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Blurt's Support Squad

Thank you ever so much for taking an interest in joining our support squad, we have to admit; you’re a sight for sore eyes.

At Blurt, we’re dedicated to helping those affected by depression. The work we do is vital but we couldn’t do any of it, without our awesome support squad.

The World Health Organisation estimates there are more than 300 million people in the world living with depression right now. In the UK, 1 in 5 people experience anxiety and depression – with an 18% increase between 2005 and 2015. And sadly, we’re seeing a frightening increase in rates of mental ill health in young people. So you see, your help has come at the right time and is desperately needed.

It’s probable 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.

When you support us, you truly are making an enormous difference.

The Blurt Team <3

What We Do and Why It's Important

1. We increase understanding
While depression is a common condition, there are a lot of misconceptions about it. At Blurt we work hard to increase understanding of depression, from the perspective of those who’ve actually experienced it.

We blog about living with, managing, and supporting others with depression in a friendly, accessible way. Our resources explain key issues clearly – we don’t believe in complicating things unnecessarily. Plus everything we do comes with a heavy dollop of empathy.

2. We champion you
We know how difficult it is living with depression, so we’re always looking for ways to give our community a little lift.

On social media, we share useful and relatable content, and do our darndest to make sure no comment goes unanswered. We also send out messages of hope and encouragement once a week to our email subscribers – these ’nuggets of kindness’ are praised by our audience for making dark days feel just that little bit brighter.

We don’t want anyone to ever feel like they have to struggle alone.

3. We collaborate
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we’re working hard to get that message out there.

We raise awareness, provide tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help.

We work closely with medical practitioners, employers, schools and companies to help them understand depression, what it means and how they can support those affected by it.

“I recommend your book and website to my patients as I am so sure that it will be an invaluable piece of their mental health toolkit. Thank you for the work you do.  I feel we are on the way to a better outlook for everyone who struggles with their mental wellbeing.” – NHS Mental Health Nurse

“You don’t know the difference it makes to get a message like this in your email box – it is HUGE!! It keeps that precious thing – HOPE alive.  It keeps me trying to get through another setback, helps me get up, regroup and go again.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you.”

“Thank you for your posts.  They always seem to say the right thing to me and speak such sense!  I was feeling down again after having a good run of feeling ‘ok’ and this article showed me its ‘ok’ to be feeling like this, it reassures me.  Thank you.”

“Thank you so much for spreading the message that it’s ok to just ‘be’.  So many of the positive wellbeing blogs and social media profiles focus on things you can DO to be better at this or that, or rules and pressure to tick boxes to make yourself perfectly balanced.  Under the pretence that it will make you feel better and more complete.  And it just feels like I’m adding to this massive to do list.  Your messages and approach is so refreshing.”

“Thank You – really needed to read my weekly email from you.  I have had a difficult week and people that don’t understand depression can make it feel worse…appreciate encouraging words much more than you know….”

“You guys do awesome work, from all us struggling warriors, thank you so much for helping us and giving us a way to help each other.”

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

Our Squad

Stuart Middleton

Raised £5,734.18 (split 50/50 with Mind Charity)

On 19 January 2014 I lost my best friend following a long battle with depression and anxiety. He had battled for many years with his illness but you would never have known if you met him as on the outside he was one of the happiest people you could ever meet. Depression and anxiety are such hidden illnesses that from the outside you would never know if someone was suffering from them. There is also a problem with the stigma of mental illness as people don’t feel comfortable talking about it and feel like it’s a sign of weakness. My hope is to raise awareness and some money along the way as a fitting memory to one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for.

Frieda Blenkinslop

Raised £306.25

I’m doing Total Warrior again, after a year off last year. The thing that’s really spurred me on and out of my lethargy, and trying to get fit again is the thought that I could use this as a way to raise some money for Blurt. Blurt is a fantastic grassroots organisation campaigning against the stigma of depression and with some great innovative ideas to reach out and support people in the midst of it, and those supporting them. Depression is something I’ve learned to live with and the Blurt FB group has helped me feel more supported and less isolated. I run as a way of trying to counteract the lethargy of depression so it seems fitting to try and raise some money to help others out of theirs. It effects more people than we might realise. If you’ve got a bit of spare cash you’d like to put towards social change and a better world, here would be a really good place. (and spur me on in getting very muddy and knackered!) I haven’t done anything sponsored since a 24hr fast when I was 14!!! Thanks folks x

Fiona McDonald

Raised £751.25

On the 25th October I will be taking on the biggest physical challenge I have ever attempted – the 10 mile Great South Run. I would like to raise money for a charity I have only recently discovered but who have been enormously helpful.

Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. They help you understand depression and what it means for you. They support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. They help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you. They help you help yourself, with a little knowing nod.

I’d love to be able to raise some money to help them carry on this fantastic work so if you have a few pounds to spare it would be much appreciated x

Gilly Bolton

Raised £552.50

I’ve discovered that exercise helps a lot to keep my Black Dog at bay so I have entered a race as motivation to Keep On Buggering On. My lovely eldest nephew is running (staggering?) with me so I don’t get lost!

The Eastnor Castle Magnificent 7 in Herefordshire, is the chosen date with destiny. If you could spare a quid or two please to help Blurt help others like me, it would be deeply appreciated.

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

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