Skip to main content

Time to Listen

Over the past months I have slowly been recovering from a bad dip and though I was lucky enough to access counselling during the worst period, I have been looking around for better understanding of my diagnosis. I have definitely benefitted from a sharp increase in cycling and running, but along my way I have accessed online help from a range of sources.

When you are as paranoid about being found seeking help, as you are with doing so, I started checking out a few Facebook pages and advice groups that were full of strategies and reminders that I wasn't the only person being affected by this.

Since starting to become more open about my diagnosis, I have found most people are keen to know more about how to help or understand the barriers faced by people affected by Mental Health issues. Many sites also offer assistance for people indirectly affected, advice for friends and family being needed as well as those of us who are unwell.

I have listed a bunch of video's and pages which I started to watch and follow, which I think have been beneficial to me over the past year. If you are looking for assistance I would always recommend visiting your GP, but I also found the information on these pages to be a useful part of my self help.

Please Note: If you are in a dark phase and you subscribe to all Facebook pages listed, it can skew your timeline into being totally focussed on the down times.. Make sure you check your friends are as much in your newsfeed as these pages, as the 'helpful' Facebook function may just start suggesting everything you want to read is related to Mental Health.. I found this wasn't a good thing, so unfollowed a few, to get a more realistic mix of info on a daily basis.

Facebook Pages and Groups with Useful Information

Selection of Articles and Videos

Additional Posts You May Enjoy

Adventures in Girona: Winter Training Camp

It's taken a while to come down from the buzz of this camp, to try to put into words the boost which the experience has given me. To be fair, its probably gonna take a while longer for it all to sink in still, but I'll try to give you a slice of how it went, to tide you over until I have got my head back into gear and worked my way through all the footage.

In January, I was totally lucked out, to be given the opportunity to join the Adventure Syndicate ladies, in Spain for a week long Winter Training Camp, with Lee Craigie, Emily Chappell and coach John Hampshire, within the grounds of Girona Cycling. As well as being led by this incredible team, the group of ladies participating alongside me, were a force to be reckoned with.

Do you ever sign up for something, with anticipation that its going to be pretty cool, only to find that you have by some strange fate, found yourself in the middle of a complete game changer? This was my initial thought on day one and over the course o…

Calling All Ploggers

We're all finding ourselves surrounded by more and more brands and channels making us aware of the rising plastic pollution problems. Most of us have been trying to recycle for years, but there is still too much plastic ending up in landfill, or worse across our landscapes and in our seas. Our European cousins in Sweden are ahead of the game as usual with their efforts to clean up and have been combining their love of the outdoors, exercise and being generally good humans and cleaning up after each other.. Behold a new phenomenon - Plogging! Erik Ahlström started the Plogging movement, which is a combination of litter picking and jogging, when he moved to Stockholm from the Åre ski resort. He created the website Plogga to help organise events in 2016 and it has been growing internationally since. The Mindful Movement Club recently had a beach walk and clean up session at the beginning of summer near Shoeburyness, but interest in this proactive way to get exercise and clean our enviro…

Backpackers Keep It Up - 365 days and counting

Founded on 16th February 2017, the BackPackers are a running crew like no other. Led by Community Captain Leeanne Adu and Vice Captain Megan Beggs, alongside regular coaches Nav and Chevy from Chasing Lights Collective, the crew has grown in numbers and strength for the past 365 days.
Celebrating its 1st Birthday this evening, there are instantly recognisable reasons for its success. This is a family of nurturing individuals, not hardcore running machines. They celebrate the efforts required to keep moving, regardless of the every day mental and physical challenges which often prevent runners from getting to the start line, let alone claiming their medals. 
With 3 pace groups - Walk / Jog, Jog or Joggier, they welcome all levels of runners - but they do not focus on Speed, Time or Distance. These are new and seasoned runners, beginners, happy joggers, runners returning from injury - the back of the pack - but do not let that fool you.
This crew meets every Thursday evening at 6.45pm,…