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:
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky 2. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 3. Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel
4. Girl, Interrupted - Susannah Kaysen 5. Scarred - Sophie Andrews 6. Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson
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:
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: