Jessica Mell


Mind has been speaking out for better mental health for 60 years and is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. At Mind, we work for a better life for everyone with experience of mental or emotional distress.
Seed Eating Disorders Support Services
SEED supports families and friend and sufferes of eating disorders

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For some time now, I have been eager to start a campaign to raise awareness about mental health and eating disorders, and fundraise for two charities that are very close to my heart. SEED Eating Disorder Support Service has been an incredible help to my family and I throughout my recovery. They stepped in when I needed them most, and have provided me with the psychological help that I was so desperately waiting for from the NHS. This charity is run purely on volunteers and donations, and I feel that it is only right that I try to raise some money for them, so that they can continue to provide such fantastic services to other sufferers and their families. I would also like to contribute to the charity Mind, as I admire the work that they do in helping to raise awareness of mental health issues around the country. They have also been great supporters of my blog and this alone has increased my self-belief at a time when it was very much lacking. Again, I feel that this charity deserves a generous donation in order to uphold the vital work they do.

Thinking about some of the triggers of my own mental illness being the inability to communicate the pressures I was feeling, I have thought of an idea that I feel lots of people will be able to engage in and benefit from. I know that bottling everything up can seem like the most helpful way to deal with a situation, but from personal experience, it is not. Therefore, I would like this campaign to centralise around the need to vocalise the pressures that an individual is feeling. Now, I am not an aggressive person, but I find that doing acts such as tearing paper or snapping a pencil can be a great form of release. This led me to thinking about other objects that could be safely demolished, adhering to the focus of the campaign, which is to raise awareness of the link between pressure and the manifestation of a mental illness, particularly eating disorders. A plate- it seemed like the perfect object. In the depths of my illness, it was the platform for all of my anxieties and distress, and now I want to prove that I have risen above the emotions that this object forced upon me in the past; proving how far I have come in my recovery.

So here is the idea; I would like you to take a plate, and write on it the pressures or frustrations that you feel are impacting on your life right now. You can be as creative as you like- expressing your emotions through art is a practiced form of therapy, so let it all out! Then I want you to go to a safe environment, get a video camera and record yourself vocalising your pressures aloud. Then the fun part, I want you to demolish your plate anyway that you like- throw it on the floor, throw it as a Frisbee or throw objects at it (just make sure you do this safely!). The hope is that by doing this you will release some of the tension that you are feeling regarding these pressures.

Next, it is time to raise awareness. I would like you to upload your video to all forms of social media that you have access to, adding #ThePressurePlate to every post. You must tag 3 friends to participate in the activity, and hopefully this will encourage many others to take part! But the most important aspect of all is that you make sure you donate! I will add the link to the page were you can donate every time I upload an article about the campaign, which you will then be able to access. Any money would be very much appreciated, and I know first hand the positive impact that these charities have on people’s lives.

I would really like to encourage everybody to support this campaign. It is a great way to raise awareness, you will benefit through a form of self-help therapy, and you will also be helping to support two fantastic charities. If everybody that views this video gives £1, it will have an incredible impact on the services that they can provide.

I look forward to seeing all of your videos, and consequently your donations.

So get stressed, get scribbling and get smashing!



Recent donors

20.04.17 Thanks to everyone that supported the quiz at The Black Swan

20.02.17 This is the equivalent amount of the ClueQuest vouchers received for the participation in the Dear Mr Q competition.

27.09.16 Thanks for supporting the quiz at The Black Swan Eastrington

21.06.16 Stall at Eastrington Show 18 June

12.06.16 We are so proud of you Jess. Keep fighting the fight.

24.05.16 Hiya Jess, sorry it's not more, but the thought is there! Love you, Rx


05.05.16 Fantastic work Jess!



20.04.16 Well done Jess


18.04.16 Lots of Love to all the Mells xx

17.04.16 Keep on, keeping on xx


17.04.16 Love Auntie Von & Mick xx

17.04.16 Keep up the good work Jess XX

17.04.16 Keep up the good work Jess xx Going for a brisk walk with my dog helps me with any stresses and tensions.

17.04.16 So proud of you Jess, you are making a difference

16.04.16 Jess you are doing amazing x

16.04.16 You're an amazing young lady Jess. Well done for all your hard work



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