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.

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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…
Two Years in Rehab - By Muhammed Khan

Two Years in Rehab - By Muhammed Khan


It has been two years since I was admitted onto Heathfield House, a mental health rehabilitation unit in Stockport, Manchester. What is life like on the unit? How have I progressed in my time here? Heathfield House is a two storey mansion with twenty bedrooms. There are a number of…
Never give up - By Katerini Edgington

Never give up - By Katerini Edgington


  “You can’t finish your degree; you have a mental illness.” “You don’t need a job; you’re entitled to benefits.” “You have a mental illness so you will find having a relationship virtually impossible.”   2003: My first experience of life on a psychiatric ward and the first time I…