Freaking out about the prison population? So it turns out that a big portion are seriously mentally ill – in 44 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the largest prison or jail held more people with serious mental illness than the largest state psychiatric hospital. Sending some love to a person with mental illness can have a serious impact on changing their future decisions. Ever sent a card to a friend in the hospital with a mental illness? Me neither. Never even thought about it – but frankly, they probably need the hope and love more than anyone. Now you can make a card for mentally ill patients and make up for it. How can you do this? We’ve got all of the deets below…
Organization: Mental Health Association of San Francisco
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco advances the mental health of people of San Francisco and leads the global community in advocacy, education, research and supports that promote recovery and wellness while challenging the stigma associated with mental health conditions. They have provided leadership in mental health education, advocacy, research and service for the diverse communities of San Francisco for nearly 60 years. They have a wide array of programs addressing issues from suicide to hoarding, peer support and getting people to talk out to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
- Two options: Either handmake a card (phenomenal, fun, and easy to do at night when bored), or you can go here and fill out a form with a personalized message and they will write it into a card for you.
- Want some ideas to get those creative juices flowing? Yep, that’s pretty much how I feel whenever I start a project (hello, Pinterest!). Check out this tutorial on making watercolor cards (love you Wandeleur!), this fab one on button balloon cards, or this manly washi tape card (Amy, your washi tape crafts rock some serious bacon).
- Mail them all off to:
Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market Street, Suite 928
San Francisco, California 94102
Telephone: (415) 421-2926