Covid-19: NSUN Covid Life

During the pandemic, we launched a new series #NSUNCovidLife, a collection of blogs and videos by our members, for our members.

We wanted to go beyond the mainstream guidance which doesn’t speak to many of our members, and let our members speak about what matters to them. How they are experiencing this crisis, or how they are reaching out to others. We’d like #NSUNCovidLife to offer ideas, practical resources, connection, possibilities or validation.

A huge thank you to Flexible Films who are editing the videos.

Go to the full #NSUNcovidlife collection of videos and blogs here

In the first blog post in our series, Diana Rose explores the paradox of Covid-19 and ‘extreme vulnerability’.

In the second post in our series, Jo Edge talk about the Mad Covid Hardship Fund.

In the third post in our series, Mica Montana Gray talks about Mutual Aid.

In the 4th post in our series, Jess Worner talks about peer support at Together for Mental Wellbeing.

In the 5th post in our series, David Gibbs writes about hope and how Covid-19 must not derail anti-racism work. 

In the 6th post in our series, Jess Worner talks about Mutual Aid.

In the 7th post in our series Rai Waddingham thinks about the impact of enforced solitude when she’s spent the last 20 years trying to create connections.

In the 8th post in our series, Jess Worner shares her personal thoughts about the Covid-19 crisis.

In the 9th post in our series, Emma Ormerod talks about Underground Lights and the value of User Led Organisations

In the 10th post in our series, Beth Ingram talks about Hearts and Minds and  community and peer support for young people.

In the 11th post in our series, Liv Wynter talks about being an activist and community organiser during Covid-19.

In the 12th post in our series, Nash Momori talks about Diversity Radio.

In the 13th post in our series, Rai Waddingham talks about the English Hearing Voices Network.

In the 14th post in our series Red from Freed Voices calls for the release of people detained in Immigration Removal Centres.

In the 15th post in our series, Raza Griffiths shares his personal thoughts on Covid-19: we are not all in this together.

In the 16th post in our series, Shanika Ranasinghe talks about her voices during lockdown.

In the 17th post in our series, Naomi Salisbury talks about Self Injury Support.

In the 18th post in our series, Clare Shaw reflects on lockdown.

In the 19th post in our series, Sabah Chouldrey talks about the work Gendered Intelligence have been doing during Covid-19.

In the 20th post in our series, Clare Shaw talks about the importance of touch during Covid-19.

In the 21st post in our series, Clare Ockwell, a founder member of the CAPITAL Project Trust, reflects on lockdown, shielding and community.

In the 22nd post in our series, Laura Wood reflects on parenting and lockdown.

In the 23rd post in our series, Emily Reynolds talks about WISH, a national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community.

In the 24th post in our series Jayasree Kalathil responds to the publication of the recent Public Health England review: “the biggest pre-existing risk factor for the health of people from racialised communities in the UK is the systemic and structural racism that is the direct result of white supremacy and privilege.”

In the 25th post in our series Jhilmil Breckenridge, poet, writer and activist, talks about her work with Mad in Asia and the Bhor Foundation during the lockdown.

In the 26th post in our series, David Gibbs invites us to think about “restoration” post Covid-19.

In the 27th post in our series, Dolly Sen, filmmaker, artist and activist, reflects on Covid-19 and racism.

In the 28th post in our series Lived Experience Practitioner, talks about how the Mad Studies group in Birmingham has adapted during Covid-19.

In the 29th post in our series, Hannah Chamberlain, filmmaker, storyteller and co-founder of MentalSnapp, shares her reflections on lockdown. 

In the 30th post in our series, Michelle Baharier, artist and founder of CoolTan Arts, talks about FruitCake Creatives and their online Largactyl Shuffle Walks.

In the 31st post in our series, Andrew Lee talks about People First, an organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties, and their work during Covid-19.

In the 32nd post in our series,  Colin King, mental health survivor, mental health practitioner, commissioner, trainer, teacher, and researcher, talks about Covid-19, whiteness and racism.

In the 33rd post in our series Jolie Goodman, artist, reflects on lockdown, art and activism.

In the 34th and last post in our series, Sybil Ah-Mane from Flexible Films shares her experience of lockdown, and her reflections working on #MeaningfulConversations and #NSUNCovidLife.