It goes without saying that people are often curious about what I hope to achieve with all this; a website, a newsletter, public speaking, etc.
The truth is, my main goal right now is to build up enough of a platform that I'm able to campaign for mental health to be a compulsory element of the curriculum. My dream for this site is to allow people to share their stories, to give people the confidence to speak out about what it's like to live with mental illness, to make an impact. I think I'm well on my way to achieving that.
Getting mental health on the curriculum is likely to take a little (or a lot) longer.
So I'm going to do something I rarely do in blog posts. I'm going to ask for your support. Right now, my income isn't exactly stable. There may come a time when I have to really fight for a full-time job. The idea of that terrifies me, because if I have a "real job", I don't know where I'll find the time to run the site. That's why I've set up the Tip Jar (you can find the link at the bottom of any page on the website). Donations help me pay for the website, the marketing, and all-in-all, they help me keep my head above water financially.
If you're in a position to put some pennies in the tip jar, know that it doesn't go unnoticed at my end. Even if I don't manage to thank you personally (though I do try to email all of my donors to thank them for their contribution), I see you helping me, and I appreciate it with every ounce of my being.
Running this site has made me more responsible with money. If I lose my income and I'm in overdraft, it won't be long until I lose the site. If I'm out of overdraft, I have time to work out a way of funding the site.
So thank you for making me a better, more responsible human being. If it wasn't for you guys and the feedback you give me, I'd have no motivation to fight to keep this site. Thank you.