Our next blogging theme: friendship

It’s when things get tough that you realise who your friends are. There’s no doubt that our relationships have a massive impact on our mental wellbeing. We want to hear about your stories and perspectives on friendship and wellbeing. Here are some ideas: Maybe you have a special friend who helped you through a tough […]

You raise me up by Westlife makes me proud to be a mum

A post from our Community Correspondent Lorna Cosh The best songs are the ones that make you happy and proud and sad all at the same time.  That’s how I’d described You Raise Me Up. My son sings it to me and I feel like crying every time, with all of those emotions. I’m so […]

A song for Ireland: a song of happy days

A post from our Community Correspondent John Dane “Talking all the day with true friends, who try to make you stay Telling jokes and news, singing songs to pass the night away” This is my favourite song and although it is relatively new , it reminds me of my childhood. It was written in the […]

Our volunteers are amazing!

It’s been a little over two years since our first Mind Waves Community Correspondents meeting. Since then, our amazing volunteers have shared their wisdom and experience to produce over 300 blog posts about mental wellbeing. All of our Community Correspondents have something to say about mental health, whether it’s because of their lived experience, or […]

When I Iisten to music, what’s inside comes out

Our theme at the moment is music and wellbeing. At our Community Correspondents meeting recently we talked about our favourite music and what it makes us feel. We love this idea that came from one of our Community Correspondents. Sometimes, feelings can be a lot to deal with. Whether it’s joy or despair, we don’t […]

Body dissatisfaction is an epidemic: this photo resonates with my feelings about my own post-surgery body

A post from our Community Correspondent Lorna Cosh ‘Monster’ by Jo Spence resonates with  my emotions about my body. Jo Spence was a feminist photographer who sadly died in 1992, a month before her 58th Birthday. In 1982 Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her previous work– weddings, family portraits and acting portfolios – gave […]

Where do we score on the Happy Planet Index?

  “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” We’re used to seeing league tables. Whether it’s sports, the economy or educational attainment, there’s always someone or something that sits at the top. And we always want to know where we fit into the picture. Globally, we tend to see countries ranking economically, using […]