Mental health talk without the bullshit
To make those who suffer with mental illness, and those who support them, feel comforted and less alone in their struggles.
What is Reclaiming Your Future?
Reclaiming Your Future is a website dedicated to helping you feel less alone in your life. To realise that there are others experiencing mental health issues and that it’s ok if you feel like shit because other people do too! This isn’t your normal mental health website. There won’t be messages of vague hope or preaching that exercise will cure everything (though it does help). Reclaiming Your Future is the place you come to when your world feels as though it has ended and you don’t now how to keep going (or even if you want to).
At the moment it’s ‘just’ a website but a powerful one with readers sometimes crediting it and its words with saving their lives. There is a very active and engaging community that supports each other on Facebook and a stream of helpful information and advice on Twitter when times get tough. There is also have a monthly newsletter full of helpful tips and articles on how you can look after yourself and each other. You can sign up here.
We live in a world in which we are constantly sold the idea of ‘positive thinking’ as the absolute cure for mental health issues without realising the damage and isolation that can cause for those who suffer and so Reclaiming Your Future was born. Founded as the antithesis of the positive self-help sites, it’s the anti-self-help platform for people to be honest with themselves and say ‘It’s ok’ that they’re suffering because they’re not alone and it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.
Because of that, I have launched my own social enterprise called In Plain Sight which is dedicated to all of us who struggle with our mental health but who hide in plain sight. To all of us who wish we could say something but don’t. The first stage of the enterprise was launched on January 1st 2018 and they are something called Comfort Cards™ – postcards designed to start and help have those difficult conversations with each other in the hopes it will people fell a little less alone in this world and have the potential to save lives. You can read all about them here and purchase them exclusively on my Etsy store here.
Who’s behind Reclaiming Your Future?
That would be me, Toni. I’m currently 31 years old and have suffered with depression and anxiety since I was 13 across varying degrees and diagnoses. I am chronically mentally ill and have attempted to take my own life on several occasions. However, despite all of my struggles, I have kept full-time jobs, relationships, travelled the world solo and continued to live. Reclaiming Your Future, for me, is about sharing the brutal side of (my own) mental illnesses to prove that you can achieve great things despite struggling with your mental health.
If you want to read about what makes me an expert in mental health, you can read a little of my story here.
What does the future hold?
(you mean apart from more mental illness and existential crisis’?!) On a serious note, once I start to make a little money with the business, I plan on launching further rounds of cards. Whilst men have been my starting demographic, I would like to create cards for the following:
- Employment (sector specific to include relevant language, terminology and humour)
- Adolescent mental health
- Eating disorders
- Military mental health
- General self-esteem
- Psychotic mental health
- Personality disorders
I am also currently designing an employment course in which I will help create and implement effective mental health policies in the workplace and train HR, managers and staff on how to have those difficult conversations and how to help each other. There will be workshops, talks and coping strategies that you can use yourself or help other people with.
There is also a very distant plan to create an app and further products to help have difficult mental health discussions.
If you want to one of the first to know what’s going on then don’t forget to check out my social media channels and sign up to my newsletter here.