About Kinda Proud:
An innovative ‘Pocket Books of Transformation’ series, these personal stories are aimed at providing hope and encouraging us to re-think mental distress as a potential catalyst for positive change.
One of the main mantras of the #EmergingProud campaign is that by working together we can change the world; that we need to BE the change we wish to see in the world. This project aims to create a series of ‘Pocket Books of Hope and Transformation’ for people experiencing different themes of mental distress, under the umbrella of the anti- stigma social movement #EmergingProud.
Kinda Proud empowers passionate Peers to tell their stories and be validated in doing so by a growing community that values authenticity, vulnerability and reduces stigma and shame. This helps build confidence and connection. Our project is empowering Peers to bravely speak out, proudly owning their story, and letting their voices be heard, in many case for the first time.
The main aim of our Kinda Proud book series is to decrease stigma, improve wellbeing and influence the saving of lives through providing a more compassionate and positive conceptual framework for emotional distress.
This project is unique because each Pocket Book of hope has its own KindaProud Rep; a Peer who has personal experience of the theme of that specific book in which they tell their own story and encourage others to join them in doing the same. Our first 4 books currently being created are;
#Emerging Proud Through NOTES (Non- Ordinary Transcendent Experiences) – due for release on 12thMay 2019
# Emerging Proud Through Disordered Eating, Body Image and Low-Self-Esteem – due for release on 12th July 2019
#Emerging Proud Through Suicide – due for release on 10th Sept 2019
#Emerging Proud Through Trauma and Abuse – due for release on 18th Oct 2019
The main aims and objectives of the Kinda Proud book series:
To relieve people of the distress associated with transformational crises by offering authentic examples of personal stories and resources to engender hope and initiate recovery.
To provide opportunities for Volunteers to join a virtual community and work in collaboration with other #EP Peer Reps to create books of empowerment.
To decrease stigma, improve wellbeing and influence the saving of lives through providing a more compassionate and positive conceptual framework for emotional distress.
To use all proceeds from book sales to provide free books to hospital wards and mental health facilities throughout the UK and Internationally, in order to inject much–needed hope for someone during their most difficult times
Evidence shows us the transformative power of story-sharing. Join us to find out why.
Do these subjects resonate with your own experience?
Would you like to share your story to give HOPE to others? Here’s how…
For Nicole’s KindaProud book, #EmergingProud through NOTEs
Please contact us here
For Amy’s KindaProud book:
#EmergingProud through disordered eating, body image and low self-esteem
Please contact Amy at: email@example.com
For Mandy’s KindaProud book: #EmergingProud through Trauma and Abuse
Please contact Mandy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Kelly’s KindaProud book: #EmergingProud through Suicide
Please contact Kelly at: email@example.com
Meet Sean, our Kinda Proud Ambassador
Sean Patrick was a typical Millennial/ Gen Y, living life on the ‘ordinary’ path; going from High School to College to University to his first job in the city. However feelings of anxiety and depression became present in his 20s, with social anxiety leading on to more serious depression.
“Like many people I didn’t know where I fitted into the world, and despite having the things I was ‘supposed to’, I felt unhappy, anxious and unfulfilled. I felt like I was on a treadmill and scared by the world.” explains Sean.
Sean’s ‘crisis point’ hit when he started to experience severe panic attacks at 22 years old. He had no option to but admit he had ‘mental health’ issues and begin to focus on fixing it. He started by reading books, gaining better understanding of his own mind, and ultimately to a more spiritual outlook on life through daily meditation and adopting spiritual beliefs. After accepting an expat job in Hong Kong and spending half a year away from his ‘ordinary life’, he had the chance to recalibrate, explore meditation and mindfulness, and let go of damaging old patterns and beliefs.
On returning home, Sean set up a blog called That Guy Who Loves The Universe and began to share ideas about spirituality and positive mental health with his following which grew to over 15K. He began to speak at conferences and wellness events all over the world and released an Amazon bestseller in July 2016.
After meeting Katie via a synchronistic introduction by our #Emerging Proud through suicide book Rep, Kelly, and finding out more about the #Emerging Proud campaign, Sean and Katie both knew that bringing their personal experiences and skills together to launch the KindaProud series of books would be the perfect collaboration.
Also, with special thanks to our KindaProud Creative Editor Volunteer Ash, who will be advising on style and supporting the books compilations, alongside Mandy. What a team! ❤
Thank to you all of the brave Souls who have, and will, #Emerge Proud with your stories in support of the transformation of others; we deeply respect and honour you all ❤
This project was seed- funded by the kind sponsorship of The Missing Kind Charity to whom we are extremely grateful…
See the inspiring stories for each book shared so far by clicking on the links below:
#Emerging Proud through Suicide
Andy from Massachusetts, US, realised that everything could be healed, but only once he was willing to be healed. The bravest thing he did was to be open to asking for, and receiving help and support.
#Emerging Proud through NOTEs (Non- Ordinary Transcendent Experiences)
# Emerging Proud through disordered eating, body image and low-self-esteem
#Emerging Proud through trauma and abuse