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A lot of people don't realize that depression is an illness. I don't wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it.
How many people do you think face mental health issues every day? That number in your head would probably need doubling before you got anywhere close. Depression, bi-polar, anxiety, agoraphobia, eating disorders, ADHD, the list is completely endless. What do these people do to get by? Take tablets, see counsellors, get told it will "all go away eventually."
Others do some incredible things; such as become a celebrity, run a business or travel the World in a boat.
It is about time that these people's stories were told. In order to give inspiration to others, be recognised for their achievements and to help those who are also going through tough times. The Mental Health Struggle - From Agoraphobe to CEO is a book in the making that aims to put together all of these incredible people's stories. So far, we have over 100 real stories to sort through and thousands of real pictures. Once this is completed, it will become the most inspirational and motivational book of all time.
Did you know that these people have (or had) mental health issues?
J K Rowling
To name a few.....
It has been said that by battling mental health issues we can stop the number of gun crimes in the USA and around the World, the number of unnecessary deaths and the constant struggle that millions of people face around the World.
Updates & Rewards:
Have you seen all of our press interest recently?! See further down the page for the links to local and national press coverage.
Everyone that pledges more than £1 will get their name featured on the thank you page of the website. Anyone that pledges more than £50 will get a thank you in the book itself! If you pledge more than £100 then you will get a thank you sentence in the book and more than £500 will get you a few more! Finally, more than £1,000 (woah) and you will get a whole page about you or your business in the book!
Masato Jones, a London designer, has created us an incredible t-shirt design!
We absolutely love the colours (green for happiness and healthiness), the mouse who ain't scared of NUFFIN' and the 'Open' on his head to represent being open about mental health issues. This design will be printed on white or grey t-shirts that are made from 100% organic, super soft cotton. Masato is great and does loads of other wicked stuff, you can see some of his work here. Thanks Masato!
We are putting together goody bags for all of our pledgers full of freebies, donations and other lovely bits and bobs that we have received from local businesses. Anyone that pledges more than £10 will get one as standard - yay!
Our warm fuzzy feelings have been upgraded! Check out our resident 'warm and fuzzy' critter thanking our pledgers at the bottom of the page. Nibbler loves getting involved but sometimes it takes time to get your warm, fuzzy feeling uploaded! (Have you ever tried to keep a kitten still?!) We will send all of the pictures out with your pledge rewards
About the book itself
The Mental Health Struggle - From Agoraphobe to CEO will be an A5 size book that has lots of stories, pictures and quotes. It's the kind of thing you would be able to pick up on the train, bus, toilet (if you fancy) and just read a part of. It's not going to be some long, boring novel that you have to read in any given order. That's the great thing about it, it is short bursts of inspiration and motivation! We like those words. The cover and artwork is currently being designed by DesignMatic so we will update the project as soon as we have the final piece.
The people who are sending in stories have also been sending in poetry, artwork they've done and even little gifts. How cool is that? It means that we can jam pack the book with as many exciting bits and bobs as possible. Plus it makes it much more exciting to read.
About the writers
The people that have been contributing their stories so far are from all around the World, from many different walks of life. All have one thing in common; a mental health illness. Some have got over them with incredible stories, others are still battling but doing some pretty amazing things.
All of these stories are being put together in book format by Rebecca (Bex) Walton who is a freelance writer from the UK. She has spent most of her writing career doing boring things in marketing, but has always wanted to write a book. Rebecca has agoraphobia (afraid of leaving the house) but wasn't just going to sit back and claim incapacity benefits. This project is going to prove that you can do it, I can do it, she can do it, and his dog can do it too.
Meet the team
Rebecca and her story, as well as the book, have already received quite a bit of publicity. Although there is plenty more on the cards! Press releases have been sent to every international, local and national radio station, newspaper, magazine, website, news site, social media giant and even celebrities.
You can see some of the stuff that has already been published here:
An interview with BBC Radio on Monday 14th January about Rebecca's mental health illness and the project itself can be listened to here from 1 hour and 7 minutes in or on Youtube here
There is also a news story about this radio interview here.
People Per Hour who Rebecca uses for all of her freelance work and income have also posted a story about her and the project on their blog here
Xenios (big founder man from People Per Hour) posted Rebecca's story on his blog and titled it This IS what gets me up in the morning. Aww, thanks Xenios but I bet it's your phone going off really.
Young Minds (a UK mental health charity) also wanted a piece of Rebecca's story about setting up her business. A story that will be featured in this book, in much more detail.
Backing from giant mental health charities such as Mind, Rethink, Young Minds, Black Dog Tribe and Channel 4's Battlefront.
The press releases which has been sent out to various media can be seen here and here
A radio interview with KMFM, a local Kent radio station, which will be broadcast over the next few days.
Why should I pledge? Or even care?
You don't have to pledge, or even care. However, there have been many sad stories in the news over the last few years about those whose mental health illnesses get too much.
Remember Amanda Todd? She is just one of the millions of people that face the same things every day. Just because she became an online sensation doesn't mean that she didn't think/feel/cry the same way as everyone else.
Mental health issues are a big problem in the World, that seem to be swept under the carpet until something drastic enough makes the news. That doesn't seem fair now does it?
You don't have to pledge to make a difference to this campaign, as just by sharing the video with others is enough to get people talking, thinking and caring. So even if you don't have the funds to pledge, think about other ways that you can help The Mental Health Struggle.
What does the money go on?
Good question! With a broken down answer here:
£4,200 is going towards publishing the first 1,000 books which also includes them being dispatched to the British Library, book reviewers and the limited edition copies.
£1,000 to pay for the images used in the book, for someone to design the cover and other logo designs, and so on.
£1,400 is going on the website, promotional materials and other marketing tools. UPDATE: The website is now being created and hosted for us, for free! Thanks to one lovely pledger and another web designer who have donated them to us. This means that the full amount can go on promotion and marketing! Thank you guys!!
£400 in fees (KS fees, legal copyright fees and so on)
£1,000 to pay for the staff, their time, stories and for any rewards that are not covered by the other costs.
Thank you to everybody that has pledged so far, and to everybody that pledges in the future. Not everyone wants anything to do with mental health illnesses, as they don't want to be 'tarred with the same brush'. You, yes you, you're one of the good eggs.
And don't forget that warm fuzzy feeling we have promised to each and every one of our pledgers. Here are some examples of thank you's to those that have already pledged.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is that people won't understand the truth behind mental illness. Rebecca had lost 2 jobs due to depression, just because these big companies couldn't understand what it meant. We're talking massive corporations too!
It is my biggest hope that we can stir some love and passion with those that do want to help make a difference.
The stories are nearly all there, we just need to be able to put these down on paper.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
A paperback copy of the book itself! Limited to only 50 - Once they're gone, they're gone!
A handwritten thank you letter from Rebecca herself, the warm, fuzzy thought that you got to be a part of this incredible story AND your name featured on the 'thank you' page of the book's website.
EARLY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -
A HARDBACK copy of the book itself! Limited to only 20 - Once they're gone, they're gone! A handwritten thank you letter from Rebecca herself, the warm, fuzzy thought that you got to be a part of this incredible story AND your name featured on the 'thank you' page of the book's website.
A copy of the ebook (if you missed out on the early bird specials) A handwritten letter, your name featured on the 'thank you' page of the book's website and a 500 word blog post about you or your company (written by Rebecca) on the website. Oh and that warm fuzzy feeling don't forget!
Artistes: A hardback copy of the book, an anime picture (like our team drawings) of yourself from Nick Smith and a goody bag for yourself too! Plus a mention on the thank you page, a warm fuzzy feeling and a letter from Rebecca!
VIP: A hardback copy of the book, Masato designed t-shirt OR picture drawn by Nick Smith (like our team pictures) AND a VIP ticket to the book launch over Easter Weekend! Plus a goody bag, warm fuzzy feeling and letter from Rebecca.
Super fan: A SIGNED LIMITED EDITION hardback copy of the book. Plus a VIP ticket to the book launch during Easter weekend. Don't forget to pick your t-shirt OR picture as well! Includes goody bag, warm fuzzy feeling and letter from Rebecca.
Double VIP: 2 x hardback copies of the book, 2 x Masato designed t-shirts OR 2 x pictures drawn by Nick Smith AND 2 x VIP tickets to the book launch. Plus 2 goody bags, 2 warm and fuzzy feelings and 2 letters from Rebecca.
VIP Extra: A limited edition copy of the book,a Masato designed t-shirt AND picture from Nick Smith, a goody bag plus a VIP ticket to the book launch including some lovely grub and a chance to meet Rebecca and the team. We will pay for you to get to the launch (within the UK) as well as put you up in a hotel if you need it! Also, you will have a special mention in the book as well!
Double VIP Extra: Two limited edition copies of the book, 2 x Masato designed t-shirts AND 2 x pictures from Nick Smith, a goody bag for you and one other plus 2 x VIP tickets to the book launch including some lovely grub and a chance to meet Rebecca and the team. We will pay for you to get to the launch (within the UK) as well as put you both up in a hotel if you need it! Also, you will have a special mention in the book as well!
Become the publishers! If you pledge half of the amount that the book requires to be published we will feature your name, or business name as one of the sponsors of the book. Can't say fairer then that really! Oh and you'll get lots of nice goodies to say thanks such as anime drawings of you and one other, Masato designed t-shirts (x2) limited edition copies of the book (x2) and some goody bags for you and your loved ones.