The history of humankind is inextricably tied up with that of storytelling. From the earliest cave paintings, through the development of signed and spoken language to the written word and the development of social media, for as long as we have existed we have lived our lives through the telling of stories and through the… Continue reading The Power of Storytelling – #NationalStorytellingWeek
The smell of pine, the twinkle of fairy lights, carols drifting through the frosty air- Christmas can be a magical time of year. However, when you are feeling far from festive, it can feel a bit more like walking through a minefield than a winter wonderland. Whether you live with a mental illness or not,… Continue reading ECBC’s Christmas Survival Guide – Eight Tips to Help you Cope with the Festive Period
magine the scene; pot warming on the stove, steam steadily filling the kitchen, knife in your hand cutting vegetables delicately in what you imagine is a particularly chef-like manner (“rustic” is a particularly useful chef term for “bad at cutting”). You’re like a Shakespearean witch, a delicious potion bubbling in the cauldron as you tap in a sprinkling of this, a dusting of that (admittedly, less of the “eye of newt and toe of frog” and more “a sprig of thyme and clove of garlic”). For some, cooking is a chore- a vision of boredom. For me, this is self-care.
After quitting my job, I decide that I was going to use my time out of employment to not only work on my mental health but to try and help others. Volunteering allows me to do both at the same time. It is so rewarding for both the cause you are helping, and for your… Continue reading How Volunteering Can Help Improve your Mental Health
Head's up, this post contains open and honest discussion of abortion and suicide. If you can't or don't want to read it, then please don't. Just go and take care of yourself. If you do, then I trust that you know yourself well enough to know you can deal with those topics. Photograph credit: livialazar.com *****… Continue reading Why We Need to Fight the Stigma – My Experience
Written by ECBC contributor, Rachel Finch- an inspirational young woman sharing her journey of acceptance and happiness with her mental illness. ***** Living with a mental illness can be incredibly isolating. I myself have gone days ignoring the world, hiding in my bed, convinced that no one cared or truly understood. I couldn’t have been more… Continue reading The Importance of Having a Community
Written by ECBC contributor, Jen Heil, a voracious reader, bookstagrammer, dancer, poet and aspiring novelist. ***** Managing and maintaining good mental health is difficult at the best of times in this non-stop world of ours. Trying to do it when work sucks up your free time and leaves you drained almost before you’ve started is even… Continue reading Worklife Wellbeing – 3 Tips to Help You Find Balance
I have never enjoyed running. I once saw a woman running in the rain and I nearly pulled over to ask her if she was okay. I only know I can run from GCSE PE lessons and that time I ran for the bus (I made it, don't worry). Just after Christmas, I did something… Continue reading Run Queen Run