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.

A purple Dragonfly with the word Hugs under it on a white background, the words working to improve the lives of those with mental illness is written underneath

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

A mug. On the mug is a cartoon picture of a girls head surounded by pills on a pink background

Greeting Cards

and Macrame Bracelets

A close up of a ladies wrist wearing a black macrame bracelet with a dragonfly charm

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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  1. nightwisprav3n

    December 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    That is amazing that she turned this around and even started her own business from her experience! This is really great! I wish her the best! #MixitUp

  2. Daydreamer mum

    December 20, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    What an achievement and what a great cause !!!
    Congratulations, someone loved this post so much they added it to our #blogcrush linky

  3. endardoo

    December 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    A fascinating tale, and so good to hear of the ultimately positive outcome. Lisamas? I love it. #MixItUp

  4. mummyhereandthere

    December 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    What a worthy cause and important to spread awareness of mental health X #mixitup

  5. Mutton_style

    December 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    It is a terrible thing. I was thinking about depression today. One of my colleagues went the same way as Kate Spade. Trouble is they hide it well. So glad there are organisations like Maytree and that Lisa is in a different space now.

  6. viewfromthebeachchair

    December 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    It is time to take mental illness out of the back institution halls and treat it like any other medical problem. There should be funds available and people should be able to seek treatment. That fact that this is still an issue is crazy. I hope HUGS is a huge success. Lisa is a strong brave woman! #mixitup

  7. Misa

    December 17, 2018 at 10:17 am

    What a fabulous idea Lisamas was, and what a great response! There are brilliant places like Mayfield, but they’re few and far between. We definitely need more.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      December 17, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Yes, the provision for people with MH problems is woefully lacking at the moment

  8. csuhpat1

    December 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    What a wonderful post and we really do need more clinics like this. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. likeherdingcatsblog

    December 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    What a fabulous clinic – I wish there were more of them who do the same work. A big hug for Lisa for being so open about her struggles and well done to yourself for raising the awarenss. Great gift ideas – I’ll deffinitely be taking a look xxx

  10. RaisieBay

    December 13, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I remember reading Lisa’s posts and actually talked to my daughter very recently about booking into the Maytree Clinic. It’s only when people are open and honest that other’s can find the help they need. It’s so hard to know where to turn, mental illness is debilitating and life threatening and I admire anyone who can talk about it and do something about raising awareness. xx

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      December 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      She is an increadable woman, and yes its so important that people like Lisa open up about their experiences

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