. We are so so proud to be part of a world in which the stigma of mental health is breaking down, people are talking and through talk comes recognition that almost everyone will experience some form of mental health issue in their life. On #worldmentalhealthday
we want to share some golden bits of advice which we have found to help us through the dark times.
- speak to people, meet up with friends even when you feel like burying yourself in a darkened room. Laugh, cry, talk, sit in silence, but always try to reach out to other humans. You are a wanted and valid part of the world and you have every right to feel connected to others.
- making art, planting flowers, going for walks, crafting, knitting, cooking. At my worst even just cooking a meal from scratch was enough to clear my mind for a short while and bring me back into the present when I felt dissociated. We are firm believers of ‘busy hands let brains breathe’. When down or anxious the idea of starting a new art project can seem daunting which is why we advocate creating in a group! Support eachother and do it for fun - not for a perfect outcome.
- charity starts at home. If you’re not taking care of yourself, everything else is virtually impossible. Self love is the way forward. Understand your worth and prioritise taking care of your needs. Ultimately your life is for you!
There are so many charities and places to help out there. If you’re feeling lost, please contact your local @samaritanscharity
or in Manchester, The Sanctuary provides overnight crisis support for anyone experiencing mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts. This is a free service and the phone number is 0300 003 7029. 🌺🌺 #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #manchester