Emma was raised in Greater Manchester and trained to be a teacher. By day she works in a local college, by night she watches Netflix and cuddles up with her furry companions.
“I set up ECBC because I knew I wanted to help people like me. I know what it’s like to feel lonely and isolated. I feel like the key to helping is to talk to one another, I can’t tell you how it feels having conversations with friends, family or total strangers about mental health and hearing my own thoughts come out of their mouths. We all have mental health, but some have mental illnesses and it’s important to use the strong community we have in Manchester to raise awareness and tackle the stigma.”
Content and PR: Jodie
By day, Jodie works at a PR company writing and coordinating content, planning campaigns, making to-do lists and drinking too many brews. By night, she does the same for ECBC! When not sat, headphones on, furiously typing away, she is dreaming up new ways for ECBC to reach those who need it most.
“Everybody at some point will need support, whether it is because of things happening in their life or because they are living with a mental illness. To be able to help provide something which not only supports people in times of need, but is a fun way to meet new people and feel the Manchester love is amazing. We are always stronger together”
Content & social media: Jen
Born and bred in South Manchester, Jen has spent most of her adult life pretending she’s not actually an adult, perpetually taking up jobs that involve spending a lot of time with teenagers. Currently supporting secondary students with their study of English Language and Literature, by day she’s to be found trying to convince said students of the importance of full stops; by night she curls up in the book fort that is her house and tries to write a novel.
“I was really honoured to be asked to join the ECBC team: mental illness has been a constant companion in both my personal and professional life, and I am passionate about continuing to find a healthy way to deal with my own demons and supporting others to recognise and deal with theirs. Hearing other people’s stories has always helped me feel less alone. By working with ECBC, I hope to help others in the same way.”