The Positive Planner will be a journal and planner, that supports mental health wellbeing. The Positive Planner is the brainchild of two Mothers with young children, who between them have personal experience of post natal depression, anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder. The Positive Planner was born from an understanding of the struggles of new motherhood as well as the debilitating effects of mental health illness. Both Ali and Claire felt there was little support around them at a time when it was most needed and Ali during her own recovery from PND feels she “self cured” using her daily journaling and self taught art therapy techniques. Both women experienced a feeling of helplessness and confusion during their experience of mental health problems, as other than medication there was little help, support, and guidance offered to aid their recovery process and maintenance thereafter. This personal experience has left Ali and Claire with a strong sense of not wanting others to suffer in the same way, and so the idea for The Positive Planner was born.
The Positive planner is a unique tool that will help enable people who are experiencing mental health issues to remain productive and positive in a very overwhelming and anxious time.
Through social media we hope to bring The positive planner to the attention of others, and create a supportive community that will help us get talking about mental health.
It is a paperback journal with beautiful calligraphy and encouraging words on each page, helping to take the panic out of the daily routine and breaking it down into small bitesize sections so that the user is able to feel that they are actively trying to navigate their way through their week and process their emotions. It's important to note that sometimes you may write what you wouldn't be able to vocalise. The concept is based on a cognitive behavioural therapy journal but making it accessible and comfortable to use as well as being a beautiful piece of stationary.
One of the main aims is to encourage the use of therapeutic journaling and list making as opposed to the many hours some people find themselves staring at screens and scrolling through unhelpful online content which adds to the stress and anxiety and often the feeling of failure.
When suffering with mental health issues, days can be long and lonely. We want to connect people in similar situations so they can offer support to each other through the network of The Positive Planner Instagram account. The account is about enabling people to look and experience the positive sides of social media rather than the bad. This will help build confidence and the notion that they are not alone in their journey.
Ways in which it will help:
•By helping to compartmentalise their lives with quotes, prompts, gratitude moments, mood tracking and triggers, and links to a community of support and people using their planners to get through the day. Simple actions such as meal planning can be overwhelming so this will help with the small daily tasks.
•An emotional tracker system that colour codes your mood each day, this will help to know if you are making progress or even provide a talking point with health professionals and GP's.
•By locating everything in one place. Thoughts and general goals for the day/week/month will provide a mindful platform that allows pen and paper to help heal, manage and reflect.
•Using the iconic logo as a way of letting people know you are suffering on some level through pin badges and tote bags it is a simple way to start conversations with others and help break stigmatism that surrounds mental health.
This Planner can of course be bought by anyone as a useful tool and not specifically for mental health sufferers, but I think it's important as a way to recovery that there is a specific product that can be purchased. It can be bought as a way of firstly admitting something may not be right but also a coping mechanism to help get on the road to recovery. It can also be bought by friends and family, it will come packed with love and with lots of links to useful resources that can help.
It is a simple idea developed by us from our own personal journey through mental health issues, and we need to take our idea to the next level in order to share with others.