Miscellaneous, Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

#KnowYourCommunity: Keep Real

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 Kimmy from Keep Real all about the organisation and what they do to help people with their mental health. Hello! My name is Kimberley Robinson and I… Continue reading #KnowYourCommunity: Keep Real

Book Club, Thoughts & Experience

The ECBC Book Club: One Tooth Luce by Luce Watson

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

Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

ASMR: What It Is & How it Can Help Living With Anxiety

I have anxiety and living with this mental illness can mean a restless mind and means struggling to fall asleep. We can often lie awake until the early hours of the morning thinking about our worries, work or even just what we are having for tea the next day. Our brains are complex but one… Continue reading ASMR: What It Is & How it Can Help Living With Anxiety

Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

Living with a mental illness: The side effects we don’t talk about

We often hear about the major side effects of living with a mental illness: panic attacks, low mood, feeling isolated and even suicidal thoughts. We don't often hear about other side effects that can go alongside it, things that can effect our everyday lives and go hand in hand with our mental illness. Unable to… Continue reading Living with a mental illness: The side effects we don’t talk about

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?

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

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

Tips & Advice

Why Hobbies & Interests are so important when living with a mental illness

When you are living with a mental illness it can be hard to even focus on your phone screen, let alone take up Equestrian classes or go for a jog. However, through own self-discovery I have noted that when I am being creative, or outside or even doing something lying down like reading - this… Continue reading Why Hobbies & Interests are so important when living with a mental illness