Former student Alice makes Positivity Boxes to send to those in the community who suffer with mental health issues. She tells us more about the project, and about how you can help.
My name is Alice, I am 17 years old and currently studying level 2 childcare. I started making positivity packages as I am passionate about helping other people. I have been trained by Bucks MIND to be a “mental health peer mentor”. Here, I am able to offer advice and guidance to younger students who may be having issues with mental health, or may just need some general help and advice.
I started this project, because I wanted to “give back” to the local community. Furthermore, I also am really passionate about helping people and ensuring that no-one ever has to feel like they are alone. Sometimes, just knowing that someone out there is thinking of you can make the world of difference.
I am passionate about mental health, and I love helping other people. I believe that more needs to be done to end the stigma around mental health, but also to support young people who may be experiencing mental health issues. I created my own non-profit mental health organisation in summer of 2020 and have sent over 570 packages out so far, as well as around 65 positivity letters. These positivity boxes are available to those who may be struggling with mental health related issues, as well as those that feel as though they need a positive pick-me-up. Furthermore, people are able to nominate people to receive a box, who they feel could benefit from a positive box. Boxes can be customised and adapted to suit any age, gender, or need.
I have been trained by MIND UK to become a “peer mentor” within my sixth form. Here, we offer help and assistance to younger students who may be struggling or need help fixing an issue that they may have.
In addition to this, I have also completed the zero suicide alliance (ZSA) step up module in suicide awareness, the ZSA gateway module in suicide awareness, and the ZSA suicide awareness training. This training has enabled me to understand the importance of ending the stigma around suicide, as well as how to recognise someone who may be feeling suicidal, and how to talk to someone who is feeling suicidal.
Each box is customised to the age, gender, and needs of the individual. Within the box, I like to include activities (this provides a distraction for the individual), sweets or other snacks as well as tea, coffee or hot chocolate (making a hot drink can act as a distraction if/ when an individual is feeling suicidal), soft toys (these are great for sensory play, as well as those who may have autism or anxiety), fidget toys or stress balls. In addition to this, I also include items such as showergel, shampoo, deodorant facemasks and bath bombs to provide self care. As well as this, small businesses are often kind enough to donate products. These products range from handmade jewellery, candles, resin art.
Running this project is difficult because not only is it hard to understand what people would like to receive in a positivity box, it is also extremely difficult to find the funding to keep the project running. If you want to help, or to nominate someone to receive a Positivity Box, then have a look at the links below.
Running this project is difficult because not only is it hard to understand what people would like to receive in a positivity box, it is also extremely difficult to find the funding to keep the project running. You can help in the following ways:
1. Donations to my go fund me: https://gofund.me/9852e5f2
2. Donations of new and unused items (such as travel size toiletries, sanitary items, stress balls, stress toys, hair scrunchies, individually wrapped tea bags, coffee, and hot chocolate, individually wrapped biscuits and sweets, items from your small business, etc.)
3. Donate from my Amazon wishlist: https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/20DIBGI9UWGE5?ref_=wl_share
4. Write a positive letter to be included in a future box to nominate someone in Waddesdon to receive a free mental health package, please use the below link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiO6EBzIl4MHpYqtAcajIbmb9qmoe-wF8FznHqwxqF7h6LSA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Please note, I am able to make packages for other people, but you will need to pick it up from HP18 0NR.