We Champion You
Depression can be an isolating illness with many of us feeling alone.
On top of that (as if that’s not enough to have on our plates), the nature of depression is one where we’re dealing with a host of hurtful and damaging thoughts; telling us we’re not enough, not worthy, and a burden. We feel lost and all gobbled up.
When we formed Blurt, back in 2011, we felt that it was incredibly important to meet people where they were (once isolated, social media tends to be that place) and to ensure that our social media platforms didn’t become an echo chamber; if people were going to be courageous enough to reach out to us, to put their heads above the parapet, then they would be heard and acknowledged for doing so.
Because we’ve first-hand experience of what living with depression is like, we understand how all-consuming the isolation can be. We’ve vowed to do our best to be the light in your dark, to always reply, always champion you and always fight your corner.
We’ve an endless supply of encouraging or reassuring words for you, because we know how much of a difference they can make. And we will always mean what we say, and say what we mean.
"What we don't need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human." - Brene Brown
The ways in which we champion you
We send you love letters
Every Saturday, a big dollop of love hits 50K inboxes across the land.
We love writing them, because it affords us the opportunity revisit our own darker times and whisper the words we so needed to hear then.
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We properly listen to you
We use our social media platforms to raise awareness and understanding of depression. In choosing what content to post, we try to make sure the content is educational, empowering or empathetic.
The idea that anyone might respond to those posts and not be acknowledged, is one we won’t entertain because when you’re feeling unheard, the last thing you need is to be unheard.
We talk to the media on your behalf
We get quite a few opportunities to work with the media and we bite their hands off! We’ve spoken on national radio, local radio and local TV. We’ve written, and quoted, for publications such as The Guardian, Virgin.com, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and Grazia, to name a few.
It’s important that we work with the media to advocate about depression; awareness, understanding and better resources. There’s so much work to be done.
We give you a chance to blurt it out
Whether it be when we ask you to complete a survey to help us shape a project, or ask you to help us with blog post ideas or to contribute to the blog post content, we love giving you the chance to speak about your experiences.
One of our proudest moments was when we all came together during Depression Awareness Week 2016 and make a huge racket across the interweb – our #whatyoudontsee campaign go viral.
"Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams
Kindness is a boomerang
You probably don’t realise just how much you help us and shape the decisions we make.
If ever we’re having a bad day, we only have to trot over to our #nicestuff channel in Slack (where we capture all of the lovely things you say) to feel motivated, encouraged and re-fuelled with purpose.
We also have a #blurtsuggestionbox and #blurtproductideas channel where we capture your suggestions and constructive criticism.
As much as we’re determined to champion you, you champion us a gazilllion times over. You are so super supportive in all that we do and who we are, and even if you don’t like something we do, you tell us in such a kind way, that it’s super helpful and allows us time to digest it and quite often, influences what we do in the future. And we love that!
Some (of the many) messages of support we've received
“Sometimes you guys take a seed of a thought which is in my head and turn it in to poetry and clarity. Thank you.”
“Thanks very much! It’s a breath of fresh air this support page. A lot of support pages on Facebook aren’t very supportive or kind. Quite the opposite. It’s really nice not to be judged for once and supportive feedback winging it’s way to not only myself but for other people too, so thank you kindly!”
“Thanks Blurt Team for- the glimmer of hope, the email reminders that I matter as much as everyone else, for self care treats – in short, for everything that you do. You’re amazing and inspirational and I love you. <3”
“Great article, you have no idea how much you keep me going. The Saturday morning email is something I look forward to every week. My daughter is 12 and is amazing, she can tell when I’m having a bad day and supplies hugs and gets the emergency chocolate out. Thanks for helping lovely Blurt. I cope better since you’ve been in my life, I understand my depression better and definitely don’t feel so alone.”
“Thank you again for another amazing article. I have experienced/am still experiencing every one of these symptoms. Seeing them written down makes makes me feel so much better… I simply don’t feel so alone. THANK YOU. Keep up the great work you do. X”
“You’re welcome. You just ‘know’ what to say .. your emails are like magic medicine on their own <3 Thank you for all you do xx”
“I am so grateful that I found Blurt. Reading your articles is as is someone has been able to put all my thoughts onto paper (or electronic equivalent!). Thank you so much for being there, it really does help.”
“I’d just like to say that because of your very existence on here I’m doing ok now, so. Thanks.”
“Just wanted to say thank you. I’ve been in hospital for 6 weeks now with depression and your emails, poems, and especially the “little ways our loved ones can help us” guide help me to understand and put into words how i am feeling, and it is allowing me to help myself, give others ways to help me, reducing my inner critic, and practice self care and mindfulness. So to everyone involved in this wonderful foundation, thank you so very much.”
“Just wanted to say this community is amazing. I’ve been reading the comments, and everyone is so supportive and caring. It’s so wonderful.”
“Love @BlurtAlerts emails, make me feel less alone and ready to fight even when I wake up in a difficult place.”
“What your team do is truly amazing! I hope you all have a wonderful day and don’t forget to look after yourselves whilst your looking after all of us xxxx”
“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you. My friend has been suffering with depression at I was at a loss of what to say to him anymore, I was getting worried about him based on things he was saying about how he wished he could just sleep forever.
I ordered a past buddybox to get to him ASAP to show that he does have people who care about him, that I care. Honestly it’s completely changed his outlook on life, he seems so much happier, he loves the book and the chart that came in it, he’s even on about getting the octopus patch as a tattoo. I hope the positivity lasts but just to see him so happy about something has made my day too.”
“I just want to say thank you to your team, the emails you send have given me strength in the darkest of times. Being suicidal can be very isolating, and you feel you may never be understood again, but I always kept your kind words in the back of my mind. It eased some of the pain, and I shall be eternally grateful!”
“You make an incredible difference to those people’s life who are struggling – well done!”
“Your work has really helped me. What you are doing is amazing, life saving. Thank you once again x”
“Once again Blurt you have just written this for me. If I could put into words this is exactly how I would write it. Thank you. You so do help me. Everything here is just Me. xxx”
"Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." - Henry James