The Elephant and the Rider

This summer we are delighted to tell you that one of our talented gardeners, Johanna De Mornay Davies, has written and illustrated a beautiful short story ‘The Elephant and The Rider’ to help spread the Mindapples word.

The Elephant and the Rider

The book tells the tale of an Elephant named Mynde and his journey with his rider Yew through the land of Hed. It touches on the importance of taking care of our minds, based on the Elephant and The Rider metaphor introduced by Jonathan Haidt in The Happiness Hypothesis. Featuring somersaulting monkeys and hula hooping flamingoes, it is sure to put any mind at rest.

The Elephant and the Rider is now available from the Mindapples shop along with our brand new “Love Your Mind” t-shirts designed by Owen Tozer.

Hand Made Health

Hand Made by Tessy Britton

I settled down this morning to have a proper read-through Mindapples Co-founder Tessy Britton’s extraordinary new book, Hand Made, and feel inspired to write a post about it. In fact, two posts – you can see my thoughts on its social and policy implications over here. The book collects a beautiful set of stories about…
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This Emotional Life

This Emotional Life

This Emotional Life is a three-part series that explores improving our social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor Daniel Gilbert, talks with experts about the latest science on what makes us “tick” and how we can find…
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Glenn and Jessie Close have launched a really interesting new mental health campaign called bringchange2mind.

“1 in 6 adults and almost 1 in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Yet, for many, the stigma associated with the illness, can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. This is where the misconceptions stop. This is where bias comes to an end. This is where we change lives. Because this is where we Bring Change 2 Mind.”

Mind your head

Mind your head : It all starts here. You can start making a positive difference today, just by changing your own attitude to mental health issues. Mental health stigma has spread across society, in schools, in the media, amongst friends and families. But if we act together, we can make a difference.

Mind Your Head is about the small changes that everyone is capable of making in their own lives. It can be as simple as being there for a friend, showing understanding to people with mental ill health and challenging others to follow your lead.


“People shouldn’t feel ashamed for having a mental illness. We don’t feel ashamed for having a broken leg, so why a mental illness?” – Paul Merton, comedian