The Radical Self Love Collective Directory
A directory of charities, businesses, social media accounts, blogs & communities that are on a mission with us – to improve self-love, in the following areas:
⚡︎ Body Positivity ⚡︎ Chronic Illness & Disability ⚡︎ LGBT+ ⚡︎ Mental Health ⚡︎ Survivors ⚡︎ Nutrition & Health ⚡︎ Recovery ⚡︎ Sex & Relationships ⚡︎
Body Positivity & Self Love
Ashlee Bennett is The Body Image Therapist, an online ounsellor and coach for body acceptance. To get a taste of what she is about, you can check out her Instagram account (which I highly reccommend following) or visit her website: where Ashlee provides online counselling, coaching and email support – as well as in person services where she is based in Camberwell, VIC, Australia.
BodyPosiPanda is the blog, Instagram account and advice column of Megan Jayne Crabbe, the author of Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live. I can not big up this girl, or her account, enough! Megan talks all things body positivity, and brings colour and honesty to the world of Insta. Follow the link above to her website to find out more.
The Body Image Movement run from website of Taryn Brumfitt, director of Embrace the film. The site has a blog, as well a list of body positive resources. Taryn is an international speaker and founded the Body Image Movement, to build a global community of like-minded people, looking to end the war with their bodies and embrace.
Chronic Illness & Disability
The Tired Girl Society is a community of women stepping out of the shadows of chronic illness. The community is a safe space for members to hang out and connect with one another, and includes: social clubs and creative projects. The society also has it’s own magazine, The Tired Girl, which features wellness leaders working in the area of women’s health and chronic illness, as well as fellow tired girls. The society also uses the #wherethetiredgirlsare on social media platforms – for even more of us to connect! Visit the site on the link above for more information on joining.
⚡︎ The Mighty
The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities. They have over 2 million registered users and their stories and videos are viewed and shared more than 90 million times a month. They have articles on their website and social media accounts, which can help the entire community feel understood.
⚡︎ Ali Hemsley
Chronic illness and mental health warrior, blogging about health, fitness, fashion and lifestyle. Ali was diagnosed with ME and fibromyalgia in 2011 and speaks admirably about her experiences of mental and chronic illness on her blog and social media accounts @alihemsley.
The blog and Instagram account of Sarah Marie: a 25 year old woman with an outgoing ENFP personality, stuck in a chronically fatigued body. Stronger Than POTS was one of the first places I turned to for additional information on my Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) diagnosis. And I still read Sarah’s blog posts on chronic illness related topics regularly. Sarah has also started a Relationship Support Group, for people with chronic illnesses recently – which is something that I also highly reccommend!
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, and queer people. They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern. Their website, linked above, includes advice, support information, and details on their online support service.
⚡︎ Mind UK
Mind is a mental health charity with a vast amount of mental health and support service information. Their website is an excellent place to start and the charity has several local branches in the UK too; as well as being able to provide support via their helpine, online community and groups. The link above will take you directly to the homepage of their site.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. They have a nationwide helpline and webchat, as well as lots of online resources. To find out more, and access services, follow the link above.
The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You do not have to be suicidal to get in contact. Contact details can be found here, and on the link above. You can also find out more about what to expect when you contact the service, and how it works on this link.
Rethink helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, and changing lives. They provide information and advice, groups and services, and campaign nationally for policy change, and locally for the support people need. They have changed the law, to improve life for millions of people with mental health problems, and we are changing public attitudes through the Time to Change campaign, which they lead in partnership with Mind (above). Follow the Rethink link above to find out more about their work and support services.
Tea & Cake For The Soul is the personal blog of Jo; a busy, married Mum of two grown-up children, with a varied working background, from the South England. Her blog was intially set up to share stories from road trips, and to publish a series of self help tips for mental health. Now, the blog covers a wide range additional topics, as well as mental health and the promotion of kindness. As the name suggests – a bit of comfort food for the soul.
Survivors In Transition (SiT) is a support centre for men and women (aged eighteen+) who have experienced any form of sexual abuse in their childhood. SiT support men and women who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood, through a range of trauma informed, psycho-educational activities including one to one and group therapy, counselling, advocacy, research, and training to become empowered and improve self esteem and resilience. To find out more about the work of this outstanding organisation, as well as what they could offer you – please follow the link above.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is the UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse – including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. NAPAC provide a number of different supports, including a confidental support line. To find out more, please follow the link above to their website.
Nutrition & Health
Christy Harrison is an anti-diet registered dietitian, certified intuitive eating counsellor, and the host of the Food Psych Podcast. She specialises in helping people make peace with food and reclaim the time and energy they lost to the life thief that is diet culture. Christy’s accounts could fall into Body Positivity or Nutrition & Health, but I am leaving them here – because this is one the truest forms of health and nutrition to me.
Deliciously Ella is a resource designed to help you live better (and make vegetables cool). Starting with a personal blog, they have evolved in to an app, recipe books, deli, range of plant-based food products, and growing social media community – that sits at the heart of what they do (links available from their wesbite, above). Ella started the business back in 2012, whilst still at university. Because, in 2011 she had been diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: a condition which affects the workings of the autonomic nervous system. And despite being prescribed a cocktail of medication, unfortunately found limited success in managing the condition; And after about a year hit rock bottom, both physically and mentally. It was at this point Ella started looking into other ways of managing the condition and began researching diet and lifestyle. And Deliciously Ella was born.
⚡︎ BEAT UK
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. The charity is a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by eating disorders; Giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered. There is a wealth of recovery information, and support services, as well as helplines, available from their wesbite.
⚡︎ Frank UK
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don’t). FRANK also has lots of resources for help and support, such as an online local treatment finder and information on what to do if you are worried about a friend or loved one. For friendly, confidential advice Talk to FRANK: on the phone, via email, live chat or text message.
Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is a programme that provides tools for people who want to change their problematic behaviour: including but not limited to addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping and the Internet. SMART is guided by trained facilitators and sees participants come to together to help themselves, and each other – using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational techniques. SMART recovery is different as it is secular, and advocates personal choice. The training emphases the power of choice when it comes to changing unhelpful/harmful behaviours. And people are not reffered to as their behaviours (so language like ‘addict’ and ‘alcoholic’ is out). There’s more information on SMART Recovery, as well as how to access support on the web link above.
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership. NA meetings are based around a 12-step recovery programme and can be accessed worldwide. There are nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries available today. Information on meetings near you are available on their website. A helpline is also available.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Their meetings are available worldwide, and they provide free/donation based support – using the 12-step recovery program. A meeting finder can be found online. The link above is for their UK/English speaking meetings in continental Europe. A helpline is also available.
SAA is a group of people who share our experience, strength and hope with each other for the purpose of finding freedom from addictive sexual behavior and helping others recover from sex addiction. Their program is based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, though they are not affiliated with AA or any other organisation. There are helplines, meetings, and online meetings available. Services for women and LGBTQ+ are also listed on their website.
Sex & Relationships
Relate are the UK’s largest provider of relationship support: last year they helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. Their services include relationship counselling, family counselling, mediation, children and young people’s counselling and sex therapy. They have a network of Relate Centres across the UK and a large group of licensed counsellors that provide face-to-face support – as well as phone, email and live chat counselling online: so you can choose the support that works for you. Relate’s relationship help pages can also offer practical tips, guides and videos to help you manage common relationship issues such as sex, separation and divorce, and parenting. To find out more from their website and connect to their services, click the title link above.
Salty is the new, radically inclusive media brand, community, and bi-monthly newsletter exploring everything modern dating, sex, and relationships. And because they are a newsletter, they can give you all the good stuff that’s banned on socials. “Salty’s feminism is not millennial pink. It’s not brand-safe, snackable, or neatly packaged for retweets. The internet doesn’t need another brand cashing in on sanitized “girl power.” It needs a place where all women, trans, and non binary voices are celebrated and respected”. Their site covers a diverse range of topics including: relationships, single life, LGBTQA+, and kink. For a seeky look into what they’re about, please check out their Instagram account @salty.world.
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