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Jade talks about how their experiences with art have changed through time, and how it’s effected their mental wellbeing.

I have a complex personal relationship with art. It’s not so much a secret talent, but an unmentioned one, and with reason.

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One of our writers, Anna, has created a list with her top strategies for getting through a panic attack.

So you’re having a panic attack.

They’re not fun, I know. But you will get through this, I promise.

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2017’s blog series begins with Founder, Ella Marshall, as she explains her feelings coming back into the project for the second time…

Freedom of Mind Festival is back for it’s second year and once again, I am incredibly proud of all the great events we have in store, which have been brought together by the generosity and willpower of Freedom of Mind volunteers.

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When you think of mental illness, what comes to mind? For this week’s blog post an anonymous writer explores invisible mental health problems, and why we aren’t talking about them.

Just to note: this post talks about childhood trauma. Not in explicit detail, but rather the long term effects.

I’m pretty sure most ­people with some form­ of mental health problem have heard of Ti­me to Talk, part of t­he work of Time to Ch­ange. The idea is tha­t the more people who­ experience mental il­lness talk about thei­r condition, the more­ society as a whole c­an begin to understan­d and the less stigma­ there will be around­ mental illness. So f­ar, so good.

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Dean Ayotte is a coordinator for The Bristol Cable, a media co-operative created and owned by over 1200 people. Here he talks through his own journey with work and how it has affected his mental health.

It’s November 2012 and I’m at the Job Centre on a cold morning.

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Ben talks about the University of Bristol’s Peace of Mind student society and how they foster an environment that is open and constructive for all.

Peer support groups are increasingly filling the void created by the various inadequacies of services provided by the NHS.

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Jon meets Dr. Phil

24 July

by Jon Aitken


This weekend our volunteer Jon Aitken went on BBC Radio Bristol’s Dr. Phil Hammond Show to chat about anxiety, the Internet and Freedom of Mind Festival.

About a month ago I published a video on my YouTube channel describing my experiences with anxiety. It detailed how it manifests itself as a physical, gnawing sensation in my stomach, where I believe it all came from plus the things I’m doing to tackle it. Here’s the video:

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Anti depressants and me

8 July

by Freedom Of Mind


Caitlin – a good friend of Freedom of Mind Festival – has been taking antidepressants for a while now and recently came off them. She chose to mark the occasion with a wonderfully honest account of why she had been unable to drink alcohol for nearly a year.

If you have seen or spoken to me in the past few days/weeks/months you will know that today is the day I can drink again!
As my nearest and dearest are aware, I haven’t been able to drink in ELEVEN MONTHS.

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