Riley Rankin came up with a beautiful idea of a gift for his girlfriend when he saw her struggling with her mental health. The young man filled empty gelatin capsules with notes containing sweet and loving messages for his girl and offered her for a refill whenever she needed it.
We live in times where every other person is suffering from mental health issues. The good part is, society has finally accepted mental health issues as a disease and has stopped treating it as a stigma. Riley Rankin is a man who knows the pain his girlfriend, Denisha Bracey goes through when she suffers from panic attacks and anxiety. So, Rankin came up with a thoughtful idea for their 2 year anniversary.
Rankin came up with the idea of love pills. He ordered empty gelatin capsules from a Walmart pharmacy and filled each capsule with a note holding an endearing message for his girl. It took him about 2 hours to write the notes. There’s a total of 60 of them. Rankin says it sometimes feels that Denisha does more for him than he does for her, so it was nice to do something to give back.
The couple spent a year together in Germany and came back to Canada. Rankin came up with the idea when he saw Bracey having a hard time away from family and was struggling with her mental health and was also not comfortable with therapy and taking pills. So Rankin came up with this solution. “I said to her that when she goes through them all, she can come back for a refill”.
Bracey has been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks since she was a teenager and it stuck her badly when she hit puberty. She says “that was when I was around 17, so it kinda developed over time”.
Before getting into a relationship, Bracey wanted to have an honest beginning and she told Rankin about her struggle with her mental health. According to Rankin, he is glad that Bracey shared her struggle with him at the beginning of their relationship, “It’s really good to tell people what you’re dealing with before you get involved,” he says.
Bracey says she was very happy when she received such a meaningful gift from Rankin and said, “Gifts don’t have to cost $100 to be meaningful, a couple bucks and some creativity.”
When Rankin was asked for a advice on how to deal with loved ones struggling with mental health issues, he said, “If you have any problems, you should focus on them. Not to the point where you ignore your partner but make sure you’re okay first. When you’re good then you can help more. And second, just be really compassionate. I forget that a lot too, it’s hard to remember because sometimes it’s hidden, you don’t notice – somebody can be smiling but they’re really not feeling good inside. It’s important to just remember that and be compassionate.”
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