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

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?

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

Miscellaneous

Self-love September: The ECBC Book Club, Jayne Hardy’s Making Space

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

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

Cultivate Culture – #QueerEye

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 Cultivate Culture – #QueerEye