Mental Health Awareness Week UK – How are you feeling, really?

This week marks the start of Mental awareness week in the UK. Whilst not being your typical conversational starter it’s great to see general awareness of this topic being brought to the forefront of our minds.  A recent study by the Mental Health Foundation in 2016 showed that 1 in 6 adults experience a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. During my recent pregnancy I often found it annoying to the point of irritation that I kept on getting asked ‘How are you feeling?’. Looking back now I know this was because the wonderful NHS staff were on the lookout for signs of postnatal depression that can affect a woman anytime pre or post childbirth. Which then lead me on to thinking how lucky I am that my mental health was being taken into consideration. Especially at a time when you are sleep deprived and self care has gone totally out of the window for a while. Those four small words can mean so much.  But what about those in society that often get lost/ missed in the system or left to fend for themselves? Whilst this is an issue that we think is not our problem or lies with the government to resolve, there are in fact ways in which we can help by supporting charities such as Wish.

A few weeks ago I was invited to a breakfast hosted by the wellness and beauty brand Philosophy to announce the launch of the renowned Hope & Grace initiative in the UK this Spring in partnership with Wish. Wish, established in 1987 is a national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community.  It provides independent support and guidance both emotional and practical through the stages of a woman’s journey through the Mental Health and Criminal Justice systems. To learn more about Wish click here. To mark the launch, Philosophy has curated its first Hope & Grace skincare collection in partnership with singer-songwriter Caggie Dunlop. The Collection* features three hero products from the Philosophy collection – One of my favourites (especially for a time-poor mum) the 3 in 1 cleanser, purity moisturiser and the new renewed hope mousse mask, all for just £45.

The premise of the Hope & Grace initiative is simple: encouraging women to ask each other ‘how are you, really?’ So here I am asking you…. ‘How are you, really?

Mrs J xx

*A percentage of profits from the collection will form part of a wider financial grant for Wish on behalf of philosophy.

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