for helping me raise £200 for Leeds mind
by purchasing gifts and handmade items from my 2019 Christmas shop
why the non-profit shop?
Everybody has their ups and downs and this is in no way a sob story - actually it's almost the opposite. A 'Bad Day' in 2018 swept the rug from under my feet and knocked my confidence something chronic. I found myself displaced, lost, suddenly having to move house and having to start building my life up again from scratch. It's been a bumpy road (with an epilepsy diagnosis thrown in the middle of it for good measure) but I'm starting to enjoy the view again. Just over a year since the 'Bad Day' and with support from a GP who might actual be an angel, a frankly f'in amazing therapist and through ongoing Leeds Mind peer-support sessions I finally felt able to dip my creative toe back in the water.
Not quite ready to jump in, my 2019 Christmas gift shop was a non-profit and non-pressure venture. I did not earn any income from it and all profits will be passed to Leeds Mind by mid-January 2020 when I next go for a peer-support session at their hub.
why Leeds mind?
The full profits from this shop are going to Leeds Mind Charity to aid in their delivery of invaluable peer-support sessions.
Based at Clarence House in Horsforth, Leeds Mind run regular peer-support sessions, workshops and groups. These cover a huge variety of themes including; Building self-esteem, Managing anxiety, Managing money, Building resilience and Setting Boundaries - to name a few. They also run weekly regular general peer-support groups, one of which I have just become part of. All peer-support sessions are free and open to anyone with no need for a GP referral or mental health diagnosis. They provide a safe, structured space for peer-support that allows everyone in the room to contribute equally and at the level they feel they are able.
My own experience of the service has been nothing but positive. Not only have I made massive steps forward in my own recovery but I have also seen first hand the benefit to multiple others who use the service. This free service is even more incredible when I add in the fact that the facilitators actively support, take time with and check up on peers between sessions. Whether face-to-face, over the phone or via email I can't fault Leeds Mind in their ongoing mission to provide a safe space for people to learn to live with their mental health difficulties and to achieve their goals.
By raising money through this shop we are giving back towards their cost of running these peer-support sessions.