Torchlight System is a project by Kevin Braddock
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I am a writer-editor. Over 20 years I've worked for titles including The Face, GQ, Esquire and The Guardian. In 2017 I wrote and published Torchlight: A Publication About Asking For Help, which is accompanied by pack of Practice Cards.

Recently my story was featured in The Observer (read it here). This project 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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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

“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

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

“Something remarkable and beautiful arrived on my desk, I lost an hour reading it and found an insight to life inside it” SAM CONNIFF ALLENDE, co-founder, Livity

“I just wanted to email to say how amazing Torchlight is. I’ve read every word. So bold and candid and honest and raw AND compelling. It’s about so much more than depression. There’s so much everyone can relate to whatever their state of mind right now”  
ANDREW DIPROSE, Creative Director, Wired UK

“A significant contribution to the lexicon on depression, anxiety and  addiction… this book should be at every Community Mental Health Trust, both for sufferers and carers. Kevin has really shed light on a vexed topic in a way that could help countless people, and deserves praise for that”  - LYNDON SHEPPARD, former headteacher

“For anyone touched by issues around mental health and depression it’s a brilliant, much-needed piece of work”  – JUSTIN QUIRK, Editor, Supplement, London

Read about Torchlight on MagcultureAIGA, Test Pressing, Made by Many