Today marks the anniversary of the launch of The Lily-Jo project. It’s been an incredible year of helping individuals get through their mental health concerns, and know that they are not alone. That they can reach out for help, and not be written off as ‘crazy’.
In this last year we have been nominated for two awards, and won one. We’ve had nearly 10,000 hits to the website. We’ve partnered with some amazing charities who now signpost to us as their go-to site for mental health, we’ve been featured on some brilliant blogs, and we’ve stood in front of thousands of young people in schools, telling them to ‘never give up’ and as a result seen blades handed in, and even had an email from a girl saying she decided not to take her own life. WOW!
I’ve changed the names to protect the identity of the individuals, but here are some of the stories from users of the site.
‘you know ur website has helped me so much it means a lot to see people on film who have been through the same stuff as me and I just wanna say ur amazing for putting that together.’
Tom – 14, London
‘I really like your website the Lily Jo project! I think it’s a great thing to share because everybody may know more about those problems! It’s also really helpful for people who know someone with these mental illnesses or for people themself! The tips on the website are really helpful! I’m trying to stop cutting myself and I’m already clean for 10 days :))’
Gabby – 15 years old from The Netherlands
‘The site is fantastic. Really helpful stuff, for me at the moment just reinforcing the truth that I’m not alone in my struggles is a reassurance.’
Hattie – 35 years old from Manchester
‘Hey Lily-Jo, just wanted to say that you are an absolute star and you inspire me a lot. Thanks for making me and so many other girls feel worthy and loved. You truly are a star. A few days ago I read your story on the grief and loss page of The Lily-Jo Project and you said that your parent got divorced and how hard it was for you. That really broke my heart. My parents aren’t in a good place right now and are having therapy and maybe even going to divorce. It’s something that’s on my mind all day and most of the time I don’t even know how to deal with this. It really encouraged me to read how you dealt with it. Thank you! Keep doing what you do because it’s brilliant x’
Anita – 17, The Netherlands
Katie, 23, Sheffield
Here’s to another year, on a mission to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and create a space that gives people that sense of hope and motivation to get sorted. If you would like to play your part in the journey. Please do get in touch by using the ‘CONTACT US’ button, there are some great opportunities available, we’d love to hear from you. If you have a story you would like to share of how The Lily-Jo Project has helped you through, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to hear from you.
All the best,