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Have a heart!

May 1st to 7th marks children's mental health week, here in Canada, and I want to show my support to those that provide the much-needed care to our youth right here in the province of Saskatchewan.  

This is the 4th year for the Amaranth Designs Annual Heart Charity Campaign and we are once again supporting the work of Family Service Regina. They provide many different types of counselling for families, couples, and individuals of all ages, including Thrive Rapid-Access Counselling which offers rapid-access help at no cost.

This year’s theme, as lead by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), is centred around sharing stories.  Storytelling is a fundamental part of being human. Stories help build connections and strong communities. Storytelling, in all its forms, supports mental health and reduces stigma. 

I encourage you to take some time this week and all month long, to recognize the importance of mental health and that many children and their families are struggling.

The conversation around mental health seems to be getting a little easier and I hope we can speak openly about mental health. It can feel overwhelming to think of how we can help support each other but I believe sometimes it is just about being there, telling your story or listening to someone's else’s.  

When the people we care about are struggling, it can be tempting to try to help them “solve” whatever they’re going through, but often what they need most is someone to simply make them feel seen and heard. Any one of us can be that person. If you’re still not sure how you can help with that, the CMHA has a series of articles on how you can build your listening and empathy skills, to help you support your loved ones and community.

My annual heart-themed designs are my way of reminding those around us that we are here for them in word and deed because all the proceeds from every piece sold goes to Family Service Regina. Our charity sweaters are a signal that you’re willing to put funds directly toward community care. It can also be a great conversation starter to check in on each other and practice those empathy skills.

I hope you’ll join me in this show of love to our community; you never know who your support might help with this one simple act.

We decided to switch things up a little for this year.   The designs for this year are my most favourite bamboo tops.  There are 2 options for this year.  A ‘V’ neck or a crew neck in the most luxurious bamboo jersey.  Perfect for layering under a blazer or cardigan for the workplace or with your favourite blue jeans for a more casual look. 

The support for this campaign the past three years has blown me away; our community really knows how to step up for one another. The fundraiser will run the entire month of May.   Orders will be tallied up at the end of May and deliveries, pick ups and mail outs will be done in June. 

You can support the 2023 Amaranth Designs Annual Heart Charity Campaign from anywhere, at any time this month. Visit my website to place your order.