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SANE creates powerful seasonal reminder of mental health problems
Added: 18th Dec 2018

Mental health charity SANE has launched a Christmas campaign, using Christmas wrapping paper to remind people that Christmas is not “the happiest time of the year” for everyone.

The wrapping paper features traditional Christmas images of smiling Santas and snowmen on the outside, but when the parcel is opened it reveals less happy versions of the characters on the inside of the paper along with the headline “You don’t always know what’s going on inside” and a call to support.

A typographic version uses type in the shape of a Christmas bauble and reads: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”; on the inside it reads: “It’s The Most Difficult Time of The Year”.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive from SANE, said: “The holiday season is meant to be the happiest of the year. There is intense pressure, exasperated by images in media, for Christmas to be wonderful and we are expected to be upbeat and full of joy. But this can contrast dramatically with how some people are feeling inside. So, we want to remind those who feel left out or are finding it difficult, that we’re here to provide them with support and help.”

The campaign was created by students at Watford College in collaboration with Iris who produced SANE’s #LetMeTalk campaign earlier this year. Iris creatives Matt Weston and Pete Sanna who created #LetMeTalk said: “The guys showed us their Christmas idea and we knew that the team at SANE would love its simplicity and the powerful message it delivers, so we got some designers involved and presented it."

The wrapping paper is being distributed this week and mailed out to influencers.

To give a £5 gift of support this Christmas, simply text SANE to 70500. Thank you.

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