Let’s talk about the #ElephantInTheRoom

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Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and North East Lincolnshire Mind know that there is still a huge stigma attached to talking about our mental health – that’s why we are launching a brand new fundraising and awareness campaign to encourage people to talk about the elephant in room that is often described as our mental health.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but simply sending a text, checking in on a friend or sharing our posts on social media can break the ice.

We are really excited to launch our brand new #ElephantInTheRoom campaign for better mental health. The campaign, which runs during July 2020, has the aim of promoting positive mental health, and to get people taking about their own mental health.

The idea for the campaign came about after Charlotte Andrews, our Information and Advice Worker, took part in the 2.6 challenge earlier this year and decided to crochet elephants to raise money for us. Charlotte then teamed up with our amazing volunteer Charlotte Lidster to make more awareness and even more money. The mini elephants raised just over £1000 and have proved to be very popular with people all across the local area.

I am quite an anxious person and I get stressed very easily. Crocheting has been amazing for my wellbeing and it really helps me focus my mind on creating something.

Charlotte Andrews

Here’s how you can get involved!

Crochet your very own little elephant, to help raise funds and awareness of mental health in our local area.

We have developed some craft kits for you to get involved. Each kit is available for a suggested donation of £5, plus postage. It contains all the materials you need to crochet your mini-elephant. (N.B. yarn colours will be allocated at random, and you’ll need your own crochet hook, scissors and yarn needle).

We are then encouraging you to share the photos of your crocheted elephant on social media, tagging us using #ElephantInTheRoom. You will then be in with a chance of winning one of our larger sized elephants, created especially by our Charlotte Andrews.

Competition closes 31st July and winner will be announced on our social media pages on 1st August.

By making a donation, you are enabling us to support more local people to recover and stay well. Your support will really help us to change lives all across Hull, East Riding and North East Lincolnshire.

To order your very own craft kit, fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page. A member of our fundraising team will then be in touch to let you know the next steps.

Draw your very own elephant and place in your windows to help raise awareness of mental health in our local area.

We want to raise awareness of the elephant in the room that is often described as our mental health. We are asking local people to show their support by placing pictures of elephants in their windows; at home, in their offices or in their cars. These can be hand-drawn pictures, or there’s a free elephant picture template below:

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind – Ele the Elephant Template

North East Lincolnshire Mind – Ele the Elephant Template

Once again, we want you to share your #ElephantInTheRoom pictures on social media to help raise mental health awareness. This is a perfect opportunity to encourage children and young people to get involved in the campaign. We can’t wait to see your drawings.

By placing a picture in your windows, you are letting local people in your community know that you think it’s OK to talk about mental health.

Make a donation to receive your very own enamel Ele the Elephant pin badge - to show people that you think it's OK to talk about mental health

Want to show people that you support mental health and your local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind?

Why not help us to continue changing lives in the local area by making a donation. We have some enamel elephant pin badges available for a suggested donation of £2.50. We can even post these out to you for a small additional cost.

To order your pin badge, fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page. A member of 0ur fundraising team will then be in touch to let you know the next steps.

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