How many times have you found it impossible to choose a card for a friend despite the fact that there are hundreds available because NONE of them even hint at what you want to say?
Recently, we have both wanted to reach out to friends facing a difficult time but could only find a condolence card or ‘get well soon’. Neither was appropriate. Admittedly, there is always the option of writing our own message but sometimes it is hard to express exactly the right sentiment. We wanted our friends to feel special – to show them that we specifically choose that card for them, that we understood what they were going through, that we are here for them.
Whilst the sending of cards for a physical health problem is easy, research has shown that those experiencing mental health problems or a terminal illness very rarely receive a card at all. Usually, this is because people simply do not know what to say. Sadly, this often means that people say nothing at all. To someone already experiencing feelings of isolation and fear, this can make them feel even more alone.
The Elephant in the Room
The Paper Elephant Project is an absolutely brilliant initiative designed to solve this exact problem. Working in partnership with the mental health charity The Shaw Mind Foundation, and with the help of a psychologist, it has designed a thoughtful range of cards which will address this ‘elephant in the room‘.
The cards have been designed carefully and thoughtfully. They can be sent to anyone as a message of support in a difficult time, or as a sign of friendship, not just those with a diagnosed mental health problem. They can be used as a token of love, care and hope at a time when it is most needed. What’s even better is that for each card sold, 20p is also donated directly to the charity.
The Paper Elephant Project