Kate Elliott

Student, activist, feminist, recovery warrior

Kate is a yoga loving, vegetarian, pro-recovery mental health activist and irrational cat mother of a blue Burmese called Stitch. She is passionate about social change, helping and empowering young people (which she currently does through her work as a media worker for a non-profit organisation). She is a champion of all things third sector and an activist and campaigner at heart, brimming with excitement and enthusiasm! Kate is a feminist and believes that everyone needs equality. She has been interested in fundraising since she was at high school and was RAG Officer at the University of York from 2013-2014.

Kate is finishing a BA in Sociology and Social Psychology and dreams of changing the world one day... and owning a French Bulldog.
We're Supposed To Be The 'Crazy'

We're Supposed To Be The 'Crazy' Ones

Tonight, I feel scared and a little helpless. I want to find a way to make things better and I want to wrap my friends in cotton wool and keep them snug and safe. I just hope small, gradual changes can start to filter through and improve services that desperately need a new way of working.
04/04/2017 16:06 BST
I'm Hoping For a Sensitive

I'm Hoping For a Sensitive Halloween

Autumn is hands down my favourite season. The crisp frosty mornings, crunchy leaves, beautiful colours and opportunity to wrap up in lots of layers; never ceases to make me happy. The only issue is that it brings with it Halloween... which I meet with an equal amount of excitement and trepidation.
30/10/2016 21:15 GMT
Things to Avoid Saying to People With Mental Health

Things to Avoid Saying to People With Mental Health Problems

Recovery from a mental health condition is a complex and difficult journey that can be a full time endeavour. It's not a a linear process; but full of blips and struggles as well as triumph and success. Recovery can be hard enough without unhelpful (even if well meaning) comments or conversations.
28/07/2016 11:28 BST
A Message for Those Who Are

A Message for Those Who Are Struggling

Mental illnesses are horribly isolating at times, this is a message for all those who are struggling right now. Whether you are someone I know or a stranger far away, this applies to you. Heck, this isn't purely for people who are finding their mental health a challenge right now, but includes all those who are struggling with life or situations being put their way.
23/06/2016 11:11 BST
I Haven't Got Time For

I Haven't Got Time For Fun!

It can be far to easy to assume you haven't got any time for a little self care, but in reality you can always find a small space for it. In the long term it will definitely be better for your wellbeing that cutting it out altogether!
03/06/2016 15:39 BST
What Have You Got to Be Depressed

What Have You Got to Be Depressed About?

Depression isn't something to be ashamed about, it's something that should be talked about. Perhaps we could all take a moment to offer some support to a friend or family member who we know has struggles. Reminding them they're loved and not broken or horrible can make such a huge difference!
22/04/2016 12:17 BST
Raising Awareness for

Raising Awareness for SAMH

Raising awareness of mental health causes is something that has always been really important to me. I strongly believe that improving people's understanding of mental health difficulties and normalising discussions about these issues can have a positive impact on reducing the associated stigma enabling people to be more open about their own struggles. I was really impressed by a recent awareness campaign held for SAMH in Scotland.
04/03/2016 10:07 GMT
Can I Make Recovery

Can I Make Recovery Fit?

As a student, recovering from a mental health problem can at times feel like a huge challenge. Or course it's not restricted to students... it applies to anyone who is doing 'life stuff' at the same time whether it's working, studying, looking after a family... anything that divides your attention.
18/02/2016 11:08 GMT
I'll Be Talking About Mental

I'll Be Talking About Mental Health

There is absolutely no shame in struggling or finding it hard to be open and ask for help. There's equally no shame in not knowing how to approach and support someone who is battling with their mental health conditions. The key is to try and communicate as best as you can.
05/02/2016 14:56 GMT
Change Is

Change Is Hard!

Taking scary challenges in a step-by-step way can be really helpful. I'm a big fan of lists and sticker charts and I find it really helpful to look at a problem and break it down in a way that is gradually achievable but doesn't cause me too much stress along the way. I know if I become too overwhelmed, I'm likely to either give up or keep putting off the next steps until tomorrow.
02/02/2016 17:24 GMT
Are Trigger Warnings Just Another

Are Trigger Warnings Just Another Trigger?

On the one hand I completely champion individuals' rights to be able to post the kind of content they want to; especially if it is beneficial to them in some way. Conversely I disagree with posting overtly triggering content that could be harmful to others; especially in terms of graphic descriptions of self harm/eating disordered content.
21/01/2016 11:47 GMT
New Year, New...

New Year, New... Nope!

I am in recovery. It's a slightly confusing, muddly journey... but I'm hoping that my general trajectory is in the right direction, towards the life I wish to lead. A life that is free from the controls and constraints on my being.
29/12/2015 09:20 GMT
Festive

Festive Thanks!

I was talking to some young people at work who were a bit stressed about Christmas and they seemed so shocked at the idea that my Christmas wasn't going to just turn out like some kind of ideal homes perfect picture of a happy festive British family. I
18/12/2015 15:24 GMT
Dark Nights

Dark Nights End

Autumn is my favourite season; the colours, comfy layers, snuggly fires and adventures on frosty mornings. As it gets further into winter, my enthusiasm waivers a little. It can be hard enough to motivate yourself on a good day when the sun is shining and everything feels a little easier.
18/12/2015 15:18 GMT
Stand Up Against

Stand Up Against Bullying

I hope that by sharing my story and helping prompt the start of a conversation about bullying, other people may feel empowered to share their own story or make an effort to not turn a blind eye to bullying. One of the greatest maintaining factors of silence, making others aware of what's going on and seeking support can enable individuals to get through being bullied.
20/11/2015 14:13 GMT