Abbie Foster from Norwich, UK, #EmergesProud with her ‘Stay Strong’ message of Hope

Stories heal. Hearing Demi’s story through her songs was all it took to turn Abbie’s life around, and now she wants to do the same for other young people who might be struggling like she was…

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Here Abbie tells her story:

Growing up I was bullied. I began to self harm and feel incredibly suicidal, it was something that I would think about every day, from what car I could jump in front to what building I could jump off. It sort of became a way of life for me. I didn’t realise then but I had depression, I just thought there was something wrong with me as no one was talking about this kind of thing so I felt completely alone. This happened right up to the age of 18.

One day in January 2014 I was sitting in the car with my mum, Skyscraper by Demi Lovato came on the radio, it was the first time I’d really listened to the words, I was choked up, there was so much depth in those lyrics that I’d never heard before.

Later that night I was feeling triggered, I was numb and needed to cry, remembering how Skyscraper had made me feel earlier I searched it on YouTube, I cried. The words were so powerful to me. At the side were suggestions, Demi Lovato’s Warrior. I listened to this wonderful song and I just broke down, how could someone I’d never met be able to sing all the words and feelings I’d ever wanted to be:

‘Now I’m a warrior

Now I’ve got thicker skin

I’m a warrior

I’m stronger than I’ve ever been

And my armour

Is made of steel you can’t get in

I’m a warrior

And you can never hurt me again’.

Another suggestion came up of Demi’s Believe In Me, I clicked it, once again she sang the most powerful lyrics but this time is was everything I was feeling right now, all those words I just couldn’t say:

‘I don’t wanna be afraid

I wanna wake up feeling beautiful


And know that I’m okay

‘Cause everyone’s perfect in unusual ways

You see I

Just wanna believe in me’.

One more suggestion came up at the side, ‘Demi Lovato opens up about cutting’

My world was turned upside down by this video, how could this Disney princess silently go through so much? That night I realised that if Demi could go through all this and more in the limelight then I could too and come out better. That night I didn’t hurt myself.

Of course it hasn’t been an easy journey, I relapsed a few times. I met Demi in September 2014, she was sweet and hugged me tight.

I relapsed again in the October of that year, but I have not hurt myself since, I am proud to say I have been self harm free since October 17th 2014.

In January 2015 I posted a video of my story to that wonderful song that made so much difference; Warrior. Is has racked up around 50 thousand views and I am so proud.

Ever since then I have been making videos online on my Facebook page Abbie Foster’s StayStrong. Spreading the messages of recovery & positivity far and wide.

I also work with a few charities such as Fixers, Respect Yourself, The Missing Kind,  The Being Me Campaign & more. I am also working with the BBC radio and online to share my story.

Thanks to Demi and her story, I am able to make a difference & I am forever thankful to her for this and much more.

Without her opening up I wouldn’t be here and that I’m sure of.

I want to continue making a difference as much as I can, I want young people to know that their lives will get better & they will feel stronger. Just like I did.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Have a beautiful day 💕

Abbie Foster’s StayStrong

Well done Abbie for your dedication to help relieve suffering ❤

Follow Abbie on Facebook:

and YouTube 

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Audience speaks out for vital changes in mental health services

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The 17th March 2018 saw over 120 people gather at the Puppet Theatre in Norwich to watch the inspirational CRAZYWISE film, talk with Producer Phil Borges, and be entertained by the Norwich Rock Choir!

During the event we asked the audience to consider the question;

“What resources would you most like to see provided by mental health services in order to support people better?”


A visual depiction of the outcomes…

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With huge thanks to all the Attendees, KindaListeningNorwich Rock Choir, NSFT and Norwich MIND for your support in making this such a successful event ❤

Rock C


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Call for Artists to display in New York for #EmergingProud day 2018!

Transcendence: A Spiritual Emergence Showcase


This exhibition will be held in NYC on May 12 as part of International Emerging Proud Day 2018.

We are currently accepting inspired artistic expressions. Visual, musical, and poetic submissions that were inspired by the spiritual emergence process will be accepted through April 15.

Please send entries (jpg images, audio files) and a brief description of the piece to Katrina at

Entries that are not selected for the NYC live show will be included in a virtual multi-media gallery both in NYC and possibly at Emerging Proud events all over the world.

Because transcendent experiences are non linear and ineffable, creative expression offers a non-threatening way for these experiences to be shared. Many who have been through spiritual emergency have been traumatized by erroneously being diagnosed and treated for a mental illness. The hallmark of spiritual emergence is that, while it may sometimes display regressive ailments due to repressed trauma coming up to heal, it can inevitably lead to a higher level of functioning. This event is intended to normalize, build community, and offer resources for those undergoing spiritual emergence/spiritual emergency.

Thank you to Tee and Katrina at The Curious Spirit for this inspired work and your continued support of #EmergingProud! ❤

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Only 2 days left to grab your seat for the Norwich CRAZYWISE screening

Here’s a sneaky peek of what we have in store for those of you joining us for this unique event in Norwich on Saturday:

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There’s still time to grab your seat! BOOK HERE NOW 

In line with NSFT’s ‘Sustainability Transformation Plan’, We’ll be asking all attendees the question: “What resources would you most like to see provided by mental health services to support people better?”

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There’s still time to grab your seat! BOOK HERE NOW 

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First Emerging Kind UK online Peer Support Group to be launched!

We are really excited to announce that we’re soon to launch the first Emerging Kind Online Peer Support Group!

 Let me hand over to your tEK Facilitator Ellie Paskell, who will reiterate some points: 

Hello all, yes, great news indeed 🙂

 I will be holding space for people who’ve had spiritually transformative experiences to come together and support each other, via an online meeting. 

The group will happen online every second week, Tuesday evenings between 7:00 and 8:45pm from Tuesday 17th April. All you’ll need to attend is a computer/smart phone and a Zoom account (free to create at 

The group will be a ‘closed’ group of only 8 people, meaning that seven of you will sign up and then we’ll plan to get to know each other for a good while before opening it to others. 

 This group could be for you if:

-You’ve had a spiritually transformative experience and are looking to share about it with people who’ve had one too. 

-You’ve been given a ‘mental illness diagnosis’ – i.e. Bipolar disorder… but, for you, the experience feels to be part of a spiritual emergence process.  

Peer support groups are growing in popularity because of their effectiveness. Being heard by those who’ve experienced something similar is a wonderful thing. It’s also important to note that the group is not intended to be/replace therapy or any medication you may be taking.

If you’re interested in joining the group, please email me at with a  few words about what’s drawing you to join. Equally, feel free to include any questions you may have in your email. 

And another thing!! Out take alert…


To watch the EPbannerfilm for FREE between the 19th March and the 9th April,  CLICK HERE, click on ‘Rent’ and input the password: EmergingKindFreeview  These are the kind of experiences that Ellie will be providing space to discuss and support to integrate. Thank you Ellie, from the bottom of my heart and from all of the peers who need a space to feel validated and heard, you really are an Emerging Kind! ❤ 

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Amy Woods from Norfolk #Emerges Proud with soul-shine!


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Amy’s story is sadly common for women; self- depreciation and self- loathing can lead to compulsive and destructive behaviours. But Amy managed to turn her life around, and now she inspires others to do the same. Here is Amy’s emergence journey:

How I started to heal my relationship with my body.

I remember being 12 or 13 years old, about to go and meet with my boyfriend at the time. Looking in the mirror and dissecting everything that was “wrong” with me. I had facial hair, my nose was wonky, I had crinkles under my eyes, my teeth were crooked, I was too big, my shoulders were way too broad.

This was my reality. It only grew worse from there. The never ending black whole of self-criticism, self-judgment and self-rejection followed me around, feeding on my self-talk, every day it grew and grew, until eventually it was so heavy it was unbearable to be with.

I had always turned to food for comfort. Whether I was stressed, anxious or even just bored. Food was my number one source of relief. It provided a temporary release of pain and a safe haven for the intense emotion that oftentimes felt too much for me to hold in my body.

When I was 18, things got real bad. My skin was red and angrily inflamed with severe acne. My eating was out of control I was spending so much money on processed, empty foods. I was stuffing myself until I could barely move. I felt embarrassed and I felt ashamed.

I felt like I was a terrible human with no willpower and what I saw in the mirror confirmed that every single day.

I just remember thinking “Why is this happening?”

I discovered 2 things:

  1. Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition, that helped me see my body was not the enemy, it was not out to get me. I learned that both my soul and my body were communicating to me through different symptoms and habits. This was key for me to really start to heal my relationship with my body and embrace my soul. I started to understand that my body was doing the best it could with the internal and external environments I was providing for it.
  2. A quote that changed everything for me:

“What if like isn’t about becoming anything, what if it’s about Unbecoming everything that isn’t you so you could be who you were meant to be in the first place”– Unknown

I realised that for as long as I could remember I had been being and doing what I thought people wanted me to be doing or what they expected of me. I realised that I had no sense of what emotional intelligence was, what my purpose in this lifetime was. I had no idea who I was and so began the process of Unbecoming and UNlearning the limiting beliefs I had embodied and told myself every day. Things like “I need to be pretty, flawless and thin to be someone in this world”

I started asking questions like “what do I really want?”  “Why am I here?” “How best can I help other people?”

I couldn’t possibly have spent any time on these questions before because all my time and energy was concentrated on self-loathing. It was spent on wondering why I wasn’t as pretty, as flawless or as thin as the other girls and women around me.

My mind was consumed with toxic beliefs that made me feel worthless, powerless and undesirable.

Healing our relationships with our bodies doesn’t come from obtaining the “perfect” body because there is no such thing. It comes from being kind to ourselves, from appreciating all our beautiful imperfection and understanding that our bodies are our ally in life, not our enemy.

By no means is my binge eating eradicated completely or is my life a self-rejecting free party. It’s a life-long journey of recovery and some days are easier than others to be kind and compassionate to myself. But the freedom that self-acceptance has provided me is tremendous and has inspired me to help support others on their journeys.

Welcome to the #EmergingProud community Amy! ❤

Amy will be joining a group of brave #Emergees to share their stories on International #EmergingProud SoMe day in Norwich on the 12th May 2018. Pop by and talk to her!

Amy is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, specialising in Compulsive Eating, Cultivating a healthy body image culture and empowering women to transform the relationships with the food they eat and the body they’re in from one of shame and guilt to one of nourishment and pleasure.

She is Founder and Director of the social enterprise SoulShine which aims to empower people of all ages to live their fullest and most authentic lives.

Find out more information at

Join Amy’s Facebook group: “Embrace” Yourself & Your Body with SoulShine

Facebook: @soulshinehealingAmy

Instagram: @soulshine94

Twitter: @soulshineyou

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Teal Swan on the problem with diagnosing in the mental health system

Even the most famous spiritual figures are speaking out. This week saw Oprah talk about  how childhood trauma impacts people’s live, and Teal Swan made a video expressing her anger at the current mental health paradigm. I couldn’t agree more, it’s SBBS (spiritual bypassing bullshit) to deny strong emotions, and can keep us stuck in non- action.

We need people to speak out in order for necessary change to occur. In order for people who are already traumatised, not to be re- traumatised by a system that focuses only on the problem and not on the solution.

In actual fact, if you have been diagnosed with a label of pathology:

“There is nothing wrong with you….your behaviours are adapations which occured to keep you safe in trauma.” 

As our society progresses, diagnoses won’t exist at all. Touché Teal, Touché ❤

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