As you may or may not know, I’m a huge advocate for talking about mental health issues, which is why I’m super excited to share with you my collaboration with Big Moods.
So who are Big Moods? Well, they create relatable, groovy and high-quality stickers in support of a good cause and designed to put a smile on your face.
Part of their profit is donated to ActiveMinds.org, an organisation dedicated to changing the conversation around mental health and decreasing stigma.
My first experience with poor mental health was way back in 2009, I’d left school, had no job and no place at University. To top it off, my friends had left town for bigger and better things.
I spent my days bored, isolated and feeling lonely as hell.
Not that I realised it at the time, but as an attempt to gain some control, I developed an eating disorder; I would while away those long, forsaken hours counting calories, exercising and worrying about food.
In 2009, technology was not what it is now; there was no WhatsApp, Instagram or group chats for help and support, nothing to make you feel less abandoned. Blogs, support pages and mindfulness groups were few and far between. Mental health issues were whispered about, swept under the carpet and hidden behind smiles and a short ‘yeah, of course I’m ok.’
The only thing I could turn to was books. I started reading autobiography’s of girls with mental health issues and eating disorders. It was wildly comforting to know there were other people in the world with the same thoughts and feelings, other people going through the same thing; I felt less alone, less like a weirdo and I was able to see light at the end of the tunnel, which is exactly why I vouch to talk about it so openly today (and write my own book about it – eventually – watch this space, kids).
As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved; I hope by sharing my stories and supporting a good cause, like Big Moods, I can help those struggling too.
So in light of this, please, feel free to open up the conversation in the comments section below or drop me a DM, tell me how you’re feeling today – and remember, mental health issues aren’t something we should be embarrassed about.
Oh..one last thing, if you want to get your hands on these gorgeous stickers then you can find them here and use code: LINDSEY20 for a sweeeeet 20% off.