Mental Health Awareness Week: A Suicide Project

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Suicide. That’s probably not a word you thought you’d see crop up much on this blog, right? Suicide, such a scary word. A word we avoid, and shudder at, and hope that if we don’t mention it, it’ll just go away.

But it doesn’t.

Suicide isn’t a dirty word. We all worry that mentioning it will encourage it, we assume it’s better to stay silent. But it’s not. The only way we can overcome the stigma surrounding suicide and get people the help they need, is if we talk through the taboo.

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You might not have heard of PAPYRUS, you might have. They are a youth suicide prevention charity, and they do the most amazing work to help young people who are dealing with suicidal thoughts. They also help the families of those passed, and provide support for so many people in need of it.

I’m not about to sit here and tell you I’m suicidal, because I’m not. I’m also very lucky to never have suffered with any mental health issues so far in my life. But what I am going to talk to you about today is a project I’ve been working with PAPYRUS on for a long time now, one that is important to me and will hopefully help others too.

We have recently launched a colouring book, The Art of a Peaceful Mind, designed to help relieve the daily stresses of life and promote self-care and mindfulness. It’s so important to look after your mind as well as body, and colouring has been proven to relive symptoms of stress and anxiety.

The colouring book is a collection of illustrations by young artists, each a visual representation of something that makes them feel calm and relaxed. The response we got was absolutely incredible, and I’m so proud of how it’s all come together.

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If you’d like to purchase a copy of  The Art of A Peaceful Mind, you can find it on the PAPYRUS web shop. It costs £7 including P&P, and all proceeds go towards the amazing work PAPYRUS do, including their HOPELine confidential help line.

Together, by talking about suicide and mental health, we can overcome the stigma and get people the help they deserve.

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