Fabulous people at that!
I guess i could be classed as the founder of SOS - but basically i just had one of my random ideas, whilst in hospital, and messaged a few people and the rest kind of developed from there. Developed in the most fabulous of ways!
Literally, every time i reflect on sos it fills me with a sense of wonderment, joy and amazement - they say that 'from small acorns, oak trees grow', well SOS is evidence of this. The acorn of an idea, has grown into something quite remarkable, encompassing skills, relationships, insights and knowledge along the way. Its certainly been a learning curve for me so far, and allowed me to engage in the solace of crafts, whilst meeting remarkable people, becoming closer to my fabulous sister (who has been a legend in this project!) and learning some lessons on stitching/communications/organisations.
Yes, i can look at it and see where i should have spent more time/money or where i could've done better - BUT ultimately all that seems to lack relevance when i reflect on the outcome - the pieces, the relationships and the feedback!
I cant wait to see it in its finished state and hopefully meet people at the launch - also, i cant wait to see what people think. Its wonderful to hear the comments so far off people, and the work people have put into their pieces has been fabulous. Its also incredible to see the support we've had from organisations such as NHS, ST FAGANS, UWE AND CROSS STITCH CRAZY to name a few...
For me, this is a very important project, having worked in mental health services and been treated in them for over a decade of my life - i feel it's important to represent a truer picture than what often gets 'shown' in the media. Stigma is an added 'issue' which people fighting their mental health issues/demons, don't need the burden of, i feel, so hopefully this project will help, in a small way, to show what often labels hide - truth, amazing people, heartbreaking stories and real talents -
I am so grateful to absolutely everyone whose helped make sos possible, so far, every person whose liked us on facebook, tweeted us, set up twitter, spread the word, offered support, set up this blog, been in touch,,,, you're all amazing!
Its not completed yet, but watch this space!