Thursday, 29 March 2012

Giveaway & Blog Hop: Charity Hopping Around the World


Hi everyone! I'm proud to tell you all that I'm participating in Charity Hopping Around the World.

The purpose of this blog hop is to promote a charity that you're interested in, and for mine I have chosen is Time to Change!

Taken from the website:
Time to Change is England's biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems.
It is a campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime – and if we do, we are highly likely to face stigma and discrimination from others.
I think that the idea behind Time to Change is inspiring and although it is a UK based charity, it affects everyone, everywhere. One in four of us experience a mental health problem and so it's nearly impossible not to know someone who has had issues with their mental health or maybe you have had some issues yourself. Although you can't always see the effects of mental illness, they're every bit as important as physical problems and it's really important that we recognise it.

I think that Time to Change does an amazing job of helping people to open up about their problems and to educate others about mental illness. 

The charity is endorsed by several celebrities including Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax and Frank Bruno who have made a pledge to talk about their experiences. There is an option to make a pledge to be open about mental health issues, which I'd encourage you all to do. You can make your own pledge as well as check out more about the charity [here].

Books of Interest
As this is a book blog, I thought that you may be interested in some books that deal with mental illness. 
Here are some books that I've read and would recommend - check below the images for links of each book:



  


Giveaway 

I'm offering three of you the chance to win a Time to Change pack which includes an A3 poster, a set of postcards, five bookmarks, a badge and some leaflets about the charity. 

As this affects everyone, I'm opening this giveaway worldwide!
All you have to do is fill in this Rafflecopter form to enter:

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Donate

Although it's certainly not compulsory, please consider making a donation (however small - every little helps!) to Mind - the mental health charity behind Time to Change. Click below to donate:

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Don't forget to check out the other charity posts here:

13 comments:

  1. I thinks its a very honarable charity to be involved with. I have never felt the need to judge someone who is mentally ill and never will and thanks for sharing!

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  2. I know someone close to me that suffers from depression. Its great to spread awareness about mental health and not be afraid.

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  3. I work with mentally ill people, so i have a lot of opportunities to see they are as amazing persons as anyone else. unfortunatelly charities in my country are no good..

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  4. I'm not comfortable posting how it's effected me personally, but I think this is a fabulous charity <3

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  5. I've been dealing with mental problems before. I think it was depression, or I had really low self-esteem. I was always really sad at that time, and I cut myself. Uhm, but only once or twice. I still have the scar on my hand, but luckily, it's almost gone. (: You won't really notice it.
    I didn't go to any psychologist, but instead I had some really good friends, who helped me through it. One day I just broke down and cried in the class. (Really embarrasing) Then I told them, that I was so sad, and they helped me gain more confidence in myself.

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  6. OMG I am a member of this organization!! I met them while I was in London and they are so cool!! :) I think it's a great idea! And I've also been on their annual congress last summer :) They are doing an amazing job! And as an almost psychologist I think that's great :)

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  7. I have several extended family members who suffer with mental illness.
    Tracy Awalt Juliano
    ohsopetite1 at yahoo

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  8. I think it's amazing when people want to be involved in charity and I donate books and clothes when I can. :)

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  9. I personally have bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
    This is a great charity to donate to.
    Lauren

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  10. Oh, I've read the first four books you listed, but not the other two. Thanks for the post.

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  11. great charity we should support.

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  12. My grandad is a bipolar patient and my granny suffers from depression. I am also a psychology student- so I've witnessed mental illness in many forms.

    Sarah Bibi Setar (Rafflecopter name)

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