SUPPORTING TORCHLIGHT SYSTEM

 
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Funding
Since its launch this project has been self-supporting through contributions, sales and speaking engagements, and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us sustain. With the help of supporters our 2017 crowdfund campaign to reprint Torchlight and the Practice Cards beat its target in 72 hours and was 133 % overfunded. Including sales, presentations, meetups, gifts,  coverage and sharing to date, we estimate that Torchlight System's stories, suggestions and messages have reached over 850,000 people. But we too need help to grow…

Our Mission
We aim to build a library of stories and tools which help people talk about and recover from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and get these products (copies of Torchlight and Every Day, packs of Practice Cards and further publications) to wherever they may be helpful (schools, businesses, community groups, clinics and recovery centres), promoting the #AskForHelp and #Practice messages.

If you would like to support the development of Torchlight System we suggest:

Buying

The most effective way to support this project is by buying copies of the
Torchlight Publication, packs of Practice Cards, or booking Kevin to speak at your workplace, school or community group.

Pledging

We invite pledges to help us with creative development, outreach, admin and staff costs. To pledge please click on the button (right)

Pledge

Collaborating
If you are interesting in a bespoke partnership with Torchlight System, please email us


Outreach

Since launching in early 2017 we have given presentations and run Firegazing meetings in over 40 locations including: 

Businesses: Herbert Smith Freehills, Ly.st, Business of Fashion, (all London); and Feed CommunicationsSnowden Design, Independent Collectors, and Studio KP25 (all Berlin).  

Schools & further education: The Brit School (London), Ash Villa Special School (Sleaford), Marches School (Oswestry), North London Collegiate School, Goldsmiths College, London College of Communication and The Gordon’s School

Community Groups & EventsRife Magazine (Bristol), Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival, Green Music Initiative (Berlin), ThisIsJolt (Oswestry),Minds@Work Movement (London and Stockach, Germany), Finn’s Place (Glasgow), Perugia International Journalism Festival

Testimonials

“Kevin delivered a really engaging and interactive talk to our sixth form students on his recovery from depression and anxiety as well as the relationship between the media and mental health. The talk was hugely helpful in opening up conversations and addressing anxieties. Kevin is both personal and personable in his approach, sharing his own story with sensitivity and with humour, so that students felt it was like talking with a friend. Highly recommended”
Megan Murray-Pepper,
North London Collegiate School

“Kevin’s honesty about the events that led to him asking for help and the positive message of his recovery process are important contributions to the wider debate around mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our students, who are all experiencing their own mental health challenges, found Kevin’s talk very beneficial and thought the Practice Cards were a very useful resource”
– Leigh Bentley, Headmaster
Ash Villa Special School


In The Words Of Our Users

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“Your proactive and creative use of your own experience makes you a fantastic role model for young men such as my son”  – Tanya

“My partner was diagnosed with a severe depressive illness. We took some tips from your book and now recognise that there are many aspects to recovery. Your book and Practice Cards was a helpful part of the journey” – Adele

“I think it’s fabulous” – Richard

 "I am a GP and thought the book and cards looked really interesting. It’s a really simple and manageable thing for people to do when they are feeling overwhelmed, thanks for sharing your experiences and ideas” – Gareth 

“You came to my sixth form and gave a really interesting talk on recovering from mental health problems. You are such an inspiration” – Hannah