Brighten more than just your day

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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