Let’s make #EmergingProud day 2018 a huge success…it’s up to all of us!

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#Emerging Proud day 2018 will be on Sat 12th May, and you are all invited…

Below I talk to Oz Osborne, Creater of the SoMe event template, which we are using to host #EmergingProud events this year, about what holding a ‘SoMe’ event involves, and how YOU can take part…

It’s FREE to join, FREE to run, FREE to take part! 

The topic of the day will be;

‘Reframing mental distress as a possible transformation process’

Volunteers who resonate with having experienced their own crisis as a catalyst for a meaningful life transformation will engage in conversations with interested strangers in public places all over the world, with the aim to change perceptions that being diagnosed with a mental illness can actually lead to the start of a new, more positive and authentic life…

In 2017, twelve global locations took part in International #EmergingProud day, and we aim to double that number this year; will you take on the challenge and organise a free event with us? See what is involved in this video:

What to do if you’d like to take part:

  • Go to http://www.so-me.org.uk and register your name and location 
  • Download all of the FREE resources
  • Source a venue to hold your event; preferably in a public place, e.g. library
  • Recruit Volunteers who are willing to talk about their personal transformation story 
  • Prepare all of the material needed for your big day 
  • Promote your event to your local community using the ‘trending topic’; 

    ‘Reframing mental distress as a possible transformation process’

  • On Sat 12th May hold your SoMe Emerging Proud event; ENJOY! 
  • Return feedback from your Message Board after the event to share in the 2018 International Report…Help to transform the Mental Health paradigm! 

#EmergingProud needs YOU to make our 2018 event an even bigger success than last year; together we can continue to raise awareness that mental distress can be part of a transformation journey…will you join in and help us to spread the HOPE?

The #Emerging Proud community is so grateful to The Outsiders for their kind collaboration.

Oz Osborne, ‘The Outsiders’


The Outsiders create innovative social projects that encourage dialogue, inspire cooperation and promote community cohesion.

Oz is an innovator and a thinker. He asks questions of himself and the people he is working with in order to ensure that there is genuine social value at the end of the project. He has a background in mental health and wellbeing consultancy, and a proven track-record of creating innovative approaches to social issues. Oz began work at Mind in Great Yarmouth as a young person’s mentor and there developed the highly acclaimed Fitography project. While at Rethink, Oz managed the Stuff Stigma campaign, during which time he organised the first national Five Ways to Wellbeing conference, and the first independently organised Human Library in the UK. Oz has organised over 90 Human Library events and together with his business Partner Nick, has become the most experienced Human Library Organiser in the UK. Later, as a consultant with Time to Change Oz developed the Time to Change Village which has since become the national flagship community engagement activity for the campaign.

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