Torchlight System is a project by Kevin Braddock
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I am a writer-editor. In the past I've worked for The Face, GQ, Esquire and The Guardian. In 2017 I wrote and published Torchlight: A Publication About Asking For Help, which is accompanied by packs of Practice Cards.

Recently the Torchlight System project was featured in The Observer (read it here). It began after I suffered a Major Depressive Episode while living in Berlin in 2014. At the brink of suicide one day I asked for help and my life began to change. Guessing that speaking openly about breakdown, recovery, depression, anxiety and dependence might help others deal with these problems, I decided to write and publish about my experiences, share what I've learned, and use my experience in media, narrative and publishing to build a new and original  platform and community, to help others do the same. 

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TORCHLIGHT SYSTEM IN THE PRESS
Read about Torchlight on Daily TelegraphMagcultureAIGA, Test PressingPositive.News, Oi Polloi, Courage & Spice, and Crazy Ambition


WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT TORCHLIGHT SYSTEM

I'm grateful to friends and colleagues to have sent or published messages such as these:

“Anyone interested in magazines and/or storytelling and/or mental health should have a look at this. It's really, really good, and completely original” RICHARD BENSON, former Editor, The Face, author of The Farm and The Valley

“An amazing, touching magazine project. Superbly honest writing about Berlin, drink, breakdown and recovery” JENI FULTON, Editor in Chief, Sleek Magazine, Berlin

“I've been using the Practice Cards now for six months and they have made a huge difference to my life. It's so straightforward: shuffle the pack, deal yourself a couple of cards and you have two wonderfully engaging prompts to take you through the day” – 
DAVID BAKER, writer & broadcaster

“This will help a lot of people makes changes and feel better”  –
KIRSTY ROBINSON, author and founder, Saints Of Somewhere

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“Kevin’s honesty about the events that led to him asking for help and the positive message of his recovery process are important contributions to the wider debate around mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our students, who are all experiencing their own mental health challenges, found Kevin’s talk very beneficial and thought the practice cards were a very useful resource” – LEIGH BENTLEY, headmaster, Ash Villa special hospital School, Sleaford

“Torchlight System offers fantastically useful tools. Students find it difficult to be open about their mental health and sensitive issues, especially with the pressures they are under today, but Kevin’s project has the ability to give students a cool and fun forum where they can speak freely, and break down barriers and stigma” – DEREK MOIR, Head of Humanities, The Brit School, London

“Kevin is turning his personal struggle into a jumping off point for discussion and support and set of tools to help others, what's not to love about that” ROBIN DERRICK, former Creative Director, Vogue

 “A great and much needed piece of work. Kevin has created a publication around the subject of anxiety. If you suffer from these things, or know anyone that does, then this could be the thing to help you through”  – CHRIS FLOYD, photographer, UK