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. 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.
Each recipient receives one heart and this is sent as part of a free mini self-care bag, containing for example, hot drink sachets, small toiletry or beauty items, a packet of tissues and an inspirational quote on a self-care matters postcard.
I am happy to say the project has really taken off and so far I have sent hearts / mini self-care bags 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:
- Make a heart!
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.
- Donate products.
I am very grateful for any small items that you feel would be appropriate in a mini self-care bag. Please get in touch if you are a business, group or individual who would like to contribute in this way.
- Donate spare pennies.
I use any financial donations to buy products, buy decorative wrapping, cover postage costs and contribute to the other costs associated with running the project.