Last night we held an event with Rachel Kelly, a writer and mental health campaigner, to celebrate the launch of her new book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food. Rachel joined us with bloggers, journalists and our ambassadors to sample her food and chat about how what we eat can impact our mental health. Below Rachel talks us through the journey of creating her recipe book.
As we begin to expand on our personal experience blogs our Digital Officer, Louie, talks about her OCD and the impact a misdiagnosis had on her. Want to write a blog on an experience you've had because of your mental health? Email email@example.com.
On the 29th of October Kensington Town Hall was host to our first co-produced youth mental health conference.
As you may know, today is known to some as Blue Monday.
A combination of factors – the lack of daylight hours at this time of year, and the fact that potential overspending before Christmas means you have to cut back – added to the inevitable post-Christmas lull, means this is often seen as the most depressing day of the year.
We’ve decided to turn it on its head by having a Bright Monday! Join us by wearing something bright or making someone’s day special.
We are always thinking of new ways you can get involved with our fundraising, and this year we are launching the Trihealthlon! You can help raise money for us by either Giving It Up, Taking It Up or Switching It Up. Below, Jemima, from our fundraising team tells us how it all works.
Trina Whittaker, is a mental health campaigner, who runs two support groups with Rethink Mental Illness in her local area of Braintree – an carers group and an art group. Louie, from our communications team, spoke to Trina about her journey with mental health, being mentioned in The Honours List and what she has coming up next.
Throughout the past year, our campaigns team have been working tirelessly to get your voices heard and make sure decision makers are paying attention to the issues surrounding mental health.
As supporters, you have been key to all of our successes and below we have done a quick round-up of the things you have helped us achieve.
Oh, Christmas. The time of year where almost everyone is wearing a smile, nostalgia floats around us in the buzz of the colourful lights and the air smells like cinnamon. Why wouldn’t you be happy at this time of year?!
The truth is, Christmas can be one of the hardest times of year for those of us that suffer with mental illness. The stress that comes with the arrangements, the pressure of celebrating in large groups, the expense of it all, (and my least favourite of all) the shopping experience…
I’ve put together a little list of things I do at Christmas to make the whole event a little easier for me when I’m not quite feeling myself.
So Christmas Day is almost upon us... and I wonder how many of us have been approaching this with a slight sense of unease and dare I say it even dread?
It's a well-known fact that Christmas can cause untoward stress and anxiety but when a family is supporting someone with a mental health condition these added stresses can compound difficulties and sometimes just plainly and simply make things worse.
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. We asked them a few questions in the run up to Christmas!