Updated: Jun 11
On the back of launching our Positivitee collection, we just want to let you know of our plan for your donations to our chosen charity.
We've had our personal struggles with mental health issues, as I'm sure a lot of others have and we want to undo the stigma surrounding mental illness.
MIND are one of a few charities who work to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Local Minds support people in communities across England and Wales. Their range of services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.
How you are helping
We promise to donate 10% of the profits made from each sale from our Positivitee collection to MIND. Our process is that the amount from your sale is calculated and is put aside until donation day. A bulk donation is then sent to the charity on a monthly basis.
Why it matters to us
It's ironic that I want to undo the stigma surrounding mental health issues and yet posting the following backstory has taken a long time for me to do. Some of my closest friends don't really know much about "that time" and this is a very watered down version of my issues back then yet it still terrifies me that I'm putting it out there. Why?
TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of self-harm, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.
On a personal note, I (Rebecca) have experienced a whirlwind of mental health issues since being around 12 years old. I have experienced depression, anxiety attacks, thoughts of self-harm and suicide and I've had very dark times in my life that, in the moment, I've felt like I'd never get out of. I've been bullied, in and out of school by friends and foes alike, I've lost loved ones unexpectedly, I've cried until my ribs hurt for days afterwards and I've bled out some relief from the pain from time to time. It's ironic isn't it, that causing wounds on yourself can actually take away a physical pain. I abandoned support from my family and sought refuge in other people who were in that dark place alongside me. I've battled with disordered eating for most of my life, regularly losing control when emotions take me back to "that time." Sometimes you don't even want to mention it because you (now) know of the hurt and pain that you caused to so many people around you who do care, you were just too sick to realise it. I've been told that depression and other mental illness is selfish, and whilst I did agree from an outsiders perspective before experiencing anything myself, I quickly learned that the illness doesn't define you. Your selfish actions were driven by the illness, it's not who you are. I can still see the pain on my family's face and I hear it in their voices whenever we reference "that time" and sometimes I wish it would go away completely and never have happened. But the truth is, I came out of it stronger. I'm not fully healed, I don't think I ever will be, mental illness is a constant battle of the mind but learning how to reprogram the broken parts really does help.
Here are a few more support options available if you need them: