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£40 pledge includes these print sets plus more! See the pledge details! Limited only 4 available!
£40 pledge includes these print sets plus more! See the pledge details! Limited only 4 available!
£35 pledge includes set of 4 A4 quote prints and more! only 5 available!
£35 pledge includes set of 4 A4 quote prints and more! only 5 available!
Me and my manuscript :)
Me and my manuscript :)
Just a few items that will be included in rewards depending of the pledge. The highest pledge will include more of a variety than that shown and exceed a £50 RRP that i sell for on etsy!
Just a few items that will be included in rewards depending of the pledge. The highest pledge will include more of a variety than that shown and exceed a £50 RRP that i sell for on etsy!
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This project has been a long time coming!

Firstly, I want to say I know my video is a little "wonky" (A bit like me!) But i am not raising for a shiny new invention, i am raising to hopefully do something that will hopefully help to raise awareness on mental health and offer someone a little hope, and for that I feel I needed a "real" video, something to show that not everything is crisp and shiny and perfect because life, nor mental health operates that way.

I am raising funds to start the process of publishing my book which is a mental health memoir on my on battle with mental health issues. 

To do this wether it be self publishing (which I aim to do first) or a traditional publisher I need to get the manuscript edited and proofread to make sure that it is the best it can be and in a format that is acceptable.

Without this process i simply cannot move the book forward.

This is costly and not something I can afford all by myself and so I am hoping to crowd fund some of the cost, which is where you guys could help!

I have had a very long battle with my mental health from anorexia to bipolar disorder and also the NHS mental health system and what would be five hospital inpatient admissions.

My story starts at the very beginning from growing up in difficult circumstances to the beginnings of my battle with anorexia and beyond, right to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder privately which the NHS originally discounted which then resulted in a severe manic episode with psychosis. 

I have read many mental health memoirs over the years and while some are fantastic I feel many try to give them a "poetic voice" where in my opinion, mental health is anything but. 

My aim was to write a book that is real, that is a no heirs and graces, just a  true account of a battle with mental health that people can relate to while still showing that no matter how long it takes, no matter the battle, that recovery is possible to the extent of the individual because it's not always perfect, it's not always "rags to riches" but it is still possible to get there. When it comes to it that's all we want, normal, to get by and just survive as anyone else does.

So, in the process of writing this book I went through all of my diaries (which I very nearly threw away a few years ago!) and have added my diary entries and also poems that I wrote at the time. 

It is an honest book really written from the heart to give an insight to a mind suffering from mental illness.

I am extremely passionate about mental health, raising awareness and reducing stigma and so this is why I feel the need to tell my story. 

Whilst on the journey to do so I am also sending "Happy Post" to those struggling with mental health issues. My inbox is open to those struggling whereby I aim to send as many Happy Post envelopes as I can to those struggling with their own mental health issues, it's the smallest thing that can brighten a day and so this is what I hope to do. You can see this work here https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthrecoveryhope/ I hope to grow this and do my bit to make a difference!

I have an etsy shop where I sell handmade crafts and so I thought I would offer some creative rewards for your help! 

Who doesn't love a bit of happy post?! I am offering prints and foil quote bookmarks as well as copies of the Ebook once published as a thank you for your support!

I appreciate every single one of you who have read this far and what I aim to achieve and would be forever grateful for your support. 

Once the manuscript is edited I can finally get it out there so your contribution means the world to me! 

Any funds raised over the goal will be used for cover design and book development, I will also use any extra money to fund materials and postage for my "Happy Post" which will enable me to send more out to those struggling with their mental health, the page for this is here :

https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthrecoveryhope/

THANK YOU!!

Risks and challenges

This process means there may obviously be some challenges.\

The timescale for editing, any re writing that may then been needed of the back of that. It may take longer than expected or it may very well be completed sooner than expected.

Whatever the challenge please know that I will honour all rewards and overcome any of the challenges even if they take slightly longer than expected.

My story is a long time coming and so no challenge will deter me from it's completion!

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    THANK YOU!

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    A Positivity Print

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    Happy post!

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    On top of that I will send you a super shiny rainbow foil bookmark also with a positive quote! We all love happy post, right?

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    Happy post plus a free copy of the book!

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    ** Once on amazon I will send a free copy of the ebook as a thank you!

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    Happy post and book!

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    ** A shiny rainbow foil book mark with a positive quote
    **An A4 print with a shiny foil quote selected at random (see photo for just a couple of examples)
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    Limited HAPPY POST.

    **This is an additional limited offer of a set of 4 A4 quote prints (see photo) that look AWESOME once framed and hung next to each other

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    Limited offer! print sets plus more!

    ** Set of 4 A4 Quote Prints

    ** Set of 5 prints of my original drawings -who doesn't love animals in glasses?? (see photos)

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    Ultimate happy post and book!

    **A HUGE thank you from me!!
    **An A5 inspirational quote card that can be framed in any A5 frame.
    ** A shiny rainbow foil book mark with a positive quote
    ** Once on amazon I will send a free copy of the ebook as a thank you!

    ** PLUS some general surprises to make a super duper happy post package! I promise it will be awesome to say thank you for your kindness!! To include prints that you can frame, coasters and general creative awesomeness!
    I will make sure the the RRP (as I sell on etsy) of what you receive exceeds £50 to thank you for being an amazing human being!

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