A Manifesto For A Better Mental Health

The UK National Health Service failed me. This is not a blame statement just fact evidenced by a lifetime of medical records. I would not be in recovery today had private therapy not been a financially viable option for me. None of this is acceptable.

Imagine a world where everyone was enabled to be the best they could be, it would literally be a better place.

Just 25 per cent of adults with depression and anxiety get any treatment and only 65 per cent of people with psychotic disorder.

How is this acceptable?

 ‘A Manifesto for Better Mental Health’ has been written together by Rethink Mental Illness, Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Network, Mind and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It sets out straightforward, practical changes that any future Government should make in order to ensure our mental and physical health are valued equally.

Despite the fact that mental health accounts for 23% of the disease burden, it gets just 13% of the NHS budget and funding has been cut even further for the last three years. This is simply not good enough.

How is this acceptable?

These organisations are calling on any future UK Government to commit to:

Fair funding for mental health 

Commit to real terms increases in funding for mental health services for both adults and children in each year of the next Parliament.

Give children a good start in life

Ensure all women have access to mental health support during and after pregnancy. Raise awareness of mental health by putting it on the national curriculum and training teachers and school nurses. Invest in parenting programmes across England.

Improve physical health care for people with mental health problems

Ensure Government targets for smoking reduction apply equally to people with mental health problems. Create a national target to stop people with mental illness dying early, due to preventable physical health problems.

Improve the lives of people with mental health problems

Continue to fund the Time to Change anti stigma campaign. Offer integrated health and employment support to people with mental health conditions who are out of work.

Better access to mental health services

Introduce maximum waiting times for mental health care and support, including psychological therapies. Commit to continued improvements in mental health crisis care, including liaison psychiatry services in all hospitals. Continue to fund liaison and diversion mental health services, working with police and the courts.

Is that too much to ask?

How you can support them

 Be the Change.

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These are a Few of My Favourite (non-negotiable) Things…

I woke up this morning in need of inspiration and The Louniverse provided. She said:

Being kind to myself is a non-negotiable thing.

We all need those non-negotiables about the way we live and care for ourselves. Managing our minds and bodies in our daily routines is a must, after all don’t we all want to feel good?

Everyday I ensure that I do what is right for me to feel good. When I feel good I am able to show up, serve as best I can and all my actions come from a place of love and not fear. These are my non-negotiables.

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I love sleeping. Sleep is essential for my mind and body, without it I can not function. It allows my mind to travel to far off places and experience incredible journeys. Ever since I was a child I have had adventurous dreams that inspire me and are a little piece of magic. I actually get excited about what the night will bring. It’s kinda like movie time but without the popcorn.

My busy brain craves it. Sleep enables my capacity for learning and equips me with the power to refrain from being an emotional fuckwit. It looks after my heart and keeps my hormones happy. Without it my immune system would plummet, then what use would I be?

Listen to my body and mind and to sleep when they need it.

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In this bonkers day and age we all need time out. My days fly by in a wink of an eye. I thrive on being busy and love being surrounded by people. However, I really value time by myself, even just for a minute in my hectic day. I couldn’t sustain my energy without those peaceful moments.

Take time out everyday to be by myself, to meditate, stretch and to just do nothing.

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I have worked incredibly hard to get to the point where I can say that I believe in myself wholeheartedly. Self-doubt is a monster that can be beaten. Believing in myself makes me invincible. That belief tells me when things go wrong it’s for the right reason. That belief enables me to just know that I am right where I should be.

I believe in others, even when they don’t believe in themselves. I believe that the Universe provides. I believe that is better to believe in something than nothing at all.

Tell myself everyday how awesome I am and that everything is how it should be.

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I smile to myself even when non one else is around. I recognise the little things everyday and smile in the knowing that those little things are what is truly priceless in this life. I get excited about pretty much everything. I laugh loudly. I smile from the inside out. There is always something to smile about.

Smile as much as is humanly possible.

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Being present is high on my agenda this year. Just stopping to remember that the now is the only time we need to concentrate on. The past is over and the future will come in its own time. I stop and just breath. I breathe it all in.

Make the time to concentrate on my breath and to clear my mind.

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I love a good brain buzz. Whether it is learning something new or just doing something that takes me out of my comfort zone. I crave it. It excites me and drives me.

Be brave, bold, and curious. And like a little sponge, soak it all up.

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Without integrity I can’t know inner peace. If I can’t be true to myself how could I possibly be true to anyone else. With everything I do I stay true to my values, in my work, my passions and relationships. I am not saying it is always easy but it is definitely always worth it.

Always be true to myself.

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Acts of kindness, compassion and selflessness make me whole. Imagine if we all went about our days with them as a non-negotiable? Wow. Helping someone off the train. Smiling at a stranger. Forgiving someone you could just as easily slap. Being there for those who need you. Being there for those who don’t realise they need you. We are all in this together and while some may not see that it doesn’t mean that you should let it prevent you from caring. I am fortunate to spend my days working for something I believe in, something which lights me up and makes a difference.

Give freely.

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How can any day be complete without a daily dosage of love. Friends, family, strangers and things. I love ‘em all. I love you. I walk down the street singing to myself All You Need is Love. True story. Occasionally I imagine a whole orchestra by my side with a skip in my step. Yes, I know it’s a wee bit nutty but oh boy does it feel good. The more I feel it, see it and focus on it, the more it surrounds me. Pretty cool, huh. Try it.

See the beauty that is all around me and love wholeheartedly.

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To be thankful everyday makes my soul sparkle. From the food on my plate, to the bus being on time and the incredible people who rock my world. It was only when I started a gratitude journal that I realised that not a day goes by when I don’t potter down the street feeling grateful for something. There is so much to be grateful for and giving that thanks gives me tingles.

Say thank you, lots.

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Everyday I simply remember my favorite things. And then I feel soooooo good. I’m worth it. You’re worth it.

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What are your non-negotiables?

 

Depression ~ The Reality

Depression kills. It eats you up inside and swallows you whole. Lucky are those who escape its grasp.

I am going through a period of change right now. There are elements that are sad and which have made me cry, a lot. But, today for the first time in my life I face the world with logic like the grown up I should be. It is really fucking hard. However, nothing in life will ever compare to the battle I fought, and won against Bipolar, and all the evils it brought with it.

There were times when I couldn’t get out of bed. Days when every bridge I walked across I wanted to throw myself off. Hours which passed like seconds as I lay awake at night with my heart punching its way out of my chest. There were moments in my life where I thought the guilt and shame of my uncontrollable actions would suffocate me. Periods of change previously felt like the end of the world. Relationships were unsustainable and destructive. Once upon a time I would break down in the shower tearing my hair out, scratching until I bled in the hope of ripping my disgusting skin from my bones. Some days I couldn’t bear to look in the mirror as what stared back at me was so repulsive it didn’t deserve to live or ever know love. I felt fragmented and totally unconnected to the world around me. I hopped from one crazy thing to the next. I was exhausted. I was broken.

If you have not been there it is hard to convey the utter torture depression and mental illness brings with it. The time and strength it took me to overcome it almost took my last remaining breath. I was never going to give it. Bipolar had no rights to it, to my mind, or to my life. Quite frankly, it could go fuck itself.

My mum tells me I have always been independent and bloody minded. That I would walk over hot coals to get what I want. I thank the universe every day for this gift, it saved my life.

Today as Social Media mourns the death of a well-loved comic I can’t help but hope that his legacy will be one of change. Stigma has no placed left here. No one should ever feel alone. No one should reach the point of wanting to end their own life. My thoughts go out to anyone feeling that way. You are not alone.

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Let’s talk…The Age of Light with Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell lights up the room. Her smile and laugh are infectious and you want her to be your friend immediately.

Originally from the sunny shores of Sydney, Rebecca now lives in London. She is a soulful writer, intuitive, mentor and creative director who guides women to connect with the inner light within and to shine it as brightly and authentically as possible.

Rebecca is also co-creator of The Spirited Project she teaches regularly and has been featured in several publications such as The Sunday Times Style Magazine and Psychologies. One of Hay House UK’s freshest voices, her book Light Is The New Black is out July 2015.

Meet Rebecca Campbell.

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Your new book Light Is The New Black is out July 2015, what’s it all about?

Light Is The New Black is a book for a new breed of ladies who are here to be bright lights in the world. Light workers, B Schoolers, Indigo Children, Spirit Junkies, Emerging Women, Indigo Children and Ladies Of The Light.

The Dalai Lama said that “The world will be saved by the western woman” and I think he’s right. This book is my call to action to that.

A soulful, funny, honest, relatable mix of: one girl’s journey (that’d be mine), lessons learned, tapped in downloads from The Universe, practical tools and healthy helpings of metaphysical marketing for this new social age.

Made up of four sections: Turn Your Light In, Work Your Light, Live In The Light and Be The Light, it takes the reader on a wholehearted journey back home to who they are at the core. It invites them to reconnect with their inner guru and the deepest yearnings of their soul.

Gone are the days of following someone else’s business model or well-trodden path, in order to succeed in The Age Of Light, everything in our lives must be an authentic expression of who we truly are.untitled4

It’s the book that I wish I had when I was struggling to work out who the hell I was, what I was doing here and courageously step into the truest version of my calling.

You can sign up here to win a free copy.

What lead you to live in the light and be of service?

Since as long as I can remember I have had a deep yearning to be of service. I know I’m not alone. That niggling feeling or inner knowing that I was here for something or there was work to do. To be honest, for most of my life it has stressed me out! My biggest fear was that I would miss my life but I had no idea what it was that I would be missing. I felt like I couldn’t relax until I found “my calling”, like when you’re at University and you have an assessment due so can’t relax until it’s done.

Looking back now my journey makes perfect sense, however at the time I had no idea how to bring all of my gifts together. I spent my time looking outside myself rather than following the things that lit me up and allowing myself to emerge.

Desperate to find the answer, I built a life that looked great but didn’t quite fit. It wasn’t until 2011 came along and I suffered several rock bottom inducing experiences, one after the other, after the other, that I was forced to let go and let the life I had so consciously created come crumbling down. Brick by brick, wall by wall I started creating my world around who I truly was and the things that lit me up. For me, it took The Universe to turn off all the lights for me to find my own. And now I help other women do the same.

How has your own personal journey influenced your work?

My first awakening came when I was about 14. I started feeling things extremely deeply and could also feel other people’s feelings. I also started receiving what I know now to have been messages from The Universe but I had no idea how to deal with it all. No one in my life understood what was happening to me and so I stepped into (what I now call) a spiritual closet and expressed myself through my writing. I’d get off the bus after school and walk up the hill to my home. I’d then know exactly what I needed to write and would sit in my room getting the information down. It felt good to be creating but I always kept it to myself, only sharing my creations and “secret spiritual life” with those I deemed fit (which conveniently was not many).

untitled1Years later after forging myself a successful career as a creative director in advertising (while continuing my training, learning and creating under wraps) my life started to crumble. I see this happening for so many people, the systems, relationships, jobs etc that we once relied on to always be there are beginning to fall away. I believe it’s in an effort to stop us looking outside of ourselves and prompt us to look within (connect with our inner light). Maybe that’s been the case for you, it certainly was the case for me. Anyway, after my dark night of the soul, my calling became very clear and I knew it was now or never.

Looking back now, it’s cool to see how all the dots have joined. I see how my decade in advertising was perfect to help me answer the call of helping others who want to be of service to do so as authentically as possible. To help them get really clear on their message and brand. And then my intuitive gifts and training help me see very clearly who they are at soul level so it’s not about expressing just their identity, rather it is an expression of their soul.

I believe that our soul purpose is to 1. Be a light in the world, and 2. To express who we are at soul level. In my Work Your Light Mentorship I start by looking at who my client is at soul level. Their soul group of origin, natural gifts, energy centers and unique soul history. I look at anything that is holding them back from expressing who they truly are and step up into their gifts by answering the call. I then fuse my marketing skills to help them build a brand around who they are at soul level. This way, no one can ever copy their brand (if they try it won’t work) because it is a completely unique expression of them.

How does your work help others?

I read a great quote the other day which went something like this: “I don’t share to teach people something, I share to let the people out there who feel the same way I do, to feel less alone”. I’m so glad that that person shared that because that is exactly how I feel about my work.

I believe that we are moving into a critical moment in the planet’s history where we need to move from learning into acting. I think my work does a combination of this. When I write it is my intention to remind my readers what they already know. And with my teaching and mentoring it is my intention to move them from a state of knowing and into a state of courageous and authentic action.untitled9

Tell us about The Spirited Project?

My friend Robyn Silverton and I started The Spirited Project back in 2012 because we both felt a need (personally and in the community) to provide a space for people to connect in a down to earth, soulful and fun way. We host regular Spirited Sessions in London (currently called Spirited Sundays at Celestine Eleven in East London) and we’ve also hosted events in Australia, Asia and USA.

The sessions are an opportunity for like hearted people to find their people and reconnect with their spirit. A fusion of meditation, light movement, inner reflection with a splash of all things mystical.

We’re currently planning on in January 2015 in Sydney and as both Robyn and I are total gypsies we are always open to doing a Spirited Session in a new city if someone local wants to host it.

What does Holistic living mean to you?

Oooooh that’s a good question! To me, holistic living means whole living. Living with an open mind and open heart. Living from a space where you use your inner guidance system to determine what is right for you. It is not about rejecting the normal way of doing things but it is about determining what is right for you. What works for one person will not work for another. But if we listen to our inner guidance system it will light the way.

What is your message to cynics, sceptics, and the intrigued?

Hmmmm. To cynics and skeptics I’d probably say “how’s the weather” or “have you seen the last episode of Scandal?”. I’ve learned there’s no point trying to change someone’s mind. Not everyone wants or is ready to taste what you’re cooking, and that’s completely fine.

To the intrigued I’d say: The more you follow the things that light you up, listen to that inner voice inside you and courageously express who you really are, the more awesome life gets. I’m living proof.

Finally, what are your top five tips for self-love?

  1. Fill yourself up first. If flowers make you feel loved, don’t wait for someone else to give them to you, give them to yourself now.
  2. Don’t fall in love, fall into love
  3. Do a “Lovables List”: A list of 44 things you love about yourself. Then read it everyday until you believe it. Before long you’ll find that people start reciting the things on your list to you because you are embodying them.
  4. You’re already in the most important relationship of your life.
  5. Rise Sister Rise

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Let’s talk…Tiny Devotions with Alex Weber

Tiny Devotions is made up of Boho gypsies, yogi fashionistas who spread awareness about mala beads that inspire their wearers to live more peaceful intention based lives.

Our mission is to inspire by sharing our love of mala beads.

Tiny Devotions is a hip, fresh and inspired company that creates mala beads and accessories for the bohemian girl. Their mala beads represent the free spirited lifestyle of living your dreams, following Your passions and looking good as You do it.

Meet Alex Weber, Marketing Guru @TinyDevotions | Co-Founder @TheViberantLife | Wanderlusting writer @TravelStyle_Mag | Yogi | Free Spirit | Shutterbug |

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What do Mala beads mean to you?

Personally, Mala beads mean many things to me. Since I’ve started working at Tiny Devotions I’ve developed quite the Mala collection and every one I own means something special to me. I give every one of my Malas a specific intention. For example, I wear my White Jade Highest Potential Mala on days when I feel like I need a little boost reaching my work goals. I wear my Sweetheart Mala on date night to help open my heart, and my Katie Brauer Truth Seeker Mala on those days where I feel a little lost and feel the need to reconnect with my spirit. My mala beads keep me grounded and focused on the important things in life: my purpose, happiness and love. They’re also reminder to never sweat the small stuff.

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If I didn’t love my job so much I would definitely be a gypsy. I absolutely love to travel and have been blessed enough to make my way around much of the world. The sights, sounds and flavors I absorb while exploring new places and cultures influence my work every single day. I wake up every morning on a mission to inspire our community and often draw on the wisdom I’ve gleaned globe trotting to do so.

What do you hope to bring to others?

At Tiny Devotions our mission is to inspire people live more peaceful and intention based lives. Whether it’s through our Malas and aspirational accessories, our inspiring Facebook posts and Instagrams, or our Boho Daily bloggers, we want to make our community feel like they have exactly what it takes to live the life of their dreams.

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Simply by setting intentions for ourselves. It’s really easy to get swept up in the stressors of daily routine. So many people just go through the motions without really taking the time to ask themselves what they want and who they want to be. When we set intentions we give ourselves direction. Our lives become more meaningful and we begin to discover our purpose. That’s when life becomes truly magical.

What does the bohemian girl of today look like?

When I look at our Tiny Devotions’ community I see bohemian girls from all walks of life. Some rock bold yogi tights, while others feel at home in their flower crowns and fringe boots. Some of our boho girls are heading off to college, while others are having their first baby. Being bohemian is less about how you look, and more about how you feel. It’s a way of life.

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I’ve been a vegetarian, a vegan, gone gluten-free and even flirted briefly with a paleo diet. None of these phases lasted long, but helped me learn about my body and discover a nutritious way of living that works for me. To me holistic living means feeding your body, mind and spirit with the best of the best. Eat healthy, never stop learning, and take at least a few minutes out of each day for a little soul searching.

What is your message to cynics, skeptics, and the intrigued?

What you believe, you receive.

Finally, what are your top five tips for self-love?

  1. Transform your inner critic into an encouraging voice. This takes time, but once you stop putting yourself down and start pumping yourself up, you’ll make some serious magic happen in your life.
  2. Fall in love with your body. In the shower pay yourself some juicy compliments. Tell your belly how beautiful she is and thank your scars for everything they’ve taught you.
  3. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and make you feel loved.
  4. Meditation is amazing for a multitude of reasons, self-love just being one of them. Add a Mala to your meditation and give it the intention of self-love.
  5. Put up photos of your favorite memories, adventures to remind yourself how full and wonderful your life really is and how gorgeous you truly are.
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