Students' Feedback If you have attended one of Jeremy’s talks on good mental health we would love to hear your thoughts on it. You can comment anonymously so please feel free to be as honest and personal as possible. Other students' comments The talk was really good, great to hear about his personal experience of mental problems. How to deal with stress rather than just how to recognise it was helpful and that there are ways to recognise depression and ways to help others going through issues. By talking through what is happening you can help someone who is struggling. The talk was interesting, insightful and I enjoyed hearing his story as it added a personal dimension. I found the methods of dealing with stress particularly valuable. Jeremy is a very good speaker and very engaging. I liked the anecdotal story as it is very raw. He gave me a deeper explanation of what certain misconceived mental illnesses are really like. The talk was very funny and he didn’t take himself too seriously which helped me to relate on different levels. That your friends and family will help you through everything as long as you communicate. Jeremy changed my perspective and I realised there is no point in giving up as you will find a way to pull through. Jeremy’s talk was inspiring and interesting. The best part was his story and how he coped with mental illness. It was valuable to learn about how lack of sleep can affect depression and anxiety and the to do lists were really helpful. Jeremy’s talk was great. I enjoyed his personal stories, it meant you could connect with him and means he is knowledgable in what he talks about. It taught me how to spot the signs and to help someone, so it helped me and somebody I know who is struggling. This is the best talk we’ve had, funny despite the serious issues and I loved the handouts to take home and read. It was good to hear a real life anecdote and learn how you can recover. The coping mechanisms and warning signs were really valuable. I found his talk very interesting and enjoyed hearing his story but would have liked to know how he met his wife. I definitely need more sleep and I learnt that I didn’t realise the severity of other types of mental illness. I learnt how you can manage different factors such as stress and sleep and how they are very important to keep track of. I enjoyed the talk very much. It was very relatable and realistic. I liked it when he told what happened to him and his stories. It was funny but still serious. It taught me that things can change. Very engaging and I learnt a lot about depression and bipolar. The talk was presented well and I found the strategies on how to deal with mental issues very valuable. I think Rushcliffe should have more positive talks like this. I really like this talk as I felt as if I was listening to someone who really understood what they were talking about. It was good knowing that people are becoming more open about talking about mental illness. My family is very open about it as my sister has depression and so I feel as if it helped to understand her more. I found the talk really helpful and it taught me the importance of self-worth and confidence. The life journey helped us to relate and understand. I learned not to hide your feelings and speak to people about your situation. It was really good and the best part was the description of the illness. It was really valuable to realise that you cannot always tell if someone has a mental illness. I loved his energy and how brave he was to tell his own story and how he succeeded. As he has been through a mental illness himself, I felt as if he really did know what he was talking about. The most valuable thing I learned from this talk is that if Jeremy can overcome his mental issues, we can. I have learnt new skills and really respect Jeremy and thank him very much. I learned that I should value myself more. I learned about how to calm down quickly with the breathing exercise that they do at the Royal Ballet. I also learned how writing things down can relieve stress. He was ‘real’ and didnt try to sugar coat it or dumb it down. I learned about prevention but also that you can climb up once you hit rock bottom. I liked that the talk was funny as it made it more relatable and I think humour encourages people to be more open about mental health. I hadn’t previously realised to what extent a mental deterioration could happen and you could still recover and live normally afterwards. I liked the honesty and real life examples of mental illness. It was really refreshing to have such an uncensored talk that wasn’t vague and uninformative as usual. Talking about his personal struggles was really brave. His focus was on getting better but not a cure. The talk struck a good balance between not promising a cure and not saying it will never improve. Tres groovy!!! I learned that even the luckiest people can be depressed. In order to improve mental health you need to talk to others about feelings and start the improvement yourself. AWESOME It was nice to hear someone else use the word ‘groovy’ (because I use it and get teased for it sometimes!) He wasnt afraid to tell the truth and I like that. I learned that ordinary people can get mental illnesses. Mesmerising – genuinely fascinating and I loved how he talked about his own experiences. I learned the importance of self-esteem, confidence, believing and being optimistic. How to write down 8 things that you feel grateful for every day. Don’t panic and keep swimming! The talk was interactive and I enjoyed it. I learned how mental disorders can affect anyone and that the victims are rarely aware of the situation until its too late. It helped me further my understanding of the vulnerability of everyone and how mental health encompasses such a large spectrum of the population. I learned how mental disorders can affect anyone and that the victims are rarely aware of the situation until its too late. It helped me further my understanding of the vulnerability of everyone and how mental health encompasses such a large spectrum of the population. Life can be changed in an instant from rich in a glorious house, doing drugs to poor, homeless and lonely. It helped me understand bi-polar people specifically. I learnt not to push down those feelings and ignore them. He talked about his own personal life situation it made it feel real and different to other talks that would usually talk facts and figures. I really enjoyed the talk, I thought it was really inspiring and motivational for young teenagers and adults. It taught us how to control stress and anger, I enjoyed every part of the talk, especially his experience. It would have been useful if we had been given the sheets before half term as I and others during the holidays were stressed about revision. The speaker spoke to us openly and truthfully. The story he told was inspiring and very interesting. It was captivating and emotional. I would like to have known more about the hospitals he went to and the treatments he went through. I would have liked him to go into detail about how he actually felt, rather than just saying “massive ups and downs”. The most valuable thing I learned from the talk was that people can be helped to recover as long as you persevere there will be light at the end of the tunnel. I think it could help me or someone I know, especially later on in life when things are very stressful. Fantastic inspirational eye opening and informative talk. Great tips on establishing a routine, I learned how sleep is important, how bipolar disorder is a pendulum and don’t panic keep swimming! Sleep is important. Take care of your health and your mind, and the way you think translate to how healthy you are. I found it incredibly interesting and useful, best bit was hearing his story. I learned “Just Keep Swimming!” Great talk, found it very valuable particularly as both my cousin and uncle are Bipolar. It was interesting and engaging, the story of Jeremy in America was amazing, eye opening and a funny talk. I learned how important good sleep was and how to go and talk to someone you trust. It was nice to hear both advice and relevant anecdotes, how to think and react to situations. I learned to be grateful and try to keep stress under control, to let your anger out and express your feelings. Inspiring. Some of his strategies for coping were useful. It was reassuring to hear from someone who has experienced health issues and to know that things do get better. An alternative way of learning about mental health issues. Very interesting and certainly eye opening. Male 16, Tonbridge School It was useful, interesting to learn about how to think and react to situations. Let your anger out. Express your feelings. Male, 16, Tonbridge School It was a very interesting and helpful talk. I now understand how people in that situation feel. An eye opening and funny talk. I learned that you should always stand up for yourself and always stay active. Get good sleep, talk to someone you trust. Male, 16, Tonbridge School Be grateful and try to keep stress under control. Nice to hear both advice and relevant anecdotes. I think it will be useful advice for the future. Male, 16, Tonbridge School Be grateful and try to keep stress under control. Nice to hear both advice and relevant anecdotes. I really enjoyed the talk when you came to my school! I told mummy about it when I got home, and she liked it too! Cheers jeremy and cheers mummy! It was refreshing to hear from someone with first-hand experience of mental health problems, rather than a health professional. Jeremy is an enthusiastic and honest advocate for better mental health. It feels empowering to know the warning signs of mental illness and how to take action to help those around you. Jeremy is an enthusiastic and honest advocate for better mental health. Feels like Jeremy is having a one-to-one conversation with you, rather than a lecture. The least depressing talk on depression I’ve ever been to. Sound bloke, great talks, 10/10 would watch again. A very informative and interesting talk- Jeremy was so open about his experiences with mental health which gave it a balance of education, humor and an uplifting message. Something that people of all ages can take forward as a significant tool for managing difficulties in their lives, and covered topics that may not necessarily be addressed enough, particularly among young people. An interesting and inspiring account of a first hand experience. A good and interesting talk . Wished it could have gone on for longer. Very good, I really enjoyed the personal stories. I learned that I should keep positive and watch for signs of mental health issues in myself and others. Ted is a legend! I should name my cat Ted! It was very informational yet fun. I liked the “just keep swimming” quote, it’s cute and helpful. It is invaluable to acknowledge yourself and the talk emphasised how important your mental health is. Good, valuable and not boring. Liked how the talk was personal. I learnt it was good to be grateful for small things and that you can manage your own stress. It was good that we weren’t talked to by a doctor or psychologist…… I thought it was really fascinating to hear what mental illness is like from a person’s perspective. I liked the tips on how to keep healthy mentally. It helped me to help someone I know. I thought it was all very relevant and relatable. The personal experience was also really interesting, I have recently been diagnosed with ADD. Prevention is more important than treatment…….. I was surprised. I wasn’t too sure on what the talk was going to be about, but I’m happy I was able to hear this. I really needed it. I really liked that Jeremy was honest about his life and himself, and wasn’t ashamed of any of it. I learned that we shouldn’t worry too much about life. It gave me an idea about myself as well. Fun! Informative! You were motivated! I was inspired! So worth it to be at the talk! I enjoyed every single minute of the talk!!! It was a good balanced talk and gave me an insight into the struggles of mental health and how it can affect anyone. It educated me on manic depression which I would have otherwise been ignorant to. He gave us the warning signs and ways to help. Very good, it highlighted how mental illness can affect anyone despite how successful they may be. ‘The Dashboard’ was simple, informative and easily implemented in everyday life. The talk told me how to help someone else cope with stress and especially bipolar disorder. Very interesting speaker, motivated to help others, his life story was very interesting. I liked how the speaker had gone through the disorder himself and shared his story & his mechanisms that help him. Also liked the checklist given. The talk was interesting and informing, the best part was the fact that Jeremy himself had gone through bipolar depression giving us a greater insight and understanding. I learned from the talk… to seek others when in need of help, and to not use alcohol as a way of ridding yourself of depression or other mental health issues. Also it helped me due to the fact that I now feel more informed and it therefore might help me in future events in aiding others who might need help. I liked that this talk was about a first hand experience rather than a second hand experience. I learned that Bipolar is controllable and real. I thought the talk was extremely interesting & inspirational. I liked how he wasn’t afraid to talk about his troublesome life with confidence and help us get through difficult times ourselves. It was very well delivered and was very engaging. However difficult things may get, power through and don’t give up…always seek help and tell someone about your problems. I really enjoyed it. I liked how he wasn’t afraid to use his personal experiences. It makes depression seem like it can really happen to anyone, but you can get over it. Absolutely brilliant. I liked hearing your story because you showed me that mental health is okay and you can talk about it and admit it. One of the best talks I’ve heard. I learned about the dashboard and how there is something for everyone to help you overcome it. Absolutely brilliant. I liked hearing your story because you showed me that mental health is okay and you can talk about it and admit it. One of the best talks I’ve heard. I learned about the dashboard and how there is something for everyone to help you overcome it. I can now help others too. LOVED IT….. liked the comedy and how he doesn’t talk down at us because we’re younger. He doesn’t sugar coat it… Really good. I liked the personal feel as you told your own story. How you normalised mental illness to show that it is okay to admit to it. A valuable thing learned from the talk – “the importance of exercise and breathing” Very good, personal – didn’t feel talked “down” to, also informative. A perspective from someone who has been through it. The most valuable thing I learned from the talk was “how to deal with sadness” Very engaging, very interesting, very enjoyable. Some parts of the talk were funny and some serious. I liked listening to the personal stories as they more interesting than just facts. I learned that writing is therapy and the talk made me more aware of mental health. I enjoyed it because it was a unique story and shows that it can happen to anyone so you shouldn’t ignore it. I liked the visual aid and thought he related to us well. Learn to accept what you can’t change. Interesting, helpful. I loved how the talk was not just about your own mental illness but how one can help your friends. This made it more relevant to me. Jeremy’s talk helped me know what the right thing to say was to my friend going through a tough time. Most of it was fun hearted, loved the toolkit list. I learnt that if you are ever fed up about something – write it down. One of the best things you can do that will benefit both yourself and others is TALK ABOUT IT and SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES! I found Jeremy’s story extremely inspiring at how he managed to turn his life around and how much he has managed to achieve in his lifetime despite his obstacles. I found the talk almost a wakeup call to what people around me may be going through silently. I am certain it helped everyone else in the audience to either relate to themselves or someone they know. It was very eye opening as it helped me understand more about some mental illnesses. And the most valuable thing I learnt from the talk is – Never give up It was a very well written and presented talk which I found particularly appealing because of the real life situations explained throughout. And the most valuable thing I learnt from the talk was that mental health issues can happen without us knowing, with their true consequences being much greater in scale than I previously had thought. It helped me especially with the issue of stress and anxiety The thing I found most valuable from the talk is that when you find yourself in the deep, don’t panic and keep swimming!!! I thought it was much better than all of the other mental health talks that we’ve had as it was focussed on real stories rather than statistics The most valuable thing I learnt was the coping strategies which I can use to de stress One of the most engaging aspects of this talk was that Jeremy was speaking from personal experience, thus his story resonated with us in an extremely powerful and hard-hitting way. The comic undertones of this lecture made the difficult themes more accessible. During the run up to exams, the subject of mental health is particularly relevant, and the insights he gave into coping with stress and emotions were invaluable. Male, 17, Downside School It was amazing – and proof I need a dog! Male, Downside School, 16 It was so informative – I learnt coping mechanisms for stress I hadn’t thought of before. Female, 17, Brighton & Hove High I thought it was great and so informative, and I really liked how nice and personal the talk was. It was optimistic and funny! I learnt how to approach mental health disorders properly, and methods to cope with stress. Female, 16, Brighton & Hove High I learnt to understand that there does not need to be a reason for depression that the sufferer can pinpoint. Female, 15, Brighton & Hove High It was the best talk we’ve have had. And it was good how it wasn’t too focused on mindfulness – because it is often shoved down our throats! Female, 17, Brighton & Hove High One of the best talks we’ve ever had! It was enlightening to hear a personal story. I learnt that mental health can happen to anyone at any time and that it shouldn’t be such a taboo subject, Female, Brighton & Hove High My overall impression of the talk was that it was fabulous as it really motivated me and all of us. I learnt that no matter what happens, life has to go on and if you have someone who you can trust life becomes so much easier. It was incredibly useful and interesting. It was relatable and didn’t alienate me. I understood what actions I need to take. I liked it when he talked about his life story and shown us that anybody could have a problem in their life. I thought that the talk was very good and inspiring! I especially loved the fact that he was so open with his story therefore, I loved the talk in general, although maybe the talk could include some more things about the students life, making it more interactive. It was quite interesting and eye-opening. Overall quite inspiring. I enjoyed how he was open to talk about his own experience as it was quite interesting to hear. It helped me especially since I have friends with these conditions so i understand what they are going through. Most valuable thing: You should write down your feelings as a story when you are feeling low etc. I found it very helpful, personally, and I felt like he talked in detail about the issues. I liked the step by step talk through his experience. It helped me very much and I feel more confident about my ways in helping myself. The talk was very relaxed and it allowed us to be spoken to about a topic that doesn’t generally get spoken about much. He added a humor to something I struggle to see the humor in. It was the first talk on mental health that I had actually laughed in, and that was amazing. I learned to see the happiness in my mental illness. That is something I don’t think I’d ever say, but to hear someone like Jeremy joke about his low and high times was refreshing, I’d never heard anything like that. To me it was always gloomy but now I know that if i need to then I can talk about it in the same passionately humorous but still considerate way that he did. It was very good; considering I have mental problems, I found it identifiable and relatable. Of greatest value to me was the reminder that there is always a way to get better. Really enjoyed learning not just about how issues were overcome, but what they were (insight into negative and positive). The talk was brilliant and not at all condescending. One of the best talks I’ve ever had in Wood Green. Very engaging, informative and entertaining. Light-hearted and relatable, motivating and encouraging/inspirational. I learnt that you can get through life no matter what is thrown at you. Most valuable thing: Symptons of depression and also how you can turn your life around. It isn’t forever. Very well presented and very influential. Most valuable thing I learnt, Don’t let anything knock you off track. What was missing: Bring your dogs next time! Overall Impression: Excellent, Jeremy seems very genuine. He’s so funny. Most valuable thing: His personal experience was very enriching. Overall Impression: It was really good and Jeremy Thomas spoke truthfully to us and not down to us, which meant a lot. He gave strong helpful advice to those who needed it. Did it help you: Yes it helped someone I know who has a mental illness. I gave them the ‘TIPS’ sheet we were given. Overall Impression: I think the talk was phenomenal and I liked the part when he was talking about his experience. Overall impression: I really like it and feel that it will help me in the future. I liked hearing about his life and seeing how happy he is now. Did it help you: YES IT DID! And if someone I know in the future feels like this, then I will know what to do! Most valuable thing: Don’t stop doing everything if you feel sad. Most valuable thing: Nothing is permanent, and that bad things won’t last forever. Overall Impression: I thought that it was the best talk I ever heard. Most valuable thing you learned: The fact that we should talk to people with depression, not ignore them. What was missing? What your documentary and book were about in more depth. Did it help? I think it will help me help my mum who suffers with manic depression through the various tips at the end. Did it help: It made me think of my own behaviour. And that my friends may be suffering in silence. Overall Impression: The talk was amazing, I suffer from depression and had a patch in my life where I felt suicidal. The talk let me know that I wasn’t alone and I could tell Mr Thomas was really passionate. My favourite part was his story. It really touched me. Did it help you?: It helped me understand about bipolar (I have child depression so I didn’t understand bipolar) and helped me feel like I’m not the only one. My friend’s mum has bipolar, it really helped her know what to do. Overall Impression: Extremely inspiring… I think the talk was very helpful for me and I am very grateful. Overall impression: I loved his honesty and his story – It had really opened my eyes! Most valuable thing: Keep going in life! Overall impression: Good talk, funny and easy to listen to. First talk I have heard like this. Most valuable thing: Keep swimming. Anyone can have it. Overall impression: I liked Vald Putin on a bear. Most valuable thing: To get good sleep to be happy. The talk was great. Hearing his story was interesting. My favourite part was the story about the dogs, cats and other pets. Overall impression: I was really impressed with Jeremy’s honesty about his own personal struggles. The way in which he combined what could be considered a difficult subject with humour and openness was really impressive and went a long way in providing a unique insight into the effects of mental illness Did it help you? I found it very interesting and I have no doubt of the 500 or so people who were present, it has made a significant impact on their understanding of mental health and their ability to address mental illness either in themselves or in those close to them. Most valuable thing I learned:That people can get fully better and back to ‘normal’, having ‘living proof’ of this after hearing Jeremy’s problems helped a lot more than a doctor saying it. Did it help you? I will help people I know and how I can support them best. Most valuable thing I learned: One can develop mental illness at any time in his life. Did it help you? It helped the future me and I could now recognise signs of depression/anxiety in close family members. Did it help you? It would help anyone taking GCSEs and A levels…Yes it helped me out and gave me loads of tips to deal with stress through my exams. Most valuable I learned: People can always overcome depression and that I can help others suffering with it. Most valuable thing I learned: Life is always worth living. Did it help you? It may help someone I know. I would like to hear more about other forms of mental illnesses: eating disorders, self-harm and anxiety. The talk wasn’t condescending , unlike other talks like this. What was your overall impression of the talk and what part of the talk did you like the most? Great tips and your story What was the most valuable thing you learned from the talk? Poor mental health = impaired judgement Did it help you? Or do you think it might help someone you know? Yes, and yes What was your overall impression of the talk and what part of the talk did you like the most? Very informative, helpful and interesting What was the most valuable thing you learned from the talk? Prevention is better than cure Did it help you? Or do you think it might help someone you know? Someone I know definitely It is a great talk, and I like the record company the best. What did I find valuable? Writing helps emotional crashes Did it help you? It did help me a lot on dealing with stress I thought it was really funny and informative. The part I liked best was when the speaker told his mental health story. My favourite animals are monkeys. It helped me to know how to help someone who has a mental illness. My favourite animal is a golden retriever I thought it was brilliant, I liked the casual but informative nature of the speaker It was a good talk, I have huge respect for people who tell their own story – that was what I liked the most I learnt that this dude is a big shot, and don’t do drugs! The most valuable thing I learnt is that there is always someone who cares I liked when he talked about his own experience and I thought the talk was inspiring and eye opening It helped me a lot since I needed some advice on my self-esteem. I think that anxiety is a huge issue that should be addressed but wasn’t covered. The most valuable thing I learnt is to never give up on life, despite how miserable you feel, confide in someone, help and love yourself as you should end up happy if you try. Really impressed… it wasn’t a doctor or psychologist coming in to talk about depression/anxiety but a person who has actually experienced it. It was very inspirational and gave you the idea that there really are happy endings. The most valuable thing I learnt was to never hide your feelings, if you feel like something is wrong, seek help. Mr Thomas was so generous to share his story. It was a very serious talk but it was very important for girls our age to hear as 13, 14 and 15 aren’t the easiest years, we are still trying to find ourselves. I very much enjoyed the talk it made me understand that mental illness is completely normal. Captivating. The fact that this man had gone through it himself and was willing to share his whole story. It was eye opening. I was interested from the word go. Thank you – I’m going to watch the documentary Fabulous, the whole thing was funny while combating a serious topic. I’m sure it helped many people in the audience. Thank you for taking the time to come to our school. I enjoyed the fact that it was lighthearted and that I didn’t come out feeling worse than when you go in (which is usually what happens with these types of talks). AMAZING The most valuable thing I learned was don’t be late for morning talk… I’d like to see the first half. The most valuable thing I learned were the tips for dealing with stress. I learned the importance of mental health, especially amongst young women today. I really liked the speaker, he was very good at keeping people interested and engaged. I learned the signs to look out for in people with depression and how to help them. The whole thing absorbed me totally. Talking about it is utterly brilliant. My Dad suffers with bipolar and I think hearing your story is so valuable. Amazing, uplifting and motivational. I enjoyed the quirky allegories and different ways of thinking and approaching things.” The dashboard is a useful metaphor. Very well presented. Personal enough to be engaging without being uncomfortable. I particularly enjoyed the way the odd bits of humour offset the negative aspects of the topic. Best talk I’ve ever had. Jeremy is so groovy. Shed light on situations that we previously didn’t know much about. Lighthearted tone for a serious subject worked well. I thought it was generally quite interesting and Jeremy Thomas himself was quite an inspiring, albeit different and a bit eccentric individual. The dashboard analogy was v. helpful. Puts it into context. Everyone should have a good understanding of these issues. Absolutely incredible and very insightful. Such an inspiring talk delivered by a confident and captivating speaker who knew exactly how to fulfil the needs and desires of his audience members. The topic discussed is one that is often difficult to talk about, particularly to a teenage audience, but Jeremy managed to make it light-hearted, personal, as well as incredibly educational. Not only was the talk thought provoking and eye-opening, but it was incredibly helpful and relatable to those who have suffered with or been surrounded by the problems discussed. The talk was great and your story was inspiring. However I was very concerned with the self harm image that is very triggering, for those of us at the talk with mental illnesses or self harm use. It was – interesting. To the point. Short. Funny. I really liked it because it showed that you can succeed no matter what I learnt that you don’t have to be famous to have a mental disorder I learnt that people may not know they have bipolar I learnt about not knowing how oblivious you can be to such a serious illness The talk was inspiring. I liked it when you gave an insight into your life I would like to hear more about symptoms of manic depression I would like to have heard how to deal with stress in different situations/relationships Most valuable thing – Addictions are ways to relieve stress, however they could also be the cause of stress or they could possibly enhance stress What was missing – Helplines and how to get help What was good – using the word ‘groovy’ in 2k15 Would have liked to hear how your family reacted to you telling them you had a mental health issue and what did they do to help you? Want to learn more about how to avoid anxiety/depression in the first place I learnt that everyone differs: medication, treatment, illness I learnt how to confide in others and not keep it all in Want to know more about how you deal with depression/anxiety. Want to know – Did you get the concerts in the end and did you get the 7mil? What was missing – some less extreme things like mild depression of milk anxiety. Most valuable thing I learnt was how to get my anger out. What was missing – a very direct example of someone else as well, appeal to sympathisers. I learnt that maybe I have a problem. What was missing was how people abuse substances as a coping mechanism and that effect on BPD. Learnt – just keep swimming. What was missing – more on how to over come depression. What was missing – the love life. Learned what I can do to help myself. The most valuable thing I learnt was to be a successful guy. What was missing was if you ever found love. It was the perfect mix of light humour and serious heavier info. Yes found it very helpful because my grandmother has bipolar. Helped me because now I know I’m not the only one. What I learned was not to get depressed and it didn’t help because I’m not depressed The most valuable thing I learned was that dogs save depression I found it really valuable learning to treat mental disorders as a physical illness. I liked knowing that you can help people with depression, but I felt what was missing was information about multi-personality syndrome My favourite part of the talk was when he put a tiger picture on his power point. Before I had quite an immature outlook of depression and did not really understand it . Now I appreciate what can happen and respect the fact that it can happen to anyone. His talk was very good, and it was not too serious. I t was informative, but was not too complicated. I found his talks helpful and interesting to learn about how people were affected by polar disorder. It helped me realise how to recognise the symptoms and that it can effect so many people. It was very interesting to hear from someone who had experienced it. Jeremy Thomas’s talk was very informative and taught us a lot about depression and mental illness that we may not have known before. Although it was a serious topic it was delivered humorously and lightly, which made the message easier to take in. Overall impression – honest, frankness and openness. Humour. Love of a dog. I learnt about the re-emphasis of prior knowledge re keeping mentally healthy. Helped me with teenagers at home and in her profession. I would have liked to hear more about the ‘deep’ points, how that felt and what was the turning point for you. The topic of ‘labelling’ all sorts of mental illnesses and disorders is something I would like to know more about. As a psychology student I found it really interesting to get a primary insight from someone who has suffered from a mental illness. Thomas’s talk was candid, discerning and he was quite Groovy. I loved that he shed light and dispelled myths on people with mental illnesses particularly Bipolar-disorder. Truly inspirational and I am looking forward to reading his books. It was very easy to listen to Jeremy Thomas. His talk was interesting, funny and made you think. I loved hearing stories of his life and what he has achieved. He has definitely helped me realise that I get quite stressed over things that I could easily not get stressed about. Very informative, I learned more about depression and what causes it than I have from any other talk. I learned more about the symptoms and signs of bipolar. I liked Jeremy’s own life story and that he is so honest. The best talk we have had on mental health – without making it childish. Very interesting – despite my thinking it would not relate to me. The most valuable thing I learned was how you could help yourself and others. What I learned is that mental health illness can only be overcome once it is accepted. The talk was inspirational and moving. The best part was the story and the humour. It was very inspiring and it showed me how good my life is at the moment. I liked the part where Jeremy talked about his time when he wanted to commit suicide. The talk did not really help me as I love myself and I do not think I would ever get depressed. I may help a couple of my friends now as they are very stressed nowadays. I really liked the talk and how it came from personal experience. It was interesting and inspiring despite it being a difficult subject to talk about. It was very informative and uplifting. I liked how he talked from personal experience. The most valuable thing I learned was the importance of identifying what makes me stressed an actively working to change these, rather than just saying “reduce stress” which is maddeningly unhelpful. We were lucky enough to have Jeremy visit our school today. I thought the talk was great – very genuine and very useful. Like other comments above mention there was a good balance of information, along with personal experience and humour. I liked structure of the talk – introduction to mental health problems, personal experience and then how to approach mental illness. Unlike other talks at my school, multiple times during Jeremy’s speech I found myself relating directly to what he was saying. I also liked the fact that although Jeremy’s personal experience of bipolar disorder involved some elements such as bereavement, having seemed to come from a fairly privileged background gave the message that “you don’t necessarily have to have suffered a terrible upbringing or have faced severe problems in you life to suffer from mental illnesses”. Thank you Jeremy, I thought it was great! I thought it was really good the fact that he was speaking from personal experience made it even better. I absolutely love him, his story is an eye opener and helped me to understand more about manic depression. Really lovely guy, really helped me to get an insight into the reality of bipolar/manic depression. Really enjoyed listening to his story and personal experiences with coping with mental illness. Engaging, interesting and suitably humorous. 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