"I've tried to leave them in parks and on bridges places like that where people might go to sit and think." (Credit: Kelly Charles))

A mum of four from Arnold started to leave notes and heart shaped signs across her neighbourhood to raise awareness on mental health during ‘difficult times’.

Kelly Charles, 37, has been a resident in the area for 13 years and wanted to spread positivity amid lockdown.

On the notes she wrote messages of hope and important contacts that people in need could reach out to if they are struggling with their mental health.

Kelly said: “I just think if everyone does a little bit to help and support each other then the world would be a better place.

Kelly leaves messages of hope on bridges and parks. (Credit: Kelly Charles)

“I signed up to do #redjanuary and spotted on someone else’s post that they were doing this in their area and thought it was a lovely idea and wanted to join in.”

RED January is a community initiative that encourages people to support their mental health by doing something active every day of the month.

Mental health charity Mind is asking people to join the RED January campaign to get active and challenge themselves every day of the month from January 1 – and help to raise much-needed funds at the same time.

Kelly is committed to completing the challenge of distributing all her 50 crocheted hearts across the neighbourhood.

Kelly had 50 crocheted hearts. (Credit: Kelly Charles)

She started on January 1 and now has 19 left.

“I do have a few spare hearts and will continue to put them out when I go for my walks and runs”, she added.

“I’ve tried to leave them in parks and on bridges places like that where people might go to sit and think.”

Kelly’s messages and support contacts. (Credit: Kelly Charles)

Kelly recognised that being a mum of four and also having a job during a pandemic can be overwhelming.

She added: “It’s not been easy but as a mum you have to get up and get on with it, there’s been days that I’ve felt down and fed up and missing the simple things like meeting a friend for a coffee and a chat.”
Kelly’s family photo. (Credit: Kelly Charles)
By missing ‘the little things’ in her life, Kelly thought that she could bring joy to others by proactively doing something for the community.
She said: “I want to let people know that even though they might feel alone and that they think there’s no one to talk to there is and that they should never feel like that.
“There’s groups and people out there that they can turn to, even if it seems silly to them, because if it’s bothering them then it’s not silly.”
If you are struggling with mental health, visit Samaritans’ website or call 116 123.