My husband first told me about Blurt,
Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Being diagnosed can be overwhelming – there’s a lot to learn and plenty of prejudice to battle. Telling people is tough, and not everyone will understand. That’s why we’re here for you, whenever you need us, for anything at all.
We’ll help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. We’ll help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you. We’ll help you help yourself, with a little knowing nod.
Blurt’s head office is right here in my home town of Plymouth and after reading all about them and their aims, I had to sign up to the website.
We really understand 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.
When my first email arrived, the words in the email felt personal and important, I now get weekly emails with words of encouragement and words that really get you thinking about your own self care. The website offers a huge resource of support and support networks and they regularly tweet useful articles on Twitter.
One of the things we decided to try was a Buddy Box, my husband has gotten a few of these boxes for me and I thought I would talk about the last one I got today.
There are a few ways to get hold of a Buddy Box, the regular Buddy Box containing 5 items can be bought as a one off, or on a subscription basis for £21.50 and the Buddy Box Lite, containing 3 items, also available as a one off or on a subscription basis for £12.00. The cost of delivery is included in the price.
Each month’s box has a new theme and each item in the box is intended to make you feel good, helping to un-stress, calm down, relax or be creative (amongst other things). You can also buy items from the boxes and buy previous boxes as well.
The theme for the last box I received in March was “Be Your Own Superhero”:
The way we see ourselves is often at odds with how others perceive us. Others tend to perceive us much more favorably – it’s can be proper difficult to acknowledge our own superpowers. And we all have them: kindness, courage and resilience, to name a few.
The contents of our ‘Be Your Own Superhero’ BuddyBox were chosen to help inspire, nurture and energise our inner Superhero. Our hope was that the box would help you discover and celebrate the super-ness of YOU.
Here is what I got in the box,
This Dreams & Aspirations notebook is a plain and simple lined notebook. (RRP £3.50). Cute and practical.
To relax and unleash your creative side, a Make Arcade make-your-own sleep mask. I’ve made a Make Arcade kit before (read here) so I know how fabulous, easy to make and well made each kit is. Crafting can often be a really good way to relax and soothe the stress of the day and the sleep mask is superhero themed so a great addition to this box. (RRP £5.75)
The box itself emitted some rather wonderful smells upon being opened, the culprits?
A wonderful Tisserand ‘Energy Mist’ (RRP £8.95), this mist has a blend of coriander, lime and orange leaf which claims to be the perfect morning or night pick-me-up. It smells lovely and I’ve been spraying a little in the bedroom before bed to soothe the stresses of the day.
The second smelly item was a lovely little bath mallow by Bomb Cosmetics (RRP £2.99). I have used this in the bath as I love bath bombs and the Bomb Cosmetics range is always a joy to submerge yourself in at the end of the day. Containing Mandarin and Sweet Orange essential oils and smelling of bubblegum it fizzes away nicely in the bath leaving you feeling soft, clean and relaxed.
The “Be Your Own Superhero” Cards (RRP £8.95) are a lovely idea, with inspirational quotes from some well known superheros, these cards are the perfect boost to remind us to be a superhero in our own way.
Each box contains a little Zine as well, with some helpful tips and words to get you through.
This box was my fourth and I can honestly say that they are a lovely, well thought out box packed full of items that really will help you in one way or another. You can even send a box to a friend who you think may need a little pick me up.
In a world still frighteningly filled with a stigma around mental health, Blurt really are a voice in the darkness letting you know that they are listening and they care.
Have you signed up for a Buddy Box? What did you think? Let me know below.