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NZ$ 5,851
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Last updated December 6, 2018

Out of the Woods

A compelling personal journey out of depression told in a beautifully illustrated graphic novel to help sufferers and their loved ones.

Out of the Woods

A compelling personal journey out of depression told in a beautifully illustrated graphic novel to help sufferers and their loved ones.

NZ$ 5,851
pledged of NZ$ 21,600pledged of NZ$ 21,600 goal
75
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 6 2018 2:53 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 6, 2018

About

A comic to help people out of depression?

Sounds odd, I know. But when I was depressed and really needed help, I couldn't read - a common experience. So, when I got well and wanted to help other sufferers, I knew I had to find a new way to reach them. A comic made perfect sense. And it is working. People of all ages, from 9 to 100, and from all walks of life, even people who say they hate comics, have written to me telling me how much they have connected with my book and how it has helped them.

“Thank you beyond words for the healing power of your book" -  mother of depression sufferer

As well as these heartfelt letters, I have received support from some of the world's leading depression experts. And critical acclaim too, with the book winning a Benjamin Franklin Award in the USA.

'A brave important book' – Professor Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University

To date most of this support has come from readers in my home country, New Zealand. Now, I want to take 'Out of the Woods' to a wider international audience and I need your help to do this.

Depression, and why it matters.

Depression is the world's leading cause of disability. The World Health Organisation states that there are more than 300 million sufferers and over half of them don’t get any form of treatment. 

Thankfully there is some good news. We are starting to make headway. The stigma and shame that has kept depression hidden for so long is lifting. 

But now, how are we to respond? How can we help our loved ones who are suffering? How can we help ourselves? Addressing these questions is the number one goal of my book.

'A great book that will bring understanding and hope to anyone who reads it.' – Professor Mark Williams, University of Oxford

Who am I?

My name is Brent Williams, I’m a community lawyer from Wellington, New Zealand. In my late 40’s I was hit by depression. After a career of helping others I was at a loss as to how to help myself. Shame, denial, and a lack of understanding made things worse. 

Eventually, I got good help and started doing many evidence-based things that led to a full recovery. I documented this process in personal journals and later these became the basis of my book.

'This is as clear, accurate and sympathetic a description of major depression and how to emerge from it as I have ever seen.' - Dr. Tim Cantopher, author of 'Overcoming Depression'

Me talking to the New Zealand Herald
Me talking to the New Zealand Herald

What is special about Out of the Woods?

It is my story. Reading about how other people experienced depression and found their way out was a very important part of me getting well. While reluctant at first, I knew that I had to share my own story if I was to help others and myself too. Depression would have preferred me to stay silent.

It is told in pictures. Depression is not an easy illness to see when you are in the middle of it. Out of the Woods makes depression visible - literally. It gives depression and anxiety a form that people can respond to. 

It touches people emotionally. They see themselves in my story. They can follow my recovery journey, see what worked and what didn't. It is inspiring people and motivating them.  

It is very practical. Out of the Woods is a well-researched self-help book that speaks not just to sufferers but their families, mental health professionals and the wider community too. There is so much everyone can do to help their loved ones, friends and colleagues. Understanding is the first step.

“Ultimately a journey of redemption, growth, and hope that could provide an invaluable lifeline to those experiencing depression, and those at a loss to understand what their loved ones are going through.” - Dr. Ben Beaglehole, Otago Medical School

Making the book

The origins of the book were my journals, my mood charts, my research notes and my sketches but I needed an artist to fully realise my story. When I found illustrator, Korkut Oztekin, I knew from the start he was the perfect partner. 

It was a labour of love for both of us. For 3 years we worked together, panel by panel, creating the book - me in New Zealand and Korkut in Turkey.

The time it took was not quite what I had planned but it was perfect. It allowed me to thoroughly explore — through research and in daily practice — everything I wrote. This helped me ensure the book was authentic and could be relied on.

And when we finally met in person in Turkey to look at the first printed copies I felt like I had not only created a work that I could be proud of, I was uniting with a life-long friend.

The book features 160 pages with 700 beautiful watercolor paintings.
The book features 160 pages with 700 beautiful watercolor paintings.

Why I need your help

I have used all my own savings getting to this point where I have a completed and printed book. Because of the personal nature of the story I decided against taking any grants or funds from others to make it. 

However, marketing the book is different. For this I do need your help to enable me, over the next 12 months, to promote the book internationally. The world of book publishing is fast, competitive, and expensive. It requires a lot of perseverance and work on many fronts to get noticed. 

With your support my team of volunteers and I will work hard to get it out into the world and into the hands of people who could really benefit from it.

Two interns, Malin and Ipek, who have volunteered to help promote the book.
Two interns, Malin and Ipek, who have volunteered to help promote the book.

Our Goal

Our goal is to raise 12.500€ to pay the expenses of a year’s promotional and publishing work.

This will enable us to promote the book to people in North America, UK, New Zealand, Australia and Europe by:

  • Writing articles on depression and anxiety for newspapers and magazines
  • Talking on radio shows and mental health podcasts
  • Translating the book into German and Spanish
  • Arranging reviews in professional and general magazines, newspapers and academic journals 
  • Talking at book events and readings 
  • Contacting professional mental health organizations 
  • Contacting community groups
  • Promoting the book through all forms of traditional and social media
Volunteers: Nina, Anne and Angie working on the German translation
Volunteers: Nina, Anne and Angie working on the German translation

Rewards

By choosing any one of the rewards you will be helping us achieve this. You get a book in return, and if you like, something more too. The nice thing is, you are effectively buying a book for the same price you would elsewhere but with one big difference. 

Instead of us receiving a quarter of the sale proceeds (with more than two thirds going to Amazon) we will receive a much bigger share. This makes an enormous difference to our work.

  • 8 NZD: You simply want to support the project and stay up to date. We really appreciate that. You will receive a personal thank you from the author.
  • 17 NZD: You will receive a digital E-book copy of Out of the Woods.
  • 40 NZD: You will receive a beautiful, full-color, hard copy of Out of the Woods containing 160 pages and 700 hand painted illustrations.
  • 70 NZD: One for a friend and one for you. Not the most obvious christmas present perhaps, but at the right time in the right place it might just do wonders. You will receive 2 hard copies of Out of the Woods.
  • 90 NZD: Get your favourite 3 pages or 3 panels from the book turned into posters. In addition to a hard copy of Out of the Woods, you get to choose 3 pages or panels that we turn into posters (35x25cm). You can choose versions with or without speech bubbles.
3 possible poster options from the book
3 possible poster options from the book
  • 110 NZD: Looking for some personal and practical guidance for you or a loved one? Here's your chance to speak personally to the author about your own situation. You will receive a hard copy of Out of the Woods as well as one 50-minute long coaching session with the author via Skype.
  • 210 NZD: For the artsy ones among you. You get a hard copy of the book and the unique opportunity to acquire one of the original hand-painted A3 pages from the book. 
  • 2,250 NZD: Spend a week's holiday in Brent's home in one of the world's truly beautiful places - Onapua Bay, Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. This is where big parts of the book were written. Swim, kayak, hike, fish, or just sit by the fire and look at the breathtaking landscape and wildlife around you. Includes 7 nights accommodation.
Onapua Bay Marlborough Sounds
Onapua Bay Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds as shown in the book
Marlborough Sounds as shown in the book
Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Timeframe 

The book has been written, illustrated, designed and printed. We are set up to immediately implement our goals and deliver rewards as soon as the campaign is finished.

More Information

If you would like more information please visit my website (you can write to me there via the Contact Form) or follow me on Instragram, where I post about getting out of depression and the things that keep me well. 

Risks and challenges

This project comes with very few risks - I have already taken most of them. I have a 30-year track record in New Zealand producing quality print and video resources and also implementing social programmes for the New Zealand Government and social agencies.

Thank you for your support!

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    One for you and one for a friend. In the right place at the right time it might just do wonders.

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    Chose 3 of your favourite pages or panels from the book and we will turn them into 3 posters (35cm x 25cm) for you.

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    Looking for some personal and practical guidance for you or a loved one? Here's your chance to speak personally to the author about your own situation. You will receive a hard copy of Out of the Woods as well as one 50-minute long coaching session with the author via Skype.

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    Artist's Bundle

    A select offer for the artsy ones among you who would like to receive an original A3 hand-painted page from the book. You will get to choose one from a selection of 50 original pages on offer.

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    Marlborough Sounds Bundle

    Spend a week's holiday in Brent's home in one of the world's truly beautiful places - the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. This is where the book was written. Swim, kayak, hike, fish, or just sit by the fire and look at the breathtaking landscape and wildlife around you. Includes 7 nights accommodation.

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