Author Archives: Tess Tainton

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day and, as last year, I wanted to reflect on my own experience of this often-avoided topic. Last year I wrote about the impact of referring to a suicide attempt as “failed” and how it ought to be described as “survived”. This feeds in nicely with the theme of this years […]

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is nature. According to the Mental Health Foundation: “ When it comes to mental health benefits, nature has a very wide definition. It can mean green spaces such as parks, woodland or forests as well as blue spaces like rivers, wetlands, beaches or canals. It also […]

Content warning: This piece discusses suicide in a way that some readers may find triggering. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email or  14th May is my survivaversary. It’s a word I made up to turn something negative into something positive. That date is when I tried to end […]

Tess Tainton is the Involvement Coordinator at ICM. In this blog she shares her views on the issues around correct use of the term coproduction. When I hear the word ‘co-production’ my heart sinks. It’s not because I don’t agree with it, because I do; it’s because of the conversations which surround it and the […]

Tess Tainton is the Involvement Coordinator at Inspiring Change Manchester and Co-Chair for the Mental Health Action Group, part of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership. In this blog, she explores the Mental Health Awareness Week theme of Kindness. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is kindness. I’m writing this in […]

This At a Glance is focusing on the work of the Manchester Homelessness Charter‘s Mental Health Action Group.