Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope

By Alexis Waterhouse

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Voices Of Pain And The Voice Of Hope

Project 2014-08-21 15:07:34 +1200

Hi, my name is Alexis Waterhouse.

I am a counsellor in the Rodney District, (North of Auckland). For the past six years I have had the privilege of working with men and women through issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Self Harm, Suicidal Ideation, Addiction and Grief and Loss. Over this time I have heard many stories and seen a lot of pain. One thing that has become glaringly obvious is that while each individual's journey and pain is their own - the lies that they hear as a result of this pain are much the same. 

Earlier this year I wrote a poem entitled "The Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope." It is designed to expose the lies that keep people isolated and alone in their pain; then to bring hope and draw people to community and support. A little while ago, I had the idea of making it into a book.

So here's the pitch: :-)

I would like this book to be a Visual, Emotional, Spiritual and Tactile journey through from Pain to Hope. The majority of the poem is divided into two repeating sections: Pain and Hope. The pain parts detail the repetitive voices from seven different common Mental Health issues: Eating Disorders, Abuse, Anxiety & Depression, Chaotic Lifestyles, Self Hatred, Attachment Issues and Suicide. Alongside each 'Voice of Pain' will be a corresponding picture drawn by someone whilst they were in the midst of their pain. Following this will be a "Selah." Selah means "pause and reflect." The purpose of the Selah is to help people to see that even in the worst times there is still beauty and life and hope. Also to turn towards and through the pain; rather than avoid it (and worsen the problem!) The words of the selah will be photoshopped into a beautiful panoramic picture of the NZ landscape. This is designed to teach readers to engage their senses in the moment (mindfullness) and find hope. The conclusion of the poem is an exhortation to move from the lies and isolation; to face and move through the pain, and to engage in community and hope. 

I plan to print the book on different types and weights of paper - so it has a very textural effect also. For example, the 'pain' pictures will be printed in Greyscale on translucent plastic paper - so the words of 'pain' will show through the image. Hopefully this will lead to a very 'mindful' experience while reading. 

The final section of the book will contain the 'resolved' pictures from each client and a short testimony sharing some of their journey through their pain. The idea is to encourage those at the beginning of their journey to keep going - because there is life and joy on the other side. 

The book will also contain brief information on mindfullness and self care for those suffering from emotional pain. 

The most important part of this project is that ALL the profits from the book will go to "A Girl Called Hope." I have worked at A Girl Called Hope for the last 5 years. They offer a FREE 6 month residential home for young wome (16-28 yrs) with Life Controlling Issues. www.agirlcalledhope.org.nz. They recieve no Government funding and so are constantly having to fundraise and petition for support. My dream for this book is that it would bring in enough money to significantly ease the fundraising pressure for them.

Currently I have all the materials (poem, artwork and photographs) all collated and in with a designer. It will be ready for print at the end of November. This will mean that the books will be available Jan 2015. 

I'd like to sell the book at around the $20-25 dollar mark (so as to make it as affordable as possible). To do this I'll need to do a larger print run - which is of course a bigger outlay at the beginning. 

This funding will help me pay for the design work, printing, the website, promotional work and shipping / distribution. 

I have recentaly launched a website: www.freedom.ac.nz. It includes information on the book as well as a blog and resoruces for people to read. I also have a Facebook page where you can be kept up to date with all the exciting things happening with the book. 

Thanks for reading my proposal - I'd love to hear your feedback!

Lexi 

 

 

Comments

Updates 3

The Project Continues.....

27/11/2014 at 10:10 AM

Hi Again,

If you pledged to the project you will know that no money was withdrawn from your account as we didn't make the target. However, the money that you pledged is still very important for the success of the book. The $1335 that was pledged on PledgeMe would go a long way towards getting the Design work paid off.
 
I am asking that if you did pledge and you are still behind the project; that you go to my website and use the "Buy Now" or "Donate" PayPal buttons to continue your involvement with the project.
 
Just got to www.freedom.ac.nz and click on the "Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope" tab in the menu bar. From there you should see the buttons straight away.
 
Also, there... is an update on the "Freedom Blog" showing a sneak preview of some of the prototype "Pain" background images from the book!

This will be the final update via the Pledge Me page.

Thank you so much for your help and support so far! LETS GET THIS BOOK PRINTED! :-)

Lexi Waterhouse

 

Sadly, not a success :-(

24/11/2014 at 6:34 PM

Hi Friends! Hey, sadly we didn't make the Crowd Funding Target. It's a bit of a shame but hey, this project is by no means over!
I'm in the process now of setting up a 'shopping cart' on my website where you will be able to either pre-order the book or donate to the project. If you pledged  you will still be able to get involved and get your copy of the book from here. If you have asked for a specific reward, please email me on [email protected] and I'll make sure you still get it.
As soon as it's all sorted I'll post the link from here. Or keep an eye on my website: www.freedom.ac.nz


Once again, thanks so much for your support,
Lexi x

6 Days Left!!!

17/11/2014 at 7:15 PM

Hi Folks! Thanks so much for all your support so far!

Hey, there's only 6 days left in the campaign and still a long way to go to the target.

If you are able, I would dearly love your help in the following ways:
- If you haven't already, make a pledge and choose a reward
- Share the Crowd-funding link on your social media site and encourage your friends to make a pledge too.
- Share the project with any agencies or people in your life that you think would benefit from the book
- Contact me if you have any ideas of how I could promote the project

Once again - thank you so much for your support - you are very much appreciated!
Lexi x

    Pledgers 23

    Angela
    2014-11-22 06:39:03 +1300
    Darrin Franks
    2014-11-21 22:03:33 +1300
    Nicky Snedden
    2014-11-16 22:58:36 +1300
    Jenna Rose Hilton
    2014-11-11 22:20:41 +1300
    Cherry McGuire
    2014-11-11 21:49:08 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-11-11 19:34:10 +1300
    Wendy Worley
    2014-11-10 14:50:09 +1300
    Maureen Waterhouse
    2014-11-09 21:28:54 +1300
    Donna Warn
    2014-11-07 18:00:00 +1300
    Emma
    2014-11-06 21:36:58 +1300
    Crystal Raney
    2014-11-05 18:29:40 +1300
    Jeanette Hight
    2014-11-05 15:24:11 +1300
    Heather Pound
    2014-11-02 13:34:04 +1300
    Vivienne Raney
    2014-11-01 07:41:37 +1300
    Vivienne Raney
    2014-10-29 21:33:00 +1300
    Diane Braddock
    2014-10-29 14:49:45 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-29 13:23:34 +1300
    Deborah Jane
    2014-10-28 19:56:10 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-28 18:02:50 +1300
    Amy Braddock
    2014-10-28 17:39:44 +1300
    Charl Bradshaw
    2014-10-28 13:32:24 +1300
    Dezaray Coutts
    2014-10-28 11:48:25 +1300
    Malcolm Gordon
    2014-10-28 10:51:44 +1300

    Voices Of Pain And The Voice Of Hope

    Project 2014-08-21 15:07:34 +1200

    Hi, my name is Alexis Waterhouse.

    I am a counsellor in the Rodney District, (North of Auckland). For the past six years I have had the privilege of working with men and women through issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Self Harm, Suicidal Ideation, Addiction and Grief and Loss. Over this time I have heard many stories and seen a lot of pain. One thing that has become glaringly obvious is that while each individual's journey and pain is their own - the lies that they hear as a result of this pain are much the same. 

    Earlier this year I wrote a poem entitled "The Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope." It is designed to expose the lies that keep people isolated and alone in their pain; then to bring hope and draw people to community and support. A little while ago, I had the idea of making it into a book.

    So here's the pitch: :-)

    I would like this book to be a Visual, Emotional, Spiritual and Tactile journey through from Pain to Hope. The majority of the poem is divided into two repeating sections: Pain and Hope. The pain parts detail the repetitive voices from seven different common Mental Health issues: Eating Disorders, Abuse, Anxiety & Depression, Chaotic Lifestyles, Self Hatred, Attachment Issues and Suicide. Alongside each 'Voice of Pain' will be a corresponding picture drawn by someone whilst they were in the midst of their pain. Following this will be a "Selah." Selah means "pause and reflect." The purpose of the Selah is to help people to see that even in the worst times there is still beauty and life and hope. Also to turn towards and through the pain; rather than avoid it (and worsen the problem!) The words of the selah will be photoshopped into a beautiful panoramic picture of the NZ landscape. This is designed to teach readers to engage their senses in the moment (mindfullness) and find hope. The conclusion of the poem is an exhortation to move from the lies and isolation; to face and move through the pain, and to engage in community and hope. 

    I plan to print the book on different types and weights of paper - so it has a very textural effect also. For example, the 'pain' pictures will be printed in Greyscale on translucent plastic paper - so the words of 'pain' will show through the image. Hopefully this will lead to a very 'mindful' experience while reading. 

    The final section of the book will contain the 'resolved' pictures from each client and a short testimony sharing some of their journey through their pain. The idea is to encourage those at the beginning of their journey to keep going - because there is life and joy on the other side. 

    The book will also contain brief information on mindfullness and self care for those suffering from emotional pain. 

    The most important part of this project is that ALL the profits from the book will go to "A Girl Called Hope." I have worked at A Girl Called Hope for the last 5 years. They offer a FREE 6 month residential home for young wome (16-28 yrs) with Life Controlling Issues. www.agirlcalledhope.org.nz. They recieve no Government funding and so are constantly having to fundraise and petition for support. My dream for this book is that it would bring in enough money to significantly ease the fundraising pressure for them.

    Currently I have all the materials (poem, artwork and photographs) all collated and in with a designer. It will be ready for print at the end of November. This will mean that the books will be available Jan 2015. 

    I'd like to sell the book at around the $20-25 dollar mark (so as to make it as affordable as possible). To do this I'll need to do a larger print run - which is of course a bigger outlay at the beginning. 

    This funding will help me pay for the design work, printing, the website, promotional work and shipping / distribution. 

    I have recentaly launched a website: www.freedom.ac.nz. It includes information on the book as well as a blog and resoruces for people to read. I also have a Facebook page where you can be kept up to date with all the exciting things happening with the book. 

    Thanks for reading my proposal - I'd love to hear your feedback!

    Lexi 

     

     

    Comments

    The Project Continues.....

    27/11/2014 at 10:10 AM

    Hi Again,

    If you pledged to the project you will know that no money was withdrawn from your account as we didn't make the target. However, the money that you pledged is still very important for the success of the book. The $1335 that was pledged on PledgeMe would go a long way towards getting the Design work paid off.
     
    I am asking that if you did pledge and you are still behind the project; that you go to my website and use the "Buy Now" or "Donate" PayPal buttons to continue your involvement with the project.
     
    Just got to www.freedom.ac.nz and click on the "Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope" tab in the menu bar. From there you should see the buttons straight away.
     
    Also, there... is an update on the "Freedom Blog" showing a sneak preview of some of the prototype "Pain" background images from the book!

    This will be the final update via the Pledge Me page.

    Thank you so much for your help and support so far! LETS GET THIS BOOK PRINTED! :-)

    Lexi Waterhouse

     

    Sadly, not a success :-(

    24/11/2014 at 6:34 PM

    Hi Friends! Hey, sadly we didn't make the Crowd Funding Target. It's a bit of a shame but hey, this project is by no means over!
    I'm in the process now of setting up a 'shopping cart' on my website where you will be able to either pre-order the book or donate to the project. If you pledged  you will still be able to get involved and get your copy of the book from here. If you have asked for a specific reward, please email me on [email protected] and I'll make sure you still get it.
    As soon as it's all sorted I'll post the link from here. Or keep an eye on my website: www.freedom.ac.nz


    Once again, thanks so much for your support,
    Lexi x

    6 Days Left!!!

    17/11/2014 at 7:15 PM

    Hi Folks! Thanks so much for all your support so far!

    Hey, there's only 6 days left in the campaign and still a long way to go to the target.

    If you are able, I would dearly love your help in the following ways:
    - If you haven't already, make a pledge and choose a reward
    - Share the Crowd-funding link on your social media site and encourage your friends to make a pledge too.
    - Share the project with any agencies or people in your life that you think would benefit from the book
    - Contact me if you have any ideas of how I could promote the project

    Once again - thank you so much for your support - you are very much appreciated!
    Lexi x

      Angela
      2014-11-22 06:39:03 +1300
      Darrin Franks
      2014-11-21 22:03:33 +1300
      Nicky Snedden
      2014-11-16 22:58:36 +1300
      Jenna Rose Hilton
      2014-11-11 22:20:41 +1300
      Cherry McGuire
      2014-11-11 21:49:08 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-11-11 19:34:10 +1300
      Wendy Worley
      2014-11-10 14:50:09 +1300
      Maureen Waterhouse
      2014-11-09 21:28:54 +1300
      Donna Warn
      2014-11-07 18:00:00 +1300
      Emma
      2014-11-06 21:36:58 +1300
      Crystal Raney
      2014-11-05 18:29:40 +1300
      Jeanette Hight
      2014-11-05 15:24:11 +1300
      Heather Pound
      2014-11-02 13:34:04 +1300
      Vivienne Raney
      2014-11-01 07:41:37 +1300
      Vivienne Raney
      2014-10-29 21:33:00 +1300
      Diane Braddock
      2014-10-29 14:49:45 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-29 13:23:34 +1300
      Deborah Jane
      2014-10-28 19:56:10 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-28 18:02:50 +1300
      Amy Braddock
      2014-10-28 17:39:44 +1300
      Charl Bradshaw
      2014-10-28 13:32:24 +1300
      Dezaray Coutts
      2014-10-28 11:48:25 +1300
      Malcolm Gordon
      2014-10-28 10:51:44 +1300
      This campaign was unsuccessful and finished on 22/11/2014 at 6:39 AM.