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When things get hard, it’s difficult to know what to do or how to cope. This journal aims to be there to help in those moments.
When things get hard, it’s difficult to know what to do or how to cope. This journal aims to be there to help in those moments.
When things get hard, it’s difficult to know what to do or how to cope. This journal aims to be there to help in those moments.
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What Now? A Creative Workbook Journal Thing is a book featuring creative prompts to help users process and express emotions in a visual, cheeky way. It's organized into four sections by core emotion: anger, sadness, fear, and "I have no idea???"

This project is my thesis for my bachelor's degree, as well as my project as a 2017 Active Minds Emerging Scholar. I have two advisors on this project: Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, DVATA HLM and Lauren Scott Janssen, MSW, LCSW-C.

The prompts in the journal draw influence from several existing therapeutic approaches and theories, but mainly from the skills and philosophy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a treatment model that centers around mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. At its core, DBT is rooted in validation and in the synthesis of acceptance and change. Research has proven that DBT is beneficial in both clinical and non clinical settings, such as school systems and resiliency building programs. (x)

Throughout the continued creation of the journal, I will be conducting workshops and getting feedback on the efficiency of the prompts, and continuing research on beneficial self-help methods and therapeutic approaches.

Recently, creative activities have become more popular as their benefits are being discovered by more and more people. What Now? is unique because it combines clinical ideas with approachable, yet creative, design and voice.

This journal doesn't substitute for treatment, but it can be an aid in managing the difficult emotions that may come with a mental health condition. People need healthy ways to improve emotional regulation, to build resilience, and to increase (and destigmatize!) help-seeking (including self-help!). Who knows- maybe it can give someone a push they need to enter into treatment, or make them interested in receiving an arts-based therapy! Every little bit helps.

There are reward levels for every type of budget! Look to the right to see which levels include which items. I've made a couple items downloads/printables so I could keep shipping cost down for you, because no one likes paying for shipping. 

(PSST! When the Kickstarter is over, if there are leftover journals, you will be able to buy them here)

My name is Alyse Ruriani. I am a senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) studying Graphic Design, Book Arts, and Culture + Politics. I am not a therapist- well, not yet, anyway! (Fun fact: I just sent in my last application for graduate Art Therapy programs!) 

While I'm not a clinician, I do have knowledge of different therapies, self-help approaches, and topics, as I am a mental health advocate and a person with lived experience. I am making this journal because I have seen first hand how creative outlets and self-help can get people through difficult times.

Funds will be used to get a bulk order of journals printed, bound, and shipped, to order any rewards (like stickers! and temporary tattoos!), and to miscellaneous costs (like packaging materials! fun!) The goal is set at the minimum needed to make this project happen, but in the rare case that there are leftover funds, it may be used to print more books to sell and pay for thesis exhibition materials.

 

 

 

VIDEO MUSIC CREDIT: Which That is This? by Doctor Turtle, licensed under a CreativeCommons Attribution License.

Risks and challenges

If we don't get to the goal, then we get no funding, and this journal won't get in the hands of those who could use it and benefit from it.

If we get funded, then it will happen! This is my degree project, and it is my project for the 2017 Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship, so it has to happen or else I don't graduate and I fail at my fellowship! Those are two things that will secure the project's completion because duh, I want to graduate.

The only potential delays I foresee is the possibility of an issue with printing or shipping, but I am choosing reliable services to make sure that does not happen. Backers will be kept updated as I progress in the project!

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    THE ENCOURAGER

    Anything you can give is valued. You will get a Printable Journal activity page!

    Includes:
    • Printable Journal Activity Page
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    THE HELPER

    Thanks for your help! This reward will get you a Desktop Wallpaper Download + the printable Journal page.

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    • Printable Journal Activity Page
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    Early Bird Discount! THE SUPPORTER

    You get the thing!!! This reward includes the journal itself! You will also get you the Desktop Wallpaper Download + the printable Journal page.

    THIS REWARD WILL RAISE IN PRICE IN A WEEK!

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    THE SUPPORTER

    You get the thing!!! This reward includes the journal itself! You will also get you the Desktop Wallpaper Download + the printable Journal page.

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    Early Bird Discount! THE BACKBONE

    You get the thing but PERSONALIZED with your name (or someone else's I don't care) hand written inside + signed by me!!! And a cool sticker! And the other stuff!

    THIS REWARD WILL RAISE IN PRICE IN A WEEK!

    Includes:
    • PERSONALIZED What Now? Journal
    • Cool sticker
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    • Printable Journal Activity Page
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    THE BACKBONE

    You get the thing but PERSONALIZED with your name (or someone else's I don't care) hand written inside + signed by me!!! And a cool sticker! And the other stuff!

    Includes:
    • PERSONALIZED What Now? Journal
    • Cool sticker
    • Desktop Wallpaper Download
    • Printable Journal Activity Page
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    THE PATRON

    Remember those paper fortune tellers? Well now you get a cool one to help you make decisions on what to do!!! You also get all the previous stuff!

    Includes:
    • PERSONALIZED What Now? Journal
    • Printable What Now? Fortune Teller
    • Cool sticker
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    THE GIVER

    This reward is just like THE PATRON, except you get TWO personalized journals and TWO cool stickers, so you can give one to someone else (or I mean you can keep it all that's fine too)

    Includes:
    • PERSONALIZED What Now? Journal
    • Cool sticker
    • Printable What Now? Fortune Teller
    • Desktop Wallpaper Download
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    THE DONOR

    Wow you are a GREAT PERSON! This reward not only gets one journal in your hands, but DONATES ONE in your name (or the name of a loved one) to someone at a mental health treatment center! Since you're so awesome, you will also get a rad temporary tattoo + the other stuff!

    Includes:
    • PERSONALIZED What Now? Journal
    • Rad Temporary Tattoo
    • Donated Journal in your name
    • Cool sticker
    • Printable What Now? Fortune Teller
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    THE BOOSTER

    You're so special that your name will be in the Acknowledgements of the journal!!! You will also get a 2 Personalized Journals, 2 rad temporary tattoos, 2 stickers, and all the downloadable things!

    Includes:
    • Name in Acknowledgements of Journal
    • PERSONALIZED What Now? Journal
    • Rad Temporary Tattoo
    • Cool sticker
    • Printable What Now? Fortune Teller
    • Desktop Wallpaper Download
    • Printable Journal Activity Page
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    THE PHILANTHROPIST

    Wow wow wow I love you!!! Your name will be in the Acknowledgements of the journal!!! And then you get two, and one will be donated in your name to someone at a mental health treatment center. Plus all this other stuff!

    Includes:
    • Name in Acknowledgements of Journal
    • PERSONALIZED What Now? Journal
    • Donated Journal in your name
    • Rad Temporary Tattoo
    • Cool sticker
    • Printable What Now? Fortune Teller
    • Desktop Wallpaper Download
    • Printable Journal Activity Page
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Funding period

- (30 days)