Putting our compassionate rage into action

There is so much anger in the ether around mental health services; valid and justifiable anger – I get it, believe me I do.

However, I have learned the painful way that all expressing anger achieves is building walls and pushing us further from finding solutions…

We have to stop focusing on the problem, and start focusing on the solutions

Most of us are wanting to get to the same destination (a new post-patriarchal paradigm) but via different doorways – let’s focus on the destination rather than the doorway; where are our bridges?

How do we bring in the narrative of ‘Post-traumatic growth’ and the switch from the victimisation of those suffering into possibility for transformation into services?

What is needed in services to support these experiences in a more helpful way? What can we include in MH care to enable people to thrive and not just survive?

This is what we will discuss during our ‘conference with a difference’ on 17th Jan 2020;

“How does the Power Threat Meaning Framework relate to those who perceive their experience in transformative terms, and how could it be used to support this?”


#EmergingProud sees the ‘spiritual’ element of the equally important BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL-SPIRITUAL aspects of what it means to be wholly human as understanding a crisis as a journey of growth, connection and transformation.

Which doorway are you coming through? Whether it’s the psychedelic community, mental health arena, environment activism or a political lens we believe you hold vital pieces of the puzzle to bring to the discussion…


What to expect on the day; 

9.30am Arrivals and registration

10am: Katie to introduce the plan for the day and the laws of the Open Space mechanism

10.15am – An overview of the Power Threat Meaning Framework by Lucy Johnstone

10.45am – A somatic meditation practice to get us ‘out of our minds’ and into the wisdom of the heart

11am – Coffee break

11.20am – Market Place – all delegates invited to raise a discussion topic for the day if they are passion about something needing to be addressed

12.20pm –All delegates invited to plan their afternoon from the live Agenda wall

12.30pm – Lunch break

1.30pm – Open Space session 1 (delgates free to float between discussions as they feel inspired)

2.30pm – Open Space session 2 (delgates free to float between discussions as they feel inspired)

3.30pm – Break

3.50pm – Reconvene full delegate circle for harvest feedback from discussions

4.50pm – Katie to close with what happens next – all delegates to receive a post-event report 

FEELING and compassionate rage is necessary to give us the impetus to want to affect change, as long as we put our anger to purpose. Are you passionate for change? 





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A new narrative for mental health has to start today, and it’s #Emerging Proud on the book shelves!

Today is World Mental Health Day 2019 and there will be posts galore about ending the stigma of mental distress. But that sentiment far from misses the point.

Natural human reactions to trauma are being pathologised as made-up diseases that have absolutely no scientific evidence for, and then treated in inhumane ways. This has to stop. The way we push away, ignore and medicate our pain into meaningless oblivion has to change.

Are you struggling? Do you need another, more helpful way in which to understand your pain?

One of our fabulous #EmergingProud through Trauma and Abuse Pocket Book contributors, Catherine Lucas, has a message for you;

Right at this particular moment in history, there is more need than ever to help individuals like you become empowered and take responsibility for your healing. You have SO much to offer this world in crisis. Whatever the trauma, abuse or mental health issues you’ve been through, I hope my story, and all the others in this book, inspire you, inspire you to know you can turn your life around, that you don’t need to buy into the old, pathologising, medical model paradigm. There is a bigger picture, a more holistic, integrative approach, which puts you and your story at the centre of your healing journey. You are the hero of your hero’s journey to wellbeing. Together we can create a new reality for ourselves and the world.

Together we can change the narrative of mental health.

Today sees the release of our 4th KindaProud Pocket Book aiming to do this…


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Together let’s make #WMHD2019 different from all those that have gone before. Let’s make 2019 the start of a transformation… 

This book offers; A deeply moving insight to the humanity that lies behind psychiatric labels and diagnoses. This movement showcases the resilience of the human spirit that can survive on very little for very long and yet continue to strive towards healing and growth. The brave unblinking voices heard here finally return the stories of mental illness from the medical institutions to those that know deeply within themselves that the ‘madness’ wasn’t theirs to start with, theirs was the task of surviving and finding their way towards safety, integrity and empowerment. Their stories carry the urgency of reform for our mental health systems, from hierarchical structures of ‘treatment’ into collaborative and holistic systems of ‘healing’. An important perspective for anyone surviving or working with survivors of trauma or abuse.


Maria Papaspyrou, Integrative Psychotherapist
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We have a winner! FREE copy of #Emerging Proud through Trauma and Abuse goes to…


Pradeep Solanki – Congratulations; you won the FREE copy of our new Pocket Book; #Emerging Proud through Trauma and Abuse! 

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Please could you get in touch to let us know what address you’d like your book to be sent to?
Thank you!
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#Emerging Proud Press; KindaProud project and FREE books update

Emerging Proud Press, our not-for-profit publishing company, only launched publicly in 2019, and already we have published 4 Pocket Books, aimed at spreading messages of hope around the globe. The 4 in our KindaProud series so far are;

Emerging Proud through NOTEs (Non-Ordinary Transcendent Experiences)
Emerging Proud through Disordered Eating, Body Image and Low Self-Esteem
Emerging Proud through Suicide
Emerging Proud through Trauma and Abuse (available from 10th Oct)
Each book contains 17 personal stories from people who have been through challenging experiences that have ultimately been a catalyst for them to transform their lives.
This is a charitable project and all profits from book sales will be used to distribute FREE books to hospitals, mental health charities and support services, so that they can offer hope to those still struggling to cope with their own experiences.
Where are we now, only 1 year since forming?  
To date, 64 brave emerging peers have shared their stories in the 4 books, and 230 FREE books have been distributed so far.
Thanks to one of our Suicide book Contributors, Bobbi, Wal-Mart in Texas have just ordered 200 copies of #Emerging Proud through Suicide for the delegates of their executive conference as Bobbi is Keynote Speaker. All proceeds from this sale have gone to Bobbi’s charity, Widow Thrive. 


70 #EmergingProud through NOTEs books are being printed in Australia, to be distributed across Sydney by our fabulous Rep for that book, Dr Nicole Gruel.

We’ll keep you all updated on the FREE books that are distributed over time. If you’d like to support the continuation of this project, I’ve set up a fundraiser for my birthday – just imagine you’re buying me a glass of wine and chuck in a few pounds if you can… I’m raising a virtual glass to you!


Let’s get this KindaProud series to 6 books published in 2020 – together we can achieve anything!

Thank you,

Katie and the KindaProud Team ❤


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#Emerging Proud through Trauma and Abuse launches on World Mental Health day 2019


World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019

Join Mandy, our #Emerging Proud through Trauma and Abuse Pocket Book Rep at:

the KindaKafe, 21 Castle Meadows, Norwich, NR1 3DH

between 12 noon and 3pm

to find out more about the KindaProud Pocketbooks of Hope and Transformation Project, as we launch our 4th book:


A book of 17 personal stories from people who have been through traumatic and abusive experiences that have ultimately led them on to transform their lives.

Books will be available to purchase in person on the day.

More details about the project and how to order the books can be found on this link: https://emergingproud.com/kindaproud/buy-the-books/ Current titles are:-

  • Emerging Proud through NOTEs (Non-Ordinary Transcendent Experiences)
  • Emerging Proud through Disordered Eating, Body Image and Low Self-Esteem
  • Emerging Proud through Suicide
  • Emerging Proud through Trauma and Abuse

KindaProud is a charitable project, sponsored by the Missing Kind charity, and all profits from book sales will be used to purchase books to distribute to hospitals and mental health charities, so that they can offer hope to those still struggling to cope with their own experiences.

We are seeking match- funding to extend the KindaProud series to a goal of 8 books CONTACT US HERE if you are interested in supporting this mission. 





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#Emerging Proud through Trauma and Abuse aims to change the narrative on World Mental Health Day 2019

Our 4th Pocket Book of Hope in the KindaProud series is due for publication on the 10th Oct; it is our wish to change the conversations about human adversity such as trauma and abuse leading to ‘disorders’, but actually being potential catalysts for transformation, if they are correctly supported… this book contains 17 inspiring voices who all feel this way;

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CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY, wherever you are in the world! 

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A pioneering Accredited Diploma developed by the Spiritual Companions Trust

Sharing for our Spiritual Companion friends…

Their pioneering Accredited Diploma

Develop your spiritual literacy, deepen self care and connection, the emphasis is on person centred exploration held in a unique structure of teaching days and home groups

Flyer Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness 2020

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