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Every Action Truly Helps

Here at Blurt, we are dedicated to helping those affected by depression.

We understand just 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. We can’t do this work though, without your support.

There are so many things you can do to support us. Some are small, some are large – all are hugely appreciated:

The Simple, Low Energy Stuff That You Can Do Regularly
The Stuff That Needs A Little More From You
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Not sure yet? Read on to find out why our work is so necessary.

'Blurt has helped me more than I can say. They are a voice of support in the darkness when it feels like there is no light. [...] Thank you to all of you at Blurt. You save lives!'

Depression Is Incredibly Common

The World Health Organisation estimates there are more than 300 million people in the world living with depression. It’s likely that you know someone who has depression right now; who might be struggling with the despair, shame and isolation that depression so often brings. Depression has a ripple effect in that it doesn’t just affect those with the illness, but those closest to them too. With your help, we can continue providing support, information and resources to aid a tailored, proactive recovery. 

Suicide

At its worst, depression can lead people to take their own life:

  • In 2018, there were 6,507 deaths by suicide in the UK, a significant increase compared to 2017
  • Suicide causes more deaths than road traffic accidents, particularly for those under 35
  • On average, a single suicide intimately affects at least six other people
  • On top of this, tens of thousands of people attempt suicide every year
  • There is no one type of person who thinks about, or attempts suicide – absolutely anyone can be affected

Suicide is preventable. However, according to the Samaritans, most people who make suicide attempts, or who die by suicide are not in contact with healthcare services in the month before their attempt or death. Only half of all people who die by suicide have ever been in contact with specialist mental health services. If people aren’t able to access support from healthcare services, it’s vital that Blurt is there when they need us. We can only be there with your help.

'Blurt has been such a huge source of support for me during this year of a mental health crisis, and I'm so happy I came across the website. You have consistently given me hope and comfort, even on my darkest days, and I don't know what I'd do without your amazing work.'

 What We Do

Our approach is unique. We use our own, lived experiences along with research to provide information and resources about living, managing, and supporting others, with depression, and to deliver the tools and knowledge that aid proactive recovery. We pride ourselves on being user-led, and on our ability to connect with our audience in an empathic, personable, and accessible way. We know what it’s like. We know how hard it can be. We still have bad days too – and we’re not afraid to talk about them if it can reduce the loneliness and isolation that someone else may be experiencing.

You can learn more about the work we do, including our Education Programme, here.

We Know That Our Work Is Helpful

Every month, we receive hundreds of comments, emails, and messages from people who have found our resources useful. We’ve included some of these comments on this page, but, if you’d like to see more: here’s a 98-page-pdf snippet of all of some of the feedback our incredible team has received. In 2020, 1,119,504 unique users visited our website with a total of 7,344,389 page views. Our self-care starter kit has been downloaded over 20,000 times. We know that mental health teams, counsellors, and therapists use the resources we create, and work through them with their patients – they were downloaded tens of thousands of times in 2019 and 2020. To continue offering these resources, and keep on helping people, we need your support.

'Just knowing there are people 'out there ' who understand and don't patronize or pay lip service, has made a massive difference to me. I fully intend to try to do more to help. Blurt are fantastic.'

So How Can You Support Us?

There are so many ways – and every single one of them makes a difference. Some can be done in as little as 5 seconds, while others take a little more time or effort. Whatever it is that you can do, we appreciate it more than we can say.

The Simple, Low Energy Stuff That You Can Do Regularly
The Stuff That Needs A Little More From You
Stuff That Takes More Elbow Grease

The Simple, Low Energy Stuff That You Can Do Regularly

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  • Request some of our promotional postcards to distribute
  • Download and share our free downloadables with friends, family, colleagues, clients – anyone who’d find them useful
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  • If you work with a voluntary or community group – tell them about us!

Get In Touch

  • If you like what we’re doing – tell us. We love hearing from you!
  • Tell us if there’s an article you’re looking for, or a resource that you need – we can write it!
  • Submit a Dollop of Kindness. It could anything – a piece of (empathetic!) advice, helpful words that someone else has said to you, a poem, a playlist, a quote, just some recognition and empathy

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Our weekly emails are the antidote to a busy brain. They deliver a nugget of kindness to your inbox every Saturday morning. They provide empathy, kindness and support. Not only this, they contains a selection of our favourite news stories from the past week, and handy link to our latest blog post, and Blurt news too. We receive comments every week from people who’ve found them helpful!

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  • Signing up to our Daily Dollop Of Kindness guarantees that at least one of your daily (yes, daily!) emails will deliver delights, helping to balance out the fed-up-ness with some looking-forward-to-getting-this-ness. Our virtual hug will give you chance to stop for a couple of minutes, press pause, and revel in a little bit of kindness. Not only this, but you’ll receive 2-3 exclusive digital products every month, and get the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting our work too – all this for the cost of a cuppa and a slice of cake!
  • You can also submit a Dollop of Kindness. It could anything – a piece of (empathetic!) advice, helpful words that someone else has said to you, a poem, a playlist, a quote, just some recognition and empathy.

Stuff That Takes More Elbow Grease

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Consider fundraising for us! There are so many things you can do, and we’ll be here to cheer you on all the way.

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'Blurt made me realise I needed to ask for help. Blurt made me realise I wasn't alone. Blurt helped me explain what I was experiencing to those closest to me, and Blurt started me on my road to recovery. You can never imagine the positive impact you are making, please keep doing all the amazing things you do'

Your donations mean we can continue our important work which not only changes lives, it saves them too – THANK YOU!

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