Hello everyone, todays post started life as a tweet. But as I began to write it I realised 280 characters were never going to be enough to say what I wanted to properly. So rather than spam Twitter with a huge thread if tweets I decided to blog it instead.
The tweet I started to write mentioned a very special day in December. Obviously there are several important dates December, but the one I was thinking of is December the 20th. The clued up among you might recognise this date at midwinter’s eve. That is true, but to a small group of people on Twitter the 20th also marks Lisamas.
What the hell is Lisamas?
I’m sure many of you will be asking this question. Lisamas is the celebration of the birth of my fabulous friend Lisa (like Christmas, but better).
But surely that’s just a birthday isn’t it?
Well yes that’s technically true, but there is a very good reason Lisamas came about, so sit back and let me tell you more about it and the lady herself.
Lisa Deller AKA the face behind the blog Little Orange Dog
Lisa as you’ve provably guessed is a good twitter friend of mine. I’ve known her for what feels like forever (in a good way). Anyone who knows Lisa will tell you she’s one of the kindest people around, and incapable of disliking anyone.
Actually that’s not strictly true. As December approached last year Lisa had a certain person in her life she really didn’t like. That person was herself. In the grips of a crippling episode of depression Lisa couldn’t face her own birthday. The group of friends who looked out for her on Twitter understood and so started referring to the date as Lisamas instead in an attempt to make Lisa smile (I’m not sure if it worked, I hope so).
So the tweet I wanted to send was in part to celebrate Lisamas and to tell the world about the journey Lisa has been on in the last year.
What Happened To Lisa?
Lisa’s depression continued to eat away at her throughout the lead up to Christmas last year. As a group our Twitter friends tried to support Lisa, but what she needed was professional help and she found that in The Maytree Organisation. Maytree is a charity that provides support for individuals who are suicidal in a non medical setting. Lisa had a short stay with them in the first week of January this year. I should add a diaclaimer here. Lisa has been very open about this period of her life in her own blog posts such as This One and knows I’m writing this post.
It would be very tempting to say Maytree saved Lisa’s life, and in one sense it did. But that actually takes away from Lisa. I prefer to think of The Maytree foundation as a place that gave Lisa the tools she needed to save her own life.
And she did save her life. Not only that, she’s turned her life around in the past year. Finding the love of her life and started her own business.
What has this got to do with the title of this post?
Another good question dear reader. The answer to that is Hugs is the name of Lisa’s business. Hugs stands for Help U Get Support. Lisa was inspired to set up Hugs during her recovery because of the lack of support available to those suffering mental health issues and their families.
Hugs aims to raise awareness about mental health issues by selling items online. Each of the items currently on sale in the Hugs website has been designed by an artist who has personal experience of mental health issues.
Items such as Mugs
The artists Hugs work with are incredibly talented and I plan on making my own purchases very soon. In the meantime I would ask you all to check out the Hugs website. And see what other gorgeous things they have on offer. Or if you’re feeling the pinch at the moment follow Hugs on Twitter at @Hugs_MH on Twitter, or Instagram at Hugs MH
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