World Mental Health Day takes place on Sunday 10th October, so we’ve teamed up with Bryony Gordon and Frankie Rose Illustration to create an exclusive collection of positive affirmation cards.
The affirmations were written by Bryony and beautifully brought to life by illustrator Frankie Rose, with 100% of the profits going to the Community Programme founded by Bryony; Mental Health Mates. The cards include a QR code on the back, which recipients can scan to find out more about our partnership and it also features tools to help improve mental wellbeing.
Who are Mental Health Mates?
Mental Health Mates was founded by Bryony Gordon in 2016, and is a network of peer support groups ‘IRL’ and online, run by people who experience their own mental health issues, meeting regularly to walk, connect and share without fear or judgement. With Walks across the United Kingdom, Mental Health Mates has become a thriving community that only continues to grow!
Why affirmation cards?
Receiving a greetings card lets us know that someone is looking out for our mental wellbeing, and it puts a smile on our faces. Bryony comments: ‘Physical cards are so important, I used to receive them from my friend Fearne during lockdown, when she would write to me just for the hell of it, and it meant so much when it dropped onto the mat, even though we are in constant contact on WhatsApp! It’s easy to forget the stuff that is good for us and harder to retain it. I think affirmations are brilliant and important reminders of the things that make us feel good about ourselves. Reading an affirmation can really help us put positive behaviours into action.’
Every Mind Matters
We’re also supporting the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign from Public Health England. The campaign encourages people to look after their mental wellbeing by getting a free NHS-approved Mind Plan, which gives personalised ideas to improve mental health and wellbeing. When it comes to taking care of your mental health, having a plan is a brilliant first step. You can get your own personalised Mind Plan here.