I just wanted to give you an update on the status of the zine, on the funding we will be receiving, but also I wanted to talk about our fundraiser – the very inspiring and beautiful person Laura Thompson. Laura ran half a marathon in the Sheffield Round run recently, and raised an enormous £250 to help us print our zine!!!! I have never been so touched or speechless at someones raw power and kindness. The current state of the zine is unfinished, very nearly finished though!!! WHO IS EXCITED TO SEE IT?
I had been struggling with the page count to keep the cost as low as poss, which was getting really rediculous, so rediculous that I just kept opening the file and sitting on it and nearly crying about it, and simultaneously getting excited. I’ve not spoken about this as it makes me too cross, but I lost the first version I made due to copying a file over to my hardrive, so that’s been really difficult and really upsetting, I have felt so sick at the whole situation and have been avoiding it all. People like Laura have been giving me a massive BOOOOOST to keep on running (so to speak). This time last year I was way ahead of the stage i’m currently at, but hopefully people will understand. I’m sorry it is taking so long.
If anyone would like to get together to go over the page order with me that would be really helpful! Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have battled with mental health problems for eight years, and for the first three years I had no what was happening to me. In that time, I’ve gone from a victim in denial to an ashamed failure, a survivor, back down again and now I finally feel I can talk freely about my experiences. I have tried medication and meditation, green tea, positive list-making and everything in between. But one thing I have learnt is that we can do everything in our power to prevent the wave coming over us again, and sometimes it still breaks through. We just have to ride it. (I say ‘just’ like it’s an easy feat.)