“’When I Grow Up’ is an alphabetic picture book aimed at little minds. With each letter lies a dream to be fulfilled and with each hand-drawn illustration, a unique character to connect with”.
First, let me just say this. This is not a sob story. This is just my story.
For the last 13 years, I have battled with mental illness, exacerbated by bullying, eating disorders, self-harm and defamation of my own character. After having my daughter in 2015, I was diagnosed with post-natal depression and referred to a psychologist. Through this process I was able to face my inner demons and tackle my biggest bully of all – myself.
I knew I wanted to do something to help others who may have suffered like I did. I have always dreamt of publishing a children's book and with the support of my ridiculously patient and loving husband, Owen, I have almost managed to complete this dream.
This book is aimed at kids (and kids at heart) who may feel they do not have the qualities or characteristics to be who they want to be. As a mum, there is nothing I want more in the world than for my daughter to know that nothing, or nobody, can stand in her way of becoming whatever and whoever she wants to be.
If I am successful:
- In a bid to support and raise awareness for mental illness, 30% of all ongoing book sales will go to beyondblue.
- To help promote an understanding of kindness and empathy, books will also be donated to schools and libraries around Australia.
BUT... to achieve all this, I need some help crossing the finish line.
Self-publishing a book is not easy. Not only does it take the time and energy to create, but funds to prepare, produce and print. Kickstarter has allowed me the platform to potentially achieve this with your support.
I encourage you to share this with friends, family and your close networks in order to help us understand and support mental illness in our society.
The goal of $5,000 allows me to self publish the book, own the copyright, have it barcoded and registered as a published book. It also allows me to get the minimum print run of books, which is 500.
So while $5,000 is still the goal, if we can exceed this and stretch our goal out to $7,000, we can print 1000 books, which means...
• more copies for kids everywhere
• more awareness for mental health
• more support for beyondblue
Let's do this!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge associated with this project for me is that the whole world now knows my flaws. You know what I have been through and it may make you judge me, or change your opinion of me.
The biggest risk is realising I may not meet my target and therefore I will have to consider the idea of failing at something that I am so passionate about.
But at the end of the day, the people who love me will still love me and I may not succeed, but at least I have tried (and I will try again!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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