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
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
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 Kate from Creative Living Centre all about the independent charity and what they do to help people with their mental health. My name is Kate Parsons and… Continue reading #KnowYourCommunity: Creative Living Centre
I would read anything by Jayne Hardy. If she told me she had written something on the back of a leaf and pointed towards a big ol' forest you know I would be running right in there to find it. She is everything I hope to be and a daily inspiration. She's gone and done… Continue reading Self-love September: The ECBC Book Club, Jayne Hardy’s Making Space
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
This is a bit of a special one. Not only is this collection of poetry and micro fiction touch on the subjects dear to our heart and cause, but I am also completely obsessed with the author. Which is fine because she’s our very own Jen! This isn’t going to be a sales pitch though.… Continue reading The ECBC Book Club: Thrive by J. J. Eden
Life can get so busy, can’t it? There’s only so many hours in a day, and once you take out working, commuting, eating, sleeping and other essential life activities, there isn’t much time left. This is something I really struggled with last year. I am, by choice and situation, a busy person, powered by tea,… Continue reading 7 Ways I am Learning to Make More Time for Myself
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.