Interview with #MentalMovement Editors: Emma & Steph
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Emma and Steph are the founders of #MentalMovement; an online multi-author blog and newly published wellbeing/mental health maga-zine. Their aim is to provide a therapeutic resource for people dealing with mental health and offer unique and exciting media opportunities across digital and print based platforms.
So, tell us a little about your journey with mental health.
We have dealt quite severely with our own mental health and are still, almost a year later, awaiting our own therapies. I'd love to tell you we are in recovery but as it stands, we are both still hustling through that very rocky road. This is one of the main reasons we decided to set up #MentalMovement.
Before #MentalMovement I suffered with a number of severe mental health problems which greatly disabled me and caused me to try and take my own life a number of times. I am now surrounded by more positive people and find myself extremely passionate and determined to alter peoples perceptions.
Before #MentalMovement I'd suffered a pretty intense breakdown during my third year at Uni. I had convinced myself I was dying of some rare disease and literally disabled my own self. Breaking point for me was when it landed me in A&E after physically feeling as though I was sinking into the concrete ground below me. This is why I'm so determined to help others as I know the issues I deal with are often mistaken for low self-esteem or even vanity. I aim to raise the profile on some of these issues and let other people know that they are not alone with this.
Why did you start decide to create mental movement?
We created #MentalMovement after going through a really difficult period with Steph. We were facing constant manic episodes, multiple suicide attempts, delusions, paranoia and extreme bouts of anger. This felt unmanageable most of the time and we struggled to find help. I wanted to prove to Steph that she wasn't alone, there was a point to living and she had so much to offer the world that she wasn't even aware of.
How do you find working together as a couple?
We are literally both sat here trying to work out what the lows are. Not in a cheesy way but we honestly love working together. We've read that Aquarius and Virgo do great "business" together so where I lack, Steph makes up for and vice versa.
Before you started #MentalMovement, where did you get your mental health information?
We love to watch Ralph Smart and interviews with inspiring people like Eckhart Tolle. We read a lot of articles from Psychology Today and lots of the latest research papers. Many of our writers host their own blogs too so we often find ourselves reading theirs now such as Gemma's, Sharon's and Keith's.
Do you have any wellbeing routines?
Honestly, not right now. Mental Health can really stand in the way of maintaining healthy routines. Having said that, we do try to always eat healthy, avoid sugary food and drinks and try really hard to maintain good sleep hygiene. The gym is amazing for us both, but getting there (or leaving the house) is the real problem. However, we always try to keep positive, set little goals and create daily lists to keep our minds active. We are kick starting the new year with the launch of our own 6 week wellbeing course in Covent Garden called VIBE in conjunction with City Lit and Vita Coco. Places will be limited but you can book your place through our blog very soon.
I’m sure a lot of our audience (and me) can relate to that! If someone wants to get involved with #MentalMovement, how do they do that?
By emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or getting in contact via any of our social media handles. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
We will be launching a think-up tank in the New Year, a meet up for those who want to get involved with creating the Spring Magazine. For more information on how to grab our winter zine (The Hibernation Edition), please go to our blog!
Lastly, how do you guys feel about Christmas and will you be doing anything special?
We love Christmas but it can be stressful for sure. Christmas for us is about spending time with family and giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. It's also a time where we like to give back to our community in any way that we can.
This year, we've launched a Christmas campaign in conjunction with the amazing Brixton Soup Kitchen called "Pack It up, Pack It In". It's all about getting people to create wellbeing care kits for the homeless. You can be anywhere in the world to get involved, just see the list of items found here and donate what you can in a plastic zip lock bag to your local homeless charity. Don't forget to tweet us if you do #PackItUpPackItIn.
If you're looking for personal experience or advice articles, we highly recommend you take a look at the Mental Movement Magazine website. You can also find regular updates from them on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.