Friday, 22 January 2016

A Hug In A Box


1 in 4, Let that statistic sink in for a minute. Do you know what it represents? The number of people in the UK who are living with depression right now. A very high number isn't it? So the chances are you will know someone who is going through life with this horrible condition.  I am sure many people will be unsure of what to say to them or how to help.  Well there is one small way you can help and I guarantee it will mean the world.

 The Blurt Foundation have come up with a simple yet very sweet way of letting someone know you care and are there for them, the Buddy Box.

The idea behind the box is simple.  Inside you will find different items every month that will benefit those who receive it.  It gives them something to look forward to and goes a long way in helping giving them that boost they need to remind them they are loved no matter what, like a hug in a box.

So what did I get in my box? Let me show you.


Hurraw Lime Lip Balm
I love lip balms!! These little beauties are made from natural ingredients so they are gentle enough to use without irritation. Good enough to eat! Trust me, I could not stop licking my lips when I used this.



Hand Warmer
This has to be the cutest thing ever.  Yes, I squeaked with delight when I opened the box and found him (I have named him Mr Fierce) This is perfect for cold days or for when you just need a little comfort.  These would be great to use when feeling anxious too as it gives you something to hold and focus on. I often fidget when anxious.





12 Coloured Pencils
12 beautiful colours to choose from. Really great quality pencils which I was delighted to receive with this box.  I am sure you know what is coming next.








Calm Colouring Book
Colouring in has been proven to help you relax and helps you to focus when you are feeling anxious and gives you a nice boost when feeling down.  The book also contains beautiful quotes on each page which are guaranteed to help raise your mood and confidence levels too.  This book is a handy size for placing in your bag or pocket for colouring on the go.




Postcards
I love these sweet postcards.  My favourite is the one you write a nice inspirational message on and leave somewhere totally random, like inside a library book, for someone else to find. You never know who will find it and chances are it will make them smile.


Clippers Organic Sleep Easy Infusion
Depression can stop you from getting a good nights sleep which in turn makes functioning the next day harder again.  I gave this tea a try and I felt more relaxed and got a better night sleep, which was much needed!!  With no caffeine, yay, this tea is good for during the day too as it helps you to relax.  A very nice herbal yea. I will be buying more when these run out.






I absolutely love the idea behind the Buddy box. As I said earlier, it can be hard to know what to say to someone as you may worry about upsetting them more.  Sending a Buddy Box will show you care and it will pretty much say everything you want to say, I am here for you.

You can buy a monthly, quarterly, 6 monthly or annual subscription or you can purchase a one-off box too.  Prices are as follows

Monthly - £21.50 per month
Quarterly - £61.50
6 monthly - £117
Annual - £222
One off box £12

There is an option for every budget which is great as it means more hugs can be given to those who really need one.

About Blurt

The Blurt Foundation's aim is simple, to help raise awareness of Depression.


The stuff we do here at Blurt is vitally important, and we want to carry on doing it. Here are our strategic priorities for 2016/17:


  • Increase awareness and understanding of depression
  • Develop peer support networks
  • Collaborate with partners to facilitate learning and innovation
  • Strengthen revenue streams to create a more planned and sustainable future


To find out other ways the Blurt Foundation can help, click here.

16 comments:

  1. I love the colouring book - very relaxing to do and satisfying as you see what you created! I'm glad you enjoyed your hug in a box. x

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    1. I have a few different colouring books, always love colouring and drawing. It's nice to see it is being used to help others now. x

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  2. Over the years, it's become so much easier for people to travel and live in areas far away from where they were brought up, so it's great to have an opportunity to reach out to someone you can't necessarily reach physically!

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    1. I agree, it is the perfect way to reach out and show you care and are there even though you are miles away x

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  3. What a wonderful idea, this is such a great nad thoughtful way to cheer someone up.

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    1. I love it, its such a different way to show you care x

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  4. I love this, but it is pretty expensive. When I was feeling down Cass from @frugal family made me my own hug in a box and it was perfetc

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    1. They are great boxes for those who are in need of a boost when they are feeling depressed etc. x

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  5. What a lovely idea all round. The contents are so suitable but it must be so uplifting receiving one of these boxes.

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    1. I loved my box and it made me smile. Such a sweet idea. I will be sending a couple of these to friends who need it x

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  6. What a gorgeous idea, I think we all struggle to know what to send in tricky situations, like when friends are depressed or going through a tough time.

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    1. It really is fab isn't it? I agree, it can be tricky knowing what to say but this box is the perfect way to say "im here for you" x

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  7. What a lovely idea, Would much prefer one of these to a beauty box

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    1. They are great. Cute little gifts to put a smile on your face :) x

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  8. Such a lovely and worthwhile idea. 1 in 4 is a shocking statistic too. x

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    1. A very scary statistic. Love this little box. x

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