I founded the online self help group Harrogate Black Dog over 3 years ago. Since then I have been campaigning in various ways to raise much needed awareness. 16 people commit suicide each and every single day in the United Kingdom and that is 16 too many.
I am in the process of compiling an anthology called “A Darker Shade of Blue”. This is a collection of poems written by people suffering from mental health issues and also by the loved ones of people who are suffering.
I am still collecting poems so if anyone reading this would like to donate a poem please do. It is not a writing competition and all submissions will be included. It is purely to raise money and to raise awareness. Please send poems to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have made bracelets for the campaign which I am selling for £5 each. The money will go towards the publication costs. However, if I find a publisher willing to do it for me the money will either go to MIND Harrogate or I will set up a charity or foundation to provide complementary therapies to people in emotional crisis.
I am currently studying Complementary Therapies at White Rose Beauty and they have been extremely supportive not only in having my bracelets on their desk for sale but also donating £5 out of every £10 treatment to the campaign.
Mental Health Awareness Campaign Bracelets
The bracelet is made with blue thread and features a small button. This is symbolic as it is there as a reminder that sometimes it only takes the small things (i.e. listening to someone) to keep the big things together. We are all capable of asking someone if they are ok. And just as importantly to listen when they answer without interrupting – just listening and acknowledging.