We did it
On 24th December 2017 we successfully raised £5,354 with 65 supporters in 30 days

Our aim is to make products for wellbeing that have been co-designed with those who have first hand experience of mental health problems.

by Erika, Sara and Rachita in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

Thanks for all those who are donating, the extra funding will be used to produce more objects, so reward arrive to everyone! and the profit will help us run more workshops. 

We also want to develop a design clinic for those who have participated in our workshops that would like to become entrepreneurs themselves. 

This donation will help us build a platform, and also give us some stability so our offer is consistent with demand. 

Finally, we would like to hire a psychologist so that we are able to run workshops directly with people that is referred to us through local services, so there is a lot to work on!

Thanks,

Erika


We are raising money to produce products for wellbeing that we have co-designed with those who have first hand experience of mental health problems, who have unique insight into how and why we get unwell.

Bidean is a social enterprise that collaborates with those who suffer from mental health distress to generate design concepts that support wellbeing and recovery. So far we have worked with clients from INUF, Islington Mind, Dragon Cafe, Homerton Hospital, Depression Alliance and Kensington and Chelsea Mind, and our network continues to grow.

We are now raising money for the production of a few of these products for others to enjoy! With your donation we will be able to bring these ideas to life, and you will be among the first to try them and the profit will help us continue our work for mental health!

Our objects are all very different as are informed by the very many experiences people face.  Wether they help you breath, cope with panic attacks, probmt you to think or communicate with others, these products have been designed to contribute one way or another to your mental health.

Wether you or a loved one are going through a difficult time, you are looking for a special gift, or would like to donate to our cause, pledge for Bidean and be among the first ones to enjoy one (or many!) of our products, which you can see below.

REWARDS: 

Included in the donation is the cost of delivery, beaware that the final product will be manufactured proffesionally so small changes (for the better!) are possible from the samples you view in the pictures. If you need any more details of the products and their make, feel free to get in touch!

*'Balance us out' teapot.

*'I'm not dying' silver ring.

*'What's life about' teatowel.

*'Electrostatic aura' fluffer.

*'Panic attack' breathing bags.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£12 or more

'Panic attack' Breathing bags

Yes, having a panic attack is tough, but have you ever felt it becoming much worse when people around you think you are having a heart attack? Or everyone starts acting so ackward about it? This paperbags speak directly to strangers around you. The experiences of panic attacks are very personal so messages differ. The bags also spread the word and claim the public space, so people experiencing this don't feel stigmatised.

£22 or more

'What's life about' teatowel

Have you ever been waiting in front of the oven and thinking what is it all about? holding a wooden spoon which reminded you of your grandmas' soup? We give meaning to objects, and they remind us of experiences. Sometimes moving these things around in visual maps help us reflect on our lifes in a playful way, and what better moment than while waiting for those baked potatoes to be ready!

£55 or more

'Electrostatic aura' fluffer

Have you ever felt a negative energy, something you can't quite locate or explain... visceral feeling of unknown origin? Did you ever find yourself trying to manage this by cutting papers or scratching your head? We know how you feel, and this aura fluffer will help. Next time you feel this way... give yourself a good lush and see how it goes!

£70 or more

'Balance us out' teapot

A classic ritual for wellbeing, be assured that sharing tea will become a different experience with this two spouted teapot. This object was designed when founder of Bidean Erika was just starting to work within mental health through her MA studies at UAL. It is designed to prompt empathy, reflection and conversation, especially if and when you offer tea to someone in distress, it will become a great ice breaker!

£90 or more

'I'm not dying' silver ring

Have you ever learned techniques to deal with panic attacks? Oh yes there are a few, if only one could remember them! This ring is meant to remind the wearer of what is happening and help him or her relax by looking through the little hole, and focusing all attention towards one single spot. It works, and of course, you will look fab with it. [Sizes S, M, L]

£120 or more

Participate in our next workshop series!

Our co-design methodology has been specially designed for those with no previous experience, although some methodologies are unique to support mental health. Why not come along to the next one and design your own products and ideas, become part of our community?

£235 or more

get all products

Our special combo, for the loaded or indecisive, generous or invested , very cheerful or highly stressed, get all our wellbeing products: 'Im not dying' ring 'Balance us out' teapot 'Electrostatic aura' fluffer 'Whats life about' teatowel 'Panic attack' breathing bags If you would like 2 or 3 only instead, you can also just pledge separately.


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