I just wrote up a blog post that was more on the humorous side (it will be posted next week I expect) and now I’m taking a complete flip from that and talking about something much more serious. I’m sure you already know but Mind is a mental health charity over here in the UK and Mermen for Mind is basically a calendar creation to raise money for the charity.
Unfortunately whilst the project itself it a very positive thing and raising money for the charity is amazing, it does come with a sad story. The project is in memory of Ellen Scott who was a daughter, sister, mother, and loving friend.
Ellen unfortunately suffered with depression and anxiety, and took her own life in June 2017.
My own health isn’t something I want to go into on my blog, I do see this site as a positive space at the moment. I want it to be that way because I am such a negative person and I feel happiest when I’m writing. I have suffered with anxiety for pretty much my whole life. I have probably had every possible symptom and side affect of anxiety and every single symptom of the stress that comes with it. I was diagnosed when I was seventeen and it’ll always be in my mind doing its thing.
Enough about me, I just wanted to make you guys aware of why I really wanted to take the opportunity to write about this campaign on my blog.
It sounds like Ellen was such a fantastic person who was dedicated to helping other people, especially those who were going through similar things to herself.
And she even had a blog to write about it which you can find here. I think for us bunch who do suffer there’s nothing more important to us than helping other people. It’s probably because we don’t want them to have to go through what we feel. But it’s often the people who are helping others the most that need the most help themselves. In a way I want to bring up Sophie Gradon’s recent death but I’ll do that in another post because this one is about Ellen and this fantastic project her family and friends are doing to help others.
Mermen for Mind wanted a fun project to help end the stigma and raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health.
Mermen for Mind have created a really fun calendar which they are selling in support of Mind. The calendar consists of photographs of Ellen’s family and friends dressed up as Mermen. You can see some of the behind the scenes photos in this post. Locations used included Berwick Upon Tweed, The Great North Tattoo Show in Manchester, and Haworth village where she lived.
It sounds and looks like it was great fun to make and they even had the vicar who read at Ellen’s funeral taking part which I think is fantastic.
Who doesn’t want to see a vicar become a merman?
As I’m sure you can tell, this calendar is so personal to her family and friends and I would absolutely love it if anybody reading this is able to order a copy. There is no profit being made and the full amount will go to Mind charity. Mind themselves approve of this project greatly and actually placed it as one of their favourite charity projects to date!
If you’re interested and would like to buy a calendar for yourself and support Merman for Mind with this great project then I encourage you to head over here to their website.
The calendars are just £11.24 each.
All of the money will be going to such a fantastic place.
Thanks for reading! I hope you can find the time to head on over to their website and I’ll drop some of their blog posts below.