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.
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...
My Thoughts on Mental Health: by Julia Cassell.
With a Human Mask: by Mareike Günsche.
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
Mental health tips for connecting to nature
Go Jauntly app
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.
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.
Visit mind for information and support https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/
'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.
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