What is #believeinhappy
Hey! I’m Amy, one of the designers at Funky Pigeon. I came up with the idea for our campaign ‘Believe in Happy’ after falling ill with post-natal depression last year. (Check out my story on my blog) I was feeling very ashamed and alone and thought everyone would judge me if I opened up about my illness. During this time, my Grandma sent me a ‘get well soon’ card and it really hit home to me that actually, people do realise that you are unwell and want to wish you well in your recovery just as they would with a physical illness. The card really meant a lot to me in those dark times and proved to me that I was loved and thought of.
I cannot emphasise enough the positive impact that sending a card can have to someone who is struggling with their mental health. It can be life-changing and really help bring some light back into their day. Here at Funky, we feel that so many people send and receive ‘get well soon’ cards and kind wishes for physical illness, yet only a minority do the same for mental illness. We want to change this by encouraging people to open up about their illness and help to reduce the stigma that surrounds it by offering a choice of cards and products with messages of hope, encouragement and most importantly, information on how and who to contact if the recipient needs help and support with their mental health. We will be donating 30% of the card sales to the charity ‘Mind’ who’s invaluable help, information and advice can be life-changing. The ‘Believe in Happy’ campaign has not only been developed to support and aid recovery for people already suffering with mental illness but to try and reduce the risk of becoming ill from the outset.
We have introduced happier working practices in our office and put in place outlets for people to offload their thoughts and feelings as well as educating ourselves on the warning signs of mental illness so that we can support each other the best we can. We will be sharing all of this with you through social media and hope to inspire you and your friends/colleagues to do the same and ‘believe in happy’ just like we do!