The hot topic of mental health

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By xebnotlaw | Monday, January 07, 2013, 16:42

A Tunbridge Wells Girl...


A brand new book, due for launch this year, aims to use other people's stories in an effort to prove that mental health illnesses are nothing to be scared of. Combining short stories, quotes and pictures from people all around the World; The Mental Health Struggle – From Agoraphobe to CEO is to be nothing short of a motivational masterpiece. Currently being funded for self publishing, the creator of this project has experienced some tough times herself and suffers from agoraphobia. She is born and bred in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


health is a hot topic...

There have been a lot of news and media surrounding mental health illnesses recently, both good and bad. With a focus in the USA on providing better mental health care, especially during recent tragedies, and a constant look at improving similar services in the UK. Celebrities have raved about their battles with depression, eating disorders, addictions and anxiety for years; now it is the time of the real people. Although the book will feature stories from certain 'famous people' there will be many more from those that have triumphed over adversity, whilst living in the real world.

A story of her own... 


Rebecca Walton, the creator of this project, is a 23 year old writer living in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. She has suffered with severe depression from a young age, which worsened after her mother passed away in 2008. Since then, her life has been a rollercoaster of emotions which has left her practically housebound with anxiety and agoraphobia. Instead of sitting back and claiming incapacity benefits, Rebecca begun to work from home as a freelance copywriter. Over the past few months she has set up her own business and begun this incredible project. Her story will be included with alongside others from those with a whole range of mental health illnesses.

Getting involved...

Rebecca is still crying out for as many people as possible to get involved, in any way they can. She says, "There are so many stories to be told, I just want to get together as many as I can, so that everyone can have their say." She has invited people on various forums, websites and blogs, to send in their story, a favourite quote or a picture that they have taken. "Anything that represents one person's struggle with a mental health illness can help another person get through their own." says the inspired writer. The project is also being funded on Kickstarter so that the book can be self published. As with any Kickstarter project, it has had to go through rigorous guidelines to ensure that it meets their strict criteria (plus it has a really catchy video).



The Mental Health Struggle is a book that is set to inspire and motivate those in their neediest times. Not only that, but it should open up other's minds about the different types of mental illnesses and assure them that there is nothing to be afraid of. The book is due for release in Spring 2013, once funding has been completed on Kickstarter. All profits of the book will be divided between several mental health charities and organisations.

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    Just a quick update: Tunbridge Wells has secured over 80% of the backing on this Kickstarter project! This is incredible as Kickstarter is extremely USA orientated, so it's putting our small town on the map. A big thank you to all of those local pledgers that have backed the project already.

    If any businesses would like to get involved and have their business promoted to millions of people that visit Kickstarter at the same time, then contact me.

    Many thanks


    By xebnotlaw at 10:57 on 10/01/13

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    A big thank you to all of those that have already donated; including many Tunbridge Wells residents!

    By xebnotlaw at 13:36 on 09/01/13

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    Just to let everybody know that you can now order a copy of the book before it is available on general release. There are limited numbers at early bird prices and all of the money raised goes to help self publish the book, with the rest going to mental health charities across the World.

    The book is available here:

    By xebnotlaw at 15:23 on 08/01/13

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    Hi Jake,

    Thanks for getting involved with the project - and for your generous pledge towards getting the book published!

    I look forward to sending a local one of the first copies of the book!

    Many thanks


    By xebnotlaw at 08:53 on 08/01/13

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    Brilliant idea!
    This is very close to home for me so I'm very glad someone is doing something about this difficult topic.
    I will get over to kickstarter now and donate towards the project! I hope you get all the funds you need for this fantastic project!

    By Darthgadar at 21:59 on 07/01/13

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