KnowYourCommunity is an ECBC campaign that hopes to raise awareness of groups/charities/organisations/people that help those living with a mental illness and empowering others. This month we spoke to Kimmy from Keep Real all about the organisation and what they do to help people with their mental health. Hello! My name is Kimberley Robinson and I… Continue reading #KnowYourCommunity: Keep Real
ECBC Manchester hosts a regular online book club that focuses on books/poetry/blogs that help those living with a mental illness. If you would like to suggest something for our next club please do get in contact. This month we review local legend Luce Watson's book One Tooth Luce - an honest reflection on an adventurous… Continue reading The ECBC Book Club: One Tooth Luce by Luce Watson
Living in 2020: We had ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ where is our ‘Free Therapy to Stay Alive’ or ‘Fund Mental Health Services to Save Lives’ slogans? I have felt a lot of emotions since PM Boris Johnson called a press conference to announce the new tier 4 system and the new rules around gatherings at… Continue reading Dear Boris: Where’s the mental health support?
I never thought I would be writing a blog about meditation. Let alone be doing it myself almost every day. Meditation for me brought up two images in my head: Buddhist monks in their saffron coloured robes, committing to lifelong spiritual development or western people *thinking* they are enlightened because they’ve bought a plastic buddha… Continue reading Meditation – misconceptions and why I wish I would have tried it sooner
I have anxiety and living with this mental illness can mean a restless mind and means struggling to fall asleep. We can often lie awake until the early hours of the morning thinking about our worries, work or even just what we are having for tea the next day. Our brains are complex but one… Continue reading ASMR: What It Is & How it Can Help Living With Anxiety
Written by Mike Richard, founder of Talk About It Mate, a social enterprise based in Greater Manchester. As a man who experiences mental health struggles, I am on a journey, which I use to inspire and help others, it’s not big and it’s not flashy, but it’s my real life. There’s power in my story,… Continue reading Male Mental Health: My Feelings Are Valid
We often hear about the major side effects of living with a mental illness: panic attacks, low mood, feeling isolated and even suicidal thoughts. We don't often hear about other side effects that can go alongside it, things that can effect our everyday lives and go hand in hand with our mental illness. Unable to… Continue reading Living with a mental illness: The side effects we don’t talk about
I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovaries when I was 18. My period didn't start until I was 16, much later than all my other friends at school and after this I appeared to only have a cycle every 3 months or so. I spoke with my mum and we agreed it was a bit odd… Continue reading Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: What it is and how it affects the mental health of 1 in 5 women worldwide