This has been re-written time and again and I’m nonetheless undecided the phrases I’ve used are the suitable phrases.

You understand once you’re in these bottomless pits and you’re feeling as if asking for assistance is futile since you’re undecided you’re worthy of it, you don’t wish to be a burden and also you’re undecided if anybody cares?

That’s kinda the place Blurt is at proper now. 

We’ve dillied and dallied over whether or not to ask for assist. Determined sure, then determined no, then determined sure, and continued that painful dance time and again. We’re not nice at asking for assist (we all know, we all know – observe what you preach, Blurt!), we’re all the time ultra-aware that there are a gazillion causes preventing in your consideration and we didn’t wish to be considered one of them – we needed to assist, assist, assist and assist some extra and depart you feeling higher than you’d discovered us. Which doesn’t think about that serving to others can really feel fairly good, proper?!

Once we launched BuddyBox, we (considerably naively) thought we’d discovered our magic-wondrous-yay-way to be sustainable. The important thing to being enterprising and to fund the work we do and the work we had deliberate. Because it seems, it’s been a lot more durable than it appears to be like and placing all of our eggs in a single basket doesn’t shield us from dangers akin to one other much-larger charity making a subscription field or from what occurs if gross sales actually lower – which is strictly what’s occurred to us these previous few spring/summer season months; we’ve skilled back-to-back months of dropping BuddyBox gross sales (we do have plans to deal with this in place).

In *not* asking for assist, we’re slicing off our noses to spite our faces and we’re not fully dwelling in alignment with our messaging after we urge you to achieve out for assist once you’re in a battle. In struggling in silence, we’re present in an area that’s all too painful, isolating and horrifying. And, with our again in opposition to the wall, we’re on the stage the place we’re taking a look at there not being a Blurt.


Our final shot at survival actually, is that this crowdfunding marketing campaign we’ve set-up. With the funds raised, it’ll assist us to mop up the injury brought on by our dismal spring/summer season gross sales and it’ll give us area to regroup and make choices about funding, whether or not we must always change to charity standing, how we spring/summer-proof ourselves in 2020, to implement adjustments together with those you beautiful lot submitted in The Large BuddyBox Quiz (thanks), to proceed having the ability to work with faculties, GPs, group teams and inpatient companies, and to discover different methods of fundraising.

We’ve ready this tweet – which suggests you possibly can assist with simply two clicks:

Please do what you possibly can to assist safe the way forward for @blurtalerts: (even RT’ing this tweet would assist!)



Heck sure we do! In looking for the suitable phrases to sum up the distinction we make, we thought we’d depart that to you! And so, we collated the entire ‘good stuff’ we’ve captured during the last two years right into a 98-page-pdf so that you can learn by means of (tissues wanted).

Along with that, Google Analytics tells us that in 2018 1,130,483 folks visited our netsite (distinctive guests) with 3,481,367 pages visited between them. That’s a staggering quantity of people who find themselves looking for info to assist them perceive and handle melancholy. Our self-care starter package has been downloaded over 15,000 occasions. We ship out our ‘Nuggets o’ Kindness’ Saturday e-mail to over 18,000 of you. We all know that psychological well being groups, counsellors and therapists use the sources we create and work by means of them with their sufferers which is why we popped all of them collectively on one web page – they’ve been downloaded 1,781 occasions previously month alone.

We’re working with faculties who don’t have any funds out there attributable to funding cuts, inpatient companies who’ve very restricted funds attributable to funding cuts, it’s a extremely tough panorama with a system that’s damaged and we simply so wish to assist in any means we are able to. The difficulty being, we’ve been pouring from an almost-empty cup and we have to batten down the hatches, regroup and prime ourselves again up. We’re actually down, however we’re not fairly out, not but.

To proceed providing these sources we want your assist, and we’d actually admire any donation you may make. For those who aren’t capable of make a monetary contribution, please take into account fundraising for us as a part of this marketing campaign, and share this marketing campaign loudly and proudly and clarify the entire the explanation why it, why we, matter to you.’


I’ve been backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards time and again and over with this. Gah, it’s such a tough query to reply as a result of proper now, within the midst of this I really feel like such a failure. I really feel as if I’ve failed one thing I’ve given sweat and tears to, I really feel as if I’ve failed myself, failed the group, failed folks we’ve labored with and failed you.

Blurt began off, in 2011, from my bed-office. I used to be working on the time, and all my spare time was spent crafting the web site, popping issues on social media, replying to social media (it’s all the time been, and continues to be a Blurt-thing that we acknowledge each remark as a result of so many organisations don’t and I hate to assume that somebody has been courageous sufficient to contribute to the dialog and to go unheard or unseen), replying to emails, delivering social media programs to have funds to pay for the web site, insurance coverage, and so forth. Blurt began as a result of I wholly felt that extra sources have been wanted from the attitude of somebody with lived expertise, with the purpose of utilizing my hindsight and love for self-helpful sources, as one other’s foresight (you possibly can watch this TEDx which could clarify it higher). At the moment, I believe I used to be the suitable individual within the sense that I used to be keen to volunteer my time, power, and dedication to do all of this.

I by no means anticipated Blurt to develop in the way in which that it did, not ever.

Quick ahead to 2015 once I wanted assist with all of it as I had a child and we’d simply launched BuddyBox and the entire complexities that introduced, I made a decision to surrender my day job,and make Blurt my day job and we began constructing a really teeny however mighty and resourceful group, who’re all absolutelyfrikkin’ wonderful. They too have lived experiences of psychological sick well being and seeing how they apply their experiences to assist different folks will all the time heat my coronary heart of essentially the most painful of Blurt days and nights.

In being a Social Enterprise, we’ve all the time had the ‘social’ side lined, we’ve acquired a Trello board rammed to the rafters of tasks we’d love to do and group teams we’d like to assist and companion with – realizing how and the place we are able to make social change is one thing we’re completely clued up on. There are issues like a podcast we’d like to carry to the desk, kindness cafes to assist handle loneliness and isolation, and oh-so-much extra. In some ways, we’re simply getting began.

The ‘enterprise’ side, that’s the actually robust bit for me, for us, as a result of we’ve been right here earlier than, in 2017 after we virtually went into administration. We discovered an terrible lot from that, we added a finance individual to our group, created processes and techniques, and labored our socks off (after which some) to return again from that, which held us in good stead till the dramatic gross sales lower of spring/summer season this yr.

The buck in the end stops at me so I’m not making excuses once I clarify a number of the background – I’ve by no means been a CEO, I didn’t climb a ladder or go to school, I don’t have anybody round me who I can lean on for steering and recommendation associated to this enterprise stuff. It’s arduous, it’s lonely and I’m studying enterprise books as if they’re going out of style but it surely takes time to implement what I’m studying. I additionally must get significantly better at asking for assist – if there are any girls in CEO roles who wouldn’t thoughts themselves a mentee, please ship them my means.

You’ll have extra questions, we’ll too, please don’t hesitate to ask them and we’ll do a Crowdfunder replace so as to add our replies in a single go.

For those who made it this far, the sincerest of thank yous! For those who can assist this crowdfunding marketing campaign in any means, please please please do. Whether or not that’s financially (provided that snug for you to take action), by fundraising for it, or to share its socks off.

All of the thank yous,
Jayne and all of us at Blurt <3

I’m going to depart you with a quote that considered one of our group, Naomi, despatched me yesterday:

“How one can be sturdy: There aren’t any guidelines. You might be already sturdy. Even when you’re crying. Even when you’re at your lowest level. Even when you’re falling aside. Your power is in your survival. Your power is inside you all the time. And apart from, didn’t anybody ever inform you that power appears to be like so totally different on us all?”
— Nikita Gill


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