Most people wouldn't think twice about sending a 'Get Well Soon' card or bouquet of flowers to a friend or work colleague recovering from an operation or suffering from a physical illness. But how many people think to send a card to someone with a mental illness?
Not many, according to a recent study commissioned by Moonpig, the personalised greeting card and gift retailer. And yet, the majority of people living with mental health problems who took part in the research, agreed that a 'Thinking of You' card would help make them feel that someone cared.
Moonpig and Mind have now joined forces to create a new range of flowers and cards, to help people with mental health problems feel less alone.
Launched on Monday 16 January – often dubbed 'Blue Monday', the so-called most depressing day of the year – Mind and Moonpig hope to remind people that mental health problems can happen on any day of the year, and that friends and family can play an important role by being there all year round.
Mind's Head of Information Stephen Buckley said: "1 in 6 people will experience depression during their life. It can be extremely debilitating with common symptoms including inability to sleep, seeing no point in the future, feeling disconnected from other people and experiencing suicidal thoughts.
"This is why we're thrilled that Moonpig has chosen Mind to raise awareness of this issue, and create a new range of gift cards and flowers to help raise awareness that no one should face a mental health problem alone at any time of year."
The bespoke 'Thinking of You' bouquets and cards are available to buy at Moonpig.com, with purchases of the range contributing to Moonpig’s donation to the charity, Mind.