Brighten more than just your day
THERE’S an important story behind these bright coloured coffee cups that you might have seen people carrying this week.
More than 50 cafes have been selling cups decorated by Hilton artist Naomi Craigs for Coffee for a Cause, an initiative during with Mental Health Week.
The special cups (right) were designed to build awareness about the role of Youth Focus and to raise money to help save more young lives.
Craigs was inspired to offer her talents for the project because of her first-hand appreciation of living with anxiety and depression.
“It’s extremely rewarding to be a part of a cause to help people who have been on similar journeys to myself,” she said.
“From struggling to manage my anxiety, to struggling to keep down a normal job and some close relationships, it affected every aspect of my life.
“I’ve lived with these symptoms for more than 10 years. It wasn’t until last year when I was correctly diagnosed with borderline personality disorder that I
was able to access the correct treatment for my issues.
“Now I’m working again, taking care of myself better and managing all my friendships and relationships better.
“When you’re feeling hopeless about your situation, to see others that have been at rock bottom and who have managed to work their way out of it is everything.”
Youth Focus chief executive Arthur Papakotsias said Coffee for a Cause was as much about raising awareness about youth mental health as it was about raising money.
But every cup sold does help the organisation to make a difference through its free, unlimited counselling services.
Craigs said themes of inclusivity and connection had inspired her design.
“I thought it was necessary for me to create a fun, bright and bold design for people to enjoy,” she said.
“I draw a lot of cute and fun things, so it made sense to draw this design in the same way.”