What would you do if a loved one revealed to you that they’re depressed?
It’s really hard to know what to say when this happens. However much you care about someone or want to help, it’s difficult to know exactly what to do. Often a chat over coffee or an extra-tight hug is enough, but there might be times you want to do a little bit more.
Today, depression charity The Blurt Foundation launch BuddyBox. The subscription service that makes a thoughtful gift for anyone affected by depression. And if you’re living with depression, buying a subscription for yourself is a great way to enjoy a little self-care. Every month, they’ll create a special box filled with things to help, inspire and comfort those with depression. Until 30th June, you have the chance to share an amazing memory about your best friend on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and win a Buddy Box a month for a whole year!
We know depression can’t be treated with ‘things’, but these clever care packages will let a loved one know you’re thinking about them. And that’s a very nice thing.
Win a Buddy Box
- Find a snap of you and someone great – friends, family, total stranger that was lovely to you… anyone who’s brought you good memories.
- Post the picture and your memory to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #HTCbuddybox. Don’t forget to tag in your friend so they know you’re thinking of them.
- Follow or like The High Tea Cast and The Blurt Foundation on your channel of choice (this validates your entry).
- You’re more than welcome to make multiple entries – you can submit different memories and each social media channel also counts as a separate entry. Go wild!
The winner will be selected at random on June 30th at midday. We’ll notify you with a comment on your social media post.
Having someone else understand what you’re going through is hard for them to demonstrate, but it means the whole world to a depression sufferer.
I remember the time I was diagnosed with depression so clearly. My mum had decided it was time to tell my GP what was going on. The doctor “tested” me for depression, and I remember feeling like I was completely crumbling inside. In front of my mum, I had to explain the lowest points. The ones where I found myself edging towards train station platforms where I would contemplate whether or not to jump. The crippling sadness. Feeling like nothing would ever be ok again. And above all, the fear that I couldn’t accurately describe what I was going through because if I didn’t understand, no one else would either.
I don’t know who or what I’d be today without the help and understanding of my mum. Between them, her and my dad got me through so many days and nights I didn’t think I was tough enough to face. And the little things they did for me stuck with me. Even now, each time my dad brings me a cuppa or mum cooks up a warming chilli with all the trimmings, the comfort of the gestures is a feeling that will never go away. When my best friend Dee knew I was sad, she’d come straight over armed with tissues, pen and paper to make a pros and cons list about life, and a bunch of yellow roses. To this day, yellow roses are my favourite flower. They remind me of my friend. My ray of sunshine in the darkest of places.
A person who can make a gesture in this dreadful time makes all the difference. Share your memories. Show your loved ones you care. Start it with #HTCbuddybox. Enter now.
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