Welcome to The Storybook Cafe! As lovers of both books and cafes, and the importance of spreading mental health awareness, we have fused these elements into one wholesome hub of book-loving, tea-drinking, self-care practising loveliness. Each episode will focus on a different element of mental health, including self-care activities and practices, common things which effect our mental health,and how our identities intersect with mental health. We hope you enjoy them and get something useful from them, and know that if you are struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!
Nicola and I talk about these tricksy little flesh-bags we live in, and decide to focus on bodies and clothes this time, following up with more in depth discussions of sexuality and physical capability on another episode soon. All bodies are good bodies.
All the way back in October I got to talk to the lovely Faye who is the Chief Sender of Hugs at Bear Hugs Gifts, a company she started from scratch after she became ill and had to leave her previous job. We talk about how she started, how to work with a disability and why business is better when centred around kindness. Hope you enjoy it! We also both benefited from The Prince's Trust Enterprise Course which you can find out more about on their website https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/ and you can find Faye at www.bearhugsgifts.com
Nicola and I join The Blurt Foundation’s Big Blurtathon to talk about Depression and Anxiety. The Blurt Foundation has loads of great resources to help with depression in particular so check out their website for more information.
This week Nicola and I talk about the effect unemployment has on our mental health. We talk about our experiences with job searching, the jobcenter and benefits system, social exclusion and what helps us through.
The fabulous Gemma and I talk about the effect being bisexual can have on mental health, including stereotypes, media representation, hetero and LGBTQ spaces, Pride, and biphobia. Please be aware some language and content may not be suitable for all, so listener discretion is advised.