We’re today launching a brand new campaign, to encourage local people to talk about the elephant in room that is often described as our mental health. The expression “elephant in the room” is a symbolic phrase for an important or enormous topic, question, or controversial issue that is obvious, or that everyone knows about but no one mentions or wants to discuss.
Our #ElephantInTheRoom campaign has two parts, each with 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, and our amazing volunteer Charlotte joined forces and took part in the 2.6 challenge earlier this year and decided to crochet elephants to raise money for us.
To take part in our campaign you can,
Crochet your very own Ele the Elephant
Craft kits have been put together to give you a helping hand, and these contain all the materials* and instructions needed to make a mini elephant. These kits will be offered on a first come, first served basis, with a suggested donation of £5. We are then asking you to share photos of your crocheted mini elephants on social media, with the best one receiving a prize of a large crocheted elephant.
Put an Ele the Elephant drawing in your window
The second part of the campaign asks you to show your support by placing pictures of elephants in your windows; at home, in your office or in your car. These can be hand-drawn pictures, or there’s a free elephant picture template available to download from our website here. Share your pictures on social media to help raise awareness. It is hoped that this will also encourage children and young people to get involved in the #ElephantInTheRoom campaign.
To get your own craft kit, to make a donation or to download a free elephant photo template, please click here.
We really hope you can get involved in the #ElephantInTheRoom campaign.
*Crochet hooks not included for safety reasons