Blurt is a brilliant organisation created to increase awareness and understanding of depression.
Inspired by her own experiences of depression, Jayne Hardy founded Blurt in 2011 to help others suffering from depression and isolation.
“We really understand how devastating depression can be. Jobs come to an end, relationships break down and lives can be lost, all through the effect of depression. That’s why the work we do here at Blurt is so important – it not only changes lives, but saves them.”
It is so refreshing to see a brand that is raising awareness about the importance of mental health and wellbeing. It’s about time! Personally, I believe that most of us have experienced depression directly ourselves or indirectly through people we love. I know I have. It is heart-breaking and frustrating not being able to wave a magic wand to instantly fix things when you so desperately want to. I know it has made me feel like a failure because I couldn’t help or didn’t know how to, because someone I love and care about was suffering, because it felt like there was nothing I could do to make a difference no matter how hard I tried. I felt bloody useless! What I do know is that it takes patience and gentle persistence.
The thing about depression, it is that is not an easy subject to talk about know how to help someone that is going through it. Where do you start? How can you help? Can you help? How do you bring it up? And when you do bring it up, you don’t know what you’re going to get. I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone immediately open up and say thank you for making me face what I am dealing with…not in the first instance. It takes time and you can’t give up. You have to pick your moment and tread thoughtfully and carefully. Even then, you don’t know what the outcome will be. I’ve been shut down before I’ve started or I’ve been told I am wrong, that I don’t know what I’m talking about or I’ve been faced with denial, tears and anger if not all three at the same time. It is complicated but it is harder to watch someone slowly and quietly retreat and vanish.
What I love about Blurt is that it is facing depression head on. It highlights the importance and the positive benefits of talking about depression. Their website is jammed packed with helpful advice as well as useful resources, peer support and a support directory of organisations that can help both you and your family. Blurt also features interesting and insightful podcasts and blog posts. In addition, you can buy a Buddy Box. I love these!
Described as a hug in a box, a Buddy Box is “a monthly subscription box with substance, designed to counter the pressures we face in modern life”. These gorgeous boxes contain lovely and thoughtful treats that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Each product has been selected to inspire and encourage us to look after ourselves and every month, there’s something new. The Buddy Box is brilliant pick me up for all of us looking to de-stress, relax or feel pampered. They’re fun, they’re about self-care and I feel like they are a great reminder for me to stop and to focus on me. Which can hard sometimes when everything is so hectic and manic. Prices start at £12 and more details on the Buddy Box can be found here.
Personally, I think Blurt is fantastic. It’s inspiring that there is a company out there that wants us to open up about depression and wants to help us do something about it. We all need help sometimes and its great Blurt is there is to hold our hand when things get tough.