The Open Up campaign recently launched to encourage people to start conversations about homelessness and the surrounding issues, such as abuse, depression, mental health, and slavery.

Over the next few months, we’ll be teaming up with some of our charity partners to discuss tricky issues that are often considered too taboo to talk about. Right now we’re working with Moodbeam to start the conversation about the emotions and feelings surrounding homeless situations.

Moodbeam is a device that logs and records your mood. The idea came about when the child of Christina Colmer, McHugh Moonbeam’s founder and director, experienced a spate of bullying at school. Christina wanted to find out how their day had been and quickly found out she wasn’t alone with this desire. Many kids, especially those who are going through a tough time, struggle to tell their parents and teachers how they are feeling.

With a team of experts, Christina developed the concept into a useful tool that can be used by all sorts of groups and individuals. The pocket-sized appliance is easily accessed and discreetly operated to monitor the user’s emotional wellbeing.

“We’re so pleased that those experiencing homelessness have found a voice with HHCP, and even more delighted to be moving forward with them to provide a solution to this crisis in the long-term,” Christina enthuses. “Through Moonbeam's ability to start conversations surrounding loneliness, vulnerability and isolation by logging and tracking daily moods, HHCP will be able to tap into the lives of those affected by homelessness.”

Sometimes the hardest part about opening up a conversation is finding the right words, but with this new technology, we can instantly track our moods at the touch of a button.

“We are so proud and humbled to become a part of the Open Up campaign and can’t wait to get moving on positive changes in 2017 and beyond.”

You can follow the Moodbeam story at moodbeam.co.uk