Blog Relaunch – Can we try this again?

Blog Relaunch – Can we try this again?

THIS IS NOT A DRILL… Mental Health Bites (MHB) is back!  No, really, I’m back….but where do I even start?

At the very end of February 2020, I published a post right here proclaiming my return, just a few days before I became aware that the virus (COVID-19) spreading across China and Italy might be something I needed to pay attention to.  By the time I had written just a few posts the UK was plunged into a lockdown and I was met with a deep feeling of it being the wrong time – the world was (is) in crisis, my personal and working life changed overnight, I didn’t have the brain space to focus on writing about Eating Disorders and so I assumed others were unlikely to be in the brain space to read such content.  I did try a few times to write but eventually I took the website down.  Little did I know that the burgeoning pandemic would result is another epidemic; a HUGE increase in those seeking help for Eating Disorders. So, my being here and spreading Eating Disorder awareness now seems even more important than it ever has been before.

So, can we try this again?  Perhaps starting with a bit of a pre-pandemic back story for those who don’t know much about this site yet, or had been wondering since 2018 where I had gone!

Mental Health Bites was once home to an array of posts specifically on the topic of Eating Disorders.  That was until December 2018 when I took the website offline with the intention of revamping and updating the design.  The blog had gained more attention than I had expected it to, (as was shown by my being a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2018) and accordingly I felt it was time that I upped my game and made the website even better.

At the time I took the website down, I was expecting to take 3 weeks off from work for a minor medical procedure and I thought that sitting at my laptop working on the redesign would be a welcome distraction.  Little did I know that the result of the minor medical procedure’s findings were that I needed a much larger surgery and 3 weeks became 12 months.

When I eventually returned to work in December 2019, I was devastated to find that, during my absence, my website hosting package (the interface that allows me to bring this website to you) had not auto-renewed – which basically means that I lost everything!  I do have personal backups of many of the old posts, but alas not of the actual website.  So, after much deliberation I have decided that there isn’t much point in spending hours reposting the old content because much of it will now be out of date.

What this means is that I now have this shiny new and totally empty blog site – and I am basically starting again.  I have also removed the smattering of early-mid 2020 posts which were mostly musings on if anyone was REALLY reading in amidst the strain of the pandemic.

So, going forward, what I want to bring you via this site is the latest mental health and Eating Disorder news and information, awareness raising posts, and answering readers common questions as well as posts sharing details on the Eating Disorder projects I am involved with and events that I am running. I am planning to post around twice a week but in these first couple of week you might find I post a little more often just to get started. I also have some exciting projects up my sleeve (well, I think they are exciting, anyway!) and I want to expand the content that I share here (that’s a hint).   I’d like to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone reading this who has supported me in the past, and welcome anyone who is new!

Starting back at ZERO means that it is going to take me some time to get the site fully populated and Google will no longer know that I exist. Therefore, I would be immensely grateful if you could ‘like’, comment on, and share my posts. The more people engage with posts the more the internet recognises my posts exist.  You can also click the subscribe button (either on the right or bottom of the page depending on what device you are on) to receive email alerts for either ALL of the posts as soon as they are posted, or a monthly round-up if you prefer.

For now, all of this is a work in progress and so I’d love to hear any feedback, any issues, blog topic requests or other ideas.  You can send these to me at hello@mentalhealthbites.co.uk.  I really do love to hear from you, so please don’t be shy.

16 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:23h, 01 October Reply

    Fantastic. So pleased your back Kel. Can you let me know know when you’re next doing training

    • Kel_MHB
      Posted at 12:26h, 01 October Reply

      Hi Anonymous. Any public training events will be posted here on the blog. However, you can also sign up to the mailing list by hitting the ‘subscribe’ button and filling in your details. We do also offer ‘in house’ training if you are part of an organisation that would be interested in working with me. Hope to see you on an event soon! 🙂

  • Sam
    Posted at 12:29h, 01 October Reply

    Welcome back! I’ve subscribed,

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:33h, 01 October Reply

    Kel, so pleased that your finally over all your health issues. Obviously disappointed that you’ve not been doing any in-person training – but I really enjoyed the web sessions you did with John Wilson / Onlinevents. Tina, Oswestry

    • Kel_MHB
      Posted at 20:43h, 01 October Reply

      Hi Tina. Really glad to hear you enjoyed the sessions with Onlinevents. We are working towards offering more training / CPD type services online in the future. If there is enough demand when I feel like it’s safe enough then we might plan future in person events. However, online gives us a lot more flexability to reach more people in a more cost effective way. So I suspect that online is the way of the future for much of this work. Happy to be proven otherwise though!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:03h, 01 October Reply

    Agreed. I didn’t think I’d like seeing clients online – but the pandemic showed me that good Counselling is good Counselling irrespective of where it’s provided. Tina, Oswestry

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:49h, 04 October Reply

    Glad you’re back Kel! Your onlinevents trainings have had a big impact on my practice, so thank you. I look forward to more.

    • Kel_MHB
      Posted at 17:51h, 04 October Reply

      Really love to hear feedback like this! When the time comes we will be looking for people who have attended previous training who’d be happy to share what was useful and what you would like next. Hope to keep connecting.

  • Karen
    Posted at 13:53h, 04 October Reply

    Welcome back Kel. I learnt a lot from your onlinevents trainings and have found them very useful in my practice, so thanks for that. Looking forward to more. Karen

    • Kel_MHB
      Posted at 17:48h, 04 October Reply

      Really glad you have found the knoweldge helpful in your practice!

  • Susan Murray
    Posted at 14:10h, 04 October Reply

    Welcome back Kel, glad you are fully recovered and raring to go again. It has been a strange time for sure where we have all learned new ways of working and communicating – I look forward to any further training you are providing online – easily accessible training is perhaps one the greatest things to have come out of our ‘lock down’ experience! Best wishes, Susan, Aberdeenshire

    • Kel_MHB
      Posted at 17:47h, 04 October Reply

      Thanks Susan. I totally agree. We have always found it challanging to make peace with costings for face-to-face workshops. It makes it significantly more expensive to run the event, and for many attendees it’s more expensive as well. So online really enables us to offer training more cost effectivly. However, I do also appreciate people are feeling a bit ‘zoomed out’ at the moment!

  • Leanne McPherson
    Posted at 18:39h, 04 October Reply

    It’s great to have you back! I loved being involved in the VOXED discussion group in the past. Looking forward to hearing more from you & about the new projects 😊

    • Kel_MHB
      Posted at 08:55h, 05 October Reply

      There will def be more options to get involved in things coming up – both in terms of stearing where we go next, but also in terms of things that hopefully can enrich your work life!

  • Heather Meek
    Posted at 11:45h, 05 October Reply

    Great to see you back Kel. Look forward to continued learning from your wealth of knowledge and experience 🙂

  • Hannah
    Posted at 00:00h, 09 October Reply

    Lovely to see that you have your blog back. Good luck with all of it.
    I think that you will be able to do some amazing work with changing ‘professionals’ perceptions of how they might work with people who have an eating disorder, especially when they have additional mental health diagnoses.

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