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
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
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
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?
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