Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Sad Ghost Club

As you know, I love exploring the internet for awesome mental health projects to share with you. This month, I discovered The Sad Ghost Club. I was struck firstly by the name, but as I explored their site, I found so much more behing that.
The Sad Ghost Club do a number of things. Their 'About Me' bio says this:
"The Sad Ghost Club is a club for anyone who’s ever felt sad or lost. It’s the club for those who don’t feel like they’re part of any other club. It’s run by just the two of us, Laura & Lize, and we love creating comics & zines to highlight the issues that a lot of ghosties go through." 
Predominantly, there's a store full of beautiful products that are prefect for gifts or as a treat for yourself. My personal favourite is their postcards:
For me, the campaign immediately stood out. (I call it a campaign because to me it's an empowering way to break down stigma and talk about mental health) Here was a group of people embracing sadness, rather than focusing on trying to change your emotions into happier ones. I hadn't seen a mental health based project do this before. It's empowering to accept yourself for the way you are. And the ghosties do just that!  

They created a community of people who could self identify as 'Sad Ghosts'. They became a part of something, with pins and comics and posters that show acceptance of their feelings.  
It's a club for people who either can't be a part of other clubs because of social anxiety, who feel they don't belong, or who want to be a part of a movement. It's a way of feeling less alone.

And I feel like they really get it. Take this image for example. It's about what to do when you're feeling blue. Anyone that reads my blog knows that I am adamant crafting, keeping busy and being creative have played a huge part in keeping my depression in check. This ghost comic gets it. It's cute, it's pretty, and it's actually helpful for people with mental illness. 
I spoke to Laura from The Sad Ghost Club about their project, to find out what's behind the Sad Ghost Club.

- What inspired you to set up the The Sad Ghost Club?
Our fans inspired us mostly. It started as a small side project for Lize but the positive reaction she got encouraged her create more Sad Ghost comics. Then I (Laura) became part of the project and helped it grow into what is it today.

- Why did you call it 'The Sad Ghost Club'?
If we’re really honest, it kind of just happened. There wasn’t really any planning behind the name. Lize was drawing ghosts at the time and they were all sad so it kind of just made sense.

- What has the reaction been to the club and the store? 
The reaction we’ve had is incredible! We’re so pleased that people understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. We ship worldwide so have a global community. Our biggest fan base is America, even though we are based in South West England. We get lots of emails and comments on our Tumblr thanking us for what we are doing and sharing their stories of the positive impact we’ve had. We can’t really put it into words how it makes us feel, we are so taken back and love our fans so much!!

- If you had one message for someone who wanted to join The Sad Ghost Club, what would it be?
Being in The Sad Ghost Club can be tough sometimes, but be proud of yourself everyday and what you’ve accomplished no matter how big or small.

So there you have it! Anyone who feels sad, low, down, depressed can be part of The Sad Ghost Club. It's welcoming, it's accepting, and while it's tough feeling that way, you are not alone.

Currently, the girls are trying to raise money for their studio and workshops. You can donate here at their Indiegogo campaign where as part of the donation, you can receive little perks. (Which I did, and now can't wait for my exclusive patch and print to arrive!)

Also check out their Tumblr here, and their Instagram here.


  1. This sounds like a lovely idea, the little illustrations are adorable too. I might actually get my sister some of the little postcards for Christmas time. :)

  2. Wow! Isn't it so lovely to see such a different approach to mental health, dealing with current emotions as opposed to focusing on changing them, such a great idea
    Nicola x

  3. What a lovely idea. It sounds so positive and uplifting - hopefully it will help a lot of people.

  4. Isn't the internet amazing? It's so good that people can find a community of other people who feel the same way as them, share experiences and help each other out. This project sounds like it will help a lot of people.

  5. I'd never heard of this, it's really different but I think I like it. It's important that nobody ever feels alone! Xx

  6. This sounds amazing. I am going to look at this site myself...sad ghost club seems the perfect name to me. As someone who struggles with anxiety and feeling lost, I wrote a poem about myself called Ghost Girl...thats honestly how I feel so I feel that name is very very appropriate for such a "club". Cant wait to check it out! x

  7. This sounds like a really lovely idea, I must check out the Sad Ghost Club for myself. Those postcards are really pretty and positive, love them!

  8. Wow, not only are the postcards gorgeous, but the concept of the Sad Ghost Club is really endearing.

  9. What a lovely idea! Those postcards are very pretty - so nice to receive.

  10. This sounds like a wonderful community, or club. Mental heath still has so much stigma and no one really understands unless they've been in the boat, how nice to be surrounded with like-minded people, and I love the shop idea, those cards are fabulous.

  11. It's great that nowadays there are more communities and more support being set up to support those with mental health problems. It's not something I have any personal experience of but I can see how some of my online friends will benefit from people like this.

  12. Anything that a) helps those feeling down and b) raises awareness of mental health issues, is a great big deal. Thanks for sharing x

  13. Anything that a) helps those feeling down and b) raises awareness of mental health issues, is a great big deal. Thanks for sharing x

  14. It sounds like a great project on so many different levels. The cards are gorgeous and I bet being apart of this means a lot to people

  15. This is such a great idea. It really is the little things that can make such a difference x

  16. I love the the ideas in this post. We need all the motivation in the world to keep us inspired. We face difficult and discouraging moments but projects like this make a difference.

  17. This group sounds amazing and I look forward to checking them out. Like you mentioned most people try get you to change how you feel not embrace it, so this is very interesting. The illustrations are so adorable and I love the name and it is always nice to know your not alone when feeling blue.

    1. Yes Tara! That's exactly how I feel. I'm really impressed by them x

  18. Sounds like a great campaign that accepts all and does not discriminate and does not want to change you just accepting who you are