And here’s how you can get involved.
When it comes to celebrity manicurists, they don’t come much more famous than Stephanie Staunton. As a successful businesswoman, she has worked on some of the world’s biggest films and fashion campaigns, whilst attending to the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, to name but a few. What most people don’t know about Stephanie is that she lives with bipolar affective disorder, and she is working to breakdown the prejudice surrounding mental health, but she needs your help.
As part of the ‘nailing mental health’ initiative, Stephanie has organised a world record attempt to paint 6078 people’s nails in eight hours. In other words, for each person who has their nails painted, that is one person from the UK who took their own life in 2015.
Thanks to the help of over 350 manicurists, who have volunteered their time, anyone is welcome to attend the event and have their nails painted, in return for a for £5 donation to support the cause. Throughout the day, people will have the option to have their nails painted in green, Mind’s signature colour. On the day, you can also expect to see some celebrity faces too.
Having partnered with some of the biggest names in the beauty industry, the aim is to raise £30,000 for the charities Mind, Samaritans, as well as Nailing Mental Health. Thanks to the help of sponsorship, the cost of the event has been covered for, after five hard months of fundraising £10,000. When speaking to the mental health charity Mind, Stephanie said “I know a lot of people who have benefitted from the work that Mind does, including myself.”
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Looking to the future, Stephanie has said there a two more events in the pipeline, a masquerade ball on the 10th June and a fitness challenge on the 11th August, which takes place exactly a year after she tried to end her own life.
To paint up a storm and help raise awareness of mental health issues, head to the Intercontinental Hotel at the O2, London between 10am and 6pm on Sunday 2nd April.