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

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

#KnowYourCommunity: Creative Living Centre

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

Thoughts & Experience

7 Ways I am Learning to Make More Time for Myself

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

Tips & Advice

Eco-October: Six Super-Simple Ways to be More Eco-Friendly

Happy Saturday all! Following on from last week’s blog on eco-anxiety, this one will share some simple things people could try to feel more empowered and active in reducing their carbon footprint. But please remember, it’s not about being perfect or changing everything at once. I’ve been reflecting on this a lot since I wrote… Continue reading Eco-October: Six Super-Simple Ways to be More Eco-Friendly

Book Club

The ECBC Book Club: Matt Haig’s Notes On A Nervous Planet

You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can't keep up? You know those days when you wish there was a universal mute or pause button so you… Continue reading The ECBC Book Club: Matt Haig’s Notes On A Nervous Planet

Tips & Advice

Intentions Not Resolutions

Champagne was popped, glasses raised, fireworks burst, and a chorus of 'Happy New Year' waved off 2018 and welcomed 2019 with open arms...or maybe with reluctant ones. However you spent New Year and however you feel about the next, I hope you have managed to find a modicum of peace in amongst the festive chaos.… Continue reading Intentions Not Resolutions