In Autumn 2018 I started a new self-care matters offshoot, sending out free “mental health hearts” to anyone struggling with their mental health. Hearts are handmade by people who want to show they care, and many have experienced mental health issues themselves. Each recipient receives one heart nicely wrapped along with a motivational poem/ quote/ message. A heart is intended to be a small keepsake of connection and hope.
The inspiration behind this came from:
- The idea that self-care doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t have to be materialistic and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
- The idea that showing others we care is more about compassion, kindness and authenticity than grand gestures or platitudes.
Currently most of the hearts are very kindly donated and sent to me, and I pay for wrapping, packaging and postage and get them sent out.
I am happy to say the project has really taken off and so far I have sent hearts to inpatient psychiatric wards, mother & baby units for women suffering severe perinatal mental illness, plus individuals housebound by their mental illness up and down the country.
How you can help:
- Hearts can be knitted, crocheted or sewn. Any colour, size or style is appreciated- they are all all unique- just like people. There are some patterns on my self-care matters Facebook page or feel free to use your own.
- I didn’t want to accept money initially but lots of people have asked if they can contribute towards my wrapping, packaging and postage costs. So I have decided to add a donate option should anyone wish to support the project this way. I can personally guarantee that every penny received will go directly to the costs involved of sending out hearts to those struggling with their mental health.