More than two-thirds of UK adults have worried about the effect of Covid-19 on their lives and what impact it will have for their future. Social isolation, job losses, financial insecurity, working front-line jobs and a loss of coping mechanisms has caused a widespread “mental health emergency”. It has been and continues to be, an incredibly difficult year for most.

I am very fortunate to have a job that kept me motivated, productive and safe during lockdown and to have stayed optimistic throughout most of this year but a couple of months ago, I had a health scare which took its toll. The fear of delayed medical treatment during the pandemic, the anxiety of falling into the vulnerable category and the overwhelming sense of loneliness was difficult to cope with. I am so thankful to have received the all-clear but it has put a great deal into perspective for me – the most important being that my health, both physical and mental, must be my number one priority.

That’s why, as part of Jellybean’s 12 Day of Giving Christmas initiative, I’ve chosen Mind as my nominated charity to donate a day’s worth of salary to. Mind UK have worked for over 70 years to be ambassadors for mental health, lobbying government and local authorities on key issues, providing invaluable advice and information, raising public awareness of mental health issues and operating charity shops across England and Wales to support their fundraising efforts. I’ve reached out to Mind UK on more than one occasion in the past for advice and reassurance when I have struggled and every time I’ve walked away feeling understood and supported.

There’s more than one way to support Mind UK. From donating your money or time to get involved in their fundraising efforts, to becoming a campaigner – every action helps. To find out more about what Mind do and to get involved yourself, visit

In times of trouble, Christmas has always been a respite to put our problems aside for one day and remind us of what matters most. This Christmas will doubtless bring a lot of worry and stress for many so here’s a reminder to us all to be kind to yourselves, to take care and to stay optimistic.