Hug-in-a-Box© was developed by mental health training and support provider Mind Matters Training Ltd. Mind Matters specialises in raising awareness of mental health and emotional well-being by sharing stories of ‘lived experience’, delivering training, and directing those who are having mental health difficulties towards appropriate professional support.
Mind Matters wants to improve how people feel, particularly when emotional well-being is poor. We decided to take this desire and develop a product that could not only help people with mental health problems, but can also help those who are having other difficulties that are challenging to their mental and emotional well-being.
With the high prevalence of mental health problems – it is estimated that 1 in 4 people in England will experience a mental health problem in any given year (NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care, 2007) – alongside the stress and other challenges we all regularly face, we actually believe that everyone needs a Hug-in-a-Box© at some stage during their year.
We also know that there are lots of (often missed) opportunities to provide health interventions that will prevent someone’s emotional and physical well-being from worsening. We wanted to create an intervention with a difference, an intervention that doesn’t further stigmatise mental health, starts or shortens the recovery journey, and that everyone can benefit from. We want to unite everyone in understanding that we all benefit from a hug and looking after our own and each other’s mental well-being.
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