Be kind to your mind.
This is for the ones who are left feeling lonely. Let down. Let go. Left out. Locked down. This is for everyone. We see you.
As we enter a second lockdown this winter, we want to do what we can for the wellbeing of our community. We want to open a conversation around mental health and share resources which may help anyone who is, like many of us, feeling the weight of the world right now.
For the past 10 years we have celebrated the music, art and culture which stitches together the fabric of this city. Yet, with so much uncertainty and adversity facing our creative and social communities, we feel it is important that we not only celebrate the successes of our city, but try and look out for those who need a helping hand as well.
Every week for the coming weeks, we will be profiling an organisation working in mental health support. These organisations will be locally based, with a focus on creativity and therapeutic resources. We believe every person has the right to mental wellbeing and we hope to support our community as much as we can through the current challenges.
Even if you may not feel connected to anyone or anything right now, hold on because it will get better. For those who are in a stronger place mentally, we urge you to check in on your mates and share these resources wherever you can. Let’s look after one another.
We may not be able to change the world, but we can try and make it a kinder place for us all to be. So be gentle with yourself, you’re going to be okay.
If you can, take the time to check out these great organisations working to look after our community’s wellbeing.
MUSIC MINDS MATTER
Offering mental health support for musicians including CBT therapy, supporting artists with industry advice as well as emotional care and talking therapies.
Liverpool based service helping people find activities, organisations and social groups to help promote mental wellness and health.
BAZAAR MIND MARKET
A creative support facility helping people combat anxiety, depression and other mental health issues through elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and creative output.
OPEN DOOR CENTRE
A membership (free with no waiting list) program with multiple services such as volunteering, creative therapeutic support and much more.
This is a free NHS service offering therapy for adults who are suffering with depression or anxiety. They offer urgent support via the following phone number 0151 296 7200 for emergencies. Other services include talking therapies, at home self-help advice and online therapy.
An emergency support service for people in need of urgent care. Trained to support those with suicidal thoughts or self-harming urges. Call 116 123 to speak to a member of the team.
Free NHS service for people wanting to access community resources and support. A open space to meet others, talk freely and access resources to help take the next steps in life.
Support for men suffering from depression or anxiety with a goal to end men dying from suicide. Emergency text number 85258.
EARLY TURTLE PODCAST
Pain Is Power.
Created by Ralph Rarufu this podcast hosts various guest to discuss wellness, connectivity and mindful existence. This episode welcomes Onyx to discuss over coming mental illness and harnessing your own power. It is a journey from darkness to light.
!Trigger warnings: suicide, mental illness, violence, self harm!
POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH MUSIC
By TINA this album is a full 40 minutes made to encourage positive mental health. Music therapy accessible from home, let these vibrations ease your mind.
BORROW MY DOGGY
A dog sitting service, ranging from dog walking to puppy holiday care. Dogs do wonders for our mental health, encouraging us to play and walk as well as giving us some unconditional love. What did we do to deserve dogs?
Inner Bliss Yoga
Local yogi and dancer Grace Pennington leads solo and group classes in meditation and yoga for mental, spiritual and physical wellness. Trained in Goa, India Grace is a fully qualified yoga instructor offering multiple classes running each week.
THE BIG WALK
Get out and about this lockdown as part of homeless charity Shelter’s The Big Walk. Walking is great for mental health and you can help raise some money while you do it. This will help with feeling purposeful, useful and create positive energy for you and your environment.