Hearts of hope in Shirley Park – World Mental Health Day 2018
I am so pleased at the response to this project, the converstations around mental health that have taken place surrounding it have been so positive.
Many of the hearts have been taken and hopefully hone to hands that need little hope ♡♡
I will be replenishing them later with another 40 ♡
I decided to make a little video about why I did this project.
You never know who you are speaking to and what they are going through. Every one is potentially fighting a battle you know nothing about.
I wanted to create conversation around mental health particularly in people that need to talk, that need to take that first step in speaking out about how they are feeling and I am very proud that this project seems to have created some of those converstations. ♡♡♡♡
World Mental Health Day 2018 is on Wednesday 10th October.
In aid of this I made 150 handwritten hearts of hope to attach to the entrance of my local park ♡
The aim with this project was to raise awareness on mental illness and create conversation around mental health.
With the help of a few lovely humans who offered to help (who were very much appreciated as it was very cold and I was losing the feeling in my fingers!) We attached all the notes as well as some signs and also some pebbles that I had painted to decorate the entrance of Shirley Park in Shirley, Solihull.
The aim is that people will not only read the notes but that if anyone is themselves struggling with mental health issues or knows someone that is that they will take one or two away as they have been attached so that they are removeable.
I was very proud of not only how this looked when all the hearts were up but more Importantly that were people were stopping and reading them within a short space of time and shortly after attaching starring receiving messages about conversations around mental health that had taken place and a few people approached me and spoke openly and that was what it was all about so I feel hopeful for the week or so that they will be up that they will have a positive effect which is awesome and makes it worth while!
I do love a plan that comes together and I am ready thinking about what I can do for nearer to Christmas which can be difficult time for many with mental health issues.
Are you ever too “broken” to come through the worst times and planning to end your life?
No. It may seem that way, even truly feel like this is it, this is the end but it doesn’t have to be. It’s possible for things to change even when you’re sure they won’t.
I’ve spoken about this before but I believe it’s an Important topic so I’m touching on it again with the the help of my manuscript.
Sometimes it’s only possible to see how far you have come when you look back. That’s a hard thing to do, but sometimes necessary.
Going through multiple diaries to write my story which I hope to have published was difficult but extremely therapeutic and made me realise what I have been through and just how far I’ve come. Not only that but that even when all hope seems to have gone and you’re utterly spent it’s possibly for things to change.
If you’re reading this and going through depression, anxiety, an eating disorder or a really impossible point of your life please know that things can and do change. You just have to hold on.
It’s World Mental Health Day 10th October
So I decided I wanted to organise another little project to tie in with this so I came up with ” Hearts Of Hope”
Seen as my last project with the notes on the bridge was “notes of hope” and my group which is still campaigning against the council who removed them has recently been renamed “Midlands Messages Of Hope” I wanted something that would tie in with this.
I came up with the idea of making similar notes to those on the bridge but with more of a general “mental health awareness” feel rather than the suicide prevention aim of the notes for the bridge and hanging them all around the rails that go around the entrance to my local park in the aim of mental health awareness, creating conversation around mental health and also notes that will tackle mental health stigma.
To my amazement after the recent awfulness and fight with Worcestershire county council removing my notes of hope from the bridge and what has turned in to a campaign in fight to rehang them I was completely shocked when within 2 hours I had a response from solihull council regarding the hearts if hope project, permission and support! It was pretty amazing considering recent events and so I will be aiming to do this project on 7th October to tie in to World Mental health day.
The aim is to hang them, people to read them, create conversation about mental health but to also attach them in a way so that they are removable.
People with a mental health issue and those who know someone with a mental health issue will be encouraged to take a heart and keep it or pass it on. Hopefully after a week all of the hearts with have gone to hands that need hope ♡♡
You can join the group to support me here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/278903099335095/
Here’s to filling hearts with hope ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡