We have been talking about suicide this week on LPIO (read here), a subject that seems to be reaching alarmingly epidemic proportions these days and something that very much needs to be addressed. I was sent a press release by one of my lovely readers asking if I would highlight a special cause close to her heart, so here it is. Please get involved you lovely lot – I know you will!
The KISS OFF DEPRESSION campaign aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression and other related mental health issues in young people. Launching on 5th May, the campaign marks the anniversary of the death of Lucy Rayner, who aged just 22, took her own life five years ago. The campaign also coincides with the Mental Health Awareness Week (6-14 May) and encourages people to use social media in a positive way to spread the word about mental health and seek help.
Jenny Rayner, Principle Trustee and mum to Lucy says: “I feel social media plays a large part in why young people no longer talk to each other face to face. I want to encourage people to use it differently to remove the stigma attached to mental health, change how it is perceived by society and get millions of people talking about it. Lucy’s death came as a total shock to our family. We didn’t understand what depression was, how to recognise it or what to do to help her. We want to give a voice to every person in the UK who is suffering with a mental health issue and provide advice and support to friends and family members.
“Lucy had a vibrant personality and loved wearing red lipstick. She was always on Facebook, so it seemed appropriate to combine these two things to create a fun, lighthearted campaign, but with an underlying serious and important message. All donations raised will go towards setting up more coffee shops Nationwide providing a relaxed and welcoming place for people to talk about their feelings.”
KISS OFF DEPRESSION is a Facebook campaign which leverages the popularity of social media to drive awareness of mental health, eradicate the stigma surrounding it and get people talking more about their mental health and feelings.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
- Put your red lipstick on
- Take a selfie and post it on your Facebook page
- Donate £2 to the Lucy Rayner Foundation by texting KISS05 to 70070
- Nominate your friends to do the same
- Video and Do the KISS OFF DEPRESSION gesture
About the Lucy Rayner Foundation
The Lucy Rayner Foundation is a registered charity who’s main objectives is to give a voice to every person in the UK who is suffering with a mental health issue and to raise awareness of the physical and mental health of persons suffering from depression in particularly but not exclusively young people.
The charity was found in October 2012 after the death of Lucy Rayner aged 22 on the 5th May and gained charity status in 2013.
For further information
KISS OFF DEPRESSION LINK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFuTbOgTtQI