03 Jul ‘A Positive Note’ in collaboration with Mind, the mental health charity (all profits go to Mind)
Join in our craftivism project in collaboration with Mind, the mental health charity for England and Wales to send a positive message to your Member of Parliament (MP) encouraging your them to help improve the lives of people with mental health problems.
*If you are not UK based, don’t worry, check out all of the other projects you can take part in here.
Why are we focusing on this campaign when there are so many others to campaign on? Well, mental health is an issue becoming less of a taboo, discussed more and more in the media and daily conversation because sadly one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. I truly believe (and so do Mind, the mental health charity) that we can make a positive difference with these positive notes one stitch at a time…
“To write is human, to recieve a letter: divine!” – Susan Lendroth
You can take part on your own or in a group ‘crafternoon‘ using our super-ethical, made in the UK (in my little apartment!) craftivism kit with 100% profits going to Mind to continue their important service and campaign work. Plus the kits are lovely presents (and fit in Christmas stockings *hint hint*;p) too. Win win!
Craftivist Annie wrote about her experience of taking part in this project here, saying:
“I wasn’t so pernickety about the stitching and I was more focused on making a positive impact.”
What’s inside your kit:
- Pre-printed fabric envelope
- Original Mind fabric postage stamp
- 2 buttons
- Needle and thread
- Note card and message suggestion
- Detailed instructions
- Crafter-thought questions to reflect on whilst stitching or discuss as a group
- plus 2 free little gifts for you x
Use with courage and care
Sourced and made ethically in the UK by me (Sarah) in my little apartment normally whilst listening to talks online before I pop them in the post to you…
The collaboration is a ‘gentle protest’ approach to craftivism; encouraging quiet, reflective crafting to produce something beautiful and useful to give to your MP to encourage them to use their power for good. Your crafted objects have the potential to bring about real change in the world, one stitch at a time.
MPs receive so many petition cards and emails every day it can be difficult to have your campaign noticed. Not only do these hand stitched bespoke envelopes attract attention from MPs and their staff with the time and care spent making this beautiful objects but the encouraging and thoughtful handwritten note inside asking for health equality engages politicians hearts and hands as well as their head and help the craftivist become critical friends with their local MP rather than aggressive enemies. I’m so proud of these kits and that 100% profits go to help mind continue their important service work as well as campaign in a loving way for more from our UK Government in the area of mental health.
Karen Bolton, Head of Community & Events Fundraising for Mind, said:
“We’re delighted to have collaborated with Craftivist Collective to create the ‘A Positive Note’ kits. We’re in a time of unprecedented momentum around mental health, with more and more people feeling able to open up about their mental health and seek support. This rise in demand does, however, mean that services are being stretched to breaking point after years of underfunding and three in five people with a mental health problem are not currently getting any treatment or support at all. We want to draw on the power of crafting to get a positive message to MPs to encourage them to help the Government fulfil their commitments of putting mental health on an equal footing to physical health.”
So. come join us, order your kit for yourself or a gift, plan a crafternoon and be part of the change you wish to see in the world 🙂 x
More info about Mind, the charity: We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. www.mind.org.uk