Great Fashion For A Great Cause: Style At Stormont

Mental health charities are very close to my heart, I suffered from anxiety in my early twenties and felt shame, stigmatisation and worry about how it might be perceived by those around me if they knew. There's so much stigma around mental health that it's considered shameful to be affected, I have no idea why. The brain is like any other organ but it's a hell of a lot more complicated. If you had kidney problems you'd take medication, get treatment, people would sympathise with you. If you had a heart attack like so many people in Northern Ireland do, you're given specialist care , you can talk openly about it and meet many people just like you with no shame. If you suffer from depression, anxiety or any other mental issue you often find yourself afraid to talk about it, for fear of people thinking you're 'mental'. But there is no need for this shame, you probably have friends, family, workmates, strangers you see every day who are affected by mental disorders but they just don't talk about it.

I remember the medication I was on for my anxiety was a beta-blocker coupled with a low dosage anti-depressant, I had to fulfil my prescription one day and as I entered the pharmacy I realised that I knew the pharmacist and I was too ashamed to get the prescription filled there. I ended up walking a mile out of my way to go to a different pharmacy where I wouldn't be known, it was so silly but that's how I felt. There are so many other young women out there who are dealing with their own mental disorders and I don't want them to feel the way I did.

Action Mental Health has been around in Northern Ireland since 1963 and has helped countless people over the years. With mental health still wrapped up in all sorts of stigma it is more important than ever that mental health charities are there to support and help those who need them. This year is AMH 50th Anniversary and they are celebrating in style! My very good friend Gemma-Louise from That Belfast Girl will be speaking on the night about mental health in young women, something that you shouldn't miss.

 This Wednesday 13th March there's a wonderful event at Stormont Parliament Buildings for Action Mental Health and it is filled to the brim with all sorts of treats and style. There'll be an awe inspiring showcase event showing off the new Spring/Summer 2013 collection from House Of Fraser, amazing make up artist Paddy McGurgan will be making the models look fantastic for the runway, along with the immense hair prowess of the team from Peter Mark.

When you buy your ticket you can prepare to be spoiled! Ticket holders gain admission to a wonderful drinks reception before the event, a very, very gorgeous goodie bag filled to the brim with even more treats and can I just say now CREME DE LA MER is in there! Total luxury! There'll be a 'Best Dressed' competition the winner winning a handmade piece of jewellery from Rebro Jewellery an a massive hamper of retro sweets. There's a luxury hamper from House of Fraser worth £150 up for grabs, an amazing voucher for a colour and cut at Company Haircutters, Meal for 2 and cocktails at gorgeous Zen Restaurant and an experience from Aura Day Spa on the Lisburn Road to name only a few of the prizes. Music from James Huish will accompany your whole evening and it will keep you entertained into the night. 

Get your tickets for Wednesday night and support an amazing charity but also get yourself some amazing goodies and have a completely decadent evening with your girlfriends or your family!

You can get your tickets at Style At Stormont they're £25 for the show, drinks reception, goodie bags, entertainment and raffle. 

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