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
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
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
When I went travelling around Croatia with my boyfriend a few years ago, there was one place I was desperate to visit. The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb was founded by two local artists, Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, who’s own breakup provided the inspiration to create a permanent exhibition of breakup memorabilia and… Continue reading ECBC Book Review: The Museum of Broken Relationships by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić
Whether you are experiencing mental ill health or just going through a busy or stressful time, finding the energy, concentration or motivation to read a book or sit through a film can be difficult. This is where podcasts shine.
magine the scene; pot warming on the stove, steam steadily filling the kitchen, knife in your hand cutting vegetables delicately in what you imagine is a particularly chef-like manner (“rustic” is a particularly useful chef term for “bad at cutting”). You’re like a Shakespearean witch, a delicious potion bubbling in the cauldron as you tap in a sprinkling of this, a dusting of that (admittedly, less of the “eye of newt and toe of frog” and more “a sprig of thyme and clove of garlic”). For some, cooking is a chore- a vision of boredom. For me, this is self-care.