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£386
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10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 8 2019 7:05 PM UTC +00:00

About

This project was designed with the hope of shining a light on our service personnel wether armed unarmed or emergency services these brave men and women are to often forgotten. I have many friends which are ex services and many of them suffer with mental health issues as result of their service. Now its not just Army Navy and RAF that are effected by PTSD and connected conditions, these are traditionally the go to when PTSD is mentioned. However it is much more prevalent among the emergency services as a result of the often harrowing scenes they encounter on a daily basis. It’s time we took this public light we so often shine on unnecessary topics and gave these forgotten conditions the light they need and in turn give our hero’s the support they deserve for their selfless service. Below is the results of a study carried out in Canada into the prevalence of PTSD in the various populations.

Graph showing PTSD rates in the various populations
Graph showing PTSD rates in the various populations

My name is Sam Shepherd and Im a parent to a 3 year old whirlwind of chaos working full time as a civil servant for Veterans Uk, I am an ex navy navigations officer and have recently been diagnosed with PTSD, Psychotic Depression and Dissociative Disorder. Since my diagnosis I have been running a mental health blog via Instagram (www.instagram.com/Vikungr) in the hopes of offering people in similar situations a place to come for support. This has taken the form of me handwriting poetry and quotes all related to mental health in the elder futhark or Viking Runes as it’s more commonly known. The page exploded and gained over 4500 followers in a month and since then I’ve been expanding my projects to other platforms and most excitingly I am in the process of writing a book! 

Mental health has touched us all in some way and for me that was in the form of PTSD and various other connected conditions. As a way of coping with these conditions I turned to writing and as a means of keeping my thoughts safe I learnt to write in the ancient Viking Script of the Elder Futhark. This then gave rise in turn to my introduction into the world of poetry and since then I have been using my command of the written word to try and increase the awareness of mental health and to hopefully allow others to feel they are not alone.

A lot of my followers have urged Me to publish my work in a book, so the reason for this Kickstarter is to enable me to obtain the equipment I would need to make this a reality. As we all know a quality product requires quality tools and if I am to make this project a reality I want to use the best equipment I can and Being in Full time work and looking after my boy doesn’t leave a lot spare. Should the campaign reach over the target excess funding will be used in securing  a publisher and donated to various mental health charities.

Thank you for taking the time to read this page and I appreciate any help that you may be able to offer.

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Farewell from a Father

 Come drink with me boy and take you my shield

Its timbers are splintered the nails to are rusted

And Take you this blade that I pray you dont wield

Keep it well sheathed, your words can be trusted 


Take you my armour with links lovingly oiled 

May its weight be a comfort you never need know

I give to my helmet its splendour life spoiled 

Let them rust in in your cabin boy, let no crimson meet snow


Take you my axe a companion all to gory

Let it never bite bone, only timber it must fell

And I give last this quill and a parchment with story

Choose your path here my boy, choose the man you will sell


And now it's my time boy I here my fathers horn

No man ever was prouder, than the day you were born

Serpent

When I thought of the serpent

My mind always strays to fangs

The lonely lizard leeching

That eyeless reptile - that eyeless reptile


I awoke and flung the jackal

And its eyes have all the biting

Suddenly, I heard some snarling

The barked beast baaing


The serpentiform sorceress strutting

And the talons never slavering

And the raptor never chumming

And the maggots never sniveling


I awoke and flung the grass snake

The snakish scalpel scowling

Suddenly, I heard some killing

While I pondered, howling and fulfilling 

Man of Oak

Man of oak courting a steel mistress now

Blades of brass replace wind and sail

What purer satisfaction than the sweat of his brow

Answering the call that vexes every Male


Shes The Weight of a sun with lines of a dancer

Cloudless Ray's harden skin into leather

All feel the pull but only the brave answer 

No thrill surpasses the furious weather


Times have changed but this breed has not

Rough in hand brave men all

Forgoing their safety is part of their lot

Sure of foot lest the jolly tar fall


He bids farewell to his vice with a fearful concern

Part of him is lost at sea never to return

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk with this project is going to be in the finding of a publisher that is willing to take on the book at completion. I am however currently in talks with various publishers to secure a partnership in the near future.

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