This October, Spoonie Survival Kits was invited to participate at a World Mental Health Day event at the University of York. The organiser recognised that we work to support the mental health of those living with long term illnesses and so we had our own stall at the event. Through collecting donations, selling crafts and running Guess The Name of the Bear, we raised £46 to go towards making future kits. As well as this, we had a lovely day and managed to raise some much needed awareness of SSK and chronic, long-term illnesses!
Just to address a message we received this morning in case anybody had any similar concerns: we will be at World Mental Health Day, but this in no way implies that we believe that M.E or any other chronic illness is a mental illness, as clearly this isn’t true. What we aim to do through the project is help those with chronic illnesses/ disabilities through the challenges that arise from having health problems. For example, we try to encourage self-care and creativity to help sufferers to smile on their darker days. Our kits have recently also been purchased by and helped those with mental health problems too and this is something we’ll be working on developing in the future, but first and foremost we are raising money and awareness of debilitating physical conditions and supporting those who live with them.