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We want to start a conversation about mental health that is powerful. No more treading on eggshells. We are not invisible and we do not want to be hidden away anymore. We are smashing stigma because that feels good, not because we are on the verge of a breakdown. Our work in the studio, is #SmashingStigma every day, and now we are going to be even noisier - and we need your help to do that.
Help us to smash the stigma of mental health because the reality of living with mental illness is still massively misunderstood.
We started this campaign in February 2018 by writing it, smashing it and sharing it. We’ve shared lot’s of examples of our own and we love seeing all your clips and pics of you doing the same. Lego, crockery, paper walls, balloons, fruit and veg... you can be as creative as you like, just remember to share your efforts on social media with the hashtag #SmashingStigma and tagging @DesignsInMind in your post. Whatever you smash, take care, not hurt yourself or others in the process.
As soon as we started #SmashingStigma this inspired a lot of people to share their stories. Our blog is now full of inspiring, surprising and moving personal stories from people in our studio and new connections we have made throughout the campaign. As part of the campaign we are looking for more blogs about mental health stigma, so please get in touch if you have a story to share. https://www.designsinmind.co.uk/blog-1
Phase 3 of the campaign has taken us by surprise. Spontaneously people are getting together and raising money for the #SmashingStigma campaign. Coffee mornings, presentations, exhibitions and now a huge event taking the campaign and conversation national- The Bike Ride Challenge. You can get involved with The Bike Ride Challenge by signing up here- https://www.designsinmind.co.uk/the-smashingstigma-bike-ride or you can get your friends and family together and raise money for our campaign, let us know and we share, shout about it, and support you.
And if you want to take your involvement one step further, you can join our team as a social media ambassador, helping us to share the messages of #SmashingStigma with others. Just click on the Ambassador icon to learn more.
Help us raise £40,000 by making a donation to our crowdfunding appeal
Your support to this campaign will contribute towards the lease and overheads of our shop, Jolt, for the next 3 years. With the costs of running the shop covered, everything we earn from the items we sell in the shop will directly fund the studio - meaning more people with mental illness can get support when they need it.
Your donation is instrumental in helping us to hit our target and we invite you to consider any donation. No matter how big or small, every gift to our campaign matters and we thank you for your generosity!
Tucked away in Oswestry, in Shropshire, our studio is dramatically changing how people can access support for mental health issues and together we are finding ways to live life better.
"I deliberately contemplated suicide, a cry for help – I felt ashamed and guilty that nurses were spending time with me. Without Designs in Mind probably I’d be overweight, drinking too much – and the bottom line – I wouldn’t care." Lynne
Designs in Mind is a working studio where adults referred through mental health services join the studio as a member of the team, making and designing commissioned artwork and products for retail. We have 25 years of experience in how creative challenge, friends and purpose can help change minds and transforms lives. Even more, our latest Designs In Mind Impact Report highlights that 95% of members report an increase in their own wellbeing.
Our work is intensive, recognising the recovery path that everyone takes is different - no two stories are the same. Unlike most mental health support, we are not time limited and people are not treated in isolation. People learn to be part of a group, to communicate and work collaboratively, and they can stay till they are ready to move on. We see the transition from people only coming out of the house to the Designs in Mind studio; to doing their own shopping, meeting their children from school, joining other groups, volunteering or going back to work.
"The measure of its success is illustrated in my own journey from absolute wreck to fully functioning individual. I now Chair the Executive Group, I am Company Director and a regular volunteer." Mike
We're passionate about our work and we know we can do so much more. Your support, whether that be sharing your #SmashingStigma messages on social media or making a donation to our crowdfunding campaign, could be the difference that someone needs to dream their own dream and to be supported to make that dream a reality for themselves. Thank you!