Author // Georgina Auton, Place Graceville
Jess Shaw started Loving Loudly in July this year, a company which sells gift boxes filled with unique goodies to assist people who are struggling with mental illness.
Jess says she has been struggling with different varieties of mental illness since she was 16, and during the time she spent in hospital, she said many people didn’t know how to react or visited with chocolates or flowers.
While they were nice gestures, they weren’t particularly helpful.
Jess says she was lucky to have an amazing support network who assisted her during the toughest times and she has come to terms with mental illness.
“It ruins lives, it ruins families...but there’s something really cool about us too,” she says.
“We are empathetic and compassionate...the biggest thing is self-care.”
So Jess started Loving Loudly to help people to better help those in their life.
Her boxes are sold online or in some hospitals, and are filled with items such as calm balm, colouring-in books and relaxing putty to help to calm the senses and provide distractions to concentrate on.
We speak to Jess about her business and five ways you can assist someone in your life who is struggling with mental illness.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact Beyond Blue, Headspace or Black Dog Institute.