Yorkshire Mum Calls For Us All To 'Have A Heart'
A mum of 2 from a village in Yorkshire, whose depression has at times seen her lose days in bed, scared to face people and too anxious to leave the house, is spearheading a national campaign this month and fundraising for MIND, with a mission of pushing the power of kindness, after revisiting her trolling experience and ‘unconscious bullying’ which triggered her mental health struggles.
Lyndsey Thomas, 39, a tourism marketing expert who’s launched campaigns for New York and Canada has created the ‘Have a Heart’ campaign calling for women from across the UK to consciously be more open with their emotions and commit to being kinder to each other during World Wellbeing Week, having reflected on the impact others have on her own wellbeing.
Also calling upon leading mental health influencers and mum bloggers from around the country Lyndsey, who is founder of ‘Girl About’ - a platform dedicated to lifting women up, supporting and celebrating them and encouraging them to connect with their communities around them, is hoping to impact a wave of empathy amongst women towards other women, nationwide.
A victim herself of trolling after her birth story hit the national newspapers 5 years ago, Lyndsey has reached devastating lows due to high profile public criticism, and online bullying contributed to her ongoing mental health struggles and anxiety that sees her regularly hit self-destruct.
However, reading Lyndsey’s latest blog post ‘All it takes is a smile’ we learn that much of her day to day anxiety comes from the everyday interactions and that in fact the blank stare or dismissive glance at the school gates is the cut that goes the deepest.
Lyndsey is a champion of discussions around mental health, having been a media spokesperson on the subject many times and her blog, which has over 20,000 followers, shares real life stories of women who are struggling to be kind to themselves, set amongst articles which celebrate awesomeness and review experiences that uplift and energise us.
“I launched ‘Have a Heart’ for a few reasons. One was inexplicably personal having revisited my trolling story recently for Maternal Mental Health Week and it bringing it all back just how hurtful people can be, then me realising the power of kindness and a friendly smile and how my anxiety was either fuelled or fixed by the actions of others.
"I wanted to do something, to celebrate the launch of my new Girl About platform, that brings women together, with something that makes an impact in the real world, as face to face interactions will always be stronger than anything generated online.
I wanted us to all think about how we treat each other. Whether we stop and consider how others are feeling, or if we are just stuck in our own bubble most of the time?
"Do we realise that in not returning a smile at the school gates we are causing someone huge anxiety, or that in not saying ‘Hi’ we could seriously sabotage someone’s self-worth. These are little things that we are all guilty of when rushing around in our lives, but let’s try to just make a conscious effort, particularly this week, to show we have a heart, and consciously be kinder to each other. The yellow hearts are simply symbols of this.”
The campaign is looking to raise much needed funds for MIND and the yellow heart pins, which come in pairs, so you can also gift one to a friend, are available at www.girlabout.co.uk.
Lyndsey invites us to wear our yellow heart on our sleeves, to show we’re not ashamed of showing our emotions and that we’re all in it together.
She is encouraging women across the UK to embrace this campaign, and asks that if we see a woman with a yellow heart on her sleeve we make a conscious effort to interact with her in a positive way.
Moving forward from World Wellbeing Week she hopes that women will keep the pin, and that it will continue to be a symbol that stimulates discussion.
There is also a social media element to it for those who can support it there, sharing a status of yellow heart emojis with #haveaheart for #worldwellbeingweek, tagging @girlaboutblogsquad and Lyndsey hopes to drum up discussions and support amongst women online too.
“With this campaign I am not just working for those who recognise they have challenges with mental health, but the everyday woman who just has those bad days and would really benefit from a friendly smile or quick chat at the school gates”.
“In wearing a yellow heart on your sleeve you’re showing that you’re open with your emotions and also that you are happy to support others too. I hope it will lift people, I hope it will unite people and I hope it will get women thinking about how much their actions can impact others. I also hope it will evolve the amount of ‘hi, how are you?” “I’m fine thanks” conversations to a different level of genuinely showing more interest in those around us.”
“Women can be the most supportive friends ever - super loyal and there to build us up - but women can also be the cause of much heartache and this is what I’m trying to address in my own way. I feel often it happens unintentionally, without real malice -but flippant actions can hurt so let’s all just be a little more aware of each other’s feelings this week, and then we can hopefully move on from there”.
Anyone interested in supporting Lyndsey’s campaign can buy their yellow heart pins at www.girlabout.co.uk.
‘Girl About’ houses a collective of female bloggers across the UK, one platform made up of lots of localised personal blogs from the official Girl About their own little corner of the UK. Their mission is to provide Girl About readers with their recommendations and honest and frank reviews on places to eat, sleep, drink, relax & unwind and have fun in their neck of the woods - with or without the kids. Girl About is also an opportunity for women to share their personal stories on everything from mental health and wellness to parenting and more.
Yorkshire Mum Calls For Us All To 'Have A Heart', 24th June 2019, 17:34 PM