Guest Blogs

Welcome to the Greater Manchester IMHN’s blog section, where you will find compelling articles written by guest contributors from around Greater Manchester.

If you would like to contribute to this page, don’t be shy! Drop us an email at and we can discuss this further. We would be happy to help.


Putting yourself in other people's shoes: 'Hidden' podcast by Made By Mortals

Putting yourself in other people's shoes: 'Hidden' podcast by Made By Mortals


Andy Smith, musician and director of Made by Mortals, shares his journey in creating a powerful podcast series in collaboration with a theatre group of people who have experience of mental health illness.   Made by Mortals was launched in 2017, after Andy and theatre-maker Paul Hine could see there…
How it feels to start working with IMHN

How it feels to start working with IMHN


Niamh Carroll  (Engagement Coordinator) and Anthony O’Connor (Expert by Experience) share their experiences about the development of the IAPT (Improving Access to Phycological Therapies) Expert by Experience group from the first meeting to now. Within this blog, they take it in turn to describe their journey as either a member…
'Include Me In' by Anthony O'Connor

'Include Me In' by Anthony O'Connor


When I was first approached to write a blog, I was unsure and didn’t think I had anything to say that might interest anyone. So, I went on the IMHN webpage and had a look around and remembered that one of the things that encouraged me to join the organisation…
Suicide Prevention - Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned

Suicide Prevention - Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned


"Is suicide preventable or inevitable?  For me, the answer to this depends on whether missed opportunities of the past are today’s lessons learned.  With this in mind I plan to share my lived experience with the social housing workforce and explore strategies to improve engagement between service users and housing…
How to set up a peer support group

How to set up a peer support group


1. Attend a group, in fact attend a few!  There are plenty of peer support groups out there, in your area and online. It will help to see and feel exactly what peer support can look and feel like in different contexts and attending to different needs. You’ll pick up structural…
HubOfHope.co.uk

HubOfHope.co.uk


If you are struggling with your mental health and don’t know where to go, you’re not alone. Knowing where to go to get support has notoriously not been easy, but with the new hubofhope.co.uk website - things are looking up. Hub Of Hope has been designed to bring together local,…
'Lockdown Baby' by Abigail Turley

'Lockdown Baby' by Abigail Turley


Abigail Turley reached out to the IMHN, to share her story of becoming a mother during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is her account, entitled 'Lockdown Baby': My blood boiled as I listened to my neighbour having yet another family gathering in his back garden. We were at the peak of…
Connection Fest - A Light In The Winter

Connection Fest - A Light In The Winter


One of our Lived Experience Leadership Forum members, Ali Davenport, has created a special festival for the month of December. It’s called Connection Fest and everyone is welcome to join in. Here’s what Ali has to say: Connection Fest grew out of an idea I had for something else. I…
Manchester Student Shares Experience With Group - Gets Tremendous Response.

Manchester Student Shares Experience With Group - Gets Tremendous Response.


Billy White, 26, posted into ‘Manchester Student Group’ - a group on Facebook for general information about student life in Manchester. He shared his experiences with depression, anxiety and the medication he takes. The response his post got has seen him get over 20,000 likes on his personal page, 2,000…
Story Gathering & Learning Loops - how Salford built listening and learning into the core of their mental health system

Story Gathering & Learning Loops - how Salford built listening and learning into the core of their mental health system


In October 2018, in a local community building in Salford, a new group of frontline workers, people with lived experience, voluntary and statutory sector workers, commissioners, providers and system leaders, sat in a room together to embark on their journey to design the future of community mental health support in…
'The Lemonade Project' by Shared Health Foundation

'The Lemonade Project' by Shared Health Foundation


Shared Health is a small but mighty team, looking at communities and areas where health is impacted by poverty. With clinicians working in health and education, people with lived experience and passionate individuals from backgrounds of policy, strategy and business, we combine our skills and experiences to work out how…
Feel Good Club

Feel Good Club


IMHN interview Feel Good Club, the new wellbeing cafe opening up in Manchester: IMHN: Hello! Who are you and how did you start this project? We are two wives on a mission to make people feel good and help them become the best versions of themselves. Feel Good Club is…