We are hearing more and more about mental health, in the media, in the workplace, in relationships, the list goes on.
Although, we hear about it, nobody really knows what we can do about it. If your friend has a mental illness and they choose to open up to you about it, it can be hard to know what to do to make them feel better. The truth is, it's out of your control to 'fix' how they are feeling but that doesn't mean you can't ease symptoms.
Experiencing first hand the difficulty of having a mental illness, I know that the most helpful thing for me was just knowing that someone was thinking of me. I hated being told to 'brighten up' or 'everything will be okay' or hearing 'I have felt like that too' because in the dark time's nothing seemed possible.
When I fell ill, I received a bunch of flowers from friends and it lifted me up. My friends weren't there next to me, they weren't in my face asking what was wrong, it was a small gesture letting me know that they thought of me and that I meant something to them.
So, I decided to adapt this concept and produced SnuggleBox.
SnuggleBox is a box filled with carefully handpicked items and a small personal message, held by a handmade snuggle. It can be sent as a gift for a birthday or other special occasions, or just to let someone know you're thinking of them.
I also chose to support the charity YoungMinds by donating 10% of our profits. YoungMinds is a charity close to my heart as they focus on helping the parents and children affected by mental health. To learn more about YoungMinds click here!