & resilience; music; physical exercise; and personal development. Our Headstock Headtalks will arm you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to help manage your mental & emotional wellbeing.

Day 1 Food & Nutrition

Monday 11 May

  • The Mac Twins

    Founders, The Gut Stuff

  • Hope Virgo

    Author and Eating Disorders Mental Health Campaigner

  • Heather Thomas

    Founder, The Mindful Kitchen and Head of Development, The Green Party

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Day 2 Sleep & Resilience

Tuesday 12 May

  • Nick Littlehales

    Elite Sport Sleep Coach

  • Josh Connolly

    Life Coach

  • Ricky Hatton MBE

    Former World Champion Boxer

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Day 3 Music

Wednesday 13 May

  • Jack Williamson

    CEO, Music & You And Founder, LiveLive (In Partnership with Lewis Capaldi)

  • Adrianna Irvine

    Music Industry Psychotherapist

  • Brandon Block

    Superstar DJ and founder, happy days for everyone

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Day 4 Physical Activity

Thursday 14 May

  • Running and Mental Wellbeing Panel

    Jessica Robson

    Founder of Run Talk Run

    Running and Mental Wellbeing Panel

    Rachel Cullen

    Author, ‘Running For My Life’ and ‘A Midlife Cyclist’

    Running and Mental Wellbeing Panel

    William Pullen

    Psychotherapist; Founder of Dynamic Running Therapy

  • Dr Jessicarr Moorhouse

    Doctor, founder of Tribe.MCR and PHE physical activity champion, North West

  • Andrew Steele

    Former British International Athlete; Olympic Medalist; Head of Product at DNAFit

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Day 5 Development

Friday 15 May

  • Robyn Landau

    Arts, Neuroscience & Wellbeing Expert

  • Marsha McAdam

    Mental Health Campaigner & Co-Chair of GM Personality Disorder Strategy

  • Strategic Coach

    Entrepreneurial coaching workshop

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The Mac Twins

Did you know there is a neural and physical connection that runs from your brain all the way through to your gut? Did you know that this amazing connection is called the gut-brain-axis and that the bacteria in your gut have the power to affect our mental health for better and for worse? Did you know that a staggering 95% of your serotonin (your happy hormone) is produced in your gut? Join founders of The Gut Stuff, Lisa and Alana, and a panel of experts including Haleh Moravei, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences and founder of MetMUnch social enterprise, to learn everything you need to know about your “second brain” and its impact on mental health. When they're not educating us on our gut health, Lisa and Alana (aka The Mac Twins), are DJs and radio presenters, and have hosted prime time radio slots on Virgin Radio and Radio 1Xtra. They're also known for spinning the decks on ITV2's Love Island spin off, Love Island: After Sun.

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Hope Virgo

For four years, Hope Virgo managed to keep it hidden, keeping dark secrets from friends and family. But then, on 17th November 2007, Hope's world changed forever. She was admitted to a mental health hospital. Her skin was yellowing, her heart was failing. She was barely recognizable. Forced to leave her family and friends, the hospital became her home. Over the next year, at her lowest ebb, Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life. She had to find the courage to beat her anorexia. Hope Virgo is the Author of Stand Tall Little Girl, and a multi award winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues which affect one in four people and costs employers between £33 and £42 billion annually. She has been described by Richard Mitchell, CEO of Sherwood Forest Hospital, as "sharing a very powerful story with a huge impact".

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Heather Thomas

Mindfulness isn’t just about me, it is about we. We humans are increasingly seeking coping methods like mindfulness because we feel disconnected. Disconnected from what? A nature relatedness practice helps you to discover your human nature as a part of all of nature and plugs you into the source of our collective vitality. In this way, your practice begins to benefit people and planet. The Mindful Kitchen has developed a process that helps you to develop personal resilience, peace and sticky eco friendly habits (that taste great!). From head, to hands, to habit this interactive talk will teach you how to become the change, with every bit. Heather Thomas is the Founder of The Mindful Kitchen. She grew up in the kind of place where she passed farms where her food came from on my way to school. After a career in the arts and tech for good, she realised that she felt disconnected from the land and wanted to find a way to breathe the peace of nature in the big city. After training in climate change communication with Al Gore and working for Sustain and the Eden Project and running her own pop up eco friendly eatery and workshop hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, she decided to write a book. In autumn 2019, Leaping Hare published her book, "The Mindful Kitchen" which teaches people how to develop nature related well being through the art of cooking and eating. During the day, she works as the Head of Development for The Green Party - determined to build a more equitable world and a future to be excited about for people and planet.

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Nick Littlehales

Redefining Human Recovery Performance Managing light over exposure and under exposure is key to human health, wellbeing, personal performance and maximising the hours allocated to sleep. The talk will focus on how top elite athletes use techniques, like light exposure and practical interventions to optimise human recovery performance at home, away and when traveling. In this session, Nick Littlehales will reveal the Game Changing R90 Technique and recovery secrets adopted by some of the leading athletes, players and coaches in world sport. “Even today, sleep is still taken for granted unlike the other human health pillars, fuel, hydration and exercise, which are challenged and tackled every day to find new solutions to help us improve. However, our natural ability to unlock consistent and sustainable levels of mental & physical recovery, is now a real threat to personal wellbeing and performance” Nick Nick has worked as an Elite Sport Human Recovery Coach since 1998, is the founder of the Game Changing R90 Technique, and author of SLEEP, published in 15 languages worldwide.

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Josh Connolly

In this talk Josh will share his personal experiences of trauma, anxiety, suicide and addiction. It is delivered in such a way that compassionately helps attendees to look within and challenge some of their own coping mechanisms. The session will focus on humanising mental health by promoting curiosity about the ways that we feel and exploring how we truly react to our emotions so that we may better understand ourselves. Josh will also look at the difference between resilience and simply coping; how our environment and the ways in which we react to it, impacts our wellbeing; and how motivation and basic solution can ultimately fail if we don’t begin at a place of validation. Josh is one of the UK’s most influential mental health advocates, regularly speaking on BBC, ITV & Channel 5 news. Josh has also spoken in the House of Commons, contributed to mental health policy and even advised the scriptwriting team on Hollyoaks. He has run resilience workshops for village schools and global brands alike. Additionally, he is an ambassador for Nacoa – a national charity supporting people affected by a parent’s drinking.

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Ricky Hatton MBE

Former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton had thousands of adoring fans, the celebrity lifestyle and a close network of friends and family. But, when his winning streak was over, he was left depressed, alone and wanting to end it all - so how did he turn his life around, to now being what he says is the happiest he's ever been? In this candid Q&A, Ricky will speak to ITV sports presenter, Mike Hall about the highs and lows of his career in boxing, the difficulty he found coming to terms with defeat, and having to retire from life in the ring. Mike will also talk to Ricky about his career as a promoter and trainer and discuss what he does now to manage his mental health.

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Jack Williamson

With more than 20 years experience working within the music industry across both record labels and artist management, Jack Williamson decided to transition into the area of mental health and well-being to support artists, music industry professionals and the wider music community through his company Music & You. In this talk, Jack will discuss the LiveLive initiative he launched in partnership with Lewis Capaldi to provide emotional support for fans attending concerts, all the way through to working directly with artists to build mental agility and resilience, Music and You's focus on working on prevention and on-going support over crisis management, aims to help every area of the music industry provide support from the outset of an individuals career in music, to drive a more supportive and inclusive music industry for all in the future. With qualifications ranging from an ICF certified coach, NLP master practitioner and trainee psychotherapist, Jack’s unique perspective; along with his collective of mental health and wellness professionals, allow Music and You to be uniquely positioned to help support and improve the mental health and well-being of the music industry.

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Adrianna Irvine

In this age of ‘fake' news & what could be called ‘utrage' at absolutely everything & sometimes not very much, psychotherapist Adrianna Irvine will offer some big & small perspectives! She will explore the macro – such as the planet & climate change – as well as the micro – mankind. We are all so intrinsically & irrevocably linked it’s hard to talk about one without mention of the other. In talking about the micro, Adrianna will offer perspectives on our mental health, ad will also explore why the music business is often more impacted than other industries. She will also look at what we can do to support ourselves. Adrianna began her career in the music and entertainment industry in the late 70s, where she guided the careers of some of the world’s most celebrated musicians, covering areas as diverse as personal management, production and touring. She worked as artist liaison on several of the historical one-off live events such as Live Aid (US), the Nelson Mandela Show and the Freddie Mercury Tribute, as well as MTV European Music Awards, the Brits, the BAFTAS and VMAs. Negotiating a move from the music and film industry in1998 Adrianna obtained a Masters Degree in Integrative psychotherapy from Regent’s College in 2004 and is an accredited member of the BACP.

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Brandon Block

As humans we are creatures of habit. We create these habits, bad and good through our own personal experiences and our environment. The good news is that modern day neuroscience and research has shown that by building new pathways into our brains, happiness can become a habit. It may seem odd to refer to happiness as a habit. But it is likely that by the time we are adults, we have settled into the habit of often being happy, or the habit of being largely unhappy. In this talk, superstar DJ and Director of Happy Days for Everyone, Brandon Block will introduce to you the idea of how your mind works and how by making small steps you break habits that are holding you back and take on habits that will support you to enjoy real happiness in all areas of your life. We can’t change the twists and turns of life, but we can equip you to navigate through them with a smile.

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Jessica Robson

Almost 7 million of us run regularly here in the UK, but for many, it’s as much about the mental health benefits running can bring, as opposed to chasing that allusive PB or shedding the pounds. In this ‘running and mental health’ panel discussion, we’ll be exploring the role running can play in managing our mental wellbeing, how we can use running groups and communities to create safe spaces to talk about our mental health and support our peers, and how we can enjoy the ‘experience’ of running whilst avoiding ‘outcome’ based motivations. Our panelists include Jessica Robson, Founder of Run Talk Run; Rachel Cullen, Author or ‘Running For My Life’ and ‘A Midlife Cyclist’; and William; Psychotherapist and Founder of Dynamic Running Therapy.

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Rachel Cullen

Almost 7 million of us run regularly here in the UK, but for many, it’s as much about the mental health benefits running can bring, as opposed to chasing that allusive PB or shedding the pounds. In this ‘running and mental health’ panel discussion, we’ll be exploring the role running can play in managing our mental wellbeing, how we can use running groups and communities to create safe spaces to talk about our mental health and support our peers, and how we can enjoy the ‘experience’ of running whilst avoiding ‘outcome’ based motivations. Our panelists include Jessica Robson, Founder of Run Talk Run; Rachel Cullen, Author or ‘Running For My Life’ and ‘A Midlife Cyclist’; and William; Psychotherapist and Founder of Dynamic Running Therapy.

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William Pullen

Almost 7 million of us run regularly here in the UK, but for many, it’s as much about the mental health benefits running can bring, as opposed to chasing that allusive PB or shedding the pounds. In this ‘running and mental health’ panel discussion, we’ll be exploring the role running can play in managing our mental wellbeing, how we can use running groups and communities to create safe spaces to talk about our mental health and support our peers, and how we can enjoy the ‘experience’ of running whilst avoiding ‘outcome’ based motivations. Our panelists include Jessica Robson, Founder of Run Talk Run; Rachel Cullen, Author or ‘Running For My Life’ and ‘A Midlife Cyclist’; and William; Psychotherapist and Founder of Dynamic Running Therapy.

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Dr Jessicarr Moorhouse

Can movement be the medicine for our mind? Join Dr Jessicarr Moorhouse to explore the role of movement and exercise in our mental health and fitness. Jessicarr is a Manchester based NHS doctor, who in 2018, began working part time due to work related stress and anxiety. Now a personal trainer, founder of health and wellbeing brand TRIBE.MCR and Public Health England Physical Activity Clinical Champion, Jessicarr has a unique experience in the medical and fitness industries. Jessicarr uses her multi-hyphenate career, alongside her own personal experience to inspire and empower others to use movement and exercise to benefit their mental health and fitness. Central to TRIBE.MCR, is the community spirit, the sense of empowerment and feel good atmosphere, all of which are vital in a world which is becoming increasingly disconnected. Jessicarr will be sharing her knowledge and experience of the benefits of movement and exercise on our mental health and fitness. This will be accompanied by real life stories from her client base and audience interaction.

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Andrew Steele

Manchester-born Andrew Steele is a former British 400m and 4x400m relay runner, winning bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Andrew reinvented himself as a successful entrepreneur in the genomics and health technology space and is now the Head of Product for DNAfit, a DNA testing start-up. In this candid talk, Andrew will discuss how he reached the highest level of sport without, in his words, ‘much natural talent’, and will share the highs and lows he experienced throughout his career including winning an Olympic medal 9 years after the race. Away from the track, Andrew will talk about ‘escaping the average’, how he discovered the role of DNA in health and fitness, and how everyone can use data and personalisation to improve their health.

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Robyn Landau

We train the muscles in our body, but what about our mind? This guided session will educate about the frequencies of our brainwaves and the importance of bringing them into balance for creativity. Like the muscles in our body, brainwaves need to be strengthened to allow us to reach our fullest creative potential. The session educates on the role of each brainwave, frequencies, and impact everyday experience. We explore how to re-wire and re- shape brain patterning with tools, takeaways, and insight. Guided meditations will stimulate these different brainwaves. For example, Alpha, the brainwave linked to creativity and idea generation, can be accessed via deep relaxation, and sensory visualisations. Together, we’ll go through through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic realms. Take home tips for strengthening brainwaves are provided for everyday applications. Robyn is consultant, artist and researcher exploring creativity through a cross-modal approach. The focus of her work in the growing science of Neuroaesthetics unpacks the influence of creativity, flow and 'peak experience' on wellbeing.

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Marsha McAdam

Marsha McAdam is committed to bringing about positive change within the mental health sector. She has a diagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and endures a range of significant physical health issues that have a debilitating effect on her daily life. After receiving life-changing mentalisation-based therapy (MBT), and with the support and recognition of those working with her, Marsha embarked on a venture to bring about positive change in both physical and mental healthcare. She is an active member of the Lived Experience Group for Equally Well and is Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester Personality Disorder Strategy. Marsha wrote a moving blog for Centre for Mental Health, describing her battle with BPD, the stigma a diagnosis attracts and her journey to affect change. Working with charities like Centre for Mental Health and having the opportunity to help others enables Marsha to remain positive and is essential to her own wellbeing. Marsha is a founding member of the Speaker Collective and has recently joined the National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG).

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Strategic Coach

In this one hour workshop, Strategic Coach’s Rebecca Scoular will help you celebrate your past achievements and take your new found confidence to set your goals to achieve your Bigger Future. As a Program Advisor and coach for the Strategic Coach® Team Programs and Onsite AdvantageTM Workshops, Rebecca gets the opportunity to work closely with entrepreneurs every day, helping them overcome challenges and design their desired futures. Strategic Coach is an organisation run business owners for business owners, and is the recognised leader worldwide in entrepreneurial coaching. For more than 30 years, it has delivered business coaching to more than 20,000 successful business owners from around the globe, helping them to achieve faster growth, greater profits, and an exceptional quality of life.

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