A NEW Talk from Ed Stafford
“Unslumping yourself is not easily done” [Dr Seuss] - A guidebook to Lockdown.
Dealing with adversity for short periods is all well and good, but what if your negative situation just won’t end? Ed Stafford (somewhat optimistically) thought Walking the Amazon would take him a year - in fact, it took him almost two and a half years.
Ed draws on this epic and often life-threatening event and his nine subsequent Discovery Channel TV survival series to speak about how to manage long-term adversity. How to stay motivated, how to combat doubts and fears, how to stop chronic worrying, and how to quit blaming others and take back the belief that you are in control of your own life situation.
From mindfulness to book-ending your days; from being present to surrendering to external situations; Ed has gathered a unique tool kit of useful advice that can be used by anyone who is finding these uncertain times tough to navigate.
Recent feedback for Ed's virtual talks
‘I just wanted to say thank you for a great talk today, the team really enjoyed it. Your talk was open, honest and refreshing; it was a great inspiration for the team.’
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Developing Psychological Resilience
Justine Hardy knows that the corporate world (and the financial world in particular) eyes mental health with extreme suspicion. We often work in an environment that makes it hard for people to reach out for mental health support. In a global pandemic, there is a growing focus on strategies for well-being and offering mental health support. It has been a time of unprecedented change and difficulty.
Justine says: 'Having spent many years treating post traumatic stress my experience is that the symptoms of 'city burnout' are similar to those experienced by soldiers and civilians living through war and violence. Those whom I work with in private practice in London, and on college campuses on the East Coast in the US, go through the same treatment programme that we use at the organisation that I run in Kashmir, a long-term conflict zone.'
'In Kashmir we are treating people who are suffering from post traumatic stress caused by living through long-term violence. We help them to understand the human response to extreme pressure. We guide them towards a clear grasp of the difference between useful, productive stress, and irrational, damaging anxiety. My experience has led me to believe that this method, created to treat those living through war and violence, also applies to those working in intensive working environments. In London and US the people I treat are lawyers, doctors, surgeons, bankers, students, other psychologists and psychiatrists, all people in professions and environments that are subject to extreme and intensive pressure.'
'Our model of therapeutic psychological resilience training is being replicated in situations ranging from refugee camps in Jordan to post-graduate training programmes in the US.'
'I just wanted to thank you for your speech for the EY Mental Health Group. Judging by the significant number of questions you had, you clearly hit the right note with the group and gave a very candid speech. Thanks for your support driving greater awareness of mental health.'
Ernst & Young LLP