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The Brigstow Institute brings researchers from different disciplines together with a range of partners across the city and beyond to experiment in new ways of living and being. 

#MentalHealthAwareness

The Brigstow Institute has always been interested in the knotty question of how to “live well” in the 21st Century. It is a complex question with many different perspectives and interpretations of what “living well” means. One aspect that many will agree on, is that to live well is to have a sense of wellbeing and good mental health. This is a topic that many of our funded projects have sought to explore, and to create interventions aimed at alleviating some of the suffering faced by those experiencing the impacts of poor wellbeing and mental ill-health. To find out about work in this area visit our projects page.

Thank you to all of our Brigstow community who have contributed to this issue to help increase awareness of mental health during #mentalhealthawarenessweek.
In this Brigstow Special Edition...
  • Awareness
    • My Thoughts on Mental Health: by Julia Cassell.
    • With a Human Mask: by Mareike Günsche.
  • Research
    • Engaged Beings: by Tim Cole.
    •  Home Is Where The Head Is: by Martin Burns.
    • "Sewing-as-therapy" Past and Present: by Stitching Obsession-Wellness.
    • Collective Care: Curated Resources: by  Experiments in Collective Care.
    •  Research is Difficult: by Tim Cole.
    • Reimagine the diary: Writing for wellbeing
  • Resources
    • Mental health tips for connecting to nature
    • Mind.org.uk
    • Go Jauntly app
  • Coproduction Corner

Awareness

Blog Post:

My Thoughts on Mental Health

By Julia Cassell, Brigstow Institute Coordinator

In this reflective blog, Julia explores her learnings from working with the Samaritans & what has helped her in her own journey.
 
Artist Sharing:

With a Human Mask

By Mareike Günsche

Mareike shares a self portrait series exploring her experiences of depression.
 

Research

Blog Post and Resource:

Engaged Beings

By Tim Cole

"Difference lies at the heart of the radical interdisciplinarity and co-produced research that Brigstow fosters, but difference isn’t always easy...."
 
Blog Post:

Home Is Where the Head Is

By Martin Burns

Martin Burns from "We Are Still Here" explores how those within the HIV community curate living spaces for wellbeing. Here he reflects on the poignancy of this research in his own life & mental health.
 
Blog Post:

“Sewing-as-therapy” Past and Present

By the Stitching - Obsession - Wellness 

Find out more about past and contemporary notions and practices of sewing-as-therapy.
 
Resource:

Collective Care: Curated Resources

Experiments in Collective Care 
 
A curated series of resources to guide an exploration into the theme of collective care.
 
Blog Post:

Research is Difficult 

by Tim Cole
 
"The novelty and originality that characterises researching is what attracts us to it, but also can be a source of anxiety. What if it doesn’t ‘work’?..."
 
Podcast and Blog:

Reimagine the diary: Writing for Wellbeing


This research project received Brigstow Ideas Exchange funding 2018, and Brigstow Seedcorn funding in 2019. It has continued to evolve and grow their research with further research grants. Follow the "Reimagining the Diary" research project on their Blog, or listen to Lucy Kelly's podcast on The Well Teacher:  “Can reflective diary entries be the key to solving teacher retention and wellbeing?”

Resources

With nature as the focus for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek MentalHealth.org have some great tips for how to connect with nature and feel the benefits: Visit the mental health awareness week website here.

Mind.org.uk


Visit mind for information and support https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/
 

Go Jauntly 

 
'Go Jauntly' is a free community based walking app for the UK and Ireland. It allows users to uncover walks & enjoy the outdoors from their doorstep, using a variety of routes that can be downloaded & previewed. 

For those in Bristol, Bristol City Council have launched over 60 curated Bristol walks on the Go Jauntly App.


Download the Go Jauntly App Here.

Coproduction Corner

Caring for our collaborators and ourselves in public engagement



Jessica Hammett and Ellie Harrison, Caring for our collaborators and ourselves in public engagement: https://livingwithdying.leeds.ac.uk/2018/10/15/caring/
 
Do you have any items for inclusion in our next Brigstow Happenings? Please let us know at hello-brigstow@bristol.ac.uk
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