Peace of mind

In­vite your friends and fam­ily over for a cuppa and some arts and crafts to raise money for char­ity and in­crease aware­ness sur­round­ing men­tal health

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

There’s noth­ing quite like tak­ing some time out to do some­thing creative, es­pe­cially when you’re do­ing it for a good cause. Mind, a char­ity ded­i­cated to help­ing those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal health prob­lems, is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get to­gether for an in­ven­tive af­ter­noon of craft­ing to fundraise for its vi­tal ser­vices.

Crafter­noons are a great chance to con­nect with those around you. Whether you have some fun with the kids on the week­end, get some col­leagues in­volved over lunch or make an evening of it with a group of friends, they’re all about en­joy­ing your­self, get­ting crafty and help­ing Mind en­sure no one has to face a men­tal health prob­lem alone.

Crafter­noons also of­fer an op­por­tu­nity to look af­ter your own well­be­ing, as get­ting creative is known to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on men­tal health. Per­haps you’ve watched a how-to video or walked around a craft fair and thought ‘I could make that!’ or maybe you’re not an ex­pert crafter but would like to give it a go. What­ever your ex­pe­ri­ence, Mind has a range of handy tem­plates you can turn to for in­spi­ra­tion. The stitched note­book is per­fect as a thought­ful gift, the clas­sic felt bear is fun for the lit­tle ones to try, and the happy jar can be filled with af­fir­ma­tions and pos­i­tive mes­sages when you, or some­one you know, needs a pick-me-up.

The sim­plest way to fundraise is to ask your guests for a do­na­tion. Your Crafter­noon fundrais­ing could re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to those who need sup­port, and con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing and ex­pand­ing Mind’s In­fo­line, its on­line com­mu­nity, Ele­friends, and its cam­paigns for bet­ter men­tal health ser­vices.

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