Only 1 in 4 people who have experienced a mental health problem have received a get well card during their illness.
This is despite 80% saying that a card would be a good way for others to let them know they are thinking of them.
That’s why British artists have put paintbrush to paper to support Time to Change, and are encouraging people to be more supportive of someone experiencing a mental health problem. Contemporary British artist Stuart Semple and cartoonist Stephen Collins have created exclusive ‘get well soon’ e-cards, which will be used as part of our Time to Talk campaign running throughout February.
Send one of these ecards to someone you know who could do with some support right now.
Every year, millions of cards are sent to support friends and family members when they’re unwell. Yet, although 79% of the public would consider sending a card to someone with a physical health problem, only 50% would do the same if it related to mental health. Around a third (32%) wouldn’t know if it were appropriate. To find out more, read our press release on get well cards for mental health.
Our bloggers have written about their experiences of both receiving cards when they are struggling with their mental health or sending them to friends, family and colleagues.
I would miss my family and my home comforts, and it was at these times I would re-read letters from friends and look at my cards. I couldn’t have got through that time without them. Sarah, Time to Change blogger
And on social media, people are telling us their experiences of receiving cards, or of the kinds of cards they wish they had been sent when unwell. Join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter (using #TimetoTalk)
@timetochange yes, a get well card from my line manager. Was touched as I've been in hospital before and no- one sent me a card— polarbearcub (@megandoodah) February 7, 2013