Time Out of Mind
Over the coming weeks and months, I want to raise awareness, money and attention for Mind- a charity that helps those affected by mental illness. Being someone who is afflicted (by the illness), I am keen to raise focus and prominence- ensure depression and mental illness is not stigmatised and margalised. Most of the people I know, know someone (who suffers mental illness)- a majority of the public do, too. My proposal looks at changing attitudes and getting people involved- much in the same way the Ice Bucket Challenge (did for A.L.S.). Unlike the Ice Bucket Challenge, there is a creative edge and proposal- the individual is encouraged to think of something unique and special- so no two people offer the same thing. All I ask is (for each participant/nominee) to spend 15 minutes of out their day- and post it on social media. It can be a video message or a poem; a recorded song or photo (a good deed for someone; a walk in the park for instance)- I wrote a song from scratch! Having launched the idea, I have had people contribute and get ‘the ball rolling’. Below are videos from three of my Facebook friends- Diane Sherwood, Jen Armstong and Georgia Jakubiak:
This is what I am looking for: something fresh and fun; something personal and creative- all it takes is 15 minutes (or less). Once this ‘entry’ has been posted, the person must nominate three people; they in turn have 48 hours to respond/complete the challenge- they in turn nominate three others etc. I hope to take the idea globally (and turn it viral)- get it talked about and promoted. The most important thing is to donate to Mind- everyone must ensure they do this. This can be done in a number of ways:
There are two ways to donate to Mind via text
- Text SUPPORT to 70660 to give £3
- Text GIVE to 82772 to give £5
For one off gifts, please send a cheque, rather than cash, payable to Mind Fundraising, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ. Please download and complete the Mind donation form to send in with your donation.
If you'd like to set up a regular gift by post, please download and complete the direct debit form (PDF format) and post it to us.
Call us on 0300 999 1946 and make a donation with your debit or credit card. Calls charged at your normal rate. Mobile and other providers' charges may vary.
Time Out of Mind is a fun and creative way to raise awareness for Mind and the issues of mental illness- something that can be done by everyone. It only takes 15 minutes- and you! Let us all work together and do everything we can- so many suffer the effects of mental illness; many do so alone. I myself often feel lost, lonely and disconnected- in need of a helping hand and friendly voice. With community togetherness; a common goal and focus- we can make a difference. Thank you.
For further details please see The Problem: An Invisible Illness; A Way Through: Time Out of Mind: