About Hope Street Cards
Hope Street Cards provide greeting or get well cards for people experiencing a mental health condition. The aim is to provide an avenue for family, friends and loved ones of people with a psychiatric diagnosis to assist in their recovery by showing that they care and providing support, in a hopeful, empathic and positive way.
Did you know?
- Estimates reveal that 1 in 5 Aussies will experience some form of mental illness each year
- Research indicates that only 1 in 4 people who have experienced a mental health issue will receive a get well card during their illness. However, 80% of these individuals surveyed reported that a card would be a good way for others to let them know they are thinking of them.
- Despite, social support being found to have beneficial effects on an individual’s recovery from mental illness, studies have shown that psychiatric inpatients receive about half as many cards and gifts when compared to medical inpatients.
Hope Street Cards also aims to improve mental health literacy across the general community by increasing an individual's capacity to discuss mental health issues with their loved ones in an appropriate and supportive manner.
Hope Street Cards emphasise empathy, humour and hope in relation to the experience of mental illness. We hope that by creating open, honest and supportive conversations about mental illness will help reduce the stigma and shame that still exists for individuals experiencing a mental health condition.