This month we spoke to Laura Jane about her charity, ‘My Discombobulated Brain’…
Wide-eyed, staring at the television as Steve Austin won the 1998 Royal Rumble. I was 15 years old and he was my favourite! He says his brain is ‘discombobulated’ from one too many metal chairs to the head. When I was asked to name a talk about my mental health, this had to be it, My Discombobulated Brain. The only difference between Steve and myself is mine is caused by a chemical imbalance. This talk developed into more talks, emails and eventually into what it is today.
We are a mental health charity set up after watching a loved one suffer and loose their fight with mental health and then an experience of it personally.
We only use real people’s stories and pictures as we believe putting a real face to these illnesses makes people realise that not every Self Harmer is attention seeking and not every mother with Post Natal Depression hates their child. But why is this important?
Suicide is the biggest killer in men under 45 and women in the first year post natal. That’s right, people are dying because we made this a taboo subject, and we want to change this.
Every member of our board has been affected in some way by mental health and are committed to changing these statistics.
In the last 18 months we’ve produced a short film shown in Chapter Arts, we’ve taught in schools and provided them with resources, and guerilla help-carding any and everywhere we go.
We have two key resources that we use and provide, free of charge, to schools. Our amazing booklets, designed by the amazing Pigeon Art, and our help cards. These cards are nondescript, business card size, with text and telephone helplines.
Everything we do is funded by donations and that’s why support from the community is key. Without it, we can’t get our resources printed and into the hands of people that need them.
If you’d like to learn more about My Discombobulated Brain or donate, go to:
Website: www.mydiscombobulatedbrain.com Facebook: /Mydiscombobulatedbrain
Twitter and Instagram: @Discombobbrain YouTube: My Discombobulated Brain