Tips & Advice

Living with a Mental Illness: Seasonal Affective Disorder

F**k me, it's cold. Yes, that's how I start my professional mental health blogs. But honestly, isn't that what you are saying most mornings and nights at the moment? Winter is definitely here and with it comes the change in our moods and mental health. Waking up is hard, our lockdown weight goes up even… Continue reading Living with a Mental Illness: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Manchester Life, Miscellaneous, Tips & Advice

#KnowYourCommunity: Talk About It Mate

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 Mike from Talk About It Mate all about social enterprise organisation and what they do to help people with their mental health. My name is Mike Richard… Continue reading #KnowYourCommunity: Talk About It Mate

Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

Male Mental Health: My Feelings Are Valid

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

Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

Living with a mental illness: The side effects we don’t talk about

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

Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: What it is and how it affects the mental health of 1 in 5 women worldwide

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

Miscellaneous, Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

Self-love September: Being kinder to yourself, promoting self-care & setting healthy boundaries

You know here at ECBC Manchester we love a campaign, especially a campaign that helps promote being kinder to ourselves. This month we are focusing on how we can look after ourselves more and love ourselves for who we are. Self-kindness plays a massive part in promoting a positive mental health and this month we… Continue reading Self-love September: Being kinder to yourself, promoting self-care & setting healthy boundaries

Tips & Advice

6 Quick Tips for Online Therapy

These latest social distancing measures have meant a lot of our personal interactions have had to shift online, including therapy sessions. This can feel a bit unsettling, particularly if you are used to, or were gearing up speak to a therapist face to face. However, online therapy can be a really helpful support system, especially… Continue reading 6 Quick Tips for Online Therapy

Tips & Advice

Sleep and Anxiety- 6 Tips for Better Rest During this Difficult Time

Sleep is incredibly important for our health and sense of well-being. It’s not just a time out from our busy lives, but a key part of the bodies’ recover and repair process. Lack of it can result in us feeling anxious and irritable, with poor concentration that can lead to accidents and may even contribute… Continue reading Sleep and Anxiety- 6 Tips for Better Rest During this Difficult Time