Weʼre raising £300 to create a campaign for greater awareness of mental illness and health and release a series of enamel pins
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I am a diagnosed sufferer of Depression & Anxiety. I have always wanted to do something to help the charities out there that help people like me with any kind of mental health issue or illness.
This is how I hope to help
I will be releasing 4 consecutive Kickstarter campaigns, each one with the aim of releasing an enamel pin of my own design. The pins are skulls with subjective icons that can be attributed to the wide myriad of mental health.
After manufacturing costs any additional funds raised will be split equally between the three charities I have picked to personally support. I have given my time and design for free.
A Pledge of £10 will get you the skull pin and a set of 4 badges with each skull design.
If you want to know more please carry on scrolling and read my personal motivations and the three charities I will be supporting and the work they do.
Thank you for reading this and if you wish to support my campaign that would be incredible, please share if you can.
My name is Mark Ryan and I'm 30 years old.
Eight years ago this summer I was starting University and living with my then fiance now wife in our first flat, the normal day to day stress points affected me just like everyone else but didn't take over my life.
The first year of Uni passed by and I was doing well with my results but I hadn't realised just how much pressure I had put on myself. Then my mother got diagnosed with cancer.
The ground fell out beneath me and I fell. It felt like I was falling for such a long time. I stayed strong for her and I continued at uni while doing what I could to help.
The physical sensations started with awareness of my pulse in my chest, sweating, impaired vision and a deep fear in the pit of my stomach and at the front of my mind.
At the time I didn't know what was happening. Eventually after self-researching using Google (not the best idea) I realised I was having panic attacks. Instantly I closed up, believing I had created this in my head, so, obviously I could fix it too, wrong.
I became obsessed with my pulse, to the point where I bought a heart monitor watch so I could check it, this became my addiction and I checked that watch and my pulse hundreds of times a day. It became so unhealthy. All through this I was adamant I didn't need medication or help. I did.
I had the tests, got the MOT and once the doctors had ruled out physical health problems there was only one place to go next. I was lucky that the system seemed to work well in my case and I got the support relatively quickly. I am now on an antidepressant and as of writing this I am in the best place I have been. This has made me realise I was lucky, I'm not saying medication was the answer but I needed help and there are many forms this can take.
Now, please don't read this as a sob story, or sympathy hook. I am not looking for you to support me personally. Our mental health systems are so poorly supported and run that charities like the three supported through this campaign, have to be built from the ground up so that those less lucky than me have places to find help.
The main focus of this campaign is the call to 'SHARE your SKULL'
The skull is universal, it transcends skin colour, gender, age, intelligence, wealth or social status. Just like mental health we all have a skull.
Each design of skull can fit a myriad of mental illnesses. These are left open to your personal interpretation.
A Pledge of £10 will get you the skull pin below and a set of 4 badges with each skull design.
This campaign's 2 inch enamel pin;
Everyone will see something different but my mind imagines this skull as OCD with the circles representing the need to repeat.
If you choose the reward tiers that include the badges then you will receive the badges with the different designs which will not be released until their respective campaigns.
Here is how the £300 breaks down:
ANY FUNDS RAISED ABOVE £300 WILL ALL GO TO THE CHARITIES
In no particular order I'm pleased to announce the charities that will receive donations from this campaign if more than manufacturing costs are raised.
'A British charitable organisation that provides information, carries out research, and campaigns to improve services for people affected by mental health problems.'
'We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.'
'Rethink: working to create better lives for people affected by mental health. Better Life For Everyone. We are there to help'
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