Book Club, Thoughts & Experience

The ECBC Book Club: One Tooth Luce by Luce Watson

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

Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

ASMR: What It Is & How it Can Help Living With Anxiety

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

How do we support someone struggling with mental illness?

When someone shares that they are struggling with their mental health, how should we respond? Whether it's a friend, family member, co-worker or even a stranger on social media, well meaning responses, such as "Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help”, can actually add to the struggle. Often we don't really… Continue reading How do we support someone struggling with mental illness?

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

Book Club

The ECBC Book Club: Jack Rooke’s Cheer The F**k Up: How to Save Your Best Friend

Trigger warning: this book does contain references to suicide and sucidial thoughts. There are trigger warnings in this book for the heavier reading chapters but please only read this book if you feel in the right frame of mind to do so. "This book is a comedic memoir-meets-advice-guide about loosing my dad at fifteen, loosing… Continue reading The ECBC Book Club: Jack Rooke’s Cheer The F**k Up: How to Save Your Best Friend