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Weʼve raised £330 to help me spread my story and my message to more people in the hope of continuing my journey of raising awareness of mental health
- Biggleswade, UK
- Funded on Friday, 5th October 2018
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On a dark night in late November I sat in my room and I wrote my suicide letter. I didn't want to be here anymore.
Since that moment, I've had to rebuild my life, brick by brick, day by day. Deciding to share my battle with depression publicly by writing and publishing it as an eBook was probably one of the hardest things i've done. Over the last 5 months, I've been giving my all to raising awareness of mental health and sharing my story in the hope that it will help someone out there in a similarly dark place to the one I found myself in.
However, it's got to the stage now where i'd really like it to push on and take off and to do this full-time, to reach as many people as possible. I could not be more passionate about this and believe it can have a life-changing effect. I'd like to expand what I've created. Built from absolute rock bottom, it's been an upward journey to get it where it is now. I've been lucky enough to have been live on Sky Sports News and on the radio, but I've got to earn a living too.
Within the next few weeks and months, I have these key visions and aims but I will need financial backing to help me achieve them;
-Make a documentary or video about my story (BBC 3 declined my offer because i'm not a 'celebrity', so it would have to be a case of working with a local film company) to explore the lack of professional help given to me and many others. I believe this would have the ability to reach a lot of people and give hope to those struggling today.
-Create a website documenting resources to help people, updates on what i'm doing and a regular blog
-Set up a podcast; travelling around the country and talking to as many people as I can about mental health, would hopefully have some inspiring guests. I would need to invest resources such as a microphone etc to make this the best I can as well as expenses
-Book launch. My paperback will be out in the Autumn and i'd like to organise launches in several locations to, again, reach as many people as possible. My story is a very real and very honest one which has the capacity, I believe, to reach people from all walks of life.
-Continue to do talks in schools; I don't charge for these as i'm not a professional speaker and don't want to put unnecessary pressure of schools or have the cost put them off.
-Personally, i'd like to change the Education System to incorporate compulsory mental health awareness for both students and teachers, the Mental Health System, the ensure people don't fall through the gaps as I did and to make mental health training a compulsory part of coaching qualifications. I will need help, both financially in travelling to/from meetings but also any relevant contacts that could help out would be much appreciated.
For the last 18 months i've lacked all purpose and worth. In doing what i'm now doing, I am finally no longer fearing the future, but excited for it. Any help in any way (financially, connections, advice) is much appreciated, genuinely, and I just hope that I can make a positive impact in the future.
It's ok not to be ok
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Sep 20, 2018
Hope this finds you well, Ruth. The work you are doing is simply fantastic. Keep it up. You're a star.
Aug 18, 2018
You're great and I hope this helps you on your journey.
Jul 29, 2018
You're a great person. Keep doing what you do because it is great.
Jul 21, 2018
Jul 11, 2018
You’re amazing! We’re so proud of you. Thank you :-)
Jul 10, 2018
Hang in there Ruth you are making a difference to so many
Jul 8, 2018
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Mental heath campaigner, author and public speaker