In a recent column in the Telegraph, Boris Johnson—our new prime minister— suggested how “we can improve mental health, save money and boost the economy all in one go.” ... Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your job, and I am glad that the people in power are now considering mental health as part of their policy making; however, to position work as a “therapy” or even a “cure” is not only ignorant, but dangerous.
A cookbook might seem an odd choice for a book review on a mental-focused platform. However, Ella Risbridger’s Midnight Chicken is no ordinary cookbook. There are recipes, sure, but it is more than that. In the author’s own words: “what it really is is an annotated list of things worth living for: a manifesto of moments worth… Continue reading ECBC Book Club – Midnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger
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
When you’re struggling with mental illness it’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed by the simplest things. Everyday tasks seem insurmountable and we end up feeling helpless, useless, and surrounded by chaos. Getting back on top of those runaway trains of thought and feeling can seem impossible, but sometimes a small change can make a big… Continue reading Get Your Groom On – #QueerEye
During our month of self-care reflection it would be rude not to discuss the wonder that is The Blurt Foundation's CEO Jayne Hardy and her book The Self-Care Project. The Blurt Foundation is an organisation we often talk about (because they are awesome) and I was so excited to find their latest book was included in my… Continue reading #SelfcareSeptember x ECBC Book Club – The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy
September? Already? Yes, August has left us and I've already got all my autumn clothes ready. What a month it's been! When we started this organisation we didn't imagine within the first few months we have as many followers and reactions to our posts. We just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who… Continue reading Introducing ECBC’s #SelfcareSeptember
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